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



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
Aims and Ethos
Inspection Reports
Senior School
The School Day
Our School
Pastoral Care
History of the School
Entry to Senior School
Achieving Academic Excellence
Fees, Bursaries and Scholarships