Lower Prep is housed in a purpose-built building with outstanding views over the Howardian Hills. Form tutors deliver the core subjects, have responsibility for the pastoral and academic oversight of their pupils and liaise closely with parents to whom weekly spelling, times tables and number bonds tests are emailed. There is an open-door policy for parents to share any concerns.

Lower Prep aims for high standards in literacy and numeracy, has a rich broad and balanced curriculum and a happy, safe and supportive atmosphere with a strong commitment to helping children achieve, whatever their ability.

For some subjects (Spanish, Music, Drama, Art, ICT, Swimming and Physical Education), the pupils are taught by specialist teachers and move around the school. This aids the transition to Upper Prep where all teaching is specialist taught.

In addition to weekly Physical Education and Swimming lessons, the pupils are coached in Football, Rugby, Cricket, Cross Country and Athletics (Boys) and Netball, Hockey, Rounders, Cross Country and Athletics (Girls). Competitive inter-school sport is introduced from Year 3 and all pupils have the opportunity to represent the school. The indoor cricket nets and climbing wall are used to good effect during the day and in evening activity sessions, and there is an opportunity to have extra-curricular tuition from specialist teachers in Tri-Golf, Tennis, Judo, Karate and Riding.

Musically, many pupils take up an instrument and are enthusiastic members of the Junior Choir. There is ample opportunity to perform on stage whether at Harvest Festival, the Christmas and Easter Assemblies, or in the large-scale Summer term stage production.

When children enter the Lower Prep, they are expected to become more independent, both in and out of the classroom. The development of personal responsibility for both belongings and actions is actively promoted in assemblies and class discussions led by the Form Tutor, and great emphasis is placed on sharing and learning to live with one another both in school and in the boarding house should they wish to stay the night.

Thus supported, children in the Lower Prep are nurtured and encouraged to develop into independent learners in preparation for the next stage of their education at Terrington.