Where imagination and aspiration merge with determination.
The Village Prep School aims to provide an education of the highest quality, far beyond the regular curriculum. Every member of the school community understands and promotes the shared values of the school – integrity, engagement, adaptability, determination, respect, care for others, resilience, passion, cooperation and, of course, good humour!
We believe that our all-girls’ environment fosters an exceptional level of encouragement and achievement; this excellence is often driven by the girls themselves through our learner-led philosophy. They want to achieve and they want to see each other achieve.
The school is housed in a light, spacious Edwardian house in the residential area of Belsize Park, NW3. The main building accommodates all the classrooms which are equipped with interactive whiteboards; a library; a music room; and first aid room. What often surprises visitors is our outdoor space. Behind the school there is a full-sized netball court, a large grassed area with environmentally friendly climbing and play apparatus, an outside classroom (part of our award-winning Green Flag certification), fruit trees and herb gardens; and a large hall which serves as our very well equipped theatre with raked seating, our indoor sports hall, an assembly hall and, at lunch times, our dining area.
In 2019, the school was awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag, a very proud moment which was largely attributable to the girls themselves and reflects their absolute commitment to raise awareness and tackle the environmental issues that concern them. Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging nearly 20 million children across 67 countries, and The Village Prep School is proud to be a part of that programme. From outside classrooms to environmentally friendly classrooms and play areas, every person in the school is aware of their responsibility to maintaining a sustainable planet for future generations. Each class has an Eco representative and the Eco Team meets at least once a term to discuss ways of improving the school environment. Their latest project: to add some more planting areas to grow vegetables and fruit. The fruit trees asked for last term have now been planted and we await eagerly the first crop of apples and pears from them!
A feature that is celebrated by pupils and parents alike is that no homework is sent home – unless you include reading, which is a passion across all age groups, not a chore! This means that the in-school homework scheme frees up home time for families and friends.
Girls are welcome into the playground from 8.15am and are invited to join our active school clubs, including the 4 o’clock Club, choir, gymnastics, fencing, tag rugby, football, performing arts, chess, netball, Spanish, debate and drama.
At the Village Prep, the girls work hard and play hard and every term ends with some sort of celebration.