The Best Prep Schools near London

In anticipation of the launch of our new Guide to Prep Schools later this year, Best of England have curated some of the best Prep Schools within an hour of London.

Cottesmore School

Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage West Sussex, RH11 9AU

Cottesmore is an academic boarding prep school for boys and girls in West Sussex housed in a fine, Grade II-listed Victorian mansion. Located between Pease Pottage and Horsham, the school has been preparing children for renowned public schools since 1894.

Dover College Junior School

Dover CT17 9RH

Dover College was founded in 1871 and provides a day and boarding education for almost 400 boys and girls aged 3-18. The College is non-selective and sits in idyllic surroundings in the grounds of a 12th Century Benedictine Priory and encourages pupils to “think differently”.

The Prebendal School, Chichester

52-55 West Steet, Chichester PO19 1RT

The Prebendal is a thriving prep school for boys and girls aged 3-13 and is uniquely located in the heart of historic Chichester. The school dates back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral in the 11th century and today the school provides a range of day, boarding and flexi-boarding education.

Highfield and Brookham, Hampshire

Highfield Ln, Liphook GU30 7LQ

Highfield and Brookham are charming country prep, pre-prep and nursery schools offering an exceptional all-round education for children aged 3-13. Set within 175 acres of stunning grounds, the schools are ideally located only an hour from London, on the Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex borders.

Vinehall School, Robertsbridge

VINEHALL RD, ROBERTSBRIDGE TN32 5JL

Vinehall is a traditional prep school with a 21st century approach. The school is a co-educational day, boarding school and nursery located near the town of Robertsbridge, East Sussex for children aged 2 to 13.

Manor House, Bookham

MANORHOUSE LN, GREAT BOOKHAM, LEATHERHEAD KT23 4EN

Manor House School is a selective independent day school for girls housed in a classically beautiful Queen Anne house within formal gardens and parkland. The emphasis is on ensuring girls achieve and experience more than they ever thought was possible.

Abbot’s Hill School

BUNKERS LN, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HP3 8RP

Abbot’s Hill School is an independent Day School providing an all-round education for over 500 girls aged 4-16 years in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The school is non-selective and has been providing pastoral care on the site for over 100 years having been founded in 1912.

Brambletye

LEWES ROAD, EAST GRINSTEAD RH19 3PD

Brambletye is a prep school for children aged 2 ½ to 13. Nestled in 140 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, children have opportunities, time and space to enjoy a rich learning experience. The creative arts flourish here and children excel in music, art and drama, as well as achieving high sporting and academic standards.

St. Andrew’s Prep

MEADS STREET, EASTBOURNE BN20 7RP

St Andrew’s Prep is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 9 months to 13 years. St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is a short walk from the sea and the foot of the South Downs. The school uses the glorious surroundings to stimulate the imagination, creativity and inventiveness of their pupils while equipping them with the qualities of self-discipline, resilience, honesty, kindness and compassion.

Junior King’s, Canterbury

Milner Court, Sturry, Canterbury CT2 0AY

Junior King’s is located within eighty acres of countryside. A 16th century Manor House lies at the heart of the school while performing arts take place in the recently refurbished Tithe Barn.

Ashford School, Kent

Ashford Rd, Great Chart, Ashford TN23 3DJ

Set in the rural village of Great Chart, Ashford Prep School strives to provide an education in an outstanding environment, in which all children will benefit. From Nursery through to Year 6, students are offered extensive opportunities to be happy and confident through Adventurous Learning and a varied and broad curriculum, of which creativity is at the heart.

Danes Hill School, Oxshott

Leatherhead Rd, Oxshott KT22 0JG

Danes Hill is a day school providing boys and girls aged 3 to 13 with a broad and balanced all-round education. The school is situated in the village of Oxshott in Surrey, within 55 acres of grounds which is ample for the 800 plus pupils here.

Bede’s

Dukes Dr, Eastbourne BN20 7XL

Bede’s Prep School has a reputation for offering innovation in the classroom and expansive opportunities outside of it. Based in Eastbourne, Bede’s Prep is nestled on a cliff top above Beachy Head with stunning views of the sea.

Windlesham House

London Rd, Pulborough RH20 4AY

Windlesham House School was established in 1837 and has been educating boys and girls on a day and boarding basis ever since. The school is situated within 65 acres of South Downs countryside in West Sussex, just over an hour from London.

Cumnor House

Danehill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7HT

Set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, Cumnor House Sussex is one of the country’s leading independent day and boarding schools for children aged 2 to 13. The school offers a safe and unhurried environment for active and ambitious children with 65 acres to roam, explore and climb trees alongside state-of-the-art facilities including a new STEM building, 14 sports fields, an all-weather surface, two creative art studios, a theatre and Cumnor Nursery.

Great Walstead

East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2QL

The vision at Great Walstead is to enable pupils to become independent and engaged learners who see challenges as opportunities, all grounded on Christian values and a sense of social responsibility.

The Hawthorns School

Pendell Court, Pendell Rd, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ

The focus at Hawthorns is to create a happy, family atmosphere whilst giving each child every opportunity to realise their potential through academic achievement and by engaging in activities which build their confidence.

Danes Hill School

Leatherhead Road, Oxshott KT22 0JG

Danes Hill is a day school providing boys and girls aged 3 to 13 with a broad and balanced all-round education. The school is situated in the village of Oxshott in Surrey, within 55 acres of grounds which is ample for the 800 plus pupils here.

TASIS The American School in England

Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey TW20 8TE

TASIS England is an American international school with over 600 day and boarding students from more than 50 countries. TASIS provides small classes and multiple pathways for learning, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and a broad-based American curriculum with Advanced Placement courses.

St Hilary’s School

Holloway Hill, Godalming GU7 1RZ

St Hilary’s prides itself in providing an outstanding all-round education, equipping pupils not only with strong academic standards but also the essential qualities and skills required beyond their time at school.

Ashford Prep School

Ashford Rd, Great Chart, Ashford TN23 3DJ

Set in the rural village of Great Chart, Ashford Prep School strives to provide an education in an outstanding environment, in which all children will benefit. From Nursery through to Year 6, students are offered extensive opportunities to be happy and confident through Adventurous Learning and a varied and broad curriculum, of which creativity is at the heart.

Beechwood Park School

Pickford Rd, Markyate, St Albans AL3 8AW

Beechwood Park School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding prep school in Hertfordshire for over 500 children aged 3 to 13. The main school is situated within a beautiful Georgian mansion, surrounded by 37 acres of rural parkland in Hertfordshire located a short distance from Harpenden, St Albans and Berkhamsted.

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