Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School

Primary
10 - 13 Prince’s Gardens
London
SW7 1ND
0207 591 4620
Pupils
Not Available
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Other Independent
PREP

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School Description

Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School is a new independent school for boys and girls aged 3-11, in the heart of Kensington, opening in September 2020. We have one aim which is to give each pupil an education which enables them to flourish.  By focusing on academic excellence, character development and the nurturing of a global perspective, we equip children for all the challenges that life can offer. We want to foster a love of learning within each child, for them to be curious and ambitious so that they leave us confident and excited about the future. Prepared. For everything.

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Last update: 26 July 2020

A NEW INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN THE HEART OF KENSINGTON


Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School is a new independent school for boys and girls aged 3-11, in the heart of Kensington, opening in September 2020. We have one aim which is to give each pupil an education which enables them to flourish.  By focusing on academic excellence, character development and the nurturing of a global perspective, we equip children for all the challenges that life can offer. We want to foster a love of learning within each child, for them to be curious and ambitious so that they leave us confident and excited about the future. Prepared. For everything.

Everything we do is aimed at fostering a belief in oneself and in others, a commitment to doing our best and collaborating with other people to help them do theirs. By emphasising the importance of personal integrity, hard work, being kind and showing respect, we inspire our pupils to make a difference throughout their lives.

After a happy home, the most important experience you can give your child is the best possible education. At Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, that’s exactly what they’ll enjoy. From Pre-Prep to Prep, every pupil is encouraged to discover the very best of themselves; in the classroom, on the sports fields, in the library, in the pool, on stage, in the science labs and in the garden.

Innovative teaching, superb facilities and a broad, exciting curriculum will help them to thrive; preparing them for anything and everything.

Discover more >>

SPECIALIST TEACHING

 

 

We have specialist teaching in music, PE and French from nursery as well as in drama and science further up the school. In our top two years, the children are encouraged to develop their organisational skills by moving round the school and going to specialist classrooms in science, English and maths. This is just one of the many ways in which we prepare them for senior school life.

Children will be rigorously prepared for the 11+ entrance exams to top senior day and boarding schools in London and beyond. This will be done in a carefully planned and measured way to ensure that the children are also able to enjoy all that their school life has to offer.

Academic excellence at Prince's Gardens Prep >>

HEAD START: SUPERB FACILITIES AT PRINCE'S GARDENS PREP

 

Facilities will range from a hall, just for the younger pupils, to generously proportioned classrooms where the two nursery and three reception classes can access their own, purpose-built terrace – a perfect outdoor learning space. Beyond that is the school’s two-acre garden – a paradise that is enclosed, hidden and completely unexpected.

Of course, there are the green spaces of Hyde Park, just a few minutes away, where nursery and reception classes will spend two hours each week.

Children in early years will do everything from launching model boats to explore floating and sinking, gather sticks and leaves, make sequences out of pine cones and learn how to work collaboratively – or develop independent learning skills.

 

 

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We'd love to see you at one of our open events which run regularly throughout the year.

At an open event, you'll have the opportunity to meet our Headmistress, Mrs Alison Melrose, and hear all about her plans for the school.

We have been holding these events locally and, whilst we have restrictions in place, we will be hosting these events ‘virtually’ – via Zoom. Mrs Melrose would also be delighted to Skype or FaceTime on an individual basis in the meantime. You can contact our Admissions team to arrange this.

Our Admissions Team will also be pleased to advise you about forthcoming events and the registration process. Then, if you decide to apply, you can register online. 

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Meet the Head: Alison Melrose

Having been fortunate enough to be privately education myself, I went up to Durham University to study Geography and Education and left as a qualified teacher.  I have worked in London Prep schools for over twenty years, starting my career at Norland Place. Appointed to my first Headship in 2000 at Broomwood Hall, Garrad’s Road, followed by roles across the Northwood Schools group culminating in Operations Director. I have been a school governor for a local state primary for seven years and advised a variety of state and independent schools. Joining Cognita in 2017 to work with their London schools, I was appointed as Head Elect of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School in 2019.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I was lucky enough to be privately educated from age 4 and went to three schools in different parts of the country. From a small co-educational pre-prep school in Chichester to a large academic girls’ day school in North London. 

Surrounded by a myriad of opportunities, it was my mother who suggested Education as a career. Both my grandmother and mother had been teachers and I had even been a pupil in my mother’s class for a year as a child. My senior school were rather reluctant to support my choice; however, the inspiring story of the school’s founder and the hugely positive impact on our lives from the hard working staff which gave us the confidence to feel that we could achieve anything we wanted confirmed my choice so that I could have a positive influence on young people in the future.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Schools are inherently busy places and I am very proud of working with staff to ensure that we provide the best education for the children in our care. Teachers are not just educators and provide a huge range of support to children and their families.

What does a successful school look like to you?

To me, a successful school is one where everyone; staff, children and parents, feel safe and listened to. A school must work together like an extended family to build real partnerships between home and school. 

As teachers, we often spend more time with children than they do with their parents during the busy term and it is our responsibility to not only educate children but also to support them to become the best young people they can be. A rigorous curriculum is vital, but so are the enrichment opportunities and the residential trips, opportunities for independent and reflective learning which develop the important critical thinking and collaborative skills for the future.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Open-minded: are open minded, there is a willingness to try new things or to hear and consider new ideas. We don’t know what the future holds so our children need to leave school and manage the constant change going on around them and be able to make their own informed decisions.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Prince's Gardens Preparatory School can be summed up in just four words;

Character

Opportunity

Responsibility

Environment

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