Our school

For everything.

At Prince's Garden Preparatory School, we have one aim, 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.

Prince's Gardens Aims

Headmistress's Welcome

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We will encourage each child to be an enthusiastic
learner, to develop their curiosity and to be ambitious.
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-- Mrs Alison Melrose, Headmistress


Alison Melrose


Mrs Melrose has worked in London prep schools for over twenty years including eight as a Head at Broomwood Hall. A graduate from University College, Durham University, Mrs Melrose has also been a longstanding school governor and has a wealth of academic and school management experience.

She has taught in a variety of independent and state schools across the age ranges. Married to Drew, she has two children, and they enjoy exploring London and travelling in the school holidays.

Alison Melrose - Headmistress of Prince's Gardens Prep

Pastoral care

We believe children learn best when they feel happy at school, the well-being of our pupils is of paramount importance.

Small class sizes and a kind environment mean that children are nurtured and feel confident to approach their teachers.

We have a counselling training programme for peer-on-peer support and staff are trained in mindfulness and youth mental health first aid.

The school is keen to foster close partnerships with families. Parents are welcome to discuss their children’s well-being with us at any time with face-to-face meetings or direct email to the class teacher.


A statement on safeguarding

The school has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of its pupils. This responsibility necessitates a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, together with a Code of Conduct for school-based staff and volunteers. We may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare.

Safer recruitment

Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

A statement on British values

This school takes every opportunity to actively promote British values through its aims and principles, our assemblies and school systems and structures. We value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community.

Term dates

Autumn 2020

First day - Wednesday 9th September 2020
Last day - Thursday 10th December 2020 (half day)
Half-term - 19th-30th October 2020

Spring 2021

First day - Wednesday 6th January 2021
Last day - Friday 26th March 2021 (half day)
Half-term - 15th-19th February 2021

Summer 2021

First day - Tuesday 20th April 2021
Last day - Wednesday 14th July 2021 (half day)
Half-term - 31st May - 4th June 2021

Ownership and Governance

Prince's Gardens Preparatory School is proud to be part of the global Cognita Schools Group.

Cognita is an extraordinary group of diverse yet connected schools, joining forces in an inspiring world of education with one common purpose: building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed.

With over 70 schools in Europe, Latin America and Asia, including 40 in the UK, we employ 7,000 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 43,000 students.

The Headmistress reports to the Director of Education, James Carroll, whose role is to act as an ambassador for excellence in education and safeguarding, to support, advise and challenge the school, and provide professional governance and proprietorial oversight. Mr Carroll may be contacted via the school office.

To ensure that every pupil receives a rounded Cognita education:

  • We deliver academic excellence
  • We develop character
  • We nurture a global perspective

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Innovative teaching, superb facilities and a broad, exciting curriculum will help our pupils thrive.