Prep School

Claremont Preparatory School is an independent day school for boys and girls, aged 4 to 13 years.  Many pupils join directly from our own Nursery School which is located on the same site and caters for children from 12 months old.

The school was originally founded in Hove, in 1925, but moved to its current site in St Leonards-on-Sea in 1945 when it amalgamated with Langley Place School.  The building, a magnificent Norman Shaw designed mansion house, was built in 1880s for the Ebden family and was originally named Baldslow Place.

Claremont has extensive modern facilities, including a purpose built theatre, dance studio and assembly hall, a floodlit all weather sports pitch, an indoor sports hall, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as dedicated facilities for Science, Music, Art, French and IT.  The school owns a study centre in St Omer, northern France (La Maison Claremont).  The recent addition of a Forest School adds an exciting outdoor element to enhance the delivery of the curriculum.

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Our curriculum is based on the Common Entrance syllabus, as well as the National Curriculum. We recognise the crucial role that we play in our pupils’ educational journey and the transition, from Claremont Preparatory School to Claremont Senior School or elsewhere, needs great care and attention.  Children sit Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations, where appropriate, at the end of Year 8 before leaving the school.  Most of our leavers move on to Claremont Senior School, often with very good scholarships.  Others may go to Kent grammar schools, including Cranbrook at the end of Year 8, and a small minority will move away to boarding schools.  Children who attend Claremont Preparatory School in Year 7 and above are automatically given priority for entrance to our Senior School.

We believe very strongly that the family plays a vital part in a child’s upbringing. With the exception of Speech Day, Sports Day and trips to our study centre in France, there are no compulsory weekend commitments, as we believe this time is precious for children and parents to spend together.  We also aim to make life as easy as possible for working parents.  Children can be dropped off anytime between 8.00am and 8.30am and may stay at school until 6.00pm.  In order to facilitate communication between parents and staff, there are opportunities for discussions to take place at the beginning and end of each day.

Ofsted Inspection Report April 2016

The personal development of children, pupils and learners is outstanding. Pupils are incredibly proud of their school and rightly so. Their behaviour is exemplary and their personal progress is truly impressive. They develop quickly into intelligent, rounded young people who are ready to contribute their skills, knowledge and values to the wider world.

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Overall effectiveness at previous inspection