Wesley College is proud of its Preparatory Department which comprises one class of students, typically aged between 11 and 12 years old. 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 Preparatory Department provides a holistic education, encouraging each student to strive to achieve their own individual potential. Students study a wide variety of subjects, including English, Maths, Irish, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts, Modern Languages and Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE). Many aspects of the 6th class Irish Primary Curriculum are evident in our programmes, particularly in English, Maths, Irish and SPHE. Digital Literacy, IT and the Accelerated Reading Programme are also incorporated into the curriculum in the Preparatory Department. Homework is given from Monday to Thursday to consolidate new concepts and topics covered in class. Students are expected to complete homework to the best of their ability.
Subjects are taught by both the Head of Department and teachers from the senior school. Students follow a common level curriculum in each subject that is offered. The Preparatory Department of Wesley College is a stand-alone addition to the secondary school of the College. It is not, therefore, recognised by the Department of Education and Skills and there is no access to Special Needs Assistance, Learning Support, Resource Teaching as would be the case in state National Schools. Particular needs should be discussed with the Head of Department before enrolment. Once a year, parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with the Head of Department.
Further learning opportunities arise through our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, field trips and the integration of the Preparatory Department into the life of the wider school community. Students may also avail of individual music tuition, which is available at an extra charge.
An experienced pastoral team cares for all students in the school. While Wesley College is founded on the ethos and values of the Methodist Church in Ireland, we welcome students of all faiths and none. Our Christian values and school motto,
“Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good”,
are a central part of our school. Students attend regular assemblies which include Bible teaching, worship songs and prayer.