Preparatory schools traditionally start at 7/8+. Many schools now have pre-preps and nurseries, but most London day preps have a second entry point at 7+, with pupils selected via competitive tests. 8 years old is the traditional age to start at boarding prep school, but many children now start boarding at 9, 10 or even 11.

Parents, especially those based in London, face complex choices.

The ultimate forum for parents:

  • Meet the country's leading preparatory schools, all under one roof;
  • Meet school admission teams;
  • Find the school that suits your child's needs;
  • Hear talks by the UK's top preparatory and senior school heads.

The Definitive Word on Independent Education

Hear from the brightest thinkers and most respected Heads at the renowned Education Theatre. Below you can watch some of last year's talks to get a flavour of the high quality advice available at the Show.

Questions parents come to the show to get answered:

  • Is my child likely to meet the standards required to pass 7+ entry tests in London, and if so should we be considering tutoring?
  • How do other parents manage after-school care and all the ferrying to clubs and activities?
  • We think that a boarding prep school would better suit my child than a London day school, but what would be the best age to start boarding?
  • Would single-sex or co-education suit my child best?
  • Should I consider moving to be near a school outside London? An enormous number of schools are within easy reach of London. How do we choose?
  • I am considering a blend of the state and independent systems. How do I get my child into an independent school from a state primary school?
  • Are scholarships and bursaries are available for this age group?

The Independent Schools Show has helped thousands of students and their parents answer these kinds of questions.

2017 Show

Saturday 11 November 2017
Sunday 12 November 2017

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,
London, SW11 4NJ



Key Talks

The Education Theatre answers the burning questions and informs parents about independent education. Don’t miss the key sessions for this age group:

November 12, 2016

11:15 How to access private education, breaking down the financial barriers

Professor Mark Bailey, High Master of St Paul’s School, explains who is eligible to apply for a scholarship or a bursary and how schools are widening the net further.
November 12, 2016

13:15 How to decipher the great co-ed debate

With so many top London schools being single sex, the pros and cons of co-ed is one of the most debated subjects in education. Tatler Head of the Year, Sarah Thomas, of Bryanston (co-ed), and Elizabeth Hewer, Head of St George's (single sex), will guide you through the key considerations to help you choose what is right for your son and daughter.
November 13, 2016

14:45 How to improve your chances of success

William Petty Director of Tuition at Bonas MacFarlane Education and Lucy Elphinstone, Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, examine what role tutoring can play and how to identify what's right for your child.
November 12, 2016

15:45 How to decide if boarding is the right option

The thought of sending your child off to board can be a hard decision for parents. With many experts arguing it can strenghten the family unit, as well as provide a more rounded education, our speakers, Mike Buchanan, Head of Ashford School, Marina Gardiner Legge, Head of Heathfield School, and Sid Inglis, Headmaster of Elstree School, will provide you with all the facts to decide if boarding (full, flexi, or weekly) is the right solution.

Plan your day at the Show, with the full programme.


Exhibitors with Preparatory Schools