Independent / private London prep schools are spread out over London.
London Prep Schools
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 is probably that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.
London Prep School Admissions 2018
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:
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 – E
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London Prep schools F – L
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London Prep schools M – R
London Prep schools S
London Prep schools T – W
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