Prep School

An independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 4 to 11

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Senior School

An independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 11 to 18

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Welcome



Children learn when they feel happy, secure, valued and safe. We believe that in a nurturing yet purposeful environment, we help every one of our children achieve her or his true potential both inside and outside the classroom.

Our excellent teachers care deeply about the young people in their care and go the extra mile to ensure lessons are engaging, challenging and enjoyable. Our curriculum is broad and varied; sport, dance and the arts play a considerable part in the holistic education of a child and our pupils are provided with the very best opportunities in which to take part and excel.

Our pupils are delightful; polite, kind, helpful and eager to learn. I see children running excitedly into School in the mornings and many parents report that their children count down the holidays as they cannot wait to be back at School. If we can instil a love of learning into your child, then we feel they are set for life.

We look forward to welcoming you to the IPS family.

Miss Kate Bevan
Head of Prep School

Open Days

Developing ambition and self-reliance

We aim to develop pupils' naturally inquisitive minds, the self-confidence to think for themselves and the determination to pursue excellence in all they do.

About Us

Reaching for the heights

Through teaching which challenges and inspires, a broad curriculum and a supportive pastoral system we develop the qualities of self-discipline, courtesy, leadership and, above all, kindness.

Discover our Aims and Ethos

What the Inspectors say

"Pupils throughout the school demonstrate intellectual rigour and have the confidence and determination to excel in and out of the classroom."

ISI Inspection Report 2016

"Pupils, including the youngest in the EYFS, have exceptionally positive attitudes to their work. They come to class prepared to work hard, and at all ages have a genuine desire to learn and enjoy their lessons. They are active learners."

ISI Inspection Report 2016

"The high standard of teaching throughout the Prep School enables pupils to make rapid progress.”

ISI Inspection Report 2016

"The close partnership nurtured with parents in the EYFS and open systems of communication with parents through all sections of the school are strongly appreciated."

ISI Inspection Report 2016
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The Good Schools Guide says

“Slap bang in the centre of the site, the Prep School feels like a school in its own right, think parents. Pre-Prep, which runs reception to year 1 (gentler transition through EYFS) and Prep (years 2 to 6) have school within a school – smart, well equipped classroom blocks, library, art and ICT space and playground.”

Good Schools Guide 2017

“All this requires – and gets - quality teaching. Old cynics have gone, say parents. In their place, younger enthusiasts (many in 20s) raved about by parents, inspectors, and pupils. ‘Almost exclusively exceptional,’ said one prep parent.”

Good Schools Guide 2017
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Where next?

Admissions
Aims and Ethos
Pastoral Care
Entry to Pre-Prep
Entry to Prep
Fees

Welcome

Information for Candidates attending Prep School Entrance Assessments and Senior School Entrance Examinations on Friday 18 January or Saturday 19 January 2019


We very much look forward to welcoming Candidates for Prep School Entrance Assessment or Senior School Entrance Examinations due to take place on the dates above.


To view information about arrival and collection arrangements for 12+, 13+ and 14+ Candidates on Friday 18 January, please see immediately below. For information about 11+ Entrance Examinations on Saturday 19 January, and arrangements for Prep School Entrance Assessment on the same day, please scroll further down this page.




Friday 18 January - 12+, 13+ and 14+ Candidate arrival and collection


Parents of 12+, 13+ or 14+ Candidates attending Entrance Examinations on Friday 18 January and arriving by car should park in the Richmond Park car park nearest Roehampton Gate or on Bank Lane or environs. Please note that there is no parking on the School site. Candidates should then make their way with their parents on foot to the Theatre Foyer for Registration, using the gate on Danebury Avenue nearest the Theatre for access. Theatre Gate will open from 09.00 to admit Candidates. All 12+, 13+ and 14+ Entrance Examinations will be taken in the Theatre.


Collection of 12+, 13+ and 14+ Candidates will be from the Theatre Foyer at the times shown:


12.35 for 12+, 13+, 14+ Candidates with Standard time


13.15 for 12+, 13+, 14+ Candidates with Extra time





Please refer to this map for further guidance



It is essential that parents are punctual for candidate collection.




