Established in Central Harrow at the end of
the nineteenth century, Quainton Hall is a
thriving IAPS co-educational Preparatory School
dedicated to the education of children between
the ages of two and a half and thirteen years.
We offer a broad and inclusive education firmly
centred on the core values of respect, integrity,
determination and humility and believe in setting
high expectations, leading by example and
creating a secure, positive and inspiring learning
environment where staff and pupils can feel
challenged and supported to achieve individual
success in all aspects of school life.
We are a school that is proud of its academic tradition, that possesses a genuine sense of community and
that very much has at its heart the interests of the girls and boys. As educators and in the increasingly
competitive environment in which children find themselves today, we believe it is our duty to foster creative
thinking, to develop independent learning and to support every child in gaining the confidence to believe
and know that they ‘can’.
‘With an emphasis on high academic expectations and
standards combined with a broad and balanced curriculum,
Quainton Hall School offers first rate facilities set within a
secure,nurturing and family centred environment’
We see our mission as achieving personal growth and success for your son or daughter within
a caring, Christian ethos. We aim to realise this in the environment of a small, dynamic, family
orientated school, where cultural diversity is acknowledged and valued.
We set great store by pastoral care of the
highest order alongside a clear concern for
the welfare of your child. We teach the value
of openness and mutual respect throughout
our school community, in which there is
a strong belief in the traditional values of
At Quainton Hall, your child has the
enjoy a well-balanced curriculum,
designed to give him/her the best
possible opportunity to make a
successful transfer to the school of your
participate in a wide range of sporting,
artistic and musical activities.
engage in a stimulating variety of extracurricular
Together we will:
enable your child to develop his/her
talents and enthusiasm for learning.
enable your child to grow into a
confident and enthusiastic young
person, ready for the challenges and
opportunities of further education and life
We benefit from:
specialist subject teaching from an early age.
our broad education.
our own indoor swimming pool.
excellent fresh food, prepared by our own
our own co-educational nursery for rising
Our newly refurbished Nursery is now located on the main school site. Housed in the new EYFS
block with a pleasant and enclosed garden, the Nursery with its experienced and committed
staff provides an excellent start to a child’s education.
We aim to provide a sound foundation for the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and
spiritual development of your child in a way that is fun, un-pressured and stimulating. The
Nursery received the rare accolade of Outstanding from OFSTED.
The Nursery day starts at 8.30am and finishes
at 3.45pm. Children wishing to stay longer
can join our evening club which finishes at
Families may choose morning or afternoon
sessions or all-day care for their child. We ask
parents to complete a Registration Form and
to arrange a visit to the Nursery, before the
offer of a place is confirmed.
Nursery children whose parents wish them to
transfer to the Reception Class are assessed
in the January of their final year at the
Nursery along with other external applicants.
This assessment is designed to be a friendly,
positive experience for which a child does
not need to be prepared.
Children between four and six attend the Pre-Prep. Boys and girls join our Reception Class,
usually in September, though at other times too when space becomes available. We aim to
provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment, in which all the children are encouraged
to use and develop their talents as they grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.
The Reception Class is located in the new EYFS block. With its new facilities it is an impressive
learning environment. Across the garden from the Reception Class can be found the Year 1 and
Year 2 Classes. The Pre-Prep Classes (Reception, Pre-Prep 1 and Pre-Prep 2), are staffed by four
teachers and are supported by six experienced Teaching Assistants. Specialist staff teach Art,
Music, PE, Games and computing. All our children in the Reception Classm are taught to swim
from November by our fully-qualified swimming instructors and lifeguard. Team Matches against
other schools are organised for the children from the age of six.
Close contact is maintained with parents and there are Parent/Teacher consultations, when
parents and staff review a child’s development and progress. A detailed report is sent home once
With an emphasis on high
and standards combined
with a broad and balanced
curriculum, Quainton Hall
School offers first rate facilities
set within a secure, nurturing
Experience shows that parents value the
close collaboration which we actively pursue
between school and home.
Our Pre-Prep children assemble in the
playground from 8.20am each day. Their
lessons normally finish at 3.45pm. After
school activities are available allowing your
child to be cared for until 6.00pm. At the age
of 7+ boys and girls transfer into Year 3 when
they begin their career in the Prep School.
From the age of seven, pupils in Year 3
begin to attend lessons with some subject
specialists, including science, computing,
art and French, together with a full games
programme. The classes are not streamed
in Year 3 and great care is taken by Form
Teachers and subject staff to develop in
each child a good sense of purpose and
drive, supported by sound and effective
Our aim is to enable each child to use to
the best possible effect the talents they
have. In the Prep School, a child’s effort
and attainment are regularly assessed and
grades are awarded each half term (this is in
addition to the report which goes annually).
