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 major public schools since 1894.

The school offers a range of sports, drama, music and arts programmes hobbies and activities to supplement the academic curriculum. Children at Cottesmore are taught to have faith in their own ability in a caring, confidence-inspiring environment.

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”.

Creativity is a key component of the education provided here and classes are kept small (maximum of 15 pupils) to provide a level of personal attention required to inspire confidence among their pupils. Sport also plays an important part of their development and regular plays and performances help create a community among parents.

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 day, boarding and flexi-boarding education for almost 200 pupils.

The school is officially classed as a “Beach School” which requires a passion for or experience of outdoor play and learning. As a choir school, music is also an important part of the curriculum, the school is famous for their World-Class Choristers and concerts held in the spectacular Chichester Cathedral.

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 located only an hour from London, on Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex borders.

The schools achieve excellent academic success, Highfield feeds the top Senior Schools in the country and enjoys a track record of securing every child’s place at their first choice school, as well as a great scholarship success rate.

Vinehall School, Robertsbridge


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

Boarding is at the heart of the school with the majority of pupils being from Sussex, Kent and London. A weekly train shuttle service to and from London is also provided.

Manor House, Bookham


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. Their objective is to develop happy young women who love coming to school and who have confidence in their abilities to learn and succeed. This is a nurturing, smaller school where girls follow a wide curriculum with lots of opportunities to get involved, supported by a strong co-curricular enrichment programme.

Abbot’s Hill School


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.

The historic campus offers modern facilities in a country setting, situated in over 70 acres of beautiful parkland. Throughout the school, pupils are taught in small classes. Creativity is an important part of the ethos here and girls of all ages are involved in dramatic and musical productions throughout the year.


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 and children excel in music, art and drama as well as achieving high sporting and academic standards. The school is set in impressive grounds with facilities, including a Theatre, Music School, Sports Hall, Squash courts, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Netball courts, an Astroturf, Games fields, a treehouse and even a zip wire.

St. Andrew’s Prep

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. The facilities include 12 acres of sports fields, a new sports hall and dance studio, purpose built Music, Art and DT and ICT departments and a unique forest school.

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. The Junior School was originally founded in 1879 as the preparatory school to The King’s School, Canterbury which is the oldest school in England. Today, Junior King’s provides an outstanding all-round education for boys and girls between the ages of 3-13.

Ashford School, Kent

Ashford Rd, Great Chart, Ashford TN23 3DJ

Founded in 1898, Ashford School provides day and boarding facilities for over 400 pupils East Hill near Ashford in Kent. Pastoral care is provided via house system; everyone is allocated a house on arrival as well as a specialist tutor.

The senior school is within walking distance of Ashford International train station while the Prep School is located in the delightful village of Great Chart, two miles west of Ashford. The school strives to develop individuals with the “freedom to be creative, the enterprise to initiate and the resilience to cope with adversity through adventurous learning”.

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.

Sport is treated seriously here with exceptional facilities and over 20 different sports on offer. Music, drama and dance play an important role at Danes Hill and every year has its own major annual production in which all the children are involved. The school strives to create well-rounded and self-assured individuals who are tolerant and supportive of others with a strong emphasis on charitable giving and fundraising.


 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.

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