149 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BX
020 7720 4091
Co-educational Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Day
|Headmistress||Mrs Alison Fleming|
|Date Appointed||September 2013|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-13 years|
|Number of pupils||628|
|Number of boys||324|
|Number of girls||308|
|Day fees per annum||£9,975 - £21,135|
|Average Class Size||19 (smaller in Years 7 & 8)|
In a London landscape crowded with prep schools, Newton Prep stands out for its unbeatable combination of vibrant size and eclecticism, its extraordinary facilities and outside spaces and its position at the heart of Central London’s most burgeoning community. The Nine Elms to Battersea riverfront now hosts the bustling new ‘town’ around the rebuilt Battersea Power Station itself, where Apple (the holder of the OTHER famous apple logo) are soon to open their Europe HQ, and where a new extension of the Northern Line tube has just opened.
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, while also being kind to others.
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 Boggle, 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.
We encourage all our children to reflect on school life, not just power through it. Delegates from throughout the school take part in our Pupil Council, which meets regularly. Through this means, children can express their views and make suggestions about how we might improve the school. Each child is therefore encouraged to embrace the notion of using their voice to influence things for the good of the many.
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. This spirit of community is also built into the Newton Diploma, our revolutionary humanities curriculum for our Years 7 and 8, now into its third year. This is a cross-curricular, rigorous and exciting programme that scraps the creaky arts syllabi of Common Entrance and allows pupils to exploit links between subjects, extend initiatives for service and leadership and breathe real fire into their intellectual curiosity. Luckily, our extensive resources enable such personal growth, in whichever direction a child wants. With a huge all-weather pitch capable of supporting four fixtures at a time, a 120-seat recital hall, a music technology suite, recording studio, 300 seat auditorium, three gymnasiums, bustling art studios, dance studios, a library and three ‘hands-on’ science labs, children are encouraged to “do” as well as “learn”. We even have an oasis of a garden: where our children perform Shakespeare, hunt for mini-beasts and conduct scientific experiments. We also now share our garden with our state school neighbours at St Mary’s RC Primary so that they can also enjoy outside learning.
We are not a blazers-and-boaters kind of school. We don’t have to look to the past and can focus all our present energies on ensuring a bright future for our children. Above all, we want Newton Prep children to enjoy their precious childhood years. 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.