Preparatory School

An exciting learning journey begins

Welcome to our Preparatory School, which comprises two parts: our Pre-Prep Department, Westbourne (our Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception classes) and our Prep Department (Years 1 to 6).

From your child’s earliest days with us, we encourage independence and value individuality. As we introduce her to academic study, we place equal emphasis on developing the personal qualities and social skills that will help her succeed through life – and we always remember that learning should be enjoyable.

Between the ages of 2½ and 11, your daughter will grow in many ways. Our role is to inspire and support that growth, providing the opportunities she needs to explore her strengths and interests. Every new experience at EHS will help your daughter learn more about herself and the world around her. With increasing confidence, she will try more, discover more, and learn to follow her own initiative.

Above all, we make learning exciting and challenging, and love to see how this sparks genuine enthusiasm. We make sure curriculum subjects are enjoyable, and add a great variety of co-curricular activities to your child’s day. This approach will help her settle in quickly and happily, becoming part of our Prep School family. 

We also support you, as well as your daughter. If you need more flexibility in the school day, our ‘wraparound care’ means your child can spend extra time here, before or after school. Also, through our Holiday Club, we offer activities for your daughter while you continue your daily routine.

I truly believe EHS provides the perfect start to a child’s education. Our supportive ethos is almost tangible, and visitors often comment on how confident and happy the girls are in our environment. You’re welcome to come and talk to our pupils – there’s no one better to tell you what life here is really like! Our new prospectus below, should also further inform your view of the school and the myriad opportunities open to our pupils.

Mrs Sally Hartley B.Ed
Head of Preparatory School


View our new Preparatory School Prospectus



Preparatory Headlines

News from Prep

01 Dec 2023: We started the week with a trip to space for the girls in Year 5 as they visited the Stardome, an inflatable planetarium. This invaded our Prep Hall for the...

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Out of this World!

01 Dec 2023: The girls in the Prep School are always keen to learn more about the wider world and the visit of the Stardome, a mobile planetarium, this week gave them the...

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Computer Champions

01 Dec 2023: 20,445 8-10 year olds from around the world took part in the 11th annual Bebras Challenge; a competition which tests a student’s logical thinking skills.  Our...

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No Pens Day

01 Dec 2023: On Wednesday of this week girls in Westbourne, our Early Years setting, took part in National No Pen day.  This gave plenty of opportunity to focus on communication...

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