Ethos and Aims


‘Together we nurture, we inspire, we achieve’

Buckingham Prep school is a selective, independent school for boys aged 3 – 11 years. The Buckingham Prep Nursery also caters for girls between the ages of 3 – 4 years.

Our school is a highly academic, achieving school. We educate our boys to the standard required for placements in all of the prestigious local independent and state senior and grammar schools. We are not connected or tied to any one senior school and as such we plan our curriculum and attainment levels to ensure placements are achieved at the age of 11. In the previous ten years of the school’s history we have achieved at least one first choice offer for every Year 6 boy. We also pride ourselves on consistently achieving offers for the first choice schools of every pupil.

But, important as academic achievement is, our school is fully committed to whole child education, to ensure each boy also leaves us with the social and moral life skills required to make them thoughtful and valued members of the wider community.

We have specialist Music, Art, Drama, French and PE teachers who educate our boys, not only in the skills within these areas but also the attitudes and ethos’s behind them. We believe teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment are every bit as important as winning and that enjoyment of the arts is just as important as production.

It is our policy to see every child is educated in a way best suited to that individual. We do not have any criteria for a typical pupil to whom we would offer a place. Our school has a pastoral care system second to none. We have a strict class size maximum limit of 18 pupils per class to ensure every child will receive the individual attention and focus they need to succeed. We tailor our curriculum to best suit each child’s personality and needs.

Our emphasis on the individual extends to all aspect of our school life and community. We have a breadth of experience that respects and encourages the wide range of religious beliefs and dietary variations within the school to exist both in their own right, and encompassed within the broader school community. School meals are prepared freshly every day on the premises, which enables us to deliver tasty and wholesome lunches, catering for any specific dietary needs as required, and our meals are provided without additional charge.

We believe that school life is not simply 8.30 till 4, but is an all-encompassing part of a child’s life. We run before school breakfast clubs and after school fun clubs, together with homework clubs, sports clubs, music clubs many of these are free of charge.

We have a residential trip every year for every child in Prep, where fun, education, teamwork and friendship are top of the agenda. Last year we had a night at the Science Museum and a weeks residential for our Year 6 boys to Plas Menai watersports centre in North Wales.

We have an active Parent Teacher Association where parents who wish to can involve themselves in the wider aspects of the school. We also run social events for parents and children throughout the year.

Our overriding policy is one of listening and sharing. Parents are encouraged to meet with the Headteacher whenever they wish, to ensure a full and open dialogue. The Headteacher is an active member of the school as well as its leader and will be found greeting the boys at the school gate every morning, come rain or shine. We treat our school community as a large, well-managed, well educated, respectful and encouraging family.

The separate aspects of the school are dealt with in more detail on their own separate pages within this website. News of what we are doing is also covered, to keep our community apprised of what we are doing.

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