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Newton Prep

Newton Prep

149 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BX

020 7720 4091



Newton Prep
School type Coeducational Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Day
Founded 1991
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)
Associations IAPS, ISBA

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 rapidly growing Battersea Power Station development, the new US embassy and 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.

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 Year 3 upwards take part in the Pupil Parliament, 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 new humanities curriculum for our Years 7 and 8. 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 growth. With a huge all-weather pitch capable of supporting four fixtures at a time, a state-of-the-art, 120-seat recital hall, a music technology suite, recording studio, 300 seat auditorium, three gymnasiums, bustling art studios, dance studios, a library and collegiate-style science labs, children are encouraged to "do" as well as "learn". We even have an oasis of a 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.

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. One parent who, after sending her five children through Newton, is now serving on our Bursary Fund board to ensure access for bright children who may not be able to access a Newton education otherwise, commented, "Newton combines a quirky nature and knowledge of families with great space and facilities… All the teachers understood my (very different) children, the management is open to fresh ideas and the school is large enough to accommodate variety."

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.