There are Parent/Teacher Consultations for
each Form in the course of the academic
year. A pupil’s grades contribute to the Inter-
House Competition which is overseen by the
From the age of seven, children arrive at
school from 8.00am when they will be looked
after by our Playground Supervisor. An
extensive programme of after-school care
is available. Homework is a regular feature
of a child’s life in school and the amount
set depends on age. All pupils are given
a Homework Diary/Planner and parents
check and sign it every day. Children are also
expected to have a reading book with them
at all times. We expect them to keep up their
reading at home, especially at the week-end.
From Year 4 lessons are taught entirely by subject specialists. The classes are streamed for
Mathematics and English from Year 4 to Year 8. Great care is taken to ensure that each child is in a
learning environment which suits their needs.
Girls and boys are fully prepared for 11+ and
13+ transfer examinations.
There is an excellent choice of senior girls’
schools in North-West London (day and
boarding). Parents will be invited in to meet
the Headmaster to discuss their daughter’s
options for the next stage in her education.
The choice of a boy’s senior school at 11+
and 13+ is a matter of discussion between
parents, Headmaster and staff. Normally,
application is made to two schools; the first
being the family’s first choice with a second
choice. Some families consider boarding
education for their sons (in the independent
or maintained sectors) and this tends to be
an additional choice.
Our record of enabling boys to move on to
the right school at 13+ is enviable, as our Pass
Lists clearly show. In most years a number
of our 13+ leavers receive senior scholarship
awards in a variety of areas, including
academic excellence, art, drama and sport.
Knowledge and skill in mathematics is a
fundamental part of a child’s education and
their understanding of the wider world.
Pupils at Quainton Hall will experience a wide
range of topics, explorations of concepts,
calculation and problem-solving that enable
them, eventually, to meet the challenges
and opportunities of the senior school
Pupils begin from their own individual
starting points and work, with
encouragement and support, to develop
their knowledge and skills.
From the Early years to P8, mathematics is taught to be an exciting and interesting activity that
has applications in the real world.
At QHS we use maths challenges and team competitions to encourage participation and ensure
pupils are enthusiastic about achieving great results. QHS gives children the opportunity to
participate in competitions internally and externally. All Pupils in Prep 5 and 6 are encouraged
to sit the Primary Maths Challenge in November. Successful pupils are invited to sit the National
round in February.
Language is the key to accessing all other areas of learning and pupils are taught to become
confident readers, speakers and writers. They are able to write across a range of genres and
styles and both fiction and non-fiction writing are encouraged. In class, pupils have the
opportunity to access different texts, such as: novels, short stories, news articles, plays and
poetry. There is also a significant emphasis placed on the rules of grammar and punctuation,
spelling and the ability to develop a legible handwriting style.
In addition to reading and writing, pupils’ speaking skills are developed through a variety
of opportunities for public performance, such as: class assemblies, plays and whole school
productions. This specific focus allows the pupils to gain confidence in speaking publicly which is
an important life skill that assists them in preparation for their 11+ and 13+ entrance interviews.
All pupils are taught science and from Year
5 pupils are taught in a well-equipped,
purpose-built science department. There is a
good balance of discussion, demonstrations
and pupil practical work; topics which do not
lend themselves easily to demonstration or
practical sessions are normally enhanced by
watching relevant videos.
Apparatus is available to allow pupils to work
in pairs. Safety is constantly discussed and
potential hazards are fully assessed before
experiments are carried out.
Science lessons up to and including Year 8
will ensure that they are fully prepared for
when they transfer to senior school. The
children are very well prepared for success in
their 13+ entrance examinations in Year 8.
DT lessons offer skills in graphic design, introductory electronics, resistant materials (wood,
plastics etc.) as well as simple work with paper, card, textiles and food technology. Safe working
in all these areas is constantly reinforced.
In the classes the children will undertake craft work connected with their ongoing topics.
As pupils progress up the school and new techniques are learned, the projects are regularly
linked to other curriculum areas as appropriate.
Children have the opportunity to link their DT with computing and start to investigate smart,
The overriding aim of our geography course is to instil in the pupils an interest in their own
environment in particular and the whole world in general, to keep up to date with what is
happening around us in the world, and to be aware that some world events may have an impact
on us. Pre-Prep visit London to see the River Thames, Prep 5 visit Kew Gardens and Prep 7 do
their field work in a local river system.
Children are not normally required to sit a
Geography paper for their 11+ examinations,
however their Geography lessons up to and
including Year 6 will ensure that they are fully
prepared for when they transfer to senior
Boys are prepared for the Common Entrance
Examinations at the age of 13+, together
with any of the individual Senior School
entry examinations which they are required
In teaching history at QHS, we aim
to inculcate a wide range of learning
opportunities and a love of the subject in
pupils and to encourage them to be able
to observe history through the past. Pupils
will develop skills in sifting and evaluating
information from a variety of sources.
