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Loyola Preparatory School
103 Palmerston Road, IG9 5NH, UK Buckhurst Hill
+44 (0)2085-047372

An Independent School for Boys, aged 3-11


"At Loyola we have three wishes: to discover the talents of our pupils,
to encourage a spiritual awareness and sense of community and
to prepare the boys for a future in a multi-cultural world."
Peter Nicholson, Headmaster

"The headmaster leads the school with imagination, