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Devonshire House Preparatory School
Devonshire House Preparatory School Hampstead, London Visit
Devonshire House Preparatory School
630 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

    Pupils at Devonshire House go on to a wide range of Senior Schools, particularly the independent London day schools. The School has an exceptional track record and Devonshire House pupils have achieved some forty scholarships in the last three years. 2019-2021Offers and Scholarships; Channing 28 offers (1 scholarship), Francis Holland 35 (7), Queen’s College 30 (8), Queenswood 17 (1), South Hampstead High School 19 (2), City of London 21 (3), Merchant Taylors' 8 (3), Millfield 1 (1), Mill Hill, Belmont 42 (9), St Paul's School 6 (3), University College School 23 (2), Westminster 6 (1), Past destinations for leavers; Aldenham, Bradfield, Channing, Charterhouse, City of London, Downe House, Eton, Francis Holland, French Lycée, Godolphin & Latymer, Haberdashers' Aske's, Harrow, Haileybury, Highgate, Kensington Park, Kensington Park School, Kingston Grammar, Maida Vale School, Merchant Taylors’, Mill Hill, Millfield, More House, North Bridge House, North London Collegiate School, Portland Place, Portland Place School, Queen’s College, Queen’s Gate School, Queenswood, Radley College, South Hampstead High School, St Helen's, St Margaret’s, St Paul’s School, Stowe, Thomas's, Battersea, Tudor Hall, University College School, Wellington College, Westminster, Wetherby, Winchester, Woldingham, Wycombe Abbey

  • 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£6,825
    Year 2£6,825
    Year 3£6,825
    Year 4£6,825
    Year 5£6,825
    Year 6£6,825
    Year 7£6,825
    Year 8£6,825

  • SEND

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    Every child is individual and Devonshire House makes sure there is interest and challenge throughout each pupil’s education. The School carefully observes each child and provides Learning Support and assessments of Special Educational Needs.

    Some children constantly need new ideas, activities and further challenges. Others need help, careful direction and support, or programmes of support.

    The class teacher, Head of Year, or specialist staff ensure that every pupil is fully engaged with differentiated work. For those who need more support, staff will be involved to give help and enable progress. There is always discussion with parents and the School keeps carefully in touch, working closely with pupils, parents and teachers, and with the School’s own SEN Department whenever necessary.

  • Transport links

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

Devonshire House Preparatory School is
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2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London NW3 6AE

020 7435 1916


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Term Dates

Open Days

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Virtual Open Morning 10am
08 June 2022
Open Morning 10am
28 June 2022

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