Which are 2023’s best London Prep Schools’ practice tests for me to use?

School Entrance Tests’ top London secondary schools and top London Prep schools include the relevant practice tests for 2023 entry. The Sunday Times‘s private school league tables make a fascinating read for anyone looking for the top independent schools in the UK.

ISC listed Independent schools in Greater London

Looking for the best London prep schools for your child? Wondering whether any top prep schools are near where you live in London?

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First thing you need to know is your local London catchment area? And then establish which prep schools are within that catchment area.

Here are the independent London schools listed by London Borough. Please note this independent London school search focuses on the Independent School COuncil’s registered independent schools.

Plus, other ISEB, CEM pre-tests can be searched above.

Our Private Secondary Schools Intro

These schools cater for children between 11 / 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).

As each private school manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and even those that don’t, require an interview to see whether your child would fit into their particular school environment.

For academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and exams on various other subjects. The best would be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.


11+ English Sample Paper A (Highgate School)

English Sample Paper B (Highgate School)

11+ Maths (Highgate School 2013)

Maths Sample Paper A (Highgate School)

11+ Maths Sample Paper B (Highgate School)

How do I interpret 2022 prep school league tables for London?

The London prep school league table rankings are based on the latest exam results.

Where are the top 2022 London prep schools?

The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph websites allow you to add filters to their published league tables. You can pull out those schools for which you are in the catchment area. Then compare your chosen school group on those criteria which are most important to you.

Private London Schools

Prep schools emerged in the early 19th century as boarding schools to prepare boys for leading Public Schools. In its modern form prep schools can be for boys, girls, co-education, boarding, day schools or any combination of those.

Generally, prep schools fall into these categories:

  • Firstly, completely independent prep schools, both charitable and ownership
  • Secondly, junior schools connected to senior schools
  • Thirdly, choir schools, which educate child singers of cathedrals and some other large religious institutions; they all accept non-chorister pupils with the exception of Westminster Abbey Choir School;
  • Schools offering special educational provision or facilities
  • Schools with particular religious affiliations

As each private school also manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and administer some kind of assessment. The ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspects most of these prep schools. Ofsted subsequently oversees this.

Consequently for children, up to 7, a prep school would usually ‘assess’ prospective students through an interview and a taster day at the school. There are however schools the make use of 7+ formal assessments.


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Check latest 2022 London Ofsted Reports for your top choice prep schools

What are Ofsted reports?

  • Well firstly these are something that you must check for each indepdnet school of interest.
  • Each Ofsted report is an analysis of that school’s teachers’ professional competence
  • Plus, how well performance standards have been met across the independent school. There are three possible outcomes: under-achieving; achieving; or outstanding.

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A – G London Prep Schools

Abercorn School

Aberdour School

Abingdon House School

ACS Cobham International School

ACSEgham International School

ACS Hillingdon International School

Aldro School

Alleyn’s Junior School

Alpha Prep School

Amesbury School

Arnold House School

Ashton House School

Avenue House School

Avon House School

Bancroft’s School

Banstead Prep School

Barfield School

Barrow Hills School

Bassett House School

Beehive Preparatory School

Belmont Preparatory School

Bishopsgate School

Blackheath High School GDST

Blackheath Preparatory School

Broomfield House School

Broomwood Hall School

Buckingham Preparatory School

Bute House Preparatory School for Girls

Buxlow Preparatory School

Cameron House School

Caterham Preparatory School

Channing School

Chinthurst School

City of London Freemen’s School

Cty of London School For Girls

Claremont Fan Court School

Colfe’s Junior School

Collingwood School

Coworth Flexlands School

Cranleigh Preparatory School

Cranmore School

Croydon High School GDST

Cumnor House School

Cumnor House School for Girls

Danes Hill School

Danesfield Manor School

Devonshire House Preparatory School

Dolphin School (inc Noahs Ark Nursery Schools)

Donhead School

Downsend School

Duke of Kent School

Dulwich Prep London School

Durston House School

Eaton House The Manor School and Eaton Square School

Edgeborough School

Elmhurst School For Boys

Essendene Lodge School

Ewell Castle School

Fairley House School

Falkner House School

Feltonfleet School

Finton House School

Francis Holland School, Sloane Square

Frensham Heights School

Garden House School

Gidea Park College

Glendower Prep School

Grange Park Preparatory School

Greenfield School

Guildford High School for Girls

London Prep Schools H – R

Hall Grove School and Hall School

Halstead Preparatory School for Girls

Hampshire School

Hampton Court House School and Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep School

