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Best Preparatory School

In this section of the website we cover how to choose the right independent prep or pre-prep school for your child. Preparatory schools cover the age ranges from 7 to 11 or 13. The Pre-prep years are usually from 3 to 7. Some prep schools will also cover the senior years to 18 as well, in which cases they are called an “all-through”, but they are still covered here.

  • Find a School  This section of our website is supported by a database of every Independent School in the UK. Thus if you enter the town or county in the location box, it will tell you all the schools in your area. Then if you click on the name of the school it will take you to a short profile of that school.
  • League Tables We have discontinued the league tables of prep schools. These were based on SATS results but it reached the stage where two thirds of prep schools refused to divulge their SATS figures and we decided the tables were meaningless. Now we are more inclined to rely on leaver destinations (i.e. where the pupils secure their preferred senior school) We use this information on our bespoke placement assignments.
  • C. Expert assistance in finding a Prep School click here to go to the enquiry form to enter your requirements.
  • D. eGuide on Prep  Schools – we have written an eGuide on how to choose an Independent Prep / Pre-Prep School, including factors other than academic performance. This eGuide also includes a 30 point questionnaire to help you evaluate your shortlist. This eGuide is free to our clients whom we are advising on prep schools choice. Other parents may obtain a copy for the payment of £5 via paypal – follow this link to see a summary of contents, before you buy.

Click here to go to outline of prep schools eGuide.