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Tavistock Tutors Best Prep Schools

Our top picks for UK prep schools consider all the frequently asked questions we receive from parents on a daily basis. We’ve narrowed down the most important criteria for younger students to produce this trustworthy list of prep schools that are both high-achieving and fit the most specific of educational needs.

BEST PREP SCHOOL FOR HEALTHY EATING

Every parent wants to be confident that their child is receiving nutritious school meals. From PSHCE lessons on how to eat well, to five-star lunches and cooking classes, every school listed below has impressed us with their healthy eating policies.

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Felsted Prep is dedicated to providing the tastiest meals for their children. From using only free range and organic products, to being “greener” with their crockery, this school does everything they can to make their cooking healthy and sustainable.

Runners up
  • Claysmore School Dorset
  • Halstead Prep School for Girls Surrey
  • Blackheath Preparatory School London

BEST PREP SCHOOL FOR SPORTS

Keeping active at this stage of a child’s development is crucial, and we believe all the best prep schools focus on sport as a key part of their curriculum. The recipients of this award truly understand the value of PE lessons and extracurricular opportunities, whether this is in the form of traditional outdoor sports or something a little different, such as horse-riding or rock-climbing.

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There isn’t a single sport that Casterton at Sedbergh School doesn’t offer to their prep students. Horse-riding, target-shooting, Judo and Scuba-Diving are some of our favourites, where children can try out everything before committing to one sport.

Runners up
  • Dean Close School Cheltenham
  • Newton Prep School London
  • Copthorne Preparatory School West Sussex

BEST PREP SCHOOL FOR TRIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD

Younger children often don’t get a chance to travel, as schools fear that they will get homesick or are simply not old enough to handle going on outings. At Tavistock Tutors, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy school trips, abroad and at home.

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Faraday Prep in London wins this award because they make do with the resources they have to give their students the best London experience. Seeing the city as an “extension” of their school, they offer regular trips around the capital to open up their students eyes to the world around them.

Runners up
  • Willington Prep School London
  • Kimbolton School Cambridgeshire
  • Priory School Surrey

BEST PREP SCHOOL FOR PASTORAL CARE

Excellent pastoral care is vital when a child is at prep school, so that they feel supported and maintain their confidence while they are learning. Whether they attend an all-girls boarding school in the countryside, or a day-prep in the capital, every child deserves to feel safe at school.

Our Pastoral Care Award winners all go the extra mile when it comes to creating the perfect learning environment for their children.

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St. Ambrose School provides their students with Pastoral Care that makes parents smile. From their various before and after school clubs to their gardening society, there are many activities on offer at school to keep the boys happy and motivated.

Runners up
  • Loyola Prep School Essex
  • Portsmouth Grammar School
  • North London Collegiate School

MOST MULTILINGUAL PREP SCHOOL

Many parents come to us looking for multilingual prep schools, where their child can be surrounded by students who all speak different languages and come from a variety of backgrounds. All the schools listed here have impressed us with their attention to multilingualism, either through their intake or the language lessons they offer.

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Castle School Prep boasts a “Trilingual Education” programme which puts language-learning at the heart of education. Situated in Wales, they aim for all their children to speak Welsh and English fluently, with Spanish taught alongside. Teachers move between languages depending on the lesson, so students get constant exposure to other cultures.

Runners up
  • Sherborne Prep School Dorset
  • The Grange, Haberdasher’s Monmouth School Wales
  • Chesham Prep School Buckinghamshire

MOST CREATIVE PREP SCHOOL

Prep schools can be quite academically intense, which isn’t always the best fit for artistic children who learn in different ways. All the schools included on this list are high achieving, yet still maintain a creative style of teaching to keep kids engaged.

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The Dolphin School encourages arts and creativity, in line with their ethos that it promotes self-expression and confidence, and children are excited to come to school. Their students have fun while learning, which is perfect for every child.

Runners up
  • Hampton Court House School London
  • Reddam House Prep, Bearwood College Wokingham
  • Latymer Prep School London

BEST PREP SCHOOL FOR LEARNING SUPPORT

Whether your child has specific Special Educational Needs or just needs more time and support with their studies, all our winners for this category provide everything a parent could possibly want. From interactive activities to help children with their sums, to resources such as speech therapy classes and study skills workshops, these schools are known for their excellent learning support.

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From their Access Centre to their Speech and Language Therapy, Bredon School is equipped to help students with all sorts of learning difficulties, from dyslexia to ADHD, or additional issues that require attention. The school takes SEN seriously, excellent for any parent looking for a school with lots of experience in learning support.

Runners up
  • Woodcote House School Windlesham
  • Hurstpierpoint College West Sussex
  • Ramillies Hall School Cheadle

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