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75 of 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.

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”.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Ashford School, Kent

East Hill, Ashford TN24 8PB

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”.

Michael Hall School

Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row RH18 5JA

Michael Hall is an independent Steiner Waldorf school in Kidbrooke Park on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. It was founded in 1925 and is the oldest Steiner school in Britain. It has an enrolment of over 500 students aged between three and eighteen.

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Cottesmore School

Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, 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.

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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.

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Bede’s Prep School

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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Feltonfleet School

Byfleet Rd, Cobham KT11 1DR

Feltonfleet is a day, weekly and flexi-boarding school for around 400 boys and girls aged 3-13. The school is situated in a stunning 25 acre site of woodland, games fields and landscaped play areas.

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Northbourne Park School

Betteshanger, Deal CT14 0NW

Northbourne Park is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for children between the ages of 3 and 13. Set in over 100 acres of beautiful park and woodland in rural Kent, the school is within easy reach from central London.

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