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Merton Court Preparatory School
38 Knoll Road, DA14 4QU, UK Sidcup
+44 (0)208 300 2112

                                    Merton Court School


Merton Court is the ideal Independent Co-educational Day School.  It is a small family-run school with a caring community atmosphere where traditional values and a progressive environment meet to give modern children the best possible start in life.


Continuous education from 3 -11 

■ A beautiful 17 acre site 

■ An ordered and disciplined work environment to ensure

   literacy and numeracy 

■ Small classes; high teacher/pupil ratio  

■ State of the art in-house ICT facilities  

■ Excellent music and drama facilities  

■ Proven academic success at 11+ transfer and scholarship  

■ Competent, committed staff, specialists in their fields 

■ Foreign languages taught at an early age 

■ Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities

  (including an Astroturf and 25m indoor swimming pool) 




Our specialist Early Years Department offers a safe, structured environment for pre-main school children aged 3-4 years.

Located within a separate purpose built area of Merton Court School, children here enjoy social interaction, intellectual stimulation and personal development under the caring guidance of out highly trained specialist staff.

Wednesday afternoons, between 1:30pm and 2:45pm, younger children (adult accompanied) can enjoy the use of the facilities in our "Tiny Tots and Toddlers Club".

They can meet and play with other children whilst you are able to see, at first hand how our youngest pupils benefit from our happy, caring environment at the outset of their learning journey through school life.



Merton Court School gives all children opportunities to enjoy and achieve within a positive, secure environment where they feel challenged, stimulated and safe. Our belief that children learn best when they are interested and motivated underpins the way in which the school is administered by a team of professional, well-qualified staff and assistants and led by a motivated, innovative Headmaster and Leadership Team.

The main school is separated from the Early Years Department and comprises a Foundation Stage setting, Key Stage One phase and Key Stage 2 phase. Although referred to by different phase names, the main school operates as one and all the classes involved in these three stages enjoy the facilities of the main school. There are slightly different pastoral expectations as children progress and parents are invited to meetings especially to discuss any difficulties of transition between Key Stage 1 and 2.

Timetables are slightly different for the three phases; everyone starting at the same time, 8.45 a.m. but finished differently. Foundation and Key Stage children leave at 3.15 p.m whilst Key Stage 2 children leave at 3.45 p.m. We feel that this enables a less crowded departure.

Classrooms throughout the school are managed and organised in such a way as to facilitate different styles of learning and to promote independent thought. There are opportunities for a wide range of activities to develop and consolidate skills, concepts and knowledge.

Professional, qualified teaching staff and learning support assistants deliver the curriculum in a range of different styles but all of them contain well-understood learning objectives and effective teacher questioning, often underpinning informal assessment of learning in subjects. Homework plays an integral, vital contribution to children’s success as it reinforces learning in the classroom and enables children to move their learning forwards.

Subject specialists teach art, dance, music, sports, Spanish, science and ICT, delivering lessons with enthusiasm, bringing excitement and motivation to their pupils and complementing the core subjects in the curriculum.

Existing Parent Open Days or Open Evenings are held bi-annually with more frequent, regular opportunities for formal discussion of pupil progress in S4, S3 & S2 (Years 6, 5 & 4). There are also numerous and varied opportunities for parents to watch children’s assemblies and productions, as each phase delivers a production in one of the school’s terms and every yeargroup undertakes an assembly once a term which is shown to parents at Coffee Mornings.



The main aims of our academic focus at Merton Court School revolve around our maxim "Conceive, Believe and Achieve". We believe that children learn best when they are happy, interested and motivated and when their learning is supported by meaningful, purposeful tasks. Our pupils are challenged and stimulated, enjoying and achieving in the secure environment which we provide.

Key Stage 1

The Key Stage 1 years in J2 and J3 take children’s knowledge bases and expand  them, motivating the desire to become practical self-managers with pastoral tasks, whilst taking academic tasks to a higher level.   Homework here tends to be daily and involves a little reading or mathematics with the emphasis being placed on multi-sensory learning and practical skills. More formal tests are given from J2 summer term onwards and these results begin the assessment tracking record we keep on each child.

We do not participate in the annual Key Stage 1 EKSA examinations.

Key Stage 2

As our children move into this Key Stage, work becomes slightly more difficult and the days slightly longer.  Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively; being creative and showing initiative in research and skills.  Homework is given on a daily basis and the time set for this increases as the children move up the Key Stage.

Termly test results are tracked and parents are informed of progress at Parents’ Open Days/Evenings and by termly report. Progress and improvement are celebrated by awards at Friday assemblies, medals and certificates at termly prizegivings alongside oral and written praise.   

In S4 children sit various 11+ external examinations and historically our record of achievement is evidence of our academic application. Our Leavers’ list shows the variety of destinations entered by our children.  

Our pupils sit the annual Government Key Stage 2 EKSA examinations and our expectation and achievement levels are significantly higher than the national average.


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Music, drama and dance are all delivered by specialist teachers who motivate, encourage and enthuse their pupils in lessons and in productions.

The innovative introduction of The Art of Writing and “Writedance” in EYFS brings with it early and strong emphasis on the acquisition of gross and fine motor skills, encouraging the development of hand/eye co-ordination resulting in good manual dexterity and body confidence.

Dance and drama are taught throughout the school with panache by a specialist who also holds group ballet and tap tuition in school lunch hours.

Form music lessons are weekly and children who enjoy singing are also invited to join one of the school choirs, both of which participate in the annual Bromley Festival of Music with regular success. The school also holds its own Festivals of  Dance, Drama, Music and Speech in the Autumn Term to promote participation in creative arts. The school boasts an orchestra made up of all the instrumentalists available and it regularly performs at the end of term prizegivings. Individual instrument and voice tuition is available on request.

Merton Court is proud of the creative arts taught at the school.

Every year group across the school is involved in a musical production at some point in the academic year. Christmas sees the nativity brought to life in different ways by Early Years, the Foundation Stage and J2 and J3. Easter brings an informal production by S1 and S2 and the academic year culminates in a grand musical production by S3 and S4.

Merton Court has also arranged for very special productions at the Orchard Theatre in 1999 and 2005 to celebrate milestones in the life of the school. Both of these events were presented with enthusiasm and professionalism by all the pupils and staff involved.

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