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Marlborough House School

Prep School

As children move towards the top of the school we begin to work together towards the goal of 11+ to local Kent grammar schools, entry to nearby Cranbrook Grammar or Common Entrance and various other public schools.  Children taking scholarships are provided with individual study programmes and staff in the learning support department continue to help those who need their expertise. 

When children move up to the Prep school they begin to experience the full breadth of opportunities available to them at MHS.  At every stage our children are keen to get the very most out of every experience they are offered whether it is through boardingsportmusicdramaclubs or outings

Our children achieve fantastic results in all areas of school life, but, more importantly, they do not take the opportunities they have for granted; rather their experiences here help build self-assured individuals who are extremely supportive of each other – in short, they are good company!

At the lower end of the Prep school, we do all we can to ensure the transition from Pre-Prep to Prep is smooth and trouble free and the Head of Middle School, Catherine Walker, supports staff and parents in this part of the school.

Throughout the Prep school there are up to three classes per year group. Children in Years 3 and 4 are still taught for most subjects by their Form teacher (with the exception of ICT, French, Games & PE, RS, Music and DT). Specialist subject teaching is introduced across the curriculum at Year 5 and at this stage children choose either Latin or Spanish as a second language.


Clare Allfrey
Learning Support Assistant
Philippa Archer
Assistant Head and Head of Learning Support
Katrina Atkins
Head of English
Trudy Barnes
Girls' Games Coach and Housemistress
Tina Budd
Head of Latin
Ellie Davis
Year 4 Teacher
Diane Day
Director of Music
Elodie De Haan
French Teacher
Sarah Dodds
Head of Year 3 and 4
Sue Fields
Head of Art
Rachel Fox
Head of Girls' Games and Year 7 Form Tutor
Saskia Gunson
Year 3 Teacher
James Hockley
Boys' Games Coach
Corinne James
Head of Modern Languages, Year 6 Form Tutor
Susie Jones
Middle School Teaching Assistant
Brian Judd
Head of Mathematics, Year 8 Form Tutor
Ollie Kent
Sports Coach
John Kimber
Head of Geography, Year 7 Form Tutor
Steve Little
Year 5 Form Tutor
Melanie Mathers
Year 4 Form Tutor
Toby Payne-Cook
Head of Science
Karen Potter
Learning Support Teacher
Rebecca Reid
Head of Pre-Prep
Sally Reeves
French Teacher
Rhondda Reeve
Head of ICT
James Ridge
Head of Seniors and History
Felicity Robinson
Middle School Teaching Assistant
Claire Searle
History Teacher and Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Julie Speers
Head of Design Technology
Paul Tooze
Science Teacher
Catherine Walker
Head of Middle School, RS and PSHEE
Jo Walker
Girls' Games Coach
Emma Coombs
Year 3 Class Teacher