Saturday 19 January - 11+ Candidate arrival and collection


Arriving by car



Please note that there is no parking on site, but Candidates may be dropped off by car, as on Interview Days. The Main Gate will be open in the morning (only) from 07.45 for Candidates who have been instructed to register at 08.00 and from 08.45 for Candidates who have been instructed to register at 09.00. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN THE RESPECTIVE TIMES INDICATED. You will be directed to drive through the Main Gate on Clarence Lane and then along the front of Clarence Wing. Here you will be requested to stop to allow your child to get out of the car at the drop off zone. Please ensure that your child has his or her pencil case and any equipment he or she needs, as previously advised, and that nothing is left behind in the car. Parents should not leave their vehicles during candidate drop off. Staff and Prefects will greet and escort your child to be registered in the Refectory. You will be asked to drive on and exit School via the Priory Lane Gate. Please note that you may only turn left when making this exit.


Please refer to this map for further guidance


11+ Candidates arriving on foot


If arriving on foot, you may enter either via the School Gate nearest Roberts Hall on Danebury Avenue or via the Visitors Car Park on Clarence Lane. Please do not use the Theatre Gate to come onto the campus. If walking along Clarence Lane to enter School, please do not enter through the Main Gate where cars may be trying to turn in. Registration will take place for all external 11+ Candidates in the Refectory.


Please refer to this map for further guidance


(NB. Current IPS Prep 6 Candidates applying for entry to the Senior School should make their way on foot through the Theatre Gate for Registration in the Theatre Foyer at the time advised in previous correspondence.)


11+ Candidate collection


Collection time of Candidates will depend on the time of Registration, as set out below. Please note that for those collecting by car there is no parking anywhere on the School site. You are strongly advised not to drive into Danebury Avenue but instead to park in the Richmond Park car park nearest Roehampton Gate, or on Bank Lane or environs.


For 11+ Candidates who registered at 08.00:


Collection of External 11+ Candidates with surname A to K will take place at 12.15 in The Refectory (13.00 for those Candidates with Extra Time.)


Collection of External 11+ Candidates with surname L to Z will take place at 12.15 in Roberts Hall. (13.00 for those Candidates with Extra Time.)


For 11+ Candidates who registered at 09.00:


Collection of External 11+ Candidates with surname A to K will take place at 13.15 in The Refectory (14.00 for those Candidates with Extra Time.)


Collection of External 11+ Candidates with surname L to Z will take place at 13.15 in Roberts Hall. (14.00 for those Candidates with Extra Time.)


It is essential that parents are punctual for candidate collection.


Please access either collection point on foot via the School Gate nearest Roberts Hall on Danebury Avenue. You are asked to move speedily to the exit once you have collected your child so that we may ensure the collection process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible for all.


Please refer to this map for further guidance




Information for Candidates attending the Prep School Assessment Day on Saturday 19 January 2019


Parents of Candidates applying for entry to the Prep School are advised to park in the Richmond Park car park nearest Roehampton Gate, on Bank Lane or environs. Candidates should then make their way with their parents on foot to the Theatre Gate on Danebury Avenue. Please note this is the first School gate on the left on Danebury Avenue. This will be open from 08.30.


Collection of Candidates will be from Macleod House at the time advised in previous correspondence.


Please refer to this map for further guidance




Congestion


Please allow sufficient time for arrival and collection at School. You are requested to prevent congestion on Danebury Avenue by avoiding this no-through road and instead parking in nearby Richmond Park (which has a café), on Bank Lane or environs.


While the Entrance Examination and Assessment Day will conclude significantly earlier, parents may wish to note that Richmond Park's Roehampton Gate is locked at 4.30pm.




Pushchairs and Dogs


Due to Health and Safety reasons dogs are not allowed anywhere on the School grounds.


