FAQ’S

What curriculum does the school follow?

Wetherby-Pembridge School marries the best components of the British and New York educational systems.  We follow the English National curriculum at a challenging pace in Literacy, Mathematics and Science.  This foundation is complemented with core additions from the most exceptional schools in New York City, namely inquiry based learning, child centred teaching and content that is immediately relevant to students’ lives.

Where does the school name come from?

Wetherby-Pembridge is proud to come to New York. The name is derived from the long-established and highly successful Pembridge Hall School for Girls and Wetherby School for boys, both in London.

Is the school managed from London?

The school is managed by its Head of School in New York, who reports to our Head Office in London.  This enables the school to develop its own ethos and character, whilst benefiting from Alpha Plus’ broad education experience.

Is Wetherby-Pembridge a single-sex or a co-educational school?

The unique offering of our school is that we adapt the merits of both single-sex and co-educational provision.

Children are taught for two years (Nursery Program and Reception/Prekindergarten) in a co-educational setting. Once they reach Kindergarten the boys enter their Wetherby Form and the girls enter their Pembridge Hall Form through to Grade 8. In these years, students are taught separately for core subjects and come together for selected extra-curricular and cross-curricular activities. Our whole school community is celebrated on a weekly basis and our Friday Assemblies promote Wetherby and Pembridge successes together.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is around 18 students in each class and we will grow to be a school of 280.

What kind of parent involvement is available?

In our unique family setting, our parents are highly important to us at Wetherby-Pembridge and we welcome open and inclusive paths of communication throughout your time with us. As parents, you will receive detailed and bespoke commentary on your child’s progress, with termly Parent Evenings and drop in breakfast visits to view your child’s work and progress. You will be welcome to join our weekly Friday assemblies and we will hold a number of social events, concerts, exhibitions and functions. Building a strong community we can all be proud of is very much part of our school philosophy.

Is the existing building being refurbished?

Yes. The Ogden Codman designed Beaux-Arts mansion, which dates back to 1913, is undergoing a comprehensive multi-million dollar refurbishment and re-configuration tailored to our specific needs and to the highest standards. The refurbishment commenced at the beginning of June with Montroy Anderson DeMarco design practice. We have worked very closely together to deliver an optimum learning environment for the students of Wetherby-Pembridge School New York. The landlord (who is undertaking the works on our building this summer) will have everything completed in good time for opening September 2017.

artHow may classrooms and facilities will you provide?

The building provides 15,000 square foot of inspiring space and upon completion, there will be 16 classrooms and teaching spaces over its 6 floors. Each classroom will be fully equipped with diverse learning centers, specially designed educational furniture and the latest in educational technology. Our Art Studio, Science Laboratory and Music Room will be specially refurbished for the needs of these subjects. We are particularly proud to offer all students a community style, fully catered lunch, which they will enjoy together in our spacious dining facility. Each day, students will enjoy their morning or afternoon playtimes in the safety of our private outdoor courtyard.

Does it need planning permission or other consents?

The building has all the correct certificates required for its use. It was previously occupied by an educational institution that is moving to larger premises. The necessary private school registrations are underway and will be completed as required, including the British Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and International Schools section accreditation.

Do you provide lunch and snacks for the students?

Yes, all students take part in a fully catered meal plan for lunch and morning snacks. We value what a shared meal provides in building community and opening opportunities for new friendships. Meals are prepared in house in our full service kitchen and served in the basement dining area. All students have 3-4 options of hot entrees for lunch each day along with a wide variety of hot and cold side dishes, fresh bread, fresh fruit and a health conscious dessert. All dietary constraints and allergies are accommodated and comparable options made available to students with eating restrictions. Students are always encouraged to eat a balanced meal and food is served by trained catering staff. Some items are self-service for students, however their selections are always supervised by duty staff, in order to ensure healthy and reasonable eating habitsrelay

Is there a bus service?

We offer a bus service but this is subject to demand.

Is there a Wetherby-Pembridge after-school program?

Yes, there is an inspiring range of after-school clubs and activities on offer each day from Monday to Thursday. These aim to develop the creative, intellectual and sporting talents and interests of every student at our school.

What sporting facilities are offered and where are these likely to take place?

We provide an extensive sporting and physical education program. Through partnerships with high quality external providers, we have use of an early childhood playspace, multiple gymnasiums, a full size swimming pool, dance and gymnastics studios and tennis and basketball courts. Our close proximity to Central Park also allows us to practise some of our sporting activities outdoors.

Is Wetherby-Pembridge a “nut free” school?

Yes, we have a strict policy on this and the school, kitchens and all dining facilities operate as a ‘nut free’ environment at all times.

Opening September 2017

 

 

Wetherby-Pembridge School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 2.8 to 14, located on the Upper East Side, in a superb building next to Central Park on East 96th Street.

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