Established in 1949 in a large Victorian house with extensive leafy grounds of approximately one third of an acre; Park Hill enjoys an established reputation for providing sound academic teaching in a caring, nurturing and unique environment.
At Park Hill we aim to develop the whole child, laying the foundation for well balanced, confident individuals who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. To this end we foster a happy atmosphere, in the belief that children who enjoy their school days will achieve their best.
The highly qualified and experienced teachers cover a rich and varied curriculum. Our small classes allow children to learn at their own pace and individuals are able to establish their own talents and interests.
The quality of education at Park Hill is consistently demonstrated by the highly successful entry passes into the best girls and boys preparatory and junior schools. We maintain close links with these schools to ensure our pupils are well prepared for the next step in their school career.
There are 7 areas of learning and development that comprise the curriculum’s framework; however every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design.
All 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities and are designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow each child’s unique needs and interests. Although young children do not separate learning into curriculum areas, and every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated and interdependent, the 7 areas form the framework on which the Early Years Foundation Stage is built.
This website describes the broad principles on which the school is presently run and gives an indication of our history and ethos. The website is not part of any agreement between the parent and the school.
Although believed correct at the time of going live, certain statements may become out of date from time to time. Parents wishing to place specific reliance on a statement on the website should seek written confirmation of that statement before accepting the offer of a place.
Here, according to my parents and subsequent teachers, I was given an excellent academic foundation and ‘made good progress’. I established lasting friendships and enjoyed the warm, caring atmosphere.
During the past 27 years I have cared for and nurtured Park Hill in the same way as the school has the reputation for taking care of its pupils.
The founder of Park Hill, Mrs. Forward died in November 2004. Shortly afterwards, her son and daughter-in-law visited the school. Whilst it was a very emotional experience, they were thrilled to see the school thriving, the innovations and, most importantly, that the pupils were as polite and thoughtful as ever.
Park Hill and its history are both unique. I am immensely proud to be part of them.
Park Hill is a pre – preparatory school for children from 2 1/2 + to 7+ years of age. We prepare both the girls and boys for 7+ entry exams to a variety of prestigious independent schools. We work closely with parents to find the best possible school for their son or daughter at 7+.
We are flexible as to when each child joins Park Hill and believe that parents are the best judges of when their child is ready for school. Therefore, the youngest children may join our nursery at any time from the term in which they turn 3 years old. Children under three years may attend for a minimum of 3 sessions per week, increasing to at least 5 sessions per week in the term after their third birthday.
Whilst most Park Hill children start in the Nursery and continue throughout the school, we do often have places available at other times.
Park Hill is non selective and the children are not subjected to an assessment prior to joining at such a young age. We fully understand that each child is unique and as such will have the benefit of individual family and social influences; bringing various experiences to the enrichment of both the class group and the school as a whole. However, we do ask parents to inform us of any reason or issue which may affect their child’s school performance. For children joining us over the age of 5, where applicable, we ask for sight of a report from his or her previous school.
We strongly advise that all parents interested in their child joining Park Hill come to visit us, meet the staff and pupils and see the school in action. Applicants can be registered by completion of the form in the prospectus or use the Register Now button on the website. Please then return the form with the registration fee to the Admissions Secretary (Mrs Susan Klahn).
The offer of a place is made in writing. Acceptance must also be in writing and accompanied by the deposit which is held by the school and repaid when the child leaves Park Hill and any outstanding accounts have been settled.
All admissions, which are subject to the school’s registration and entry procedures, are at the Principal’s discretion.
We work closely with parents to help them decide on the best possible school for their child, and family, after Park Hill. Through a broad and focussed curriculum and with careful guidance for parents, children are successful in achieving places at their chosen schools.
Park Hill girls and boys move onto a variety of schools, typical of which are the following:
Feltonfleet, Hampton Court House, Hill House, Newland House, Notre Dame, Putney High, Radnor House, Rowan, Surbiton High, Sutton High, The American Community School, The American Community School, The Hall, The Harrodian, The Lady Eleanor Holles, Wimbledon High
Colet Court, FeltonFleet, Hampton Court House, Hill House, Kings College Wimbledon, Kings House, Kingswood House, Newland House, Priory Preparatory School, Radnor House, Rokeby, Shrewsbury House, The Falcons, The Hall, The Harrodian, The American Community School, Tower House