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Westbrook Hay Preparatory School

London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England HP1 2RF

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 13 Years Day

Ideally situated in 26 acres of parkland overlooking the Bourne Valley, Westbrook Hay Prep School provides a happy and well organised learning environment where staff are caring and committed.

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Word From The Head

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Mark Brain

Ideally situated in 26 acres of parkland overlooking the Bourne Valley, Westbrook Hay Prep School provides a happy and well organised learning environment where staff are caring and committed. All children from ages rising 3 -13 years enjoy an atmosphere in which each can fulfil their own potential both academically and socially.

Children are given a solid grounding in literacy and numeracy through access to a well-balanced curriculum; are encouraged to become confident, considerate and courteous members of their community.

The School is boasting a new Lower School with spacious classrooms, playground and all the facilities young children need. In addition a superbly equipped new Art facility has just been opened for the benefit of all the children in the school from year 3 upwards. Two state of the art IT suites are a recent addition to the facilities of the school for the teaching of ICT and also for use in other areas of the curriculum.

Extensive playing fields give ample room for all major sports including golf. All weather netball/tennis courts and heated swimming pool are complemented by a purpose built Sports Hall which provides badminton, cricket nets, five a side football, gymnastics and a galaxy of other indoor activities.

A modern Middle School with six additional classrooms and new Science and Design and Technology Centres. The School’s commitment to advancing the place of information technology in the curriculum is evident in the two specialist IT suites and computers in every classroom.

Occasional boarding for children aged 7 and over, Breakfast Club and After School Club are also available. Scholarship examinations take place in November and March. Open mornings October, March and May.

Open Days, Visits & Events

16-06-2023 - Stay & Play Event

We are hosting a fun Stay and Play event for nursery aged children on Friday June 16, 2023, between 13:30 and 15:00.

This is a wonderful event for families who are planning to send their children to our nursery or to join Reception. It is perfect for children who are aged between 2 1/2 and 4 and is a lovely way for parents to interact with their children in a fun environment.

16-09-2023 - Teddy Bear's Picnic

We look forward to welcoming nursery-aged children to our lovely event in the grounds of the school. This is a firm favourite in our school calendar. The event is suitable for children aged 2 - 4 years.
14:00 - Welcome and Magic Show

14:30 - Bear hunt in the grounds

15:00 - Picnic tea

15:30 - Teddy Disco

16:00 - Home time

30-09-2023 - Open Morning

Our next Open Morning is on Saturday September 30, 2023 between 9:30 and 12:30. The Open Mornings are a wonderful opportunity to see the school live and in action! Our pupils attend for the morning and you are able to speak to the teachers and Mark Brain, our Headmaster. The admissions team will also be there to answer your queries.

What We Offer

    • Design Technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Photography
    • French
    • Latin
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Netball
    • Adventure Training
    • Ballet
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Horse Riding & Management
    • Public Speaking
    • Shooting
    • Skiing
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
    • After School Club
    • Before School Club
    • Expatriate Children
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Assessment
    • Early registration or registration at birth
    • Trial day at school
    • Academic
    • Art
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • Financial Assistance
    • All-rounder
    • Scholarships - Other
    • Sport
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range3 to 13
      Annual Day Fees *£11325 to £18780
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number Of Pupils

      0Full Boarding0
      0Weekly Boarding0
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 29
      Part-time: 11

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2011

      The effectiveness of the early years foundation is outstanding. The quality of the provision is outstanding. Through excellent understanding of differing developmental stages and careful observations, staff plan challenging and enjoyable work for each child across all learning areas.

      The Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2011

      The pupil's overall achievement is excellent, well supported by a broad and very well planned curriculum and good teaching.