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Established in Twickenham in 1969 and now located in Hampton

Admission FAQs

  • What are the school aims?

    Nurturing the Individual, Inspiring Innovation, Achieving Success.

    Twickenham Preparatory School seeks to create a safe, caring and happy Christian environment in which all pupils are valued and can thrive personally, socially and academically. Please read more in the Aims and Philosophy section of the website.

  • As you are a Christian based school do you accept other religions?

    The school is registered as a Christian school and welcomes families of all faiths and none.

  • How many pupils do you have at the school?

    We have 270-280 pupils at the school.

  • What age do pupils start at Twickenham Prep?

    Reception starts at 4+.

  • Do you have places in other year groups?

    We take a full intake at Reception, and only have occasional places after that.

  • What is the ratio between girls and boys?

    We aim for the same number of boys and girls in each class. The only exception to this is in our Y7 & 8 classes. These classes are boys only.

  • What is your maximum class size?

    We aim for class sizes of about 18-20.

  • We would like to look around the school, how do we arrange that?

    Prospective parents are always welcome to make an appointment for a visit and tour by contacting the School Office. Visitors are welcome to join us for an assembly, followed by a tour of the school. We also have regular Open Mornings throughout the year. Please contact the school office for further details.

  • Do you have an Open Day?

    We have regular Open Mornings throughout the year. In the Autumn and Spring terms, we run Pre-Prep open mornings during the school day and every year in May, a whole school open morning is run on a Saturday morning between 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

    In 2016, our next Pre-Prep open morning is on Thursday 11th February between 9.30am – 10:45 am (prospective parents are welcome to tour the prep as well) and our whole school open morning is on Saturday 7th May between 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

  • Do pupils have to pass an assessment to join the school?

    We do not formally assess pupils when joining our Reception Year in September. Pupils who wish to join later will be invited into school for assessments in English, Mathematics and Reasoning.

  • Can current pupils apply for a scholarship at Year 7?

    There are academic scholarships available for boys entering Year 7. These are open to both TPS boys and pupils from other schools.

  • We live abroad, how does my child take an assessment?

    We ask to see a current school report, ring the current Head and send assessment papers abroad if appropriate.

  • Do you operate a sibling priority?

    Yes. A pupil on a waiting list will go to the top of the list if a sibling is at the school.

  • My child does not speak English, can you help?

    We do not offer English as a foreign language as standard, but can offer help with learning English.

  • What is your catchment area?

    Families are welcome to apply to the school from any location. However the majority of our pupils come from Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham, Kingston, Heston, Hounslow, Hampton Hill, Hampton, Hampton Wick, East Molesey, St Margarets, Sunbury, Isleworth, Whitton and Esher.

  • What age do your pupils leave?

    Our girls leave to go to senior school at 11 and our boys leave at 13.

  • Do your pupils gain scholarships to independent senior schools?

    Yes! Every year TPS pupils gain academic, sporting, musical or all-rounder scholarships to local independent senior schools.

  • What schools do your pupils go on to?

    All the local secondary independent schools. Some pupils go on to boarding schools.

  • Why are you called Twickenham Prep when you are based in Hampton?

    The school was originally housed on Twickenham Green and moved to Hampton in 1992 but retained its already well-established name.

  • Does the school operate a bus service?

    TPS operates two minibuses each school morning. The first minibus serves the Richmond, Isleworth, Whitton and Hampton Hill areas. The second minibus runs through St. Margaret’s, Twickenham, Hampton Wick and Teddington. Both routes are popular and parents are advised to book early if they wish their child to have a place on one of the buses. Further information is available from the School Office.

  • Is there public transport near by?

    The R68 bus stop is 1 minute’s walk from the school and the 111 stops 3 minutes walk away from the school. Hampton Station is a 15 minute walk.

  • Do you offer school lunches?

    Yes. It is cooked fresh on the premises and almost all pupils have school lunch.

  • Do you offer after-school activities?

    We have a wide range of after-school activities either run by TPS staff or outside agencies. Outside agencies run clubs such as Grandmaster Chess, Mini Musketeers, Brasilia soccer and Karate.

  • At what age do you start subject specialist teaching?

    Right from Reception pupils have subject specialists in French, Computing, Music, PE, Games and Mind Lab. By Year 4 all pupils move from subject room to subject room for their lessons.

  • Which sports facilities do you use?

    We have facilities on site and also have exclusive use of the 10 acre sports ground at Kempton Cricket Club, which we use for football, rugby, cricket and rounders. We also use a range of local sports facilities for swimming, hockey, fitness training, and other activities. Please see our Sports and Facilities pages for more information.

  • Do you offer swimming as part of the curriculum?

    We have a programme of swimming from Years 1 to 5. We have specialised coaching at Sunbury Leisure Centre Baths. We hold our annual swimming galas at Hampton Open Air Swimming Pool.

  • What is your policy on bullying?

    We expect excellent behaviour from our pupils. Our motto is ‘Calm, Courteous, Courageous and Considerate’ and we emphasize to pupils that every act of unkindness has a detrimental effect upon the school community. We take any instance of bullying very seriously and have a strong pastoral system in place involving Class teachers, Heads of House and Tutors. Please visit our ‘Academic and Policies’ section of this website.

  • What is the schools policy regarding homework?

    Homework develops independence in children but is not designed to intrude unreasonably on family life. It reinforces the learning that takes place in the classroom. We do appreciate parental help and support with this.

  • Do you recommend any local nurseries?

    We feel that this is a personal choice for parents. Pupils come to us from a wide range of excellent local nurseries.

  • How does the school inform parents about events?

    The school e-mails a weekly Bulletin to parents which includes information on fixtures and events. The website has a copy of the Bulletin and also provides information on sports reports, events, maps to fixtures and letters for trips. Class letters are e-mailed or sent home via your child’s school bag. The school operates a ‘clarion call’ notification system. Parents are informed by email and text message in the event of cancellations or changes to expected routines.

  • Can I take my child out of school for family holidays?

    Children are expected to attend school for all the days in each term. The Headmaster will consider by exception written requests for permission to take special leave during school time.