Harvington Prep School

Hawkesdown House

HawleyHurst School

Hazelwood School

Heath House Preparatory School

Heathfield House School

Hereward House School

Highgate School

Hoe Bridge School

Holy Cross Preparatory School

Homefield Preparatory School

Hornsby House School

Hurlingham School

Hyde Park School (busy transitioning to Eaton Square)

Ibstock Place School

Immanuel School

James Allen’s Girls’ School

Keble School

Kensington Prep School GDST

Kew College

Kew Green Preparatory School

King’s College Junior School and King’s House School

Kingswood House

Knightsbridge School

Laleham Lea School

Lanesborough School

Latymer Prep School

Lingfield School

London Christian School

Longacre School

Lyndhurst House School

Manor House School Bookham

Maple Walk School

Merton Court Preparatory School

Micklefield School

Milbourne Lodge

Moon Hall School,Dorking and Moon Hall School, Reigate

More House School Farnham

Naima Jewish Prep School

Newland House School

Newton Prep School

Norfolk House School

Northcote Lodge

Northwood College GDST

Notre Dame Prep School

Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST and Notting Hill Preparatory School

Oakfield Preparatory School

Oakhyrst Grange School

Oakwood School

Old Palace of John Whitgift School and Old Vicarage School

Oliver House School

Orchard House School

Orley Farm School

Palmers Green High School

Park Hill School and Park School for Girls

Parkside School

Parsons Green Prep School

Pembridge Hall School

Portland Place School

Prospect House School

Putney High School 

Quainton Hall School

Queen’s College London

Queen’s Gate School

Radnor House

Raphael Independent School

Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School

Reddiford School

Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School

Ripley Court School

Riverston School

Rokeby School

Rosemary Works School

Rosemead Preparatory School

Rowan Preparatory School

Royal Russell School


Prep Schools (S)

Sarum Hall School

Seaton House School

Shrewsbury House School

Sinclair House School

Snaresbrook Preparatory School

South Hampstead High School GDST

St Andrews (Woking) School Trust

Saint Anthony’s School for boys

St Aubyn’s School

Saint Augustine’s Priory

St Benedict’s School

Saint Catherine’s School, Twickenham

St Christopher’s School – Hampstead

Saint Christopher’s School – Wembley

St David’s School

Saint Dunstan’s College and Saint Edmund’s School

St George’s Junior School

Saint Helen’s College

St Helen’s School

Saint Hilary’s School

St Ives School

Saint James Junior School

St John’s School

Saint Joseph’s Convent Independent Primary School

St Margaret’s School, Hampstead

Saint Martin’s School

St Nicholas School

Saint Olave’s Preparatory School

St Paul’s Cathedral School

Saint Paul’s School

St Teresa’s Prep School Effingham

Streatham & Clapham High School GDST

Surbiton High School

Sussex House

Sutton High School GDST

Sydenham High School GDST

T London Prep Schools

TASIS England

The Falcons School for Girls

Gower School

The Hawthorns School

King Alfred School

The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Lyceum School

The Mall School

Pointer School

The Royal School, Haslemere

Study Preparatory School

The Study School

Swaminarayan School

The Yehudi Menuhin School

Tormead School

Tower House School

Trevor-Roberts School

Twickenham Prep School

U – Z London Prep Schools

Unicorn School

University College School Junior Branch

Ursuline Preparatory School

Vita et Pax Preparatory School

Wandsworth Preparatory School

Warlingham Park School

Westbury House School

Westminster Abbey Choir School and Westminster Cathedral Choir School

Westminster Under School

Weston Green School

Westward School

Wetherby Preparatory School

White House Preparatory School

Willington School

Wimbledon Common Preparatory School and Wimbledon High School GDST

Woodcote House School

Woodford Green Prep School


Prep school league tables – Best prep schools in UK – top prep schools in uk


Prep school league tables – Best prep schools in UK – top prep schools in uk

Top of the London Schools Tables 2021

 St Paul’s Girls’ School has topped the Sunday Times independent school rankings for nine years straight. 

Similarly, Barnet’s highly selective boys’ grammar Queen Elizabeth’s topped the state secondary school rankings. It has been at the top for 5/7 years, with an average 98.8% A-level pass rate of at grades A*-B.

Such single-sex schools provide parents with an alternative – given that most UK schools are co-educational. This year the Sunday TImes also awarded:

  • Boys’ grammar Wilson’s School, based in Wallington (South London) the award of London State Secondary School of the Decade.
  • The Sunday Times’ London Independent School of the Decade award went to the co-educational, north London Highgate School.

