Discover the Best Prep Schools near London

Our new guide to Prep Schools contains more than one hundred of the Best Prep Schools near London. Each one carefully selected & beautifully photographed.

Spring Grove School

Harville Road Wye TN25 5EZ

Spring Grove offers an outstanding, all-round education for boys and girls, and is widely known for its family ethos and feel. The school specialises in ‘free-range’ children; nurturing and developing all of its pupils to their full potential. Small classes offer children individual attention and tuition, preparing them for both grammar and senior independent school entry.

Cumnor House Sussex

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.

St Hilda’s Harpenden

28 Douglas Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2ES

St Hilda’s is a family community, providing an outstanding quality of education, a wide variety of curriculum and exceptional pastoral care to its pupils, who range from 3 – 11. Pupils thrive on a personalised curriculum, where diversity is celebrated, individuality is nurtured, good manners are fostered and achievement is encouraged at every level.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

Vinehall School, Robertsbridge


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.

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.

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.



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


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.

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