Prep School

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

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

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We hope to see you soon!

Our Prep Department shares its aims with the Senior School: foremost is a desire to unlock that which is most special within each of our pupils. We want our young people to develop the knowledge, skills and, most important of all, the character which they shall need to flourish. Ibstonians aspire to curiosity, independence and ambition. They are self-disciplined but creative, confident yet compassionate. More than anything, they enjoy the extraordinary opportunities which we can provide for them and they turn their experiences to good use.

Our Prep School curriculum is forward-looking, challenging and dynamic. Small class sizes and the skilful deployment of specialist teaching allows our pupils to make rapid progress against their peers. The superb and beautiful facilities of the School add lustre to our provision, as does the extensive programme of co-curricular provision. The expressive arts feature prominently and art, drama, music and dance are handsomely provided for, but so too is sport. We want our pupils to draw from the widest possible pool of experience.

Naturally, our pastoral care is second-to-none. Our pupils feel safe and secure, never lost nor left behind. We value the home-school link and invest real time in getting to know our families. When we work in concert, we can be truly transformative. Together, we can create a joyful childhood which will last a lifetime.

We warmly invite you to learn more about what we can offer your daughter or son. We hope to be able to welcome prospective parents and children to scheduled Friday morning visits to the Pre-Prep and Prep School soon. In the meantime, do browse our website and consult our 'Welcome to the Preparatory Department' brochure below which provides a wealth of information. Please contact the Registrar for further information and any questions you may have.



Christopher J Wolsey
Headmaster

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

The Dance School

Exciting opportunities are available in the Dance School, including a Summer School and a wide variety of classes offered during term time. Follow the link below for further information.

Dance School

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
School of Dance
Pastoral Care
Entry to Pre-Prep
Entry to Prep
Fees
Prep School

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.

Unfortunately, current restrictions on public access to the Senior School campus mean that we shall not be able to welcome prospective parents and pupils to on site Open events until our Open Evening now rescheduled to take place from 5.00-7.00pm on Wednesday 23 June. However, on this website you may find a dedicated page with a number of specially created resources which we hope will help you to get a better picture of the School and hear more about all that we have to offer. We cordially extend An Invitation to a Virtual Open Day for a wealth of information for you to watch, listen to and read.

We look forward to meeting you soon and warmly welcoming you personally to School when circumstances allow.

Christopher J Wolsey
Headmaster



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

School of Dance

Exciting opportunities are available in the Dance School, including a Summer School and a wide variety of classes offered during term time. Follow the link below for further information.

Dance School

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 Mr Wolsey, the Headmaster, members of the Teaching Staff, and speak to pupils.

Admissions

The "Stocks"

We now have a separate dedicated website for our alumni and through this and other social media networking services, such as Twitter, we hope to continue contact with Stocks and share events and news of interest to all. Please follow the link below to connect with the Stocks' community:


Stocks Connect

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