Why choose us
Location and facilities
Prince's Gardens Preparatory School offers what we believe are the best indoor and outdoor prep school facilities in central London.
Prince's Gardens Preparatory School is comprised of four spacious Grade II listed townhouses in Kensington and is in close proximity to Hyde Park, with world-renowned museums and galleries on our doorstep.
Our school is also home to the very latest technology including access to multi-purpose areas like our makerspace, an innovative learning environment that stimulates children to create and share their learning with materials they choose, our state of the art science lab and music room, and our very own secret garden.
With great imaginations and access to a wide range of resources and technology, there really is no limit to what our children can achieve.
Children will buzz with ideas during their dedicated sessions in the makerspace. Personalised learning is brought to life with children choosing how they develop their ideas and problem solve.
From green screen technology to 3D printing, craft and construction to coding and a breaker space, the makerspace allows creativity to develop and flourish. Children learn how to use technology safely and develop key communication and collaborative skills for the future.
At Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, we have access to brilliant outdoor spaces on our school site. This includes a wildlife garden that forms part of the Early Years outdoor classroom area, but also a huge 2 acre garden that all of our children access daily.
Hands on, practical outdoors experiences are the most effective way to stimulate conversations, develop an enquiring mind and to foster an affinity with nature and we are able to offer that as part of the our daily experiences.
The wildlife garden is the perfect location for going on a minibeast hunt, for planting and growing our own vegetables, for playing in the mud kitchen or for sharing stories and enjoying snacks. The children all have waterproofs and wellington boots and can therefore use the area come rain or shine.
In the 2 acre secret garden there are a wide variety of habitats, trees and plants as well as a huge open space for the children to enjoy. Having such open space gives the children the environment they need to run, play and enjoy lots of fresh air during the day. We use the garden for outdoor learning experiences for children throughout the school. Whether it is reading under the shade of a tree during the summer, building dens or exploring animals habitats, taking out art resources and having art lessons outdoors or using the space with our specialists teachers to enjoy outdoor science, art, music, PE or drama, the garden is used all year round as an extension to our classrooms.
Pupils in Pre-Reception and Reception use the fantastic on-site facilities at Prince’s Gardens which include both the small and large back garden areas, in addition to the main Hall in school. As pupils progress through the school they take part in PE off-site. Pupils take the short walk to Imperial College where they enjoy use of the sport hall and the swimming pool for Games lessons. PE lessons take place at Beit Gym, a short 5 minute walk from school. We are also extremely lucky to be positioned on the doorstep of Hyde Park, with pupils enjoying many sports on the expansive fields.
State of the art Science Lab
All children from Year 3 upwards are taught science in a dedicated laboratory space. In this laboratory, children are taught how to work safely and sensibly in what is a model of a professional environment. The skills they develop in this setting give our pupils a head-start when they continue their science learning in their senior schools. We ensure that all pupils are trained to use scientific equipment such as Bunsen burners, pH probes, light-gate meters, thermometers and measuring cylinders. This enables our pupils to develop excellent practical skills that they can use to provide answers to the many questions they are encouraged to ask about the topics they explore within the science curriculum.
Our children benefit from learning and enjoying music in our dedicated music room within school. The room contains many of the original 19th century architectural features, including an impressive domed ceiling which enhances the acoustics within the space. At the heart of our music curriculum is the focus on instrument learning in the classroom and our music room is outstandingly resourced with a wide range of instruments suitable for beginner learning. These range from two whole class sets of Stentor Student II violins, Nuvo plastic wind instruments and a set of trumpets. We also have a full set of djembe drums, a samba kit and a set of ukuleles. Taking pride of place in our music room is our Steinway Model S grand piano. This gives children the exciting opportunity to explore many different types of instruments and styles of music as they journey through the school, including choral practice.
London as a Classroom
Situated in the heart of South Kensington, we are ideally placed to make the most of the world renowned museums, galleries and concert venues which are a 5-10 minute walk from our school. Embedding stimulating experiences into our curriculum at these venues enhances the children’s excitement and love of learning. Sometimes these visits may be for only 20 minutes to see a particular object or display and the children are then able to return to school, full of enthusiasm, to delve deeper into what they have seen. For example, a visit to the replica of The Eagle, the landing vehicle for Neil Armstrong, may lead to work designing a house on the moon, or a visit to the Natural History Museum may result in ideas on how we can better protect our planet. The school also has close links with the Royal College of Music where we host our Summer Prom. The peripatetic staff are all Royal College of Music graduates and we work with the college to support their undergraduate programme which provides opportunities for our pupils to meet and be inspired by professional musicians on a regular basis.
The school benefits from direct access to:
- A large 2-acre secret garden
- Multi-sports spaces on site
- Access to outstanding facilities at Imperial College's 'Ethos' sports centre
- State of the art science lab
- Well-equipped music room and art studio
- Strong links with educational institutions including Imperial College, the Royal College of Music and the London School of Mathematics
Our expert teachers have close relationships with the leading day and boarding schools in London and further afield, ensuring a smooth transition to the next stage of our pupils' education.
Our curriculum ensures that Year 6 pupils are thoroughly prepared, not only for 11+ entrance exams and assessments but also for the next stage of their education.
With study skills, reasoning, current affairs, and literacy practice incorporated within the timetable, we also support scholarship candidates and presentation skills. Our engaging and broad curriculum provides many experiences for our pupils to share at interviews and they excel during group tasks where schools look for creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills.
Parents are supported on every step of the 11+ journey. Our Headmistress and Deputy Head host an annual presentation for parents, covering the transition to Senior School, when to start looking, what to ask and how to support your child.
