Runnymede St Edward's Preparatory School

Runnymede is an Independent Catholic Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3-11 years

Part of the Edmund Rice Family, we welcome children of all faiths

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 Our overall approach is designed to help pupils:

  • enjoy a happy and secure learning environment where they are valued
  • develop lively, enquiring minds where they question rather than merely accept
  • acquire knowledge and understanding which will equip them for future challenges
  • obtain skills that they can transfer to other subjects or situations

We seek to challenge, inspire and support children to perform

The Runnymede curriculum is tailored to the needs of the pupils and their future aspirations. We seek to challenge, inspire and support children to perform in accordance with their abilities. While the National Curriculum is a useful starting point, our highly qualified class and subject teachers adapt and enhance their programmes of study to support all children to achieve their potential. Classes are small and therefore a very individual approach can be offered to every child.

In addition to the core subjects of English and Mathematics, the Runnymede syllabus includes French and Spanish,  Science,  Geography,  Music, Religious Education,  ICT,  Art, Design and Technology, PE and Games, which includes swimming, rugby, football, netball, hockey and tennis.

In Prep 5 and 6 the children are often placed in sets for English and Maths. In these years we also start working with children whose choice of Secondary school is dependent on an entrance exam. Being independent from any Secondary school means we can work with both children and parents to choose the secondary school that is best for the child’s ability and ongoing education.

A structured reading scheme is also in operation in each class offering a variety of reading materials. Our reading programme is delivered by the class teacher, supported by the child’s parents and volunteer parents who come into our school and listen to the children read on a weekly basis.
From Reception onwards, children are given homework daily. Homework is very important as it supports and enhances the curriculum and develops a good work ethic. We have very strong home-school links as the school and home are in partnership, ensuring the very best for each child. We are proud that our children achieve high levels in the National Curriculum tests at the end of each key stage.


We use Reading, Spelling, Cognitive Ability tests and optional SATS tests. Informal assessments access and track our children’s progress.
Every pupil and parent receives a report once a term, which details achievement and effort. The strong tutorial system ensures that every child's success is celebrated and rewarded. There are two Parents' Meetings during the year and regular and open communication is encouraged between home and school. In addition parents can communicate on a daily basis with the class teacher or via the homework diary.

School Trips / Enrichment

At Runnymede we believe learning goes beyond the classroom and during the course of the year all classes will be involved in school trips. Our trips are educational and help the children get a better insight into aspects of their learning. Each year group has 3 trips a year, enriching the curriculum. For example, Stockley Farm Christmas Experience, a Victorian themed days at Styal Mill and Norton Priory, a Roman Experience at Chester, coastal field study of Llandudno, orchestral concerts at the Philharmonic Hall for Early Years and Upper Juniors. In addition to these trips, Prep 5 take part in a 3 day residential trip to Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden and Prep 6 take part in a 5 day residential trip to Patterdale, Lake District.

We also have a number of specialist companies who are invited into the school to support the curriculum, for example: The Kinetic Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre, Maths Play and ‘Hohodza Band' from Zimbabwe. Over the year we offer 24 different clubs to match the interests of all our children. These clubs are very popular with the children and take place during lunchtime and after school.

Religious Education 

For full information about the RE Curriculum please visit the Religious Education page (Our Approach > Religious Education)

“Into your hands Lord, we put each day all that we do and all that we say.”

Religious Education (R.E.) at Runnymede is based on the national scheme ‘Come and See.’ Religious Education recognises and enables a dialogue at many levels. There are three main questions that are to be answered by all the children from Preschool to Prep 6.

“Where do I come from?” “Who am I?” “Why am I here?”

R.E. takes up 10% of the curriculum, but is not totally confined to lesson time. R.E. permeates the whole life and ethos of the school. The whole school explores the same theme but from different aspects, through year group topics on a one-year cycle. This enables the children to celebrate their new experiences and understanding together whatever their age. To read more about R.E. please see our section on Religious Education.



Runnymede St Edward's School, North Drive, Sandfield Park, Liverpool L12 1LE.

Tel: 0151 281 2300    Fax: 0151 281 4900