A range of topics from ancient civilizations to
modern times are taught and pupils gain an
understanding of the chronological sweep of
British and world history and the events that
have shaped our country today.
We aim to prepare pupils to engage with
historical enquiry and to be prepared to
develop their love and knowledge of history
in senior school.
Senior pupils are offered the opportunity to
enter for the prestigious Townsend Warner
History Prize in which QHS pupils regularly
appear among top 100 children in the
There is undoubtedly a connection between
health and fitness and a child’s academic
attainment. That is why children of all
abilities at Quainton Hall School take part in
a wide-ranging programme of PE, Games and
Swimming as part of the curriculum.
Experience of games also enables a child
to grow in confidence and stature. Teambuilding
and representing Quainton Hall
School in competitive fixtures are important
too and give experience of winning and
losing as well as being healthy and enjoyable.
Camaraderie and good sportsmanship
permeate all that we do in this important
Our House structure enables children to play
in sports’ competitions throughout the year.
We maintain a healthy fixture list with other
schools, with matches organised from the
age of six.
Our children will go to senior schools, where
there is an ever greater choice of sports and
activities so we aim, therefore, to provide
a range of games and activities for them
to sample, but we also seek to enable all
Quaintonians to find something at which
they can excel.
Quainton pupils are welcomed at senior
schools for a wide variety of reasons, not
least because they are team-players and they
We have our own heated indoor swimming
pool and an astroturf pitch on site for all
sports. We also have the exclusive use of the
Old Millhillians sports facilities nearby.
The school has computers networked
together in almost all teaching rooms, along
with a suite of 24 machines in a purpose built
computer suite. The network offers pupils a
wide range of standard office software, along
with a number of education-specific titles.
Each pupil is given their own secure folder for
their computer project work, much of which
derives from cross-curricular links with other
academic subjects. All children from the Preprep
upwards have a computing lesson each
week in our computer suite.
A breadth of appropriate peripherals is in use
throughout the school, allowing everyone
a wide experience of computer technology
in all its forms. The aim of the computing
teaching in the school is to provide all pupils
with experience of standard and specialist
software to enable them to use computers
successfully in their work in any subject
or discipline they choose to follow in later
school or adult life.
Programming is taught
throughout the school,
instilling the logical thought
processes which will be so
vital in mƒ walks of
Very many of our children learn a musical instrument and secure high music grades in their
time at Quainton Hall. The Music Department at Quainton Hall School follows closely, but
not exclusively, guidelines laid down by the National Curriculum for music. The subject plays
a very important part within our school curriculum and provides many opportunities for
cross-curricular work. Music enjoys a high profile at Quainton Hall and musical activity and
performance receive support from staff and parents alike.
All pupils are given the opportunity to have
access to practical music-making at all levels,
regardless of ability. Many social skills are
developed within the Music curriculum:
enjoyment, participation, sharing and
teamwork, self-control, self-confidence,
self-expression and communication, to
name but a few. It is the aim of the Music
Department that every pupil will be involved
in some way with the musical life of the
school. All children have the opportunity
to learn a musical instrument and a team of
specialist teachers provides a wide variety
of instruments to choose from. They are also
able to study for Associated Board Practical
and Theory Examinations.
Singing is a popular option and there are
many opportunities to sing in concerts,
Chapel services and productions, as well
as joining one of the School Choirs, which
Musicians at QHS have had
success at scholarship level
and in recent years pupils
have gained bursaries and
scholarships to Harrow School,
Bedford School and Merchant
Everyone has the opportunity to attend
professional concerts, recitals or productions,
and experience workshops with visiting
artists/musicians. All pupils of an appropriate
standard are encouraged to join either the
School Orchestra or the Wind Band or both,
and to perform at our regular concerts. Music
activities are planned in such a way as to
encourage the full and active participation
and enjoyment of all our pupils.
Pupils study Christianity and the fundamental
tenets of other main religions represented by
pupils in the school.
Teaching begins with an increasing awareness of
core human values, an understanding of
right and wrong and a developing knowledge of
the religious dimension in human experience.
This is done in a variety of ways including circletime,
assemblies, cross-curricular topics
and special celebrations and festivals. The
Religious Studies curriculum works with other
aspects of the teaching programme in school to
achieve social, moral, cultural and spiritual
awareness, allowing pupils to evaluate their own
belief systems against the principle
teachings of other faith traditions.
As pupils move up the school, there are increasing opportunities for independent learning and
project work and pupils gain an understanding, through a study of texts and debate, current
issues in the wider world that have a religious dimension.
Pupils are taught to respect the faith traditions of fellow pupils and
the approach to Religious Studies teaching rests upon the notion of
the pupils’ initiation into knowledge and experience, rather than
being required to accept a given set of beliefs.
