Independent / private London prep schools are spread out over London.
London’s independent 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 Websites for these schools on this page:
London’s Admissions Guide
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. Although prep schools traditionally start at 7/8, a lot of schools now have nurseries and pre-prep. Therefore most London day prep schools have a second entry point at 7+. There are however schools that make use of 7+ formal assessments and others that are non-selective.
The most important consideration when choosing a prep school is the associate secondary school it feeds to. Some schools now incorporate schooling from nursery to Sixth Form. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee a smooth path through the system. Your chosen school will let you know if they think your child is not going to keep up and you might need to look for a place elsewhere.
London Prep schools A – D
ACS Cobham International School Admission
Egham International School Admission
ACS Hillingdon International School Admission
Alleyns’s Junior School Admission
Coworth Flexlands Admissions
Cranmore School Admissions
Downsend Prep School Admissions
Duke of Kent School Admissions
E – L
Glendower Prep School Admissions
Guildford High School Admissions
Hampshire School Admissions
Hazelwood School Admissions
Hoe Bridge School Admissions
Hyde Park School Admissions
Kensington Prep School Admissions
M – R
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