Academic rigour + the joy of childhood = NHP
Notting Hill Prep was founded in 2003 under Headmistress, Jane Cameron, with the vision of creating a local co-ed prep school, grounded in a strong partnership between school and parents. NHP began with two important school rules, that still dominate today; every child should have the right to come to school each day feeling safe and happy.
Starting a school from scratch allowed NHP to reap the best ideas from education, past and present. We retain a progressive spirit underpinned by traditional values such as morality and diligence.
The bedrock of an NHP education is the belief in academic rigour and the innate joy of childhood and a commitment to protect both these core principles, despite the highly pressurised times in which we live.
Our aim is to educate children in the truest sense of the word – ‘to light a fire, not simply fill the bucket’. Driven by our Thinking School approach, and supported by dynamic and inspiring teachers, we strive to develop a passion for learning and a strong sense of self that will carry our pupils through their school years and beyond.
A safe place to challenge and be challenged
We create an environment where children’s views and ideas are respected and encouraged. We believe that school should be a place where pupils feel safe to challenge and be challenged.
When children do not fear being wrong, they are ready to express their own views, test out new ideas and take risks. At NHP, we celebrate making mistakes, and learning from them, as the path to deeper learning. In so doing, we instil in our pupils the ability to problem solve and to become independent.
Our pupils have a self-confidence gained over many years of simply being allowed to grow into themselves.
Recognising and respecting the feelings of others
We place emphasis on developing our children into confident and caring young people. We focus on their ability to cooperate, to think and act collaboratively, to communicate their own needs and to show consideration for the feelings and needs of others.
We expect our pupils to know what it is to be both a good citizen and a good friend.
For the creative mind
We believe in individuality, self-expression and following your passions as crucial building blocks of self-esteem. We provide a rich extra-curricular programme in music, drama, art and adventure.
In short, we encourage the children to be the best person they can be. You will know an NHP pupil, not by what makes them the same, but by what makes them stand out from the crowd.
Read our Mission Statement here.