The journey starts here! Our bright, airy classrooms are filled with happiness, laughter and enthusiasm for learning. Passionate and caring staff ensure that everyone has the chance to shine. 


Durlston Pre-Prep is a truly magical place to be. From tiny two year olds to inquisitive seven year olds, all our children are carefully nurtured through the start of their educational journey. Their days are filled with rich learning experiences and plenty of smiles!

The partnership between home and school is at the heart of everything we do and we love nothing more than a chat at the classroom door each day. Our aim is for parents to feel as much a part of school life as the children do. We find that this mutually supportive approach really helps our youngest Durlstonians to thrive.

We pride ourselves on exceptional pastoral care, with every class supported by a Teaching Assistant alongside the Class Teacher.  With a typical class size of ten to twelve, we know and love every child as a unique individual. This helps us to put wellbeing first, whilst tailoring the learning experience to ensure that everyone achieves their full potential.  

Gilly Smith,
Head of Pre-Prep 

Head of Durlston Pre-Prep School, Gilly Smith

Pupils are encouraged to show curiosity, to experiment and conduct research with open minds and creativity.

What the Inspectors say...

The excellent outdoor facilities for learning…, allow many opportunities for quiet reflection and immersion in the natural world whilst learning.

What the Inspectors say...

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Kindergarten Experience

Pre-Prep Experience