Head's Welcome

As one of the oldest prep schools in England, Homefield has been renowned for its academic success and family atmosphere since 1870. A safe and happy environment, with a real depth of specialist teaching ensures the fulfilment of our boys’ individual potential. We offer a truly cosmopolitan school, our rich diversity a real strength. A great education should be aimed at knowledge and skill, but also at building good character.

Recently, the Covid-19 crisis provided the community to show its true mettle. Our response was emphatic. No boy was going to be left behind. We provided Key Worker provision and a depth and range of online and live learning to raise the bar in each and every area of academics. Likewise with wellbeing, we provided enhanced support, both 1:1 and for groups, wherever needed. We had all our year groups back and in safety as soon as we could re-open. Externally validated assessment shows our boys are still significantly ahead of national standards, even after this challenging year. We have kept our wider community with us all the way, whether it was using our design and tech lab to produce PPE for our local hospital, or supporting local charities. The quality and clarity of our communication has been appreciated by our parents during these challenging times and if you click here you can read some of the wonderful comments they shared with me.

Our academic success and scholarship rates have remained exceptional. Last year our boys received a phenomenal 27 grammar school offers. At Homefield we produce well-rounded boys who go on to some of the very best senior schools in the country. Personal interests and passions are cultivated; whether they are artistic, linguistic, sporting or social.

We challenge our boys and are very ambitious for each and every one of them. These expectations are not around undue pressure to pass exams. We encourage a young 'renaissance man’, that enlightened individual who "can do all things if he will". Depth and breadth are baked into our mix, all the way from our Pre-Prep right up to our teenage boys. ‘Creative’ subjects, like music flourish, but so do creative mind-sets and attitudes toward learning, questioning, toward being inquisitive and inventive.

As a charitable trust since the 1960s, a keen sense of civic and community responsibility is important to us. From an early age, our boys learn what good citizenship looks like. We believe that positive values influence character and attitude. In the 21st century it's more important than ever for our boys to feel rooted within a strong moral community and to benefit from being part of a bigger picture. They will make loyal friends here who, we hope, will stay by their side for life.

If our website is your first experience of Homefield Preparatory School, then let me extend a warm invitation for you to make a personal visit to meet us. This is by far the best way to discover all that our school has to offer. Come and talk to the boys, I am forever delighted by their energy, joy and compassion.

Mr John Towers

John has nearly 30 years of experience in the education sector following degrees in History and in Mathematics Education. He has been a Head in two schools; leading his first to become one of the ‘most improved’ in the country and rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. John’s career has also included a tour as a School Improvement Adviser, for schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and with responsibility for ‘gifted and talented’ provision. Following this, as Director of Education for the charity 'Reach to Teach', he established schools and teacher training supporting 20,000 children in rural India. Currently, John sits as an adviser on the Independent Schools Examination Board, with his expertise in History and pedagogy helping to set assessments for prep and senior schools across the UK. He has a strong interest in developing innovative educational practice, at Homefield and more widely, and is a Fellow and a Trustee of the Royal Society of the Arts. John is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified Executive Coach and a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators, one of the ‘Livery Companies’ of the City of London. He has two children, now in their teens, and of course Mr Chops the spaniel who has become Homefield’s much loved mascot.

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