Mrs Melrose has worked in London prep schools for over 20 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.

Headmistress, Alison Melrose

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 Maker Space, an innovative learning environment that stimulates children to create and share their learning with materials they choose.

Maker Space

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 Maker Space. 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, the Maker Space allows creativity to develop and flourish. Children learn how to use technology safely and develop key communication and collaborative skills for the future.

Prince's Garden Preparatory School
Maker Space
Nursery classroom
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 labs
  • Well-equipped music and art studios
  • Strong links with educational institutions including Imperial College, the Royal College of Music and the London School of Mathematics

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Destination schools

Our expert teachers have close relationships with the leading day schools in London and further afield, ensuring a smooth transition to the next stage of our pupils' education.

The school's curriculum ensures rigorous preparation for 11+ entrance exams and assessments and the next stage of education. From Year 4, this includes timetabled lessons in verbal and non-verbal reasoning and current affairs and from Year 6, critical thinking, interview practice and a scholarship seminar programme.

The Headmistress meets regularly with parents to help guide them on choosing the senior school where their child will flourish and holds an annual 11+ information evening.

Community links

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.

The Science Museum, a 5-minute walk from the school

Next: Curriculum

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