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 Prep School Entrance Exams

Firstly, City of London. Then, Croydon. Also, Ealing  / Plus, Hampstead. Next, Haringey. Also, Harrow. And Havering. Then, Islington. Plus, Kensington & Chelsea / And Kingston-upon-Thames / Also, LewishamMerton. And then Notting Hill. Plus also Redbridge. And next Streatham. Also Southwark / Plus Sutton. Next Wandsworth. Finally Wimbledon.

100 Books children should read before leaving primary school

TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results.

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahls
  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  11. Stig of the Dump by Clive King
  12. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  13. The Iron Manby Ted Hughes
  14. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  15. Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
  16. Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
  17. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  18. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
  19. Green Eggs and Hamby Dr Seuss
  20. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  21. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
  22. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  23. Peace at Last by Jill Murphy 
  24. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  25. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

  26. Not Now Bernard by David Mckee
  27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  28. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  29. I am David by Anne Holm
  30. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
  31. The Paddington series by Michael Bond
  32. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
  33. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  34. Five Children and It by E Nesbit
  35. Clockwork by Phillip Pullman
  36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  37. The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton
  38. Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
  39. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  40. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier 
  41. The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
  42. The Alfie and Annie Rose series by Shirley Hughes
  43. Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
  44. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  45. Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
  46. Sad Book by Michael Rosen
  47. The Borrowers by Mary Norton 
  48. A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
  49. The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
  50. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  51. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  52. Zoo by Anthony Browne
  53. Treasure Island by R L Stevenson
  54. Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
  55. Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
  56. Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
  57. The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  58. Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
  59. Kidnapped by R L Stevenson
  60. The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith
  61. Beegu by Alexis Deacon
  62. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  63. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  64. he Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves
  65. Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo
  66. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  67. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  68. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
  69. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
  70. Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme and Wendy Body
  71. The Just William series by Richmal Crompton
  72. On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
  73. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  74. Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  75. The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

  76. Angelo by Quentin Blake
  77. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Draywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  78. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  79. My Mumby Anthony Browne
  80. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  81. The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
  82. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
  83. The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp
  84. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  85. Click Clack Moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  86. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  87. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  88. I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
  89. The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
  90. The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
  91. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
  92. Birds Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
  93. The Weirdstone of Brisingamenby Alan Garner
  94. The Mrs Pepperpot series by Alf Proysen
  95. The Asterix Series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
  96. The Fib and Other Stories by George Layton
  97. The Giant’s Necklace by Michael Morpurgo
  98. The Kipper series by Mick Inkpen
  99. The Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
  100. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson