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Wetherby School

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Wetherby School
(Pre-prep)
Address
Map

,
W2 4ED

England
Information
TypePrivate pre-prep day school
MottoCare, Share and Be Fair
Established1951
Local authorityKensington and Chelsea
Department for Education URN100519 Tables
OfstedReports
Head teacherPaul David
GenderMale
Age2 to 8
Colour(s)Grey, Red   
Websitewww.wetherbyschool.co.uk

Wetherby School is a group of private schools for boys aged two to eighteen in Notting Hill, Kensington, and Marylebone, London, owned and operated by the Inspired Education Group. Its prep school is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

The school is named after Wetherby Place, in turn named after a West Yorkshire town, Wetherby, and should not be confused with Wetherby High School, a local secondary school.

It has several notable former pupils, including William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and the actor Hugh Grant.

History[edit]

Wetherby School was founded in 1951 as a pre-preparatory school for boys aged 4–8. In 2004 it opened a preparatory department (known as Wetherby Prep, and intended to be a separate school) in a nearby building, allowing boys to stay on until the age of 13. The prep school has since moved to its current location in Marylebone.

The school's original building, in 1951, was in Wetherby Place in South Kensington (hence the name, Wetherby School) but in 1971 it moved to its present building in Pembridge Square, on the other side of Kensington Gardens. The school building is a white stucco double fronted Victorian house in the Italianate style typical of Notting Hill and Holland Park architecture, constructed in about 1850. It is on the south side of Pembridge Square, a private garden square with keyholder-only access which the boys use as their playground.

In 2020 the school was recognized as one of the world's 100 leading schools by The Schools Index.[1]

Admissions[edit]

Pupils are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and operates, therefore, no entrance examination, test or interview. The result is that the school caters for boys of many different abilities and talents.

Uniform[edit]

The boys wear a uniform of grey shorts, grey blazers with red trim, white shirts and plain red ties; and a grey peaked cap. The school logo "WS" in red is on the cap and on the breast pocket of the blazer.

Wetherby Preparatory School[edit]

Wetherby Preparatory School
Address
Map

London
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W1H 2EA
Information
TypePrivate day school
Established2004
2015 (senior school)
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Department for Education URN134822 Tables
Head teacherMark White
GenderMale
Age7 to 13
Enrolment374
Websitewww.wetherbyprep.co.uk

In 2004, Wetherby expanded to open a prep division for boys aged 7 to 13, sited in Bryanston Square, London. In September 2012, Wetherby Prep was awarded 'Prep School of the Year' at the annual Tatler School Awards at the Dorchester Hotel.[2]

Wetherby Senior School[edit]

Wetherby Senior School
Address
Map
Senior:100 Marylebone Lane

London
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W1U 2QB

United Kingdom
Information
TypePrivate day school
Established2004
2015 (senior school)
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Department for Education URN142336 Tables
Head teacherJoe Silvester
GenderMale
Age11 to 18
Enrolment400
Websitewww.wetherbysenior.co.uk

Due to popular demand, Wetherby Senior School for boys aged 11 to 18 opened for its first intake in September 2015.[3][4] It is located at the former premises of DLD College London on Marylebone Lane, a ten-minute walk away from the prep school.

Wetherby School Kensington[edit]

Wetherby Kensington School
Address
Map
4 Wetherby Gardens

London
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SW5 0JN
Information
TypePrivate day school
Established2017
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Department for Education URN144516 Tables
Head teacherHelen Milnes
GenderMale
Age4 to 8
Enrolment150
Websitewww.wetherby-kensington.co.uk

Wetherby School Kensington is the most recent school to join the Wetherby family, with their doors opening in September 2017. Wetherby School Kensington is situated on Wetherby Gardens in Kensington, which is the same street that the original Wetherby School was based back in 1951, and takes boys from Reception – Year 3 (4–8 years old).

Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Ten UK Prep Schools". Spear's. 26 August 2020. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Tatler School Awards 2012". Tatler. 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ "You could open a school in a cowshed and still fill it". Times Educational Supplement. 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Wetherby Senior School Opens in Marylebone". Alpha Plus Group.

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