Francis Holland Preparatory School

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Francis Holland Preparatory School is a leading, two-form entry London Prep School for girls aged 4-11. The School was founded in 1881 by Canon Francis Holland, a visionary in philanthropy and education, and is part of Francis Holland Schools Trust with sister senior schools, Francis Holland, Sloane Square, and Francis Holland, Regent’s Park. 

The Prep will be relocating to its new site, a 20,000 sq ft Grade II listed Victorian building on Manresa Road, just off the King’s Road, in September 2024. The building, which dates back to 1890, combines heritage with modern learning spaces. The wealth of impressive facilities includes the old Chelsea library, a spacious School Hall with staging, a specialist science lab, a dedicated art room and an extensive outdoor play area.  

Francis Holland Prep provides a warm environment where pupils thrive on exciting, rigorous and ambitious learning from inspiring teachers. A focus on the 7 Cs of curiosity, creativity, collaboration, communication, confidence, commitment and craftsmanship makes lessons fun and engaging, encouraging pupils to develop a lifelong love of learning.  

The School offers a broad and balanced curriculum; resulting in a holistic education where academic excellence is complemented by a wealth of sporting, dramatic, musical and artistic opportunities. However, what really sets Francis Holland Prep apart is outstanding pastoral care and a strong sense of community which ensure that every child feels known, loved and therefore freed to achieve extraordinary things. All pupils are supported throughout their time at Francis Holland Prep by a comprehensive programme of wellbeing which builds resilience, confidence and character.  

The Prep is a unique community that fosters an awareness of the needs of others and a desire to make a difference. This emphasis on what you can give rather than what you get results in an environment full of kindness, compassion, and a palpable warmth that all visitors comment on. Girls are encouraged to be brave and have a go, no matter how great the challenges before them. They learn to debate with gusto, reflect on the world around them with empathy, solve problems creatively, and appreciate the bigger picture.  

The School’s location is integral to the educational experience on offer, enabling regular trips to London’s museums, galleries and theatres. It also allows the Prep to maintain a close relationship with Francis Holland Sloane Square, which is just a 15-minute walk along the King’s Road, and specialist staff teach at both schools. The Prep has an excellent reputation for 11+ exam success, whether girls are looking at our two sister schools, other London day schools or boarding schools.

For details of our next Open Event, please contact the Registrar on 020 7824 5005 or 

11+ / 13+ Answers
Suzy Dixon MA
Church of England
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Fee Range (Termly):
£7,600 - £8,350
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Famous Alumni:
Sienna Miller, Vanessa Mae & Lady Sarah Chatto


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May 2025

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Francis Holland Preparatory School

Suzy Dixon MA

Manresa Road, London, SW3 6NB

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