The Peterborough School – Preparatory


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: 83 (Boys) 82 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 6 weeks - 11 years
  • Founded: 1895

General Information

The Peterborough School is a co-educational independent day school with a  Preparatory School for children aged from 4-11 years.  The Preparatory School provides a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs of each boy and girl.  Every opportunity is taken to stimulate and support children’s learning in small classes.  We aim to develop lively, questioning minds so children acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in all elements of study.  The key characteristics which are developed in our children are pride, courtesy, self-esteem and the will to achieve and take on further challenges.


Spacious grounds with access to the Senior School facilities, including the Computing Suite, Food Technology room and science labs. New sports facility with climbing wall and fitness suite.

Forest School sessions take place in the woodland area which forms part of the grounds.

Entrance Requirements

Familiarisation Assessment.


None available

Open Days

2019. Sat. 11th May.


2018/2019. Reception and Infants: £3,314 per term (£9942 annually). Years 3-6: £4,051 per term (£12,153 annually)


ISI Early Years Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs A-M Elding

Contact for enquiries: The Registrar

The Peterborough School – Preparatory
Thorpe Road

[t]: 01733 343357
[f]: 01733 355710

Location Description

10 acres estate, close to city centre. 50 minutes by train to London.

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School News

The Peterborough School’s Nursery and Reception Classes have received glowing endorsement by being rated Outstanding in every area inspected in December 2015.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate

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(ISI) team visited and found the school to be fully compliant with all regulatory requirements and, in particular, assessed the following areas:
 Overall effectiveness: the quality and standards of the early years provision was rated outstanding
 Effectiveness of the leadership and management was rated outstanding
 Quality of teaching, learning and assessment was rated outstanding
 Personal development, behaviour and welfare was rated outstanding
 Outcomes for children was rated outstanding
It is usual for a recommendation to be made following any inspection but we were delighted that the inspectors found no areas for improvement making no recommendations.

The overall flavour the final report is summarised in the following quote:

‘The setting is highly successful in its aim to unlock the potential of each and every child. The provision for children’s individual needs, learning and care, including those with SEND or EAL, is excellent. Children make excellent progress in their learning and development from their starting points and are prepared extremely well for the next stages of school.’

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, particularly thanked the Nursery and Early Years staff at the school, but had special plaudits for the children, saying: “The Inspection report contained so much high quality praise, especially pertaining to the children’s learning, personal development and behaviour, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them; they welcomed the inspectors really warmly and made their task very enjoyable”.

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