Frequently Asked Questions
"The thing I enjoy most about Prior Park is the sense of independence"
- Gregory Butcher, Year 10
"She's doing things she would never have tried before, it's wonderful to see her so happy at school"
- Year 9 Parent
Why do I need to register my child?
Completing a registration form is the first step towards securing a place for your child at Prior Park School. All prospective students must be registered before the 7th April 2017 for the September 2017 intake. The form can be downloaded from the side of this page.
Once we receive your registration form and fee of £100, your child will need to take a computer-based skills assessment, usually lasting 45 minutes, as well as attend a 15 minute interview with Headmaster, Mr Watts.
It is only after going through this process that a formal offer can be given.
How many children will there be per year group?
Class sizes at Prior Park are kept purposefully small to ensure we can maintain a personalised teaching style. There will never be more than 20 students per class and 40 students per year group, which is why it is important to register your child early, to avoid disappointment.
Can I visit the school with my child before deciding to register?
Yes, we welcome visits from prospective families and members of the community. Please call us to find out when our next Open Door Day will take place or to book a private appointment with the Headmaster.
How can I find out about what's going on at Prior Park School?
For current parents, the parent portal offers term dates, events and news about the school. For prospective families, regular updates are made on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the News section of this website.
What is the school day like at Prior Park?
Students begin their day at 8.30am and depending on the day of the week, they will attend an assembly, Mass or have time with their tutor groups. The PSHE curriculum is usually delivered during these tutor periods.
Lessons begin at 9am and students have 8 per day, lasting 40 minutes each. There is a morning and afternoon break, with an hour for lunch at 12pm.
The academic day finishes at 3.40pm, after which the co-curricular programme begins.
What is the Co-Curricular Program?
Prior Park's co-curricular programme is designed to help encourage students to commit to a broad and balanced programme of personal development. Clubs and Societies run at lunch time and between 4-6pm Monday to Thursday.
Each student must choose one option from the three co-curriculum strands; Team Sports/Activity, Creativity/Enrichment and Service/Leadership.
Information on the clubs and activities available can downloaded from the top of this page.
Can my child learn a musical instrument at school?
Private music tuition is available to students wanting to learn an instrument. Lessons are provided by Great River Music, on a weekly basis and currently cost £20 one-to-one or £10 in small groups. Lessons are delivered on a rotating timetable to ensure your child will not miss the same lesson more than once or twice each term.
Which languages can my child learn at Prior Park?
There is the opportunity for students to learn French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese/Mandarin, either as part of the academic timetable or through the co-curricular programme.
Is there a School Bus service?
Yes, we offer a school bus every morning and afternoon at 4 and 6pm. The service is currently run by ParodyTur in Gibraltar and collects students from the Border and then stops at various points on the way to the school. Registration and payment must be organised directly with ParodyTur and they can be contacted by calling (+350) 200 47366.
Where can I buy the School Uniform from?
Our school uniforms are provided by John Moore Sports in Bath, UK. A uniform list and order form can be found on this website under 'About the School'. Once ordered, uniforms are delivered directly to the school and can be collected from reception.
Prior Park is a Christian/Catholic School, does my child have to be Catholic to attend?
At Prior Park we want our students to be rooted in the Christian values of kindness, compassion and service. The Prior Way encourages all students to forgive, be honest, share, be helpful and show good manners.
We welcome children of all faiths and of no faith into our inclusive environment and ensure that the teachings of other major religions (such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc) are delivered through Theology/Religious Studies.
Do you offer any assistance with fees?
We are pleased to be able to work alongside Gibraltar International Bank to offer Educational Assistance Loans for local residents in need of financial assistance. An information flyer about the loans can be downloaded from this page.