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Devonshire House Preparatory School Hampstead, London
Devonshire House Preparatory School
663 pupils, ages 2-13

Devonshire House Preparatory School

Our view

Bordered by Belsize Park to the south and the sprawling woodlands of Hampstead Heath to the north, this big, busy north London prep just off Hampstead High Street attracts a diverse crowd of internationals and expats. It’s privately owned, with a lovely relaxed vibe – and does a fantastic job of packing children off to the pick of London’s most academic public schools.

Devonshire House is spread across two separate sites a few minutes’ walk apart. Space is, of course, at a premium, but they’ve done brilliantly well with it. The nursery and upper school share three handsome Victorian villas; juniors, meanwhile, move across to their own building around the corner for a brief change of scene. 

Overall, the school is packed with charm, with wood panelling in the library, original fireplaces in some of the classrooms and even a pretty walled garden out back with a special nature area for hunting for mini-beasts. Head Stephanie Piper is a real asset: glam, good-humoured and delightfully informal around her pupils.

It’s highly oversubscribed at nursery level, and entrance becomes selective from Reception on up. The girls all head off at 11; the boys stay for their final two years. Parents praise the incredibly supportive teachers, who do a super job with highly motivated pupils. Almost everyone goes on to a top London day school; lots to Highgate, St Paul’s, UCS and Francis Holland Regent’s Park. Very occasionally, one or two set their sights on Eton.

Full use is made of what’s on the doorstep, with running on Hampstead Heath, athletics at the Saracens training ground and cricket at Lord’s. Plenty of extra clubs and activities too, from Spanish to yoga and debating.

A true north-London superstar, this is a thoroughly happy school and a solid choice for anyone living nearby. Some grumble at the price – significantly higher than the other preps in these parts – but we all know you get what you pay for. 
  • Senior school destinations

    Senior school destinations

    From 2019-21: Boys have gone to City of London 13, Mill Hill 8, UCS 8, Merchant Taylors' 7, Westminster 6, Aldenham 3 and others. Girls have gone to Francis Holland NW1 15, Channing 9, South Hampstead High 8, Queenswood 8, North Bridge House 7, North London Collegiate 6 and others

  • Scholarships for senior schools


    Academic194 Belmont Mill Hill, 4 Queen's College, 3 Francis Holland Schools, 3 Merchant Taylors' School, 2 South Hampstead, Channing, Mill Hill, University College School.

  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 1£6,490
    Year 2£6,490
    Year 3£6,490
    Year 4£6,490
    Year 5£6,490
    Year 6£6,490
    Year 7£6,490
    Year 8£6,490

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  • Transport links

    Public Transport
    Nearest London tube station: West Hampstead
    Nearest international airport: Heathrow (19 miles)


2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London NW3 6AE

020 7435 1916


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