Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

School Information

Our School Environment

 school  school in snow

Set in 8 picturesque acres, on the private Coombe Estate, within travelling distance from Kingston, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Putney, Twickenham and beyond; the girls have all the space they need to explore, learn, reflect, play and participate as they grow within our school community.

 school aerial

The main red-brick, listed Coombe Ridge House, dates from 1870 when author John Galsworthy purchased the land and built here; a number of high-ceilinged, Junior-classrooms, administrative offices and the Library, comfortably occupies this building. Young John Galsworthy did much of his writing whilst the family lived here, beginning with ‘Man of Property’ and ‘The Forsyte Saga’. A purpose built Infant wing was added, along with the spectacular Coombe Ridge Performing Arts & Sports Hall in 2009.

 school plan

Of further historical note is our Ivy Conduit - an ancient monument, part of an elaborate underground water system built in 1516 to supply Cardinal Wolsey’s Hampton Court Palace. Although damaged by a WW2 bomb, the school has worked with English Heritage to repair and consolidate the structure which can be visited by appointment or as part of the annual Heritage Open Days programme.

 hall at night  coombe conduit