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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

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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.

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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?

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