We hold Talking Head events where parents have the opportunity to meet and hear from Heads from a range of Senior Schools, ensuring they choose a school that allows their child to flourish.
Year 6 Leavers Destinations 2022
We are so proud of our 21/22 Year 6 cohort who leave Prince's Gardens to join some of the most successful day and boarding schools across the UK.
This excellent outcome reflects the academic and creative talent across the year group and proves how dedicated both our students and teachers have been in achieving their very best.
Our 15 leavers have been offered places at the following schools:
London Boys' Day Schools
St Paul’s School
London Girls' Day Schools
Francis Holland Regent's Park
Francis Holland Sloane Square
Putney High School
London Co-Ed Day Schools
The American School
Eaton Square Senior School
Fulham Senior School
Kensington Park School
Latymer Upper School
Maida Vale School
North Bridge House School Canonbury
North Bridge House School Hampstead
Portland Place School
Thomas’s Senior School (with Distinction)
Prep-Schools (Year 7 & 8)
Notting Hill Prep School
Sunningdale School (Boarding)
Battle Abbey School
Nightingale School in Manhattan, New York
St. Catherine’s Bramley
The Royal Masonic School
This information will continue to be updated as offers are made.
Mrs Gaffney has a wealth of experience in the independent school sector, joining Prince’s Gardens from Brighton College Singapore where she was Deputy Head from 2020-2022.
Mrs Gaffney knows the independent school sector well, having worked in leadership positions within prep schools for the past 13 years. She started her career at Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School where she held the role of Head of Science and Designated Safeguarding Lead before progressing to Deputy Head.
Mrs Gaffney then moved to Korea where she became Head of Prep School and Vice Principal for North London Collegiate School in Jeju, before relocating back to England to join the prestigious Handcross Park School in Sussex.
Qualified in Science, and Early Years and Primary, Mrs Gaffney has experience in 11+ and 13+ schools and the International Primary Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and The Prep School Baccalaureate. Most recently, this broad experience allowed Mrs Gaffney to write a complete curriculum as the founding Deputy at Brighton College Singapore.
Mrs Gaffney is passionate about curricula development, pupil progress, and innovative teaching and learning. In recent years, she has specialised in developing excellent Early Years provision, ensuring the foundations for the youngest children are well developed.
Whilst the best way to explore our school is by coming in to visit us in person, we appreciate that some prospective families live outside of the UK and so we have done all we can to ensure everyone who would like to take a tour of our beautiful school still can virtually.
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Being in such close proximity to some of the world's best educational and cultural institutions, we have formed great working relationships with key educators, enabling our young learners to access resources and support.
We hope to continually develop our biophilic School project with local plant scientists, architects and designers, to deepen the exceptional benefits this approach can afford our pupils and staff.
We are pleased to have developed good relationships with the local community, including the Knightsbridge Association and Community Liaison Group, and through regular meetings with them, we have developed a travel booklet designed to help us be good neighbours.
Voice of the Parent
Our 'Voice of Parent' programme allows our parents to provide ongoing feedback which we use to make continuous improvements to our school.
This programme is pivotal in enabling us to continually understand our parents' views and better our offering as part of our 'open door' policy.
The last few years have been tough for many families, so we were very pleased to receive some lovely feedback from parents regarding the wonderful community we have built at Prince’s Gardens. We try our hardest to ensure that both students and parents feel welcome and supported. It is important that our pupils are happy, and Prince’s Gardens feels like a caring and kind environment, so we were delighted that so many of you made mention of that.
I think we have a lovely little community developing at the school. Covid has made it hard to foster that, but despite all the challenges, my husband and I feel welcomed and genuinely part of something wonderful.
I definitely feel like I made the right choice with Prince’s Gardens. I feel supported and know that everyone is ready and willing to listen and help. I really appreciate all that you do for our kids!
We received great feedback about our teaching provision and school leadership. Not only do our staff work hard to ensure strong link with parents and open lines of communication, but within the classroom they focus on character development as well as academic excellence, being supportive and building a love of learning within each child.
The teachers communicate with us on a regular basis and go above and beyond trying to help our daughter. (Year 5 Parent)
I absolutely adore the teachers at Prince’s Gardens. Our son’s form teacher has been amazing to work with; she’s gone above and beyond in working with him. She cares deeply for her students - you can see that in the way she interacts with them at drop off and pick up. She has worked closely with me and my husband on a plan for our son to help him succeed. She is the best! Our son also thoroughly enjoys the teachers that focus on specialist subjects (Music, Art, Sport, Languages). (Reception Parent)
Our son’s learning and understanding is clearly accelerating, and we can see the quality of teaching through his achievements. (Year 3 Parent)
We receive high quality, useful and rich communication from the leadership team about school life and future initiatives. (Year 1 Parent)
It wasn’t only our teachers that got a mention; we also received feedback about the wonderful job our admin staff do, helping both parents and children in the School Office any time during the day, and really making Prince’s Gardens feel like a home from home.
Many parents also made mention of our wonderful 2-acre garden. We know it is rare to find such an amazing space in a central London Prep school and we plan to continue to make the most of it, incorporating outdoor learning into the curriculum where appropriate and fostering a love of nature within our pupils. We are delighted to see, through this feedback, that this amazing resource is also very important to our parents, whose children have a safe space for active learning and creative outdoor play. We plan on furthering this relationship with the outdoors in the development of a biophilic room within the school to be used for PSHEE, lessons, wellbeing, circle time and as a quiet reading space, highlighting the importance of nature and its role in our physical and mental health.
As always, we are so grateful to the parents who take part in this survey, enabling us to continually understand their experiences and views. Each year this feedback helps us improve our offering and ensures we are building the best environment for our pupils to flourish.