Welcome to Pre-Prep

Welcoming children from the age of three, or the term that they turn three, Hodder House is a recently extended purpose-built Nursery/Pre-Prep at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.

St Mary's Hall offers a stimulating and nurturing environment which allows children to feel happy, confident and valued. Children are nurtured to ensure they reach their full potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. 

We believe in equipping children to think for themselves and take risks within safe boundaries. For example, the children are found building dens, creating paint using natural materials or even toasting marshmallows on an open fire to name but a few activities! New experiences present opportunities.

Ros Wroblewski, Assistant Head (Primary Phase) of St Mary’s Hall




Contact our St Mary's Hall Registrar, Sarah Morrison, who will be happy to help with any questions you have about life at our Pre-Prep.

Ages 3-7 years attend Hodder House, a delightful building, packed with colour. The focus is on social development, literacy, numeracy, art, PE, swimming and French. There is outdoors teaching, exploring woodland and insects. Children have access to iPads. The whole school comes together for assemblies, easing the transition to the main building.

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What makes our Pre-Prep Unique?

Our Pre-Prep is set in glorious woodland and is equipped with exceptional facilities. This wonderful location, coupled with inspirational teaching and a child-centred approach, creates the ideal environment for young children to flourish.

Children work in small class sizes under the care and guidance of highly skilled and experienced teachers, allowing for growth and attentiveness.

Our exciting curriculum gives the opportunity to explore cross-curricular themes linked to history, geography, science, art and ICT.  In addition to English and maths, from the age of three, children study French, swim each week, learn to express themselves creatively, enjoy PE and can take part in our extensive after school activities programme until 18:00.

The Pre-Prep uses the facilities that Stonyhurst provides and also benefits from the specialist teachers. Pre-Prep children often take part in the activities and special events of St Mary’s Hall, and it is very much part of the wider Stonyhurst Community.