Specialist Facilities and Pre-School Classes

Specialist teaching and facilities

All the children enjoy Music, Swimming, PE and French lessons with specialist teachers and have full access to the School facilities. These include outdoor areas with age appropriate play equipment and space for growing flowers and vegetables. The children are taught in the gym, the indoor heated swimming pool, the Theatre and the ICT suite. Year 2 and Year 3 are taught Art,  by specialist teachers and all the Pre-Prep classes have interactive whiteboards and access to iPads. The children also take part in the wider school life, for example, school assemblies, performances and activity days.

Woodland Classroom

The children in the Pre-Prep have a wonderful onsite Woodland Classroom which is regularly visited for outdoor learning. There, the children learn about nature and their wider environment with the freedom to explore and investigate at a more leisurely pace. Activities include den building, toasting marshmallows on an open fire and searching for mini beasts. In the Woodland Classroom the children learn skills for life such as balanced risk taking, collaboration and creative thinking.

Additional Support

In some cases children’s special needs are temporary and will respond to additional support (mainly in English and Mathematics) very quickly.

If the class teacher identifies a need for support in a child they will discuss this with parents. Ideas for support at home may be given or a child may work with a teaching assistant in the classroom. This often helps children overcome any difficulties. However, if there is a longer term concern the child may begin to work with the School’s Learning Support Co-ordinator and a programme of support may be worked out involving the class teacher and parents.

Buggy Bootcamp

Bring your baby/toddler along to this post natal fitness session to help you get back into shape.

Woodland Tots


This is a parent and child fun, active play programme which is led by a qualified Woodland School teacher. We love a good Forest School session, there is nothing like letting Little Explorers run free within nature’s very own classroom. Confidence, improved social skills, staying healthy and engaging with the environment are only a small portion of the huge benefits to children attending Forest School sessions. If you have never been to a Forest School then now may be a good time to try! Just bring yourself, your child, appropriate clothing and an open mind. The possibilities of a Forest School session really are endless. A busy morning guaranteed!

For children aged 2 – 4 years.
Block of 6 sessions £50. Booking essential.
Sessions begin in April 2019.
Arrive from 8.30 for refreshments, session starts 9.30am – 10.30am
Please email Debbie dfgriffith@mowdenhall.co.uk to book your place.

Gym Tots

Every Thursday, Term Time. 9.30am-10.15am. Arrive from 9.00am for Tea, Toys and Talk! This is a parent and child fun, active play programme, led by a qualified Early Years gymnastics coach. The sessions have been designed to develop children’s motor skills, agility, balance, and co-ordination.
For children 18 months to 4 years.

PAY AS YOU GO! £4.50 per session.
For further information please contact: dfgriffith@mowdenhall.co.uk
or call on 01661 842147.

Rugby Tots

Mowden Hall is pleased to offer Rugby Tots to children aged between 2 and 7 years on Saturday mornings.

So what is Rugbytots?  An exciting activity session based around rugby, that develops a child’s physical, psychological and social skills, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skill such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try and much more.  Rugbytots has been successfully operating nationally since 2006.  Whether the next step for your child is mini rugby or ballet, Rugbytots aims to provide good foundations enabling them to more forward.

The lead coaches are all paediatric first aiders, RFU qualified rugby coaches, DBS checked and trained to a very high standard to ensure your children enjoy their time at Rugbytots in a safe and organised environment.

Classes run on Saturday mornings during term time and further details and booking information can be found on the Rugbytots website, www.rugbytots.co.uk.


Another great opportunity for young children is to experience swimming lessons in the Mowden pool on Saturday mornings, so come on in, the water’s lovely!

Puddle Ducks’ swimming lessons are enjoyed by thousands of babies and toddlers every week.  Experience magical one-to-one time with your child in carefully structured, small classes full of fun activities and songs.  The teachers are pretty special too.  Not only are they highly trained and qualified, they’re also experts at adapting each activity to nurture confidence and get the best out of every child.  Jump in at any age from 6 months.  For further information or to sign up for lessons, please contact the Puddle Ducks team by emailing newcastle@puddleducks.com, phoning them on 0191 375 9396 or visiting their website at www.puddleducks.com.

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