We regret we are also unable to accommodate children's pushchairs within School buildings due to the need for infection control. Visitors bringing pushchairs onto the campus will be requested to leave them outside Main Reception or by the School gates and do so at their own risk. School is unable to accept responsibility for loss or damage to pushchairs while left on the campus.





We do hope that this website provides you with a flavour of our distinctive and successful School.

We have a passionate belief in all pupils receiving a challenging and inspirational education. Our ambitious and enthusiastic staff also attach great importance to the development of pupils’ individuality and their having regard for tolerance, courtesy and respect. IPS pupils are able to find their strengths whether to become the promising musician, the meticulous scholar, the outstanding sportsman or the talented artist. The School sees its responsibility as ensuring that the accomplishments of our pupils reflect their talents and interests and as they leave Ibstock Place School they do so as creative, resilient and empathetic adults.

We do encourage you most warmly to arrange an appointment to visit the School during one of the Open Days and Events and we look forward to meeting you soon.

Anna Sylvester-Johnson
Headmistress


Open Days

Achieving impressive academic results

Our School has a proud record of academic achievement and our pupils’ outcomes in public examinations are excellent. Unsurprisingly, results of such a calibre are reflected in our Sixth Form pupils’ destinations for Higher Education. Our pupils move on to study at the world’s top universities.

Examination Results

Be inspired

Through teaching which challenges and inspires, a broad curriculum and a supportive pastoral system we develop and nurture the qualities that lead to successful and fulfilled lives.

Discover our Aims and Ethos

NT Live

We are delighted to be a partner in the NT Live programme which screens outstanding drama and musical performances from London’s West End and South Bank direct to the IPS Theatre. We extend the warmest of invitations to the local community to share the experience with us. Please follow the link to view our forthcoming screening programme and make a booking.

Make a booking

Admissions

Each academic year we offer a number of Open Day events for prospective pupils and parents to visit the School. At these events, parents are able to meet Mrs Sylvester-Johnson, the Headmistress, members of the Teaching Staff, and speak to pupils.

Admissions

What's happening

Term dates

What our Leavers say

What the Inspectors say

"Pupils throughout the school demonstrate intellectual rigour and have the confidence and determination to excel in and out of the classroom."

ISI Inspection Report 2016

"The effectiveness of governance, leadership and management is excellent at all levels."

ISI Inspection Report 2016

"The school’s innovative ‘Mindset’ programme promotes habits of persistence, clarity of thinking and risk taking, and is highly effective in strengthening pupils’ learning skills."

ISI Inspection Report 2016
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What Tatler says

“Well respected, no-nonsense head Mrs Sylvester-Johnson has transformed Ibstock into a serious London contender.”

Tatler Schools Guide 2018

“IPS is now a popular choice for weary London parents; one prospective parent is positively glowing about the promise of ‘more trees than tarmac’ for her daughter.”

Tatler Schools Guide 2018

“The theatre is the finest we have seen, with pretty blue-leather seats and stonking views of Richmond Park.”

Tatler Schools Guide 2018

“The spectacular overhaul of the dining room – ‘the final piece in the jigsaw’ – all set to be revealed in 2018-19."

Tatler Schools Guide 2018

The Good Schools Guide says

“Striking combination of space, style and success makes this a contender for ‘most transformed school’ award. Makes a regular appearance on more SW London parents’ long lists than ever before.”

Good Schools Guide 2017

“Having witnessed a lunchtime house quiz (maths problems set in German and French requiring translation before being solved), we got the message loud and clear. If you want an easy academic option, this ain’t it. Bring the right attitude and school will add the value.”

Good Schools Guide 2016

“Just contemplating the range of activities – let alone doing them – is exhausting. Activities - pitches, concert halls, running tracks-worth of them, are so numerous that they stretch out of the week and into Saturdays.”

Good Schools Guide 2016
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Where next?

Choosing Co-education
Examination Results
Sixth Form
Inspection Reports
The School Day
Our School
Pastoral Care
History of the School
Entry to Senior School
Achieving Academic Excellence
Fees, Bursaries and Scholarships