09 Jul 2024

Fostering Belonging: Inclusive Education at Walhampton Prep School


At Walhampton Prep School, inclusivity is more than just a buzzword; it's a core value that permeates every aspect of our educational approach. Walhampton believes in celebrating the unique qualities of each child, fostering a sense of belonging where every student feels seen, heard, and valued. In recognition, Walhampton was chosen as the winner of the Muddy Stilettos ‘Most Inclusive Prep School’ Award 2024, highlighting commitment through the delivery of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action plan. The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

The benefits of inclusive education and celebrating individuality.

Walhampton prides itself on the absence of a "Walhampton type," fostering an environment where students are encouraged to embrace their individuality, pursue their passions, and develop a strong sense of self. All of which creates a ripple effect that enriches the entire school community.

Inclusive education at Walhampton provides advantages that go beyond just academic success. It also fosters social-emotional health, teaches vital life skills, and encourages a more expansive outlook on the world. Additionally, inclusive teaching benefits teachers by offering enhanced professional growth and higher job fulfillment. It also contributes to a more robust school culture and improved reputation. This commitment to inclusivity is not merely a philosophy; it's a lived reality that enriches the lives of pupils, staff, and the Walhampton community as a whole.

Kindness: The foundation of the Walhampton community

Kindness is the foundation upon which Walhampton's inclusive community is built. The school's personalised pastoral care is rooted in restorative practices and prioritises building strong relationships.

  • Emotional well-being at the forefront: In Pre-Prep, children start their day by checking in with their emotions, indicating whether they feel "Fizzy" or "Fabulous." This simple practice helps teachers identify and address any emotional challenges early on, ensuring that every child feels supported.

  • Connection before correction: Prep School students benefit from small tutor groups, fostering a sense of belonging and connection. The school's approach emphasises understanding and support, creating a safe space for students to learn and grow.

Curiosity: A pathway to lifelong learning

Walhampton believes that curiosity is the key to unlocking a lifelong love of learning. The school encourages pupils to question, explore, and understand the world around them.

  • A broad and inclusive curriculum: Walhampton's curriculum includes subjects like Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics, as well as discussions on Sustainable Development Goals. The school delves into topics of identity, equality, and discrimination in PSHE lessons, and even offers Sociology to older pupils.

  • Empowering student voices: The pupil-led group "People of Power" (PoP) actively champions anti-racism and inclusion. They have taken the initiative to diversify the school library's collection and are currently working on a new mural to show the progress made at Walhampton from the original mural painted in 1958.

Achievement: A product of kindness, curiosity, and hard work

At Walhampton, academic achievement is viewed as the result of kindness, curiosity, and dedication. The school celebrates each pupil's individual progress, recognising that success looks different for every child.

  • Tailored learning support: Walhampton's Learning Support Department works diligently to ensure that every child can access the curriculum and reach their full potential. The school's inclusive learning environment offers one-on-one support, small group classrooms, and in-class assistance as needed.

  • Celebrating neurodiversity: Learning support carries no stigma at Walhampton Neurodiversity is embraced and celebrated whenever the opportunity arises. Effective inclusive education creates an environment where every child feels valued and understood. The school focuses on individual growth and celebrates the unique strengths of each pupil, with appropriate stretch and support as is appropriate.

Inclusive class teaching: A collaborative approach

Inclusive Class Teaching is a cornerstone of Walhampton's educational philosophy. Teachers receive ongoing professional development in inclusive practices, ensuring that every student receives the support they need to thrive.

A welcoming community for all

At Walhampton Prep School, inclusivity means more than just welcoming students from diverse backgrounds; it means creating a sense of belonging where every child feels valued, supported, and empowered to succeed. The school's commitment to personalised learning, strong pastoral care, and a focus on individual growth makes it a truly inclusive environment where all students can flourish.

To learn more about Walhampton's inclusive community and discover how the school can empower your child, please explore the website further.

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