Bancroft's Prep School was founded 26 years ago as a fully co-ed prep school. Housed in an airy, contemporary building, Bancroft's Prep has a separate identity within the Bancroft's community; however, it benefits from use of the Senior School's enhanced facilities. such as the sports hall, chapel, swimming pool, dining room , great hall. It is an academically selective day school for children who are naturally curious about the world and ready to take advantages of the many opportunities the school offers.
Mr Joe Layburn
Bancroft's Preparatory School has a total of 261 pupils.
Pupils are challenged by an exciting and varied curriculum challenges our pupils. Although Maths, English and Science are given prominence, our timetable includes subjects, such as Critical Thinking, Theatre and Current Affairs, which take children beyond the national curriculum. Children are kept busy with a wide ranging and exciting co-curricular programme. Typically, they can chose from a range of over eighty activities a week! The extensive list caters for all tastes: Journalism, Pop Choir, Warhammer, Cookery, Crafts and Cubs. With four choirs, a variety of musical ensembles and several speech and drama groups, music and drama are well catered for. Concerts range from those involving the whole Prep School to intimate lunchtime events. Sport plays a big role in the life of the School; teams have a regular programme of fixtures with local state and independent schools, as well as taking part in local and national tournaments. At 11, the majority of Bancroft’s Prep pupils transfer to the Senior School and Prep children perform consistently well in the Senior School’s entrance examination, regularly gaining Academic and Music Scholarships. These academic results are achieved alongside the children’s personal and social growth.
At Bancroft’s we work hard to keep extras to a minimum so that budgeting is as straightforward as possible for parents.
Fees include School lunches, all curriculum related books, materials and some curriculum related external trips.
Fees do not include Uniform, sports kit, tuition in instrumental music or speech lessons, subscriptions or payments for activities outside the curriculum, such as the CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Cubs, Sea Scouts and the Old Bancroftians’ Association.
Extras are only added to the fee bill with parents’ permission, and are charged a term in arrears. Trips and Expeditions which are not part of the curriculum are charged at cost and payable in full, usually in instalments, before the trip takes place.
Scholarships & Bursaries
At 7+ we offer up to two Francis Bancroft Means Tested Awards (bursaries) to children whose families’ financial situation would otherwise prevent them coming to Bancroft’s Children need to fulfil our usually admissions criteria. These awards only support the children during their time in the Prep School.
The selection process takes place in the January before entry. Children are invited into the Prep School on two occasions. For one session they are invited to visit us in small groups of around 4 or 5 children and will meet a senior member of the Prep Staff and undertake a writing test. They are also invited into School for a Saturday morning session when they will be tested in Maths and Non-verbal reasoning. We work hard to make this process is not a daunting one for the children.