Over the last three years, London’s Academy of Excellence Tottenham (Sunday Times’ Sixth Form College of the Year) has gone from strength to strength. 

top London secondary schools 2022 and top London Prep Schools 2022


London Independent Secondary School of the Decade 2021

…is Highgate School:

  • Highgate raises money for hardship funds and laptops for schools that can’t afford them.
  • Few independent schools can match Highgate’s efforts by staff and former students to promote social mobility through education. 
  • Eighty of Highgate’s teachers contribute to its Chrysalis programme, introduced in 2008. Last year alone, they gave timetabled classes and ran events in 51 participating schools for more than 3,500 children.


Top state secondary schools in London

  1. Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet
  2. Wilson’s School, Wallington
  3. The Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead
  4. The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston upon Thames
  5. St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington
  6. Tiffin School
  7. Sutton Grammar School
  8. Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam
  9. The Latymer School, Edmonton
  10. St Michael’s RC Grammar School, Finchley
  11. Newstead Wood School, Orpington
  12. Wallington County Grammar School
  13. Wallington High School for Girls
  14. Woodford County High School
  15. Camden School for Girls

Top London secondary schools 2022 and top London Prep Schools 2022

16. JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School)

17. Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath

18. JFS, Harrow

19. Twyford C of E High School, Acton

20. Hasmonean High School for Boys, Hendon

21. Ilford County High School

22. The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

23. Waldegrave School, Twickenham

24. Hasmonean High School for Girls, Mill Hill

25. Bexley Grammar School, Welling

26. The Charter School, Herne Hill

27. The St Marylebone C of E School

28. The London Oratory School, Fulham

29.Fortismere School, Muswell Hill

30. Alexandra Park School, Haringey

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Top independent secondary schools in London

  1. St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith
  2. The Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith
  3. King’s College School, Wimbledon
  4. St Paul’s School, Barnes
  5. Westminster School
  6. City of London School
  7. North London Collegiate, Edgware
  8. Hampton School
  9. University College School, Hampstead
  10. City of London School For Girls, Barbican
  11. Highgate School
  12. South Hampstead High School GDST
  13. Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
  14. James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich
  15. Eltham College, Mottingham
  16. Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton
  17. Wimbledon High School GDST
  18. Whitgift School, South Croydon

Top London secondary schools 2022 and top London Prep Schools 2022

19. Channing School, Highgate

20. Putney High School GDST

21. Alleyn’s School, Dulwich

22. Trinity School, Croydon

23. Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST

24. Dulwich College

25. Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green

26. Kingston Grammar School

27. Sydenham High School GDST

28. Ibstock Place School, Roehampton

29. Surbiton High School, Kingston upon Thames

30. Hampton Court House, East Molesey

Here, the education system is primarily based on providing education to one group of single-gender at one time. Boys schools and girls schools are quite evident here and if your child is a boy, then there is a 99% chance that he will be going to an all-boys school only.

Below is a list of some of the best primary schools (private) in London:

North London Collegiate school:

First, we have the North London Collegiate school which was established in 1850 and is still one of the best performing schools in England. Some of the greatest minds in the country attended this school. Being located in Harrow, UK, it gets students from all around the country and is considered as an education-focused institution, which commits to building students from the ground to successful human beings. This is a girl school and most girls in harrow have either some connection with this school or studied there.

London’s King’s College School:

The second one on our list is King’s College School which is world-renowned and is located in Wimbledon. Post its foundation in the year 1829, it declared itself as an independent school that will not be involved with any foreign governance. The school offers a brilliant faculty with a peaceful environment that is ideal for educating children and building a strong foundation. The school has been there teaching students for a considerable period of time, so if someone is planning to admit their child to one of the finest schools in England, then this might just get the job done.

top London secondary schools and top London Prep Schools

City of London school for girls:

By the name, one will be able to understand that this school has been built for taking in guys primarily. The school is one of the finest independent schools in the UK and has been there for more than 50 years. It was founded in 1894 by William Ward and is being funded by the City’s cash. The school was primarily a part of Freeman’s School in London but later established itself as a separate entity. With free registration, the school offers the contemporary version of the syllabus that will equip children with the highest amount of knowledge and offers behavioral programs well to make the students disciplined.

South Hamstead high school:

In the North-Western part of England lies the South Hamstead school, which is one of the best independent bodies out there for acquiring top-class education. The school is developed by the Girl’s Day School Trust and is operating under the leadership of Victoria Bingham. It houses more than 900 students and has the facility for focusing on all the individual needs of the children. The staff of this school understand the importance of education and tries to keep a learning atmosphere all around the campus.

top London secondary schools and top London Prep Schools 2022


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