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UCS Pre-Prep School

36 College Crescent, London, UK


UCS Pre-Prep is an independent day school in Hampstead for boys aged 4-7. With average class sizes of 15-18, there are about 100 pupils in the school. The school ensures that the children are given the focused attention they need by having both a high staff to pupil ratio, and specialist teachers for Art, Music, PE, and French. Pupils also use the facilities at the Senior School and Junior Branch on a regular basis such as the on-site swimming pool and UCS fields.

The Independent Schools' Inspectorate found the Pre-Prep "successfully achieves its aim to provide a happy, supportive, and stimulating environment where intellectual curiosity and independence of mind are developed, and self-discovery and self-expression are fostered". 

UCS Pre-Prep is part of the UCS Foundation and offers a 4-18 trajectory through one of London's best schools. 


  • Day
  • Boys Only
  • Co-Ed (6th Form)

Age Group Range :

4 To 7

Number of Pupils :


Rating: Requires Improvement


Pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities alongside the formal curriculum at UCS Pre-Prep. The school offers an extensive a co-curricular club programme including Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics, Choir, Art, Cooking, Coding, Chess and Fencing.

Weekly Outdoor Learning sessions are held at the school allotment and at the fields where pupils have Forest School sessions and engage with the natural world. Pupils also have weekly swimming lessons at UCS Active.

Individual music lessons are also available for pupils in Year 1 and above and children also set up their own mini musical groups.

Pupils also benefit from many educational outings throughout the year and take advantage of many of the museums and outdoor spaces on offer in London. They regularly visit Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, the Science Museum, as well as RAF Hendon and places further afield like Aldenham Country Park. In addition, the school regularly welcome artists, authors and members of the local community to speak to children at school.

Lunch - not available (pupils need to carry packed lunch, afternoon snack provided in school)

Transport - not available




Good to Know

UCS Pre-Prep is part of the UCS Hamstead Foundation which is composed of four main entities:

  • "The UCS Pre-Prep" (previously known as "The Phoenix") on the Finchley Road site.
  • "The Junior Branch", for boys aged 7 to 11 on the Holly Hill site in the heart of Hampstead.
  • "The Senior School", for boys aged 11 to 16 and co-educational for ages 16 to 18 on the Frognal site, which is the largest school site. The main campus and the Great Hall are noted examples of Edwardian architecture. Inside the hall is a Walker pipe organ, used for school concerts, professional recordings and other festivities.
  • "The Playing Fields" are situated in Ranulf Road in West Hampstead.

Parking - no onsite parking, only drop off / pick up allowed

Earliest drop off - 8am

Latest pick-up - 4pm

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Date of experience: July 2020
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Admission Criteria :


Selection Details :

UCS Pre-Prep is a selective school. The number of pupils registered will normally well exceed the number of available places. The main entry point to the School is at Reception (age 4+) where usually 30 pupils are selected. Occasional places may become available in other year groups.

The Headmistress and staff are pleased to welcome families to visit the School before deciding whether or not to register their children for admission. Such visits should always be booked in advance through the School Office. It is preferred that parents are not accompanied by their children on these pre-registration visits.

Children are eligible for admission to the Reception class when they are 4 years old. Their 4th birthday will have fallen before 31st August in the academic year before they hope to join the School.

To register to be considered for a place, parents/guardians need to complete the online School's Registration Form, and pay a registration fee. You can register your child at any time after they are born but applications close the year preceding the intended start in September i.e. if your child is due to start Reception in 2021 then the applications close at the end of September 2020.

4+ Assessments for 2020 places will be held in January 2020.

Fees :

UCS regularly review the termly fees. At UCS Pre-Prep fees include all curriculum activities.

Fees are payable in full on or before the first day of the term for which they are due. Payment by means of Direct Debit is generally required. A scheme for payment of fees by means of three equal monthly instalments per term by Direct Debit is available. One full term’s notice is required for the withdrawal of a pupil from the school.

In order to accept a place at UCS Pre-Prep, a fee of £125 is charged upon registration and parents must complete an Admission Agreement which sets out the School's terms and conditions. Upon return of this agreement a reservation fee of £3,500 is requested which, in normal circumstances, is not returnable if the place is not taken up. The reservation fee will be credited against the pupil's final term's fees at UCS Pre-Prep.


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Not published separately for Pre-Prep

Leavers Destination :

UCS Junior Branch

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