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Pupils in greater numbers than ever in its long history are joining St Peter’s Preparatory School in Lympstone. The school, situated in 28 beautiful acres, nine miles south of Exeter, has swelled in numbers by 20 per cent in three years while an exciting new curriculum has been developed and an exceptional inspection result achieved.
Says Headmaster Noel Neeson, “We are proud of the way things are heading. Our scholarship success been remarkable with 65% of our current Year 8 pupils obtaining Scholarships at the senior school of their choice. We are continuing to achieve great things on the sports field, and we feel that our all-round appeal is reflected in the achievements made in music and the performing arts.”
The Independent School Inspectorate report put St Peter’s firmly in the top 5% for national attainment. Says Mr Neeson, “Our Baccalaureate is recognised as an innovative and effective way of opening minds and preparing children for the challenges that lie ahead”. It places emphasis equally on the importance of the Arts and the Sciences, Humanities and Sports, Languages and Maths. It connects more strongly across traditional subject areas, and, crucially, it also rewards personal qualities such as empathy and good citizenship. This curriculum holds knowledge and skills in high regard, tracking progression from our youngest Kindergarten pupils all the way through to our Year 8 learners.
At the upper end of the 3-13 age spectrum, where Year 7 an 8 Scholarships are available, Common Entrance and scholarship candidates are taught in separate classes. This has proved the ideal formula for fine-tuning Year 8 children for the varied demands of papers set by senior schools such as Canford, Eton and Sherborne, as well as those in the more immediate vicinity.