Wesley College is proud of its Preparatory Department which comprises one class of eleven to twelve year olds. The Department draws both boarding and day pupils from local, national and international schools. The daily routine and annual calendar run parallel to that of the senior school.
The students follow the national Irish Primary Curriculum. This provides a holistic education enabling children to live well and realise their potential as unique individuals. Although the Head of Department is the core teacher, all students avail of subject specialists who enhance their learning. The subjects Preparatory students take include: English, Mathematics, Irish, Science, Geography, History, the Arts, Religious Education, Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education. The curriculum is supplemented by a module on Modern Languages as well as Digital Literacy. An hour’s homework for four nights a week consolidates what is taught in the classroom.
Further opportunities for learning are often found in gardening, trips to the school farm and baking, among other experiences. Field trips are arranged more than once a term and form a rich part of life in the Preparatory Department. Once a year parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with the Head of Department. While there is no formal provision for students with special educational needs, the identified educational needs of each child are met by differentiation in the classroom.
While the Preparatory students experience a distinctive educational programme, they are both integral and integrated into the life of the wider school. An experienced pastoral team cares for all students in the school. Students can take advantage of the broad range of after-school activities available at Wesley College. In addition, students may take the opportunity to engage in individual musical tuition, available for an extra charge. While Wesley College is a Methodist Foundation and as such, Christian values underpin everything we do, we provide an education for children of all faiths and none. To this end, pupils attend assemblies which include Bible teaching, worship and prayer. In the words of our school motto, we “Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good”.