From September, our chess offering here at Prior Park Prep, near Swindon, is being enhanced.
Pupils will soon benefit from chess lessons once a week, as part of their Strategic Thinking Skills Sessions. Children attending the school in Years 2, 3 and 4 will have regular lessons and pupils in Years 5-8 can enjoy the game as an extracurricular club. For the competitive who wish to enter inter-school competitions, the school offers support to both team and individual entrants.
There are compelling educational benefits of chess, which offers a chance to develop spatial awareness, strategic planning and perseverance. It also has a mathematical basis applicable to everyday life.
The change follows the success of chess club at Prior Park Prep which has seen its Junior and Senior Chess Clubs grow in size since their opening last September.