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TAVISTOCK TUTORS BEST PRE PREP SCHOOLS

Our shortlist of the best pre-prep schools in the UK was compiled with the help of our education consultants and clients to ensure that we only included schools where little learners could thrive. Our best pre-preps suit every childs needs, taking into account personal interests and academic level.

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR PASTORAL CARE

Pastoral Care is a crucial part of school life for children aged 3-7, especially as they start to prepare for their 7+. Being so young, pre prep students can often feel intimidated by the learning environment, or it may take them a while to settle into school life. We feel that every school that has received this award creates a warm and friendly place to learn.

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Every student at the Birkenhead Pre Prep seems happy to come to school, where the outdoor play area and modern facilities make it a very exciting place to learn. With small classes, the children are given lots of attention and parents are always kept in the loop, so no child’s feelings are ever ignored.

Runners up
  • Brighton College Pre Prep
  • Grimsdell, Mill Hill School Pre Prep London
  • Headington School Pre Prep Oxford

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR 7+ PREPARATION

Once you get your child into a good pre-prep school, the added stress of getting them into an even better school at 7+ level can be difficult, so we’ve created a shortlist of schools that really take the pressure off parents and fully prepare children for these exams.

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KES produced well-rounded students who are eager to learn. While the school is non-selective, their happy and creative ethos encourages children to grow without any unnecessary pressure, and the inspiring teachers help the students develop in leaps and bounds, ready to take on the 7+ exams.

Runners up
  • Hampstead Hill Pre Prep London
  • Wetherby Pre Prep London
  • Stephen Perse Pre Prep Cambridgeshire

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR HEALTHY EATING

Every parent wants to be sure that their child is getting the very best nutrition at school, so healthy eating habits can start from a young age. After looking into countless pre prep menus and cooking facilities, we’ve narrowed down the list and provided you with our favourites here.

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All pre prep students at Culford receive a two course lunch, and are regularly encouraged to opt for fruit as an alternative to sugary desserts. Not only are they encouraged to try new foods all the time, they are taught how to cut and eat their food properly, so that excellent table manners are instilled from a young age.

Runners up
  • Hazlegrove Pre Prep Somerset
  • Lyndhurst House Pre Prep London
  • Amesbury School Pre Prep Surrey

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR STUDENT FACILITIES

Pre prep schools are often relatively small, especially in London. This means that classrooms can be cramped or students can miss out on great opportunities, so we’ve compiled a list of the top independent pre preps across the UK that cater to their students’ needs perfectly.

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The pre prep students at Abberley Hall School have everything they could possibly need on site, from a heated swimming pool to endless sports pitches and stables. If they’re not doing sports or spending time outside, they’re in their state-of-the-art ICT suite, or using the interactive whiteboards in their lessons. Despite their age, they’re equipped with everything you can find in a senior school or university!

Runners up
  • Downsend Pre Prep Surrey
  • Broughton Manor Pre Prep Buckinghamshire
  • Dean Close Pre Prep Gloucestershire

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Parents of pre prep children want to know that their child is being challenged outside the classroom, where they can make friends or take up new activities. This is the stage of a child’s life when they start to develop interests and skills, so it’s important that any pre prep they attend support them in their journey of self-development.

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All pre prep students at Cokethorpe have the opportunity to thrive, with endless sports and creative activities on offer. Our favourite aspect of school life is the Garden Kitchen, where they can grow their own vegetables, as well as the Nature Walk, where they can go on a hike with friends and learn about the environment.

Runners up
  • Falcons Pre Prep London
  • Junior King’s College Pre Prep Kent
  • Dragon School Pre Prep Oxfordshire

MOST MULTILINGUAL PRE PREP SCHOOL

Every parent wants their child to be surrounded by different cultures and languages, especially if they come from abroad themselves. The pre prep schools listed below are all great, mixed environments for children to thrive in, as well as excellent places for students to learn how to speak another language themselves.

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Founded in Switzerland, Hill House has been a multicultural hub from the very beginning. With huge focus on language learning and international students, this prep school takes children from a wide range of backgrounds.

Runners up
  • Phileas Fox Nursery School London
  • Finton House Pre Prep London
  • Bromsgrove Pre Prep School Worcestershire

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR PARENT SUPPORT

It’s important to us that parents are involved in their child’s learning and development from the very beginning of their academic careers. While it may be the child who has to do the work, school applications, entrance exams and big decisions can be difficult for parents. The schools included here all often excellent parent support, so no mum or dad is ever out of their depth.

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Parents are very happy at the Phoenix School Pre Prep, as they are constantly kept in the loop. The staff are easy to contact, and any changes of plan or emergencies are easily taken care of when the parent-teacher relationships are so strong.

Runners up
  • Golders Hill School London
  • St Mary’s School Pre Prep Buckinghamshire
  • Solefield Preparatory School Kent

BEST PRE PREP SCHOOL FOR LEARNING SUPPORT

For children who have a slower start at school, going to pre prep can be extremely difficult, as the fast pace begins very early on. Whether a child has specific Special Educational Needs or simply requires more time or help to complete set tasks, the winners of this award have all impressed us with their excellent learning support departments.

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We loved Lambrook’s “Equal Treatment” policy, where each child is given the same chances at school, regardless of their ability or background. Not only is the site equipped to handle children with physical disabilities, the school’s resources for children who struggle academically is endless, and their SEN team are always on hand to help.

Runners up
  • Summerfields School Oxfordshire
  • St Columba’s Junior School Kilmacolm
  • Thomas’s Battersea London

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