When girls start at Old Palace Preparatory, they will be put in one of the four Old Palace Houses:
These are like an extended family. At lunchtime, rather than eating with their classmates, girls sit at their house table. This ensures they mix across the different year groups and it is where firm friendships are formed between younger and older pupils. This extends to Sports Day, where the four houses compete against each other in good-natured, but none-the-less competitive races in front of family and friends.
Girls learn about relationships with older pupils through our popular ‘buddy’ system. This is where an older girl (usually from Year 5) is assigned as a ‘buddy’ to a new girl. The ‘buddy’ may write a welcome letter to the girl before she starts at Old Palace: she will play with the girl at lunchtime and spend time listening to her read. This ensures that new girls feel secure and welcomed – right from their first day.
‘We place a particular emphasis on kindness and good manners.’