Prep School

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

Explore the Prep School

Senior School

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

Explore the Senior School

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
See the full report

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
See the full report

Where next?

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

Arrangements for visitors to Senior School Open Morning on Saturday 22 September, 9.00am-1.00pm.

We look forward to welcoming pre-booked prospective parents and children attending the forthcoming Senior School Open Morning on Saturday 22 September. If you have not yet booked for this event but wish to attend, kindly complete and submit the online form reached via this link.

Arriving


School has a Bicycle Park which visitors arriving by cycle are welcome to use.

Where arriving by car, we recommend parking in the Richmond Park car park which is adjacent to Roehampton Gate. Alternatively, you may prefer to park in nearby Bank Lane or environs. Given the popularity of the event, visitors are advised that traffic is likely to be heavy in the vicinity of the School on Saturday morning and to plan accordingly. Please make your way on foot to the single point of entry for visitors, the Theatre Gate on Danebury Avenue. The gate will open from 9.00am on Saturday.

Please note that there will be no pedestrian entry through the front of the School on Clarence Lane, and no parking anywhere on site.

The Headmistress’ introductory meetings



The Headmistress will give three introductory talks in the Theatre. The first of these talks commences at 9.15am, the second at 10.30am and the last at 11.45am.

For the talks, seated tickets and standing tickets (for the Theatre balcony) will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that making an online booking to attend an Ibstock Place School Open event does not ipso facto reserve a seat or seats for one of the talks. You are therefore advised to arrive in good time for the respective talks to secure a seat. Please ensure that you collect the requisite number of tickets for your preferred talk on arrival. Visitors arriving after all tickets have been allocated for the first talk will be kindly requested to attend a later talk.

Refreshments will be available on the Terrace.

Map


Maps will be available at the Open Evening, but to assist you to plan your visit in advance you may wish to consult this Campus map for Senior School Open Evening. Tours are self-guided and there will be many pupils on hand for you to talk to and who will assist you in finding your way around.



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 the Theatre or other School buildings.




Arrangements for visitors to Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 25 September, 5.00-8.00pm.



We look forward to welcoming pre-booked prospective visitors attending the forthcoming Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 25 September. If you have not yet booked for this event but wish to attend, kindly complete the online form reached via this link

Arriving



School has a Bicycle Park which visitors arriving by cycle are welcome to use.

Where arriving by car, we recommend parking in nearby Bank Lane or environs. Please note that the closure of Roehampton Gate makes Richmond Park car park an unsuitable place to park on this evening. Please make your way on foot to the Theatre Gate on Danebury Avenue. Theatre Gate will open from 4.30pm.

Following the talk, parents will be able to consult Sixth Form subject teachers at stalls set up in the Theatre and the Studio Theatre.




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
See the full report

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
See the full report

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