Devonshire House Preparatory School

Address: 2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London NW3 6AE
Founded: 1989
Number of Pupils: 600
Fees: (termly) £3,455 to £7,845
Ages: 2-13
Head Teacher: Henry Keighley-Elstub
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Early Years entry by informal, group, play-based assessment. Years 1 to 7 assessment/taster morning
Contact: Helen Ridard, Head of Admissions; 020 7435 1916
School Visits: Contact admissions to arrange a tour or attend one of our termly open mornings; dates advertised on the website

The Curriculum

Strong core subject teaching is combined with a great breadth of study in specialist rooms and taught by expert teachers in their respective fields from Nursery. There is a keen focus on sports, S.T.E.M, the creative arts, languages and the Humanities. ‘Pupils are highly motivated in their learning.’ (ISI report).

Games & The Arts

PE and games play an integral part in our overall timetable, as do music and art. A wide range of sports is on offer at our state-of-the-art facility (football, netball, rugby, cricket, athletics, and dance). Dynamic, busy music and drama departments, with performances at all ages. Art and DT buzzing with creativity.

Pastoral Care

Small class sizes, friendly, inviting, safe and happy place to learn. We listen to the ‘child’s voice’ with observation and tracking. Children know they can come to teachers who will listen to pupils’ issues and give the necessary tools for children to feel more equipped to deal with future situations. Strong relationships with children and parents alongside an ethos of family values.

Recent Scholarships

DHS pupils win scholarships to a wide range of day and boarding schools every year.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Devonshire House offers an intellectual, creative learning environment in which girls and boys of all character and learning profiles can thrive and maximise their potential. We believe that parents shouldn’t have to choose between academically rigorous and pastorally nurturing schools: their children can have both at Devonshire House.

Outstanding Characteristics

Outstanding pastoral care enables pupils to feel part of the Devonshire House family. With plenty of opportunity to develop interpersonal skills and for children to discover their own strengths and talents. ‘Pupils leave the school as confident, resilient young people who have strong self-esteem and a well-developed understanding of how to improve their own learning.’ (ISI Report)