Schools: Independent Pre-Preps & Preps

Ashdown House Forest Row RH18 5JY Tel: 01342 822574 ashdownhouse.com

Ages 7–13, co-ed, boarding.

On the West Sussex border, this full boarding option is a cosy, happy school that gets results.

Brambletye Lewes Road, East Grinstead RH19 3PD Tel: 01342 321004 brambletye.co.uk

Ages 3–13, co-ed, day and boarding.

Down the road from Ashdown in 140 acres of parkland, this friendly school has a dynamic new Head.

Dulwich Prepatory School Cranbrook Golford Road, Coursehorn, Cranbrook TN17 3NP Tel:01580 712179 dcpskent.org

Ages 3–13, co-ed, boarding and day.

A big school with great facilities. Sports and arts are fantastic. most parents live very locally with lots going to Cranbrook School at 13+.

Holmewood House Barrow Lane, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0EB Tel: 01892 860000 holmewoodhouse.co.uk

Co-ed, ages 3–13. incredibly popular. Smart, fast moving and unashamedly academic. Children generally stay to 13+.

Marlborough House High Street, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook TN18 4PY Tel: 01580 753555 marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Ages 21/2 –13, co-ed. Mainly day, some flexi-boarding.

A gentle approach but calm and rigorous and beloved of the parents.

The Mead School 16 Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5SN Tel: 01892 525837 meadschool.info

Ages 3–11, co-ed, day.

Popular, caring school in the heart of Tunbridge Wells.

Rose Hill School Coniston Ave, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9SY Tel: 01892 525591 rosehillschool.co.uk

Ages 3–13, co-ed, day.

A happy, busy school feeding independent and grammar at 11/13+.

St Ronans School Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook TN18 5DJ Tel: 01580 752271 saintronans.co.uk

Ages 3–13, co-ed, some boarding mon–thurs from Y5.

A gorgeous, muddy place for clever, quirky children. Inspirational Headmaster.

The Schools at Somerhill Somerhill, Tonbridge TN11 0NJ Tel: 01732 352124 somerhill.org

Ages 3–13. Co-ed pre-prep, separate boys and girls preps.

Sporty, lots of emphasis on clubs; high transfer rate to Kent grammars.

Sevenoaks Prep Sevenoaks TN15 0JU Tel: 01732 762336 theprep.org.uk

Ages 21/2 –13, co-ed, day.

Successful and expanding prep school.

Sutton Valence Prep School Church Road, Chart Sutton ME17 3RF Tel: 01622 842117 svs.org.uk

Ages 3–11, co-ed, day.

Popular prep and nursery that feeds over half to its Senior School.

Vinehall Vinehall Rd, Robertsbridge TN32 5JL Tel: 01580 880413 vinehallschool.com

Ages 2–13, co-ed, day and boarding.

A structured and traditional school feeding a wide range of schools at 13+.

Wellesley House 114 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2DG Tel: 01843 862991 wellesleyhouse.org

Ages 7–13, co-ed, day and boarding.

Popular small seaside prep. Pastoral care stands out and good manners and being considerate are paramount. Good learning support. A “join in and have fun” feel and you can keep your pony!

Sevenoaks High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1HU Tel: 01732 455133 sevenoaksschool.org

Fantastic academics and a trailblazer for the IB. This school oozes energy.

Sutton Valence North Street, Sutton Valence, Maidstone ME17 3HL Tel: 01622 845200 svs.co.uk

Good academics and sporty school that respects the individuality of the child.

Tonbridge High St, Tonbridge TN9 1JP Tel: 01732 365555 tonbridge-school.co.uk

Nicely low key boys’ public school. Excels in sport and achieves good results for motivated boys. Beautiful grounds.