Welcome to our Prep School

Welcome to our Prep School

Long Close Preparatory School prepares pupils for a successful pathway into both our non-selective Senior School and other Secondary schools of their choice, including local Grammar schools.

As an Independent School we are mindful of, but not restricted by, the National Curriculum, so pupils enjoy a curriculum of length and breadth, with a continued emphasis on creativity, questioning, and independent thinking.

Our robust intervention strategy continues throughout Prep School and identifies children who are under-achieving and those who are over-achieving, enabling us to create a personalised learning path for every individual.

Each pupil is also assigned to one of four ‘houses’ – Windsor, Kensington, Hampton and Buckingham  – and we make effective use of this system to encourage good behaviour and reward achievements of all types. This helps emphasise to the children that we value every part of who they are – their interests, their hard work and their good conduct, not just their good marks.


Other reasons to send your child to Long Close School Preparatory School

Early intervention strategy

Outstanding pastoral care

Enrichment activities and fantastic selection of clubs

Small class sizes

11+ preparation

Extensive trips and visits programme

Curriculum collapse theme days

GL Assessments (Year 1-Year 6)

AS Tracking for Year 5 & ^

Personal laptops for every child from Year 3

Charlie Tanton - Head of Prep School

As the Head of Prep School, my aim is for students to experience a dynamic school which has exemplary teaching; a place where pupils develop both the discipline of study and the joy of learning. By delivering an education that is broad and balanced, each child will have opportunities for developing academic, creative and sporting talents.

The principles of hard work, perseverance, ambition, and kindness are values  that are consistently evident in the behaviour and attitudes of our pupils. We are proud of how Long Close children rise to the very high standards set by our team.

Our students demonstrate a wonderful commitment to their studies, and working together with families and teachers, we create the perfect support network as they journey through their education at Long Close. We believe that emotionally resilient and confident children are better placed to achieve academic excellence.

Our small class sizes create a nurturing environment where pastoral care and support is paramount. This ensures our children become motivated and self-assured learners who look forward to exciting futures.

It is important that Long Close is a distinctly happy school to which children and adults feel a deep loyalty – a place in which children can laugh, feel safe and enjoy being children. Celebrating pupil achievements is very important to us, and the children enjoy attending our regular celebration events held throughout the school year.

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