Prep School

We are committed to helping your child develop as a confident, smiling, interesting and interested individual.

Within this vibrant and energetic school, every child will develop their academic curiosity and a lifelong love of learning.

Children thrive on challenges both in and outside the classroom, with great emphasis placed on developing breadth and balance through first-rate sport, clubs, music, art, drama and outdoor pursuits.

Self-confidence and happiness are prerequisites to academic and extra-curricular success which is why we focus so much on a supportive community for children, parents and staff; this is characterised by mutual respect, reassurance and encouragement.

We work hard to strike the right balance between work and play, comfort and challenge, instruction and discovery, rules and common sense, questioning and humility, and guidance and independence. 

The Prep is an academically selective school of just over 280 boys and girls. Nearly two thirds of our Year 3 intake come from the Pelican, while just over a third join us from a variety of other schools, both local and further afield. In Years 4, 5 and 6 we usually offer around three places in each year group. Most children progress to the Upper in Year 7.

Our Prep School is led by Head, James Piper. 

The pupils’ attitudes to work are outstanding. They are positive, focused and engaged and have a strong desire to learn.

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