PREP SCHOOLS - up to 13 years old. 

As the name suggests, Preparatory Schools or Prep Schools are schools that prepare children for their Common Entrance exam to independent secondary schools and the prestigious English pubic schools.  

They allow children to try as many different subjects, sports and extracurricular activities as possible in a relaxed, supportive and nurturing environment. 

Many are small and cosy and all have small classes with specialised subject teachers.

 There are over 500 prep schools across the UK which fall into the following categories: Catholic/schools with religious affiliations, girls or boys only and co-educational.