Boarding prep schools within reach of London

The Attain Guide contains a comprehensive range of information for prospective parents about independent boarding prep schools (0 to 11 or 13 years) within reach of London.

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Aldro School

Aldro School
DB Boys 7-13, Surrey

You could take a walk round the 20 acre grounds and take in the wonderful wooded Surrey countryside, our rowing lake, the new sports centre, all-weather tennis courts, adventure island, wooden fort, swimming pool, croquet lawn, rifle and pistol ranges and come to one conclusion – you were standing in a boys’ paradise.

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Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst
DB Coed 8-13, Hampshire

We strive to give your child roots and wings: roots, so they feel grounded and safe, and wings to fly with ideas and an ‘I can’ attitude.

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Beechwood Park

Beechwood Park
DB Coed 3-13, Hertfordshire

Beechwood Park is a co-educational independent Prep School providing a high standard of education for children aged rising 3 to 13, located in extensive parkland in the Hertfordshire Countryside. The School has its own onsite Nursery; Woodlands Nursery which was recently named as one of the top 20 nurseries in the east of England.

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Belmont School

Belmont School
DB Coed 3-16, Surrey

Belmont School is a co-educational day, weekly boarding and flexible boarding school for children aged 3 to 16.  Situated in 65 acres of spectacular woodland in the Surrey Hills, close to Dorking and Guildford, they offer a happy, thriving, environment where children enjoy a style of schooling that most children would only dream about.

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Boundary Oak School

Boundary Oak School
DB Coed 2-16, Hampshire

Boundary Oak School is an IAPS co-educational, day and boarding for 2 to 16 year olds.

Located among 30 acres of beautiful English countryside, with fields, woods and stunning views, Boundary Oak is a magical setting for a child’s education. It is also steeped in history; the Grade II listed main building, Roche Court, was built by Peter de Roches, the bishop of Winchester, in the 13th Century and hosted King John of England and his son Henry III. The school itself is celebrating its centenary next year having been founded in 1918.

Boundary Oak School takes pride in its strong family ethos and the personalised learning it provides. This is a community of learning built upon mutual trust between teachers and pupils with a strong shared sense of purpose, and a commitment to high standards driven by passion and enthusiasm.

Our rigorous academic curriculum is supplemented by our vast array of clubs, sports, drama, music, art, computing and outdoor learning opportunities. Facilities include an art and DT studio, food technology classroom, theatre, library, ICT and 3D printing suite, woodland school, swimming pool, hockey and tennis astro, and extensive sporting grounds.

We aim to foster an intellectual curiosity to develop freedom of thought and expression and support our pupils to take responsibility for their own personal and collective learning.

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Caldicott

Caldicott
DB Boys 7-13, Buckinghamshire

Caldicott is a thriving day and boarding country prep school for boys aged 7 – 13 in South Buckinghamshire.  We pride ourselves on our warm community where our pupils are happy and feel valued.

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Cheam School

Cheam School
DB Coed 3-13, Berkshire

Cheam School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13.

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Dragon School, Oxford

Dragon School, Oxford
DB Coed 4-13, Oxfordshire

Dragon School is a co-educational boarding and day prep school in Oxford for boys and girls aged 4 to 13. The Dragon is a happy, vibrant school where children enjoy a wealth of opportunities to discover and develop their talents in the classroom and beyond.

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Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook
DB Coed 3-13, Kent

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook is an IAPS day and flexi-boarding school of 410 boys and girls aged 3-13.

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Eagle House

Eagle House
DB Coed 3-13, Berkshire

Eagle House is a coeducational, boarding and day Prep, Pre-Prep and Nursery located in Berkshire and a Wellington College School. Situated within easy reach of the M3 and M4 and only 45 minutes from London, the school benefits from superb grounds. Excellent facilities are the background to an experience where success, confidence and happiness are paramount.  In December 2017 Eagle House received an 'excellent' rating in all areas from the ISI inspection team.

 

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Edge Grove

Edge Grove
B Coed 3-13, Hertfordshire

Edge Grove is a vibrant and successful day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-13, set in 48 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with excellent facilities, playing fields and outdoor play areas.

