“A fabulous, nurturing, high achieving, non-selective small prep school which deserves its excellent reputation.”

Good Schools Guide 2018


The school’s aim is, quite simply, to have happy, secure children achieving their academic potential and, at the same time, enjoying a wide curriculum and an extensive variety of extra-curricular activities.  The website gives a general picture of how we strive to achieve our aim, but there is no substitute for a visit which will enable you to experience the school’s working day and the positive, caring environment in which the children learn and develop.  Over the years, prospective parents shown round have all concluded that it is the best way to determine the suitability of the school for their child.  Might I suggest, therefore, that if you are interested in sending your child to Hale Prep you call to arrange a visit.


At every stage the aim is to achieve the highest standards in the core subjects, maths, English, science and computing, and at the same time providing the children with a wide curriculum and a range of extra-curricular activities.

In the infants, the children read individually to a member of staff every day.  Maths and English are frequently taught in groups of eleven.  Weekly lessons, delivered by specialist teachers in designated rooms, are enjoyed in science, music, drama, art, dance, computing and games.

In the juniors, all teaching is conducted by subject specialists.  50% of the teaching programme is devoted to maths, English and science.  The children have weekly lessons in ethics, a foreign language, art, music, drama, history, geography, computing and games.  At the appropriate stage there is specialist teaching in verbal and non-verbal in preparation for local grammar school examinations.

To supplement the formal timetable the school offers over twenty clubs and organises a range of visits and visitors to the school.


In addition to the six year cycle of full inspection, which can be read in full on this website, the school is subject to a three year cycle of compliance inspections.  The compliance inspection determines whether the school achieves expected standards in a wide range of areas from risk assessment to staff recruitment.  The latest report in the summer of 2018 found that the school is fully compliant measured against the full range of regulatory requirements.

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