Our focus here is on ‘Ealing Prep Schools’.

London is not only the capital of the United Kingdom but also often seen as an educational hub for UK students and students from all over the world. Consequently many aspire to get into some of the best universities in the world from here and find that a private school education is the best way to prepare for their academic future.

London has independent/private schools spread out all over. These schools are fee paying. Private schools are run by governors and independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.

Private Prep Schools

Prep (Preparatory) schools are those that cater for students up to the age of 13 to ‘prepare’ learners for school entrance to the public (expensive and exclusive schools for 13-18-year-olds) and independent secondary schools.

Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).

Independent schools that belong to the ISC are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted.

The best way to search for school options is to have a look at the schools in your borough and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the below links or by going to our various pages like:

London Prep School Guide

London Prep School Admissions

As each private school manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and administer some kind of assessment.

For children, up to 7, a prep school would usually ‘assess’ prospective students through an interview and a taster day at the school. There are however schools the make use of 7+ formal assessments.

London Boroughs

There are 32 boroughs in the 33 local authority districts in Greater London. The 33rd is the City of London, not technically a borough. These 32 boroughs are as follow:

  • City of London (not a London borough, but local authority district)
  • City of Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Wandsworth
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Camden
  • Brent
  • Ealing prep schools
  • Hounslow
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Sutton
  • Croydon
  • Bromley
  • Lewisham
  • Greenwich
  • Bexley
  • Havering
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Redbridge
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon


Private Ealing Prep Schools

Avenue House School

Clifton Lodge Prep School and Nursery

Durston House

Ealing Independent College

Harvington Prep School

Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST

St Augustine’s Priory

St Benedict’s School

London Private School Entrance

Barnet / Brent / Camden / City of London / Croydon / Ealing prep schools / Enfield / Greenwich / Hackney / Hammersmith & Fulham / Hampstead / Haringey / Harrow / Havering / Hillingdon / Hounslow / Islington / Kensington & Chelsea / Kingston-upon-Thames / Lewisham / Merton / Notting Hill / Redbridge / Richmond-upon-Thames / Streatham / Southwark / Sutton / Wandsworth / Westminster / Wimbledon

 Exam preparation for all ages, all in one place.


School Test Research

In 2016 Skipper and Douglas published their research named: The impact of a selective entry examination on children’s feelings as they approach the transition to secondary school. They specifically looked at how different experiences of the selective entry examination influenced children’s feelings towards themselves, the school and intelligence. A group of 98 children around the age of 10, from 3 different selective school areas were assessed at two different time points. The first point of assessment was when they decided whether to take the exam. Time point 2 was after they received their results.

At both assessment points, measures of theories of intelligence, locus of control, self-esteem and feelings about the school system were used.

  • At time point 1, those who decided to take the exam showed more positive outcomes than those who didn’t. However, they were more likely to hold a fixed view of intelligence, which has been associated with long-term negative outcomes.
  • At time point 2, those who passed the exam showed more positive outcomes. However, again they held a more potentially maladaptive fixed view of intelligence.
  • Those who failed could not be distinguished in their views from those who did not take the exam.

It was however clear that failing or not having a chance to sit the exams lead to consistently negative outcomes.