An independent school and nursery in Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex for boys and girls aged 2-11

Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

Heathcote Preparatory School & Nursery

Eves Corner, Danbury

Essex CM3 4QB

07:20 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

01245 223131

Academic Extension Programme

Here at Heathcote we offer a wide range of opportunities that enrich and extend our children’s academic talents.

Some of the clubs and activities that we offer are:

  • Quiz Club – Maths and Science
  • Chess Club
  • Debating Club
  • National Young Mathematicians Award
  • SATIPs handwriting competition (from September 2019)
  • English Speaking Board Examinations (from September 2019)
  • LAMDA examinations
  • ISA Art competition
  • Very able pupil days – Science, maths, creative writing (from September 2019)
  • ABRSM music examinations

We belong to NACE – the National Association for Able Children in Education. NACE is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading charity in the field of education for able learners. Drawing on over 35 years’ experience, NACE is at the forefront of thought leadership and evidence-based approaches in this field, with NACE member schools leading the way in implementing best practice.

NACE believes that all able children, regardless of background, should be recognised and have the opportunity to realise their potential. It offers resources and services to help schools review the scope and quality of policy and provision for more able learners within a context of challenge and high standards for all.

Whatever your child’s preferred learning style we have academic enrichment activities to extend them.

Verbal / linguistic: school library; vocabulary and literacy challenges; lead roles in school productions; drama club; creative writing club;  English Speaking Board Examinations; story writing competitions – school, regional, national; ABRSM music examinations; Very able pupil days; SATIPs handwriting competition; writing for the school newsletter/website

Spatial / visual: specialist Art club; regional and national competitions; ISA Art competition

Logical / mathematical: problem-solving activities; Maths investigations; Puzzle Solving and Challenge Week; Science Week; Year 2 visit to Courtauld House Science labs; Science Club; Quiz Club; Chess Club; Very able pupil days

Music / rhythmical: solos in concerts and plays (singing, acting and instrumental); recorder lessons; choir; LAMDA examinations; one-to-one music instrument tuition.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: cricket, netball, gymnastics, football, tennis tae-kwondo co-curricular clubs; cross country; athletics; Sports Day; swimming galas; sport holiday camps at Heathcote

Spiritual: circle times and assemblies; Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Concert; visiting speakers.

Leadership: Young Leaders‘ Programme in Year 2; Prefect opportunities in Year 6; Class leaders; Eco reps; librarians; fundraising; assemblies; Reading Buddies System; school council