For decades the school has been renowned for its family atmosphere, small class sizes, and fulfilment of individual potential and academic success. Homefield establishes a safe and happy environment, with a real depth of specialist teaching. Values drive our organisation and that shines through, whether it is the good manners of the boys or the decisions we make over what we teach and how we teach it.
Our well-rounded boys go on to some of the very best senior schools in the country. We cultivate their personal interests and passions; whether they are artistic, linguistic, sporting or social. Our academic success and scholarship rates are exceptional.
In 2020 we had a staggering 27 offers to selective grammar schools and 26 offers to Top 30 London Independent (Sunday Times Parent Power). Our boys also had 33 Independent Boarding/Day offers in Surrey/Berkshire, plus they achieved 100% at Common Entrance (64% A* and A).
About the school
Homefield as one of the oldest preparatory schools in England is a school for boys aged 4 to 13, and 60 staff. It is housed in an extensive purpose-built complex with well-equipped science laboratories, large Art, DT and Music suites, complemented by a spacious Pre Prep Department, a well-resourced Computing Department and a two-acre adjoining playing field.
Founded 150 year ago, in 1870, Homefield has its roots in the 19th century and its branches in the twenty-first. The School has cemented its powerful academic reputation by continuing to achieve a 100% pass rate at Common Entrance to 46 senior schools over the last 15 years. Every year scholarships are won to senior independent schools for academic, musical, sporting, artistic and all-round accomplishment in the last three years. The school is currently undergoing a £7 million building project to create a new classroom block, performance hall and dining hall.
Throughout the school's development it has been very careful to preserve the original family ethos and intimacy, together with its reputation for academic excellence, the breadth of extra-curricular sporting, musical and artistic provision and first-class pastoral care. We pride ourselves on achieving fulfilment of individual potential, the openness of communication, the provision of specialist teaching at the earliest appropriate opportunity (French, ICT, Music and Sport from the Foundation Stage), our commitment to best practice and all-round academic, musical, dramatic, sporting and artistic achievements. “Pupils make a strong contribution to their learning through their highly motivated and enthusiastic attitudes. The quality of pupils' achievements and learning is excellent.” (ISI Inspection, March 2013.)
The school has county or national representatives in table tennis, squash, tennis, athletics, swimming, soccer, rugby, cricket and chess.
Awareness of others is encouraged and the boys are involved in many fundraising charity events. A wide range of opportunities are available to extend gifted boys and learning support is available for children with special needs.
We offer academic, sporting, art and music scholarships as well as occasional bursaries.
Daily minibuses run to and from the Wimbledon area, Wallington and Worcester Park.
Breakfast and after school clubs are available.
Charitable status. Homefield Preparatory School Trust Limited is a Registered Charity, number 312753. It exists to provide education for boys.
Contact us to book a tour of the school; we are looking forward to welcoming you.
- Total Pupils: 320
- Day Fees: £3100 to £4550/term
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Homefield Preparatory School offers a range of scholarships for boys who demonstrate outstanding academic, musical, sporting, artistic or all-round potential. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of examination and internal assessment.
Boys of merit who are identified can become potential beneficiaries of the following awards:
- Rae: Academic
- Sutherland: Arts and Music
- Cowdrey: Sport/All rounder
Our governors are committed to supporting eligible parents/guardians by means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a bursary and these may be awarded in the form of an agreed percentage discount on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.
Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances.
Awards are made on the basis of the parents’ ability to pay using the letter of application, application form and financial declaration to assess the need and the consequent level of financial support required. Any award will take into account several factors including their income, savings, investments and other assets, any other persons dependent upon them and compassionate or other pertinent considerations.
Please email our Bursar, for details of how to apply
We appreciate that choosing the right school for your son is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. We want to make the process as simple as possible and our Registrar will support you every step of the way.
First, we encourage all prospective parents to come and visit us to experience what a normal school day is like for the boys. You can do this either by booking a place on one of our Open Mornings held regularly throughout the year or by arranging an individual tour of the school with our Registrar. You will be made to feel very welcome.
The next step is to register your son with us by completing our online Registration Form. There is a registration fee of £100, payable by bank transfer and our Registrar will provide you with our bank details.
As a selective school, once we have your registration form we will make arrangements with you for your son to come in to meet with us. Our selection process is designed to identify boys who are able to benefit from our balanced and well rounded education and to make a positive contribution towards the life of the school. We hold our main assessment session every year, on a Saturday morning, in mid-October (for the following September entry). If you have missed this date please do feel free to still contact us as there may be availability in some year groups, our Admissions Team will be able to let you know. We can arrange for your son to be assessed on an ad hoc basis if this is the case.
For your reassurance, we do not seek to make assessments competitive and they do not require any advance preparation. If need be, we can always invite your son back to spend more time with us so that he feels morecomfortable. The primary purpose of the assessment is to ensure that boys will be happy once they have started at Homefield. Here is an explanation of what happens during the process by year group:
Assessment for boys looking to enter our Reception
Your son will be invited along for about half an hour, to one of our Reception classes to meet with our Pre-Prep team. Boys will feel as though they are coming for a play session and will be made to feel very comfortable by our staff, while their accompanying parent/carer enjoys a cup of tea while they wait nearby. We ask that you bring along a copy of your son's latest nursery report with you (if he has been attending one). The purpose of us meeting with him is to see how he is developing and that he is within age-related expectations. Please note that we do not look to exclude boys at this very tender age, we are simply looking for potential. The assessment process for entry in to our Reception setting is particularly gentle.
Assessment for boys looking to enter Years 1, 2 or 3
If your son is a little older then he will be invited along to meet with our Junior Department team for around 45 minutes to an hour. The assessment is more structured but still age appropriate and conducted in a very informal atmosphere. Boys attending will feel more like they are in a classroom working alongside a teacher; they can ask questions or for help at any time. During this time boys will do some simple maths, writing, reading and verbal reasoning. Scores are standardised so that we can take into consideration a boy's age, whether autumn, spring or summer born. Boys will also be asked some informal questions about themselves by the Head of our Junior Department so we can get to know them a little better while they are here. We ask that you bring along a copy of your son's latest end of year full school report with you when you come. Please note that our assessment process at this age is seeking to identify potential. We are looking for well-rounded boys with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond the confines of the academic curriculum.
Assessment for boys looking to enter Years 4, 5, 6 or 7
As your son gets older, the process becomes more formalised. He will be invited to sit a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) which will be completed here in school on a laptop. Depending on your son's age the assessment will either be 60 or 90 minutes long. Our Senior Deputy Head Academic will meet with him too to get to know him and find out about his interests. We ask that you bring along a copy of your son's latest end of year full school report when you come. Again we are looking for well-rounded boys with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond the confines of the academic curriculum and who are academically secure.
Offer of a place
Providing your son meets our entrance criteria, an offer of a place for him will then be made. You will be given 2 weeks to accept it before it is released again. On acceptance of an offer, we ask for an immediate deposit of £500 and for our admissions paperwork to be completed. The acceptance deposit fee is non-refundable if your son subsequently does not join Homefield Preparatory School. However, if he does join us then this sum will be returned to you at the end of your son's last term at the school after outstanding expenses have been cleared.