Early Years Classes and Sessions

Structure & Sessions

Copthill School’s Early Years’ department is attached to the rest of the school. Children in the Early Years’ are able to enjoy the facilities of the school and also the expertise of the staff. We have experienced and specialist music, ballet, french and PE teachers and in the Reception classes, the pupils can partake in many extracurricular clubs after school.



We accommodate nursery children from the age of 2 years old. We have experienced and highly qualified staff to cater for the needs of all our children. The staff ratio to children is 1:4 to ensure all children are nurtured and cared for. Our 2 years olds have their own purpose built outdoor  area and regularly use the forest and outdoor areas for learning through play and exploring  their individual interests.



Our Pre-School classes are taken by a fully qualified teacher with Early Years Professional Teaching status. The structure of the children within our department relates primarily to the respective age and stage of development of each individual child. Each child has a specialised learning plan based on their interests and next steps for development. Every child is assessed frequently to ensure the best possible learning outcomes across all curriculum areas. The emphasis on enjoyment and the love of learning is at the heart of everything that we do. The Pre-School teacher is supported by many highly qualified Early Years practitioners.When they are ready, the Pre-School children will have the opportunity to learn their letter sounds through our highly successful Read, Write, Inc. scheme.

Pre-School children experience a number of Forest School sessions a week with our specialist staff.



Children will enter our Reception classes in the academic year that they become 5. We have 2 small Reception classes both led by experienced and fully qualified teachers each with full time teaching assistants.  Our Reception children are fully integrated with the rest of the school and use the staff and facilities on offer to all the children. We enjoy Forest school sessions every week and experience, french, PE and music with specialist teachers.

The children will continue the Read, Write, Inc. scheme which have resulted in exceptional standards of reading, writing and spelling over the last few years.



Children may attend any combination of sessions, subject to availability. We recommend Nursery children should attend a minimum of 2 mornings to ensure that they settle quickly into the routine. Pre-school children are recommended to attend at least 3 full days to ensure a gradual increase prior to entry into our full time Reception classes.



The children will experience healthy, well balanced meals freshly cooked on site. The Early Years’ staff will eat with the children encouraging social interaction, the enjoyment of experiencing a variety of different foods and encouraging table manners.


Extended Weeks

In addition to the normal school term, children in the Early Years’ department may attend optional extended weeks. These are published on this website under ‘School dates’ and include all published half terms, an additional week at Christmas and Easter and 5 weeks in the Summer holidays. Our holiday club sessions are planned and led by our experienced, qualified staff.