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Edgeborough

Edgeborough
DB Coed 2-13, Surrey

Edgeborough is an IAPS co-educational day and boarding school situated in 50 acres of rolling countryside just outside Farnham, Surrey. Pupils enjoy a broad curriculum and with considerable emphasis being put on developing independence and thinking skills. Places and an increasing number of Scholarships are regularly gained at leading day and public schools in the South of England. The school also enjoys strong reputations in Sport, Music and Drama.
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Elstree School

Elstree School
DB Boys 3-13, Girls 3-8, Berkshire

Elstree School is a day and boarding school for children aged 3-13 in Woolhampton, Berkshire. Set in idyllic grounds of 150 acres, an hour from west London, Elstree offers a secure environment for pupils to be nurtured and inspired. From September 2020, Elstree will become fully co-educational.  Proud of its reputation as a school with high academic, creative and sporting achievements, pupils from Elstree have gained places to some of the top senior schools, including Bradfield, Radley College, Eton College, Marlborough College and Winchester. Forty-five scholarships and exhibitions have been awarded to Elstree pupils since 2015.

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Farleigh School

Farleigh School
DB Coed 3-13, Hampshire

Farleigh is a leading Catholic prep school for 3 to 13 year olds, which welcomes boarders and day children of all denominations and is set in the beautiful Test Valley of Hampshire.

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Feltonfleet School

Feltonfleet School
DB Coed 3-13, Surrey

Feltonfleet is a leading day and flexi-boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-13. The school is set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds with exceptional facilities within easy access of South-West London and the Southern Home Counties.  Feltonfleet is a community where individuals really matter and where academic excellence and enjoyment of childhood go hand in hand. High quality teaching and excellent pastoral care underpin the family atmosphere.

Following their ‘excellent’ ISI Inspection in September 2019, Feltonfleet began an exciting programme of development which has already seen an increased number of entry places in the Pre-Prep and enhanced facilities for Science and Technology. Music will be the next area to receive investment over the coming months. 

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Godstowe Preparatory School

Godstowe Preparatory School
DB Boys 3-7, Girls 3-13, Buckinghamshire

Set in 12 acres of leafy parkland on the outskirts of High Wycombe, Godstowe Preparatory School is a happy and thriving independent boarding and day school for girls aged seven to 13, and boys aged three to seven.

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Heath Mount School

Heath Mount School
DB Coed 3-13, Hertfordshire

Heath Mount is a day and flexi boarding school, situated five miles from Hertford, Ware and Knebworth. The school is situated in a wonderful setting at Woodhall Park – a beautiful Georgian mansion set in 40 acres of stunning grounds. 

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Highfield and Brookham Schools

Highfield and Brookham Schools
DB Coed 2-13, Hampshire

Highfield and Brookham offers an exceptional all-round education for children aged 2-13. Set within 175 acres of stunning grounds, the school is located an hour from London, in the South Downs National Park, on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Our small class sizes and individual approach delivers outstanding academic success and we feed the top Senior Schools in the country. Our enviable facilities in Drama, Music, Art and DT enable enormous breadth in curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Alongside our extensive playing fields, we have an indoor swimming pool and a brand-new all-weather Astro. Pupils at Highfield and Brookham are happy and fulfilled, with time and freedom to play and to explore our fields and woodlands. Whatever future academic path you choose for your child, Highfield and Brookham provides a wonderful education for your child. We will ensure that they leave us as happy and well-rounded individuals, full of enthusiasm and readiness to tackle the next stage of their learning journeys.

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The New Beacon

The New Beacon
DB Boys 4-13, Kent

The New Beacon is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 4 to 13.

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Northbourne Park School

Northbourne Park School
DB Coed 3-13, Kent

Northbourne Park School is an IAPS independent day and boarding school for children aged Nursery-13, set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and woods in rural Kent, close to Canterbury and within easy reach from London.

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The Oratory Preparatory School

The Oratory Preparatory School
DB Coed 2-13, Oxfordshire

The Oratory Preparatory School provides an enriched education to boys and girls aged 2 to 13. Set within 65 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, with outstanding facilities, the OPS has consistently nurtured happy and inquisitive children.

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St Andrew's Prep

St Andrew's Prep
DB Coed 1-13, East Sussex

St Andrew's Prep is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 9 months to 13 years. The school is set in a stunning location in Eastbourne, tucked between the South Downs and the sea in East Sussex. The school was founded in 1877 and is one of the most highly established prep schools in the area.

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St Andrew's School

St Andrew's School
DB Coed 3-13, Berkshire

St Andrew's School is an IAPS School for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 in Berkshire.

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St George's School Windsor Castle

St George's School Windsor Castle
DB Coed 3-13, Berkshire

St George's School Windsor Castle is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13.

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St Hugh's School

St Hugh's School
DB Coed 3-13, Oxfordshire

St Hugh's School is a school for boys aged 4 to 13 and girls aged 4 to 13 in Oxfordshire.
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Summer Fields

Summer Fields
DB Boys 7-13, Oxfordshire

Summer Fields is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 7 to 13.

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Thornton College - Convent of Jesus & Mary

Thornton College - Convent of Jesus & Mary
DB Boys 2-5, Girls 2-16, Buckinghamshire

Thornton College is an award-winning Independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls and is situated between Milton Keynes and Buckingham. It is the most successful non-selective school in the area and educates girls aged 3 to 18 years. Thornton currently has over 400 students including international borders.

Thornton is a Catholic school with a strong ethos and values - girls from all faiths and none are welcome. It is a school family where students learn and grow together.

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Twyford School

Twyford School
DB Coed 2-13, Hampshire

“Pupils are extremely well educated, in line with the school's aims to develop each individual's strengths and to engender a love of learning...They are curious about their surroundings, express themselves clearly and learn how to take risks safely in outdoor activities."

(ISI 2013)

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"Exceptional and Excellent.”

“Pupils are extremely well educated, in line with the school's aims to develop each individual's strengths and to engender a love of learning...They are curious about their surroundings, express themselves clearly and learn how to take risks safely in outdoor activities."

(ISI 2013)

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Vinehall School

Vinehall School
DB Coed 2-13, East Sussex

Within an unrivalled setting in the East Sussex countryside, our children enjoy much freedom to explore our expansive grounds, to benefit from the simply outstanding facilities and to discover life for themselves.

Children come first at Vinehall. We believe that in providing a wide range of opportunities we can allow our children to achieve success, instilling in them a strong sense of purpose and self-confidence. Our staff and parents work together to create a warm and thriving community, where kindness and tolerance towards others are leading values.  The School’s ethos is encapsulated in our motto, ‘to do our best for the benefit of others’.

Vinehall always has great academic ambitions for our children. These high expectations are supported by dedicated teachers who inspire the children to work with enthusiasm and enjoyment in preparation for their senior schools and beyond.

It is our aim that Vinehall children will possess not only a love for learning but also the resilience to overcome any challenges that lie ahead. In this ever-changing world, our warm family environment allows children to remain children for as long as possible.

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Westbourne House School

Westbourne House School
DB Coed 3-13, West Sussex

All that I am, everything I can be

Westbourne House School is a co-educational, boarding and day Prep, Pre-Prep and Nursery school for children aged two-and-a-half to thirteen.

At Westbourne House, we uncover the magic in each child and ensure they make the most of the world of experiences offered to them here. We develop lifelong learners, cultivate curiosity and reward initiative. Most importantly, we do this within a kind, caring and happy environment.

Westbourne House School has an outstanding reputation for all-round excellence and over 100 scholarships in the last five years - in a variety of disciplines to top-tier secondary schools - bear testament to that.  However, this isn’t how we measure achievements here: we see success as achieving personal bests and being the best that YOU can be. Children often exceed their expectations.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate report (2015) found the quality of the pupils' achievements, personal development and school leadership to be 'excellent'. 

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DB Coed 3-13, Buckinghamshire
DB Coed 2-13, West Sussex
DB Boys 8-13, Oxfordshire
DB Boys 3-13, Girls 3-5, Oxfordshire
DB Coed 2-13, West Sussex
B Boys 8-13, Oxfordshire
DB Coed 4-13, West Sussex
DB Coed 4-13, West Sussex
DB Coed 3-13, Hampshire
DB Coed 2-13, West Sussex
DB Coed 2-13, West Sussex
DB Coed 3-13, Surrey
DB Coed 3-13, Kent
DB Boys 7-13, Berkshire
DB Coed 3-13, Berkshire
DB Boys 4-13, Girls 4-7, Hertfordshire
B Boys 8-13, Berkshire
DB Boys 7-13, Berkshire
DB Boys 4-13, Hampshire
DB Coed 3-13, West Sussex
DB Coed 3-13, Kent
DB Coed 2-13, Surrey
DB Boys 3-13, Berkshire
DB Coed 4-13, East London
DB Boys 7-13, Berkshire
DB Coed 3-13, Buckinghamshire
DB Coed 2-13, Hampshire
DB Coed 7-13, Kent
DB Coed 2-13, Hampshire
B Boys 8-13, South West London
DB Boys 8-13, South West London
DB Coed 4-13, West Sussex
DB Boys 6-13, Surrey