Drama thrives at Quainton Hall. Before
leaving the school, every child will take
part in at least one play or choral-speaking
production. The importance of Drama is fully
recognised, in that all sections of the school
have an opportunity for public performances.
Our experience is that senior schools take
a keen interest in this aspect of a child’s
contribution to school life.
There is a play or musical in addition to a number of minor productions
in the course of the academic year, which involve as many
of our pupils as possible, including children in the Pre-prep and
Nursery school. Theatrical groups visit us and there are regular
trips to the London theatres.
Art is a strength of the school, as a wide variety
of displays of children’s work around the
school continue to testify. We are lucky to have
the services of an Art specialist who is able to
develop the pupils’ talents using a wide variety
of media over their time at the school.
Our senior pupils have
regularly shone in local and
national competitions and
several art scholarships and
awards have been offered to
our leavers in recent years.
All children at Quainton Hall School from an early age are offered many extra-curricular
opportunities. From the age of 7 each child is expected to take part in at least one extracurricular
activity each term chosen from more than a dozen offered.
This contribution to school life is noted in the annual report and forms part of the reference
which we supply for each pupil on transfer to senior school.
Extra-curricular activities are
held during the lunch hour and
after school. The extensive list
includes Taekwondo, Ballet,
Chess, Orchestra, Tennis and
Cookery to name just a few.
The full list for each term
is available by emailing the
All offer pupils the opportunity
to improve their skills in some
aspect of their education;
all activities are designed to
broaden a child’s learning
“Pupils’ educational experience is
complimented by a range of extra-curricular
activities that is extensive for a school of this
size.” ISI Inspection Report.
As part of our school aims, we provide a
broad and balanced education in which we
teach skills and foster attitudes and values
that will be of lasting benefit to our pupils
throughout their lives.
Our extra-curricular programme helps us to
develop these attributes and an extensive
range of clubs, visits to places of interest and
our invitation to speakers and theatre groups
into school all help to enrich the curricular
experiences of our pupils.
During their time at QHS, pupils have the
opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and
to develop their talents, skills and interests.
Whether it is sport, drama, public speaking,
music or a theatre visit there is something for
The extra-curricular contribution to school
life by pupils is noted in termly reports and
also forms a part of the reference we supply
for each pupil on transfer to senior school.
Creativity, curiosity, teamwork and determination, a zest for
learning and developing new talents are attributes that we value
highly at QHS.
Beliefs & Values
Quainton Hall prides itself on providing a nurturing and caring environment in which girls and
boys can learn, develop and grow. Our mission is to equip every child, regardless of learning
style, with the skills they need to fulfil their potential and to prepare them for the opportunities
and challenges of the 21st Century. We feel passionately that every child is entitled to a rigorous,
broad and inspiring learning environment, with teaching tailored to maximise the achievement
of each child’s individual potential. Our commitment to this individual approach means we are
able to understand, support and guide each pupil in our care, which in turn leads to each pupil
meeting, and frequently exceeding, their innate potential. Our academic tradition and record of
outstanding academic success, coupled with our recent double excellent ISI inspection reports
and overall parent satisfaction, are testament to the strength of our school.
The children are encouraged to play outside at break times and enjoy each other’s company.
A comprehensive PSHCE programme is part of the curriculum for the whole school and is
designed to help children develop their social and emotional skills.
The link between good diet and good health
is well known to us, to our pupils and to
parents. Children are able to learn more
effectively when they have had a decent
breakfast at home and lunch at school. While
we ask those staying all day in the Nursery to
provide their own packed lunch, everyone
from the age of 4+ has the choice of a
cooked lunch each day.
There is a varied menu with a choice of hot
and cold food (as well as a vegetarian option)
available every day and there is an emphasis
on good, healthy eating. Our school food is
freshly prepared in our own kitchen by our
experienced and committed staff, who take
a real pride in their work. Lunch is always
supervised by members of staff.
Our pupils enjoy the range of food on offer.
Parents are also reassured to know that
their children have the benefit of a cooked
meal in the middle of a very full and busy
The school owes much to a willing and loyal
body of parents. Our fruitful and committed
partnership between home and school
contributes to the happy and positive
atmosphere enjoyed by pupils, parents and
visitors. High expectations of work, conduct
and play shared with the parents benefit the
children in our care and help to secure their
future happiness and success.
Communication between school and home
is maintained by means of the website news,
emails and regular meetings.
The Friends of Quainton Hall School work
hard to support the school, not least socially,
and to provide additional resources and
facilities. Parents are invited to become
members of the FQHS on joining the school.
Quainton Hall Preparatory School & Nursery
Hindes Road, Harrow HA1 1RX
Tel: 020 8861 8861