Early Years at Rockport
For boys & girls from the age of 2½
Early Years at Rockport is a very special place. Boys and girls from the age of 2½ embark on their school journey, beginning in Pre-School (Playgroup then Reception) before following into R1.
Early Years at Rockport follows the Northern Ireland curriculum but has independent status, giving greater flexibility to make decisions, separate from the Education Authority. We also have greater flexibility on admission and academic matters to deliver a bespoke education.
We are proud members of Round Square, a network of schools sharing a commitment to character education and experiential learning built around six themes – the IDEALS – International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Even from such a young age our children really embrace these values!
We offer small class sizes (average 8 pupils) and we make the most of our beautiful setting. Spread over 25+ stunning acres, with access to our own private beach and forest classroom, we spend a lot of time exploring!
From a young age we offer a range of scholarship opportunities in the Arts, P.E. and Academia. There is also an option to apply for Bursary support.
Convenience for working families
Our school day begins at 08:45 am and finishes at 2pm for Playgroup, Reception and R1. For R2-R4 it's 3pm.
We offer wrap-around care daily from 8am-6pm and this service is well used by our Rockport families.
If you're interested in finding out more about the adventures at Rockport, feel free to contact us.
Some words from our Early Years' parents...
With the impact of Covid, we have never been so glad for this little “bubble” the boys call school. With the boys being at Rockport, they don’t feel like every single little thing has changed, classes are still small and the kids are safer there than anywhere else.
Hannah, Mum to Jude, Eli & Ezra
There were several reasons that we chose Rockport for our girls. The small class size means that teaching is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. This allows the kids to develop at their own pace: they can be pushed on in areas in which they feel confident but get the support they need in areas they find harder.
We were also particularly impressed by the wrap-around care available: both our daughters regularly attend breakfast club and daycare. When school is finished, they are escorted over to the daycare building, and from what I see, that's when the fun starts (although, they do have to finish homework first!). Every afternoon is a mini-adventure: the kids make full use of the outside spaces when the weather permits, to build dens, bug hotels and mud kitchens, ride bikes, pitch tents, and climb trees. In bad weather, the school bags returning home are filled with arts and crafts, and our knowledge of board games has increased dramatically, thanks to rainy daycare days! Although the activity might vary with the weather, their look of dismay when Mummy comes to collect them early, remains the same- they are very often having so much fun, getting them home is a struggle!
Deirdre, Mum to Eva & Catherine
Lily LOVES school! Where do we start? We have watched our daughter grow into a happy and confident little girl since she started. I believe there really are many reasons for this, but being one of a small number of pupils in her class, we've experienced the individual attention she gets. Her teachers have been able to identify her strengths and the things she needs a little bit of extra help with - they have really seen her potential and it's a perfect balance of learning, fun and reaching her capabilities.
We also really like how diverse Rockport is. The Round Square ethos is very well age-appropriately explored and experiencing different cultures from an early age is a benefit difficult to put a value on, but something we as parents, can see will make a difference to our daughter's life.
Emma, Mum to Lily