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An idyllic setting for learning.
Home to the youngest members of Team Duncombe
Treetops Pre-School is nestled among the trees with views of Hartham Common and Ware. Here, the youngest members of Team Duncombe are nurtured and cared for in a warm and inviting environment. Our Early Years setting is thoughtfully designed to ignite a lifelong passion for learning, with vibrant classrooms and an imaginative Early Years Garden.
While our children regularly visit the Main School for library lessons and special events, Treetops remains their secure and welcoming home, providing a sense of safety and belonging while still fully immersed in the rich tapestry of Main School life.
We blend tradition with modern amenities to give our children an excellent and comprehensive education. They are surrounded by ample stimulating opportunities such as our Astro and Forest School, Musical Sound Garden and adventure play areas. We are also an engaged member of the Hertford community and utilise nearby resources, including the Rugby and Cricket Clubs and Haileybury College, for extracurricular activities.
At Duncombe, we provide a range of sporting facilities, such as the Duncombe Arena, our floodlit Astroturf pitch and an all-weather 75m athletics track, both used to inspire our children to participate in sporting activities and events. Our Sound Garden and Sustainability Garden, offers a serene space for our children to express themselves and appreciate nature.
The Dell, once a sunken woodland garden in Victorian times, is now home to Duncombe's Forest School and outdoor learning shelter. This peaceful setting boosts the children’s self-esteem, creativity, confidence and independence. Our curriculum-aligned activities are designed to foster child-centred learning, exploration and play, whilst also developing their ability to assess risk.
Our enchanted Sound Garden, new to our music curriculum, is frequently visited by our Treetops and Lower school children. Here the children gain confidence in their musical abilities through a variety of interactive games and activities, carefully crafted to align with the Kodály philosophy, to unlock the joy of learning in a truly delightful way.
At Duncombe, learning doesn't pause during playtime. Our children have access to various exciting equipment and games, teaching them essential life skills such as assertiveness, teamwork, rule-following, and negotiation. Each activity, be it field games or quiet play, fosters growth and development.