Welcome

I would like to welcome you to our website.  The White House Preparatory School has been established as a leading Independent Co-Educational Day Preparatory School for almost thirty years. Please read on and find out a little of what makes us unique.

We cater for children from two and a half to eleven years old, and we are lucky  to teach small classes of happy children in a beautiful Cubitt designed Victorian villa in Clapham Park, situated , five minutes from Clapham Common, in the midst of a vibrant community.  In keeping with our ethos of bringing out the best in each and every child, we keep the school small and personal.  Our class sizes average sixteen pupils and we make sure that every child from the beginning of their time with us feels valued and cared for with a special part to play in the everyday life of the school.

We are a close knit community with strong ties to our children’s families, and believe that there is more to education than simple academics, although we excel in this area as well.  We manage to teach in a non-pressured, happy way, encouraging a love of learning and bringing out the many facets of our pupils’ personalities.  Our children enjoy a vibrant, broad curriculum that stimulates, challenges and excites.  Our children are happy pupils, as we believe that they learn more and give more if they are in a nurturing place that they love.  We offer excellent pastoral support, encourage manners and respect for one another.  To truly educate we celebrate the creative, the physical and the spiritual to create a rounded individual.

We cherish childhood in all its forms, and we encourage gentleness, kindness and humility. Traditional values have been shown to  hold great sway in the workplace, and we foster them in our boys and girls.  Individuality, so often absent in schools these days, lost in a chase for targets and exam successes, is actively encouraged, and we manage to combine this with the academic success which is intrinsic to modern life today.  We are very proud of The White House pupils who leave us at the age of eleven for a variety of prestigious London Day Schools; they stand out from their peers.  Confident but without arrogance, self-assured but not pushy, with a strong moral compass and unbounded enthusiasm.  The children we educate are our best advertisement.

We would love to meet you at the school and show you the calibre of our teaching, the poise and happiness of our pupils, and the facilities we offer.  I am proud to be Headmaster of this high achieving school which still believes in an all-round education of the character as well as the intellect.

The White House is a special place which brings our pupils back for visits years after they have left.

Come and see us.  Ask us questions.  We encourage inquisitive education.  Don’t be surprised to turn around and find your son or daughter caught up in an activity half way through the tour, or reluctant to leave at the end.  As soon as you come through the gates you will understand what a special school this is.

 

Tony Lewis
Headmaster