Our teaching philosophy

At Knox Prep, our aim is to harness the natural curiosity of boys through an innovative curriculum and enquiry-based learning.

While we ensure that we meet the objectives of the NSW Curriculum, our teachers develop creative programs which allow boys to explore topics in ways that best meet their needs.

Gifted and talented students

Gifted students in Year 5 and 6 may be placed into a da Vinci class to provide enrichment and extension opportunities. In all other year groups, gifted students are extended through extension classes.

Art class in the K-2 Centre
K-2 Coordinator Mrs Chris Gray with students
Lesson outside Ewan House with Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader
Students in their Ewan House classroom

Class structure

Every boy in the Prep has a 'home' classroom and a classroom teacher. The boys also have regular lessons with highly experienced, specialist Science, Languages, Music, Sport/PDHPE, Visual Arts, Drama and Values Education teachers. We also have a Writer in Residence, John Larkin, and specialist Teacher Librarians.

The specialist and classroom teachers are supported by staff from the Learning Support Department, which includes provisions for boys who have been identified by members of staff in the area of Gifted and Talented education.

Reports and progress

Each boy's progress is mapped and reported in writing to parents at the end of each semester. At the end of Term 1, all boys new to the School receive an interim report. Parent-teacher interviews are also held once a year, although teachers are in regular contact with parents to discuss any learning issues which require attention throughout the year.

Learning Support

The Prep has a specialist on-site Learning Support Team which provides expert and on-going support to boys with learning or behavioural difficulties, physical disabilities and academic gifts and their parents.


Homework is an integral part of our teaching philosophy for students. Short homework exercises may be set for boys in Kindergarten to Year 2, with more structured and regular homework for boys in Year 3 upwards. This provides extension and consolidation of topics explored in the classroom.

Further Reading Suggestions

Prep Curriculum: See our curriculum for boys K-6.