About Pennthorpe

  • Forty six percent pupil scholarship rate over the past two years.

  • Leavers have progressed to over 35 different destination schools in the last five years.

  • Transitional relationships with over 50 schools

At Pennthorpe we are ambitious for our children’s futures and aim to support parents and child in gaining places at senior schools which will enable the child to continue successfully on their journey. Our goal is to give voice to their magnificent character, recommending scholarships and senior schools to celebrate the child’s burgeoning talents, and providing a tailored learning programme to support his or her emerging aspirations.

One of the great advantages of Pennthorpe is we are truly independent from the government and from any senior school: we have no path beaten to one particular door which enables pupils to grown and blossom to his or her full potential in the direction that best suits them. Our relations are diverse and we have successfully fed over 30 different destination schools in the last eight years. While this variety means we can seek schools that are suited to each individual child, it can also make the selection process seem rather daunting. With our guidance and a strong partnership between parents and school, there is no need for panic and every reason to look forward to the journey. We want to be alongside our parents at every stage and provide as much support and guidance as we are able.

Increased choices and options in choosing a senior school present steep, bu exciting challenges for prep schools and Pennthorpe has been careful to build excellent relationships with senior schools, designing a curriculum in the senior years to meet their different needs without compromising on our excellent academic standards or renowned breadth and creativity. We want to sustain the joys of a proper childhood as long as we can and reduce the pressure on our young: but we also want to ensure our children are fully prepared both for the various entrance exam processes and effective transition to senior school.

Our ‘Preparing for Future Schooling’ brochure provides a detailed outline of our processes and procedures to make the journey as simple as possible.


“Why choose a room in the basement at a senior school when you could have the penthouse suite at Pennthorpe?”—Alexia Bolton, Headmistress

Exceptional relations with a diverse range of Senior Schools

Finding the right school for your child to suit their strengths and passions

Extending the pupils through our own version of Common Entrance

Pupils are prepared for the next steps over four years: no cramming or stress

Scholarship preparation through workshops, in school tutoring, visits and TalentPool

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  • Pennthorpe Preparing for Future Schools' Brochure