Devonshire House Preparatory School

2 Arkwright Road, London NW3 6AE

Profile: Devonshire House Preparatory School is a co-educational preparatory school catering for boys aged two and a half to thirteen and girls aged two and a half to eleven. It houses the Oak Tree nursery for children aged 2.5 to 4, from where children can automatically join the Reception class at Devonshire House. It is one of the top preparatory schools in Hampstead with very positive parent reviews wherever you look and excellent inspection reports that praise teaching quality, academic quality, personal development and pastoral care at the school. It will be hard to find more positive reviews than this:

The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent and fulfils the aims of the school in providing an academic education that allows each pupil to achieve his or her full potential. Pupils achieve high academic standards within a wide and creative curriculum, and a happy and stimulating environment in which they have opportunities to develop their ideas and initiative. Pupils make rapid progress and achieve high standards at each stage

The quality of teaching is excellent and makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ achievement

The pupils’ social development is excellent. The school succeeds in providing an environment in which pupils feel valued, appreciate the talents of others and learn to work constructively within a community

(all from Inspection Report March 2011)

The school offers academic scholarships for boys and girls at the 7+ and 8+ stage for entry into year 2 and year 3.

Admissions: The first point of entry is the Oak Tree Nursery. Children need to be nappy free when they enter at 2.5 years. Children from the Oak Tree Nursery are automatically accepted into Devonshire House Preparatory School. Entry into Reception is by assessment, “generally made in January/February before proposed entry in September.  Children are seen, when possible, in a group. All children are asked to complete the same tasks and detailed notes are taken both of their approach and the results. Every attempt is made to assess potential rather than current attainment“.

Exit Results: Girls leave the school at the 11+ stage, while boys continue until 13+ for Common Entrance. Girls and boys go on to leading North London Day schools as well as popular boarding schools. The school website gives a detailed breakdown of senior schools and scholarships from 2006 – 2010:

Offers of Places

Our pupils go to many Schools but the most popular are listed below.

Girls 11+ 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Belmont 2  -1 schol 3 2 – 1 schol 2 2 – 1 schol
Channing 7  – 1 schol 7 6 -1 exh 7 – 1 exh 6 -2 schol, 1mus
Cheltenham Ladies 2
City of London 3 1 1 2 1
Francis Holland 11 13 12 9 8
Godolphin & Latymer 1 1 1 – mus schol 1
Haberdashers’ 4  – 1 schol 1 schol 2 – 1 schol
Haileybury 2 1
Henrietta Barnet
Highgate 3 4 3 1
More House 1 3 1
North London Coll’te 3-1sch 2 1 -1 schol 2 1
Queen’s College 9 9 10 10 7
Queenswood 3 1 3 1
Royal School 1 1
South Hampstead 11 7 10 9 3 – 1 Mus schol
St. Margaret’s 3-1 schol 3 1 1 1
St Martha’s 2
St Paul’s Girls School 2 2 – 1 schol 2
The Mount 1 2
Wycombe Abbey 1 1
Abroad 2 2 1 1

 

13 + BOYS 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Aldenham 2 1 2
Bradfield 1
City of London 2 -1 schol 1 1
Eton 1
Haberdashers 2 1
Harrow 1 1 1
Highgate 4 – 1 schol 2 2 4 3
Merchant Taylors 2
Mill Hill 4 – 1 schol 6 12 9 8
Portland Place 2
Rugby/Sherbourne 1 1
UCS 1 6 4 2
St Paul’s School 1 -1 schol 1 5 1 1 – 1 schol
St James’ School 1
Westminster 1 2 1 2
Winchester 1

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School reviews on this website express my personal expression, based on web research, school visits and word of mouth between parents. If you have a different experience of the school or would like to add information missing here, or if you have any other helpful hints, please leave a comment below.

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