11 Pembridge Square, London W2 4ED
Profile: Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School is very popular school for boys from the ages of 4 to 8. It is linked to the Wetherby Preparatory School in Marylebone which educates boys from the ages of 7 to 13. Famously, Prince Harry and Prince William both attended Wetherby, as did Hugh Grant. Claudia Schiffer’s son Caspar also attends Wetherby currently, as does Elle Macpherson’s son Cy. This celebrity profile along with its “first come first served” admissions policy (more below) has led to its image as the ultradesirable pre-prep school that parents scramble to get their newborns in.
There are better reasons to desire a place at Wetherby, of course, as academic quality and personal development of pupils has consistently been rated as excellent (see link to inspection report below). In recent years, the school has also been one of the top pre-preps to place their boys at Westminster Under and Colet Court (London top performing boys’ preparatory schools), so Wetherby tends to be first on the list of parents with high academic expectations for their sons. There is a fantastic introductory video on the school website, which will certainly put Wetherby school high on your list!
Admissions: Unlike many other London pre-preps, Wetherby does not admit via assessment. Admissions are non-selective and are operated on a first come, first served basis. Registrations are accepted by phone or email and need to be directed to the registrar. Because of this policy combined with its popularity, parents need to register their sons very shortly after birth to get in. There is some talk that not all registrations are created equal given the amount of celebrity children at the school, but for the lesser mortals, the only way to get a place is simply to register straight after birth and hope for the best.
Exit results for Wetherby are outstanding, as shown by its strong links to Westminster Under, Colet Court and Sussex House. The school website gives the following details:
Each boy at Wetherby has the opportunity to progress through to Wetherby Prep School (founded in 2004). Approximately thirty percent of each year’s exit group will proceed to Wetherby Prep. We are also a strong feed to Colet Court and Westminster Under. Catholic families may choose St Philip’s or Westminster Cathedral Choir School. Approximately ten to fifteen percent of the exit group will go to boarding schools such Ludgrove, Cothill, The Dragon and Summerfields.
Destination of Year 2 and 3 School Leavers
Westminster Cathedral Choir School
The Dragon School