Core Subjects

The focus of learning for our pupils shifts towards preparation for Common Entrance and scholarship examinations. The core subjects studied are English and Drama, Mathematics and Science.

English and Drama

Through the study of English and Drama, our pupils develop the skills of critical thinking, close reading and effective communication preparing them for the Common Entrance Examination and beyond.  Pupils develop an intellectual curiosity and analytical approach, driving them forward to attempt new concepts and in-depth questioning. We encourage independent reading outside the curriculum and the ability to make well informed, critical judgements concerning a range of texts.

Our Head of English, Miss Bowdler, teaches Years 7 and 8 with a programme of study that includes: prose; Shakespeare; pre-20th century literature; media; non-fiction and modern drama.

Our pupils feel at home in our spacious, well-resourced library located in the heart of the school. They have readily available access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. Many enjoy ‘dipping into’ our selection of daily newspapers and periodicals such as Aquila magazine. IPads are used in class to assist with research and media projects.

There are also be visits from professional authors, with children participating in a range of writing and reading competitions; enriching their learning of English and Drama. Some pupils will have the opportunity to follow the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme, which allows the children to be part of the process of judging a variety of novels for this prestigious children’s fiction prize. Drama club, open to all year groups, offers the chance to work with scripts, improvisation and performances. 


Years 7 and 8 are taught by Mr Keep, an experienced maths teacher. An introduction to exam techniques begins in the summer term of Year 7 and this continues throughout Year 8, with exam practice, past papers, mental arithmetic preparation. The summer term focuses upon final preparation for exams, consolidation of algebraic skills and targeted revision, based upon feedback from pupils and individual needs.

Tasks are carefully differentiated according to pupils’ abilities, providing plenty of opportunities to challenge each individual as well as consolidating learning on individual topics. Additional support is provided to reinforce and extend mathematical knowledge. 

Maths catch-up sessions are available for Year 7 and 8 during Thursday and Tuesday lunch times. These sessions may be used to complete prep, find out about any work missed due to absences or for help with a particular mathematical concept.

The more able mathematicians will have begun Common Entrance level work in Year 6 which they will build upon as they progress through the senior part of the school. The most able pupils in Year 8 will face the challenges of Scholarship Maths where they tackle higher level topics and exam question practice. After the scholarship examination period, they follow an extended programme of study.

Outside the classroom, our senior pupils can enter the UKMT Junior Challenge. In 2017, pupils achieved one gold, ten silver and 8 bronze awards. Each year a group of our most able mathematicians travel to Lancing College to participate in the Intermediate Mathematics Team Challenge, in which our pupils also have a good record of success.


Science at Lancing Prep Hove is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. We build on children’s natural curiosity and help them develop a scientific approach to solving problems and investigating ideas.

It is a significant strength of our provision that pupils in Years 7 and 8 study discretely each of the three sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Dr Cooper teaches Chemistry; with Miss Thorn teaching Physics and Miss Kingston teaching Biology. Work is differentiated to stretch our most able whilst those who find Science more of a challenge are well-supported by their class teacher and by appropriate level work.

Many of the topics studied in Year 6 are Common Entrance-level work, upon which pupils build as they progress through the senior part of the school. They also learn the practical skills that they will need to carry out exciting investigations in the laboratory and throughout the school. Computer workstations are available in both of the labs where our most able can undertake projects on a scientific topic of their choice. The most able pupils in Year 8 will be working through the immensely-challenging Scholarship Science syllabus.

Pupils who have not had experience of learning Science in a laboratory before joining the school have the opportunity to attend a ‘Science Skills’ club where they learn to use equipment such as Bunsen burners and the hair-raising Van de Graaff machine.

Outside the laboratory, pupils have opportunities to work with younger pupils on activities such as firing paper rockets with our Pre-School children and helping visiting Primary School pupils separate dyes using Chromatography. Pupils can also join the Crafty Science Club where they can enjoy activities such as making natural dyes out of red cabbage and beetroot and dyeing fabrics with them.

There is more information in the year group curriculum booklets available on the links below:

Year 7 Curriculum Information Booklet

Year 8 Curriculum Information Booklet