Parents, especially those based in London, face complex choices with differing requirements and processes at each entry point.

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.

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.

Key Talks

This year there are two Education Theatres. Don’t miss the sessions for this age group:

Julia Harrington, Headmistress, Queen Anne's School Caversham & Eve Jardine-Young, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College 13:15pm Saturday
Professor Hugo de Burgh & Christine Cunniffe, Principal, LVS Ascot 15:30pm Sunday
November 12, 2017

The future of education

Mark Hartley, Headmaster, Forres Sandle Manor & Emma Goldsmith, Head, Winchester House School 1:00pm Sunday
November 12, 2017

Choosing a prep school

Emily Turner, parent of boarders and co-editor, angels & urchins & Tom Rogerson, Headmaster, Cottesmore School 15:45pm Saturday

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


Exhibitors with Preparatory Schools

  Saturday 10 November 10:00-17:00 Sunday 11 November 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,  London, SW8 4NW