149 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BX
020 7720 4091
Coeducational Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Day
|Headmistress||Mrs Alison Fleming|
|Date Appointed||September 2013|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-13|
|Number of pupils||632|
|Number of boys||311|
|Number of girls||321|
|Day fees per annum||£9,300 - £19,695|
|Average Class Size||20 (smaller in Years 7 & 8)|
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In a London landscape crowded with prep schools, Newton Prep stands out for its unbeatable combination of vibrant size and eclecticism, its senior school level of facilities and outside spaces and its position at the heart of Central London’s most burgeoning community.
We are constantly inspired by our location. On our doorstep is the grand vision that is the rapidly growing Battersea Power Station development; up the road is the new US embassy, soon to be joined by the Dutch embassy, all amid the massive regeneration of Nine Elms. There’s an electricity in the air and it’s important that we are a part of that buzz. It is also key to our ethos: to ensure that Newton children are well-educated, curious, kind and articulate but, above all, in this modern world (and equipped with the best of British values), to encourage them to think for, and be, themselves.
Last year, we celebrated Newton@25, our programme of events across the whole of the academic year to celebrate where we have come in the 25 years since our foundation in 1991. It was a Silver Jubilee with a shiny splash of something different: we raised over £25,000 for our four chosen charities (and a massive £83,000 for our Newton Bursary Fund, thereby enabling bright local children to access a Newton education) and we found 25 new in-school talents with the wildly successful Newton’s Got Talent competition. We premiered the Silver Symphony, written by our very own Director of Music and played in tandem with the London Mozart Players at our end of year celebration and treated over a thousand people to a Silver Splash party across the site of the school. Our aim in doing so was to ensure that each child and every parent felt that they had contributed personally to this milestone in the school’s life, putting us in good shape for the next 25 years!
At Newton Prep, we provide a liberal environment in which children are equipped with a sense of self, resilience and hopefulness, beyond the obvious need to excel academically. We encourage children to think beyond the curriculum and they hoover it up. Whether it’s piano lessons, judo or archery, children need ways of engaging. We aim for our Newton Prep children to enter adolescence feeling that they already have more to contribute than just academic achievements. Yes, we need to get them into the right schools but not at the expense of their well-being and character.
Luckily, our extensive resources enable such intellectual inquisitiveness. With a huge all-weather pitch, an 120-seat recital hall, a music technology suite, recording studio, 300seat auditorium, three gymnasiums, bustling art studios, dance studios, a library and science labs, children are encouraged to “do” as well as “learn”. We even have a well-loved garden: where our children practise circus skills, hunt for mini-beasts and conduct scientific experiments: like when Year 8 students lit up the London skies with their own explosion.
Despite the excellence of their education, Newton Prep children are notable for their lack of arrogance and entitlement. The kindness and generosity shown by the pupils towards their peers is remarkable and we are particularly proud of the engagement between the older children and the little ones.
We are not a blazers-and-boaters kind of school. We don’t have to look to the past and can focus all our energies on ensuring a bright future for our children. As one current parent has commented, “Newton combines a quirky nature and knowledge of families with great space and facilities… All the teachers understand my (very different) children, the management is open to fresh ideas and the school is large enough to accommodate variety.”
Admission to the Nursery is by registration; to the Lower School (Reception to Y2) by registration, with a gentle and informal assessment; to the Upper School (Y3-8) by registration and competitive testing.