Preparatory schools traditionally start at 7/8+. Many schools now have pre-preps and nurseries, but most London day preps have a second entry point at 7+, with pupils selected via competitive tests. 8 years old is the traditional age to start at boarding prep school, but many children now start boarding at 9, 10 or even 11.
Parents, especially those based in London, face complex choices.
The ultimate forum for parents:
- Meet the country's leading preparatory schools, all under one roof;
- Meet school admission teams;
- Find the school that suits your child's needs;
- Hear talks by the UK's top preparatory and senior school heads.
The Definitive Word on Independent Education
Hear from the brightest thinkers and most respected Heads at the renowned Education Theatre. Below you can watch some of last year's talks to get a flavour of the high quality advice available at the Show.
Questions parents come to the show to get answered:
- Is my child likely to meet the standards required to pass 7+ entry tests in London, and if so should we be considering tutoring?
- How do other parents manage after-school care and all the ferrying to clubs and activities?
- We think that a boarding prep school would better suit my child than a London day school, but what would be the best age to start boarding?
- Would single-sex or co-education suit my child best?
- Should I consider moving to be near a school outside London? An enormous number of schools are within easy reach of London. How do we choose?
- I am considering a blend of the state and independent systems. How do I get my child into an independent school from a state primary school?
- Are scholarships and bursaries are available for this age group?
The Independent Schools Show has helped thousands of students and their parents answer these kinds of questions.