About the Preparatory School

Victoria College Preparatory School is the main primary feeder school for Victoria College. It incorporates a Junior Pre-School class and teacher-led Pre-School class within the main Preparatory School.

The Junior Pre-School admits girls and boys from the age of 2 - 3 years, in the year before they are due to start Pre-School. The Pre-School class admits girls, in the academic year before they are due to start school.

Within the Preparatory School there are seven year group classes, Prep 1 - 7, with no class admitting more than 26 pupils. The Preparatory School is situated in attractive and spacious grounds at Cranmore Park, in South Belfast. The experienced and committed staff work enthusiastically to ensure the full participation of all pupils in the wide range of learning opportunities provided and a positive ethos underpins all aspects of school life.

“The quality of the arrangements for pastoral care in this school is outstanding”
— Education and Training Inspectorate 2010

The curriculum is enhanced through a range of educational visits and classroom learning is enriched by inviting visitors to participate in classroom topics. In May 2013, Prep achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2014 in recognition of the excellent practice across the school and became an IQM Centre of Excellence in 2017.  Click to read the comprehensive IQM Assessment Report

Prep has also attained the Rights Respecting Schools 'Recognition of Commitment' (ROC) award for our work in supporting diversity and equality. In addition, we have attained the prestigious International Schools Award. We gained the Digital School of Distinction Award in 2016 in recognition of our excellent ICT teaching and learning.

Victoria College Preparatory School has a long tradition of sporting and musical excellence. Pupils benefit from specialist teaching in PE, Swimming, Music, Drama and Modern Foreign Languages. The girls receive swimming lessons in the Olympia Leisure Centre and there is an annual Swimming Gala and Sports Day.  A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered after school hours, including iPad club, Cookery, Drama, Art, Hockey, Netball, Choir and Orchestra. An After Hours facility is also offered from 2 - 6pm and this provides flexible wrap-around care for all pupils.

If you would like to find out more about our Preparatory School please do not hesitate to contact Victoria College school office to organise a visit. A current fee list is also available from the school office. Access a downloadable application form for the Preparatory School, Pre-School and Junior Pre-School. Click to access our admissions criteria, should places be over-subscribed for Junior Pre-School, Pre-School and Prep.                                                 

Details of the Preparatory School's ETi Inspection reports can be found by clicking on the links below or on the ETi website at www.etini.gov.uk

May 2010

January 2017


Mrs K Hrabovsky
Head of Victoria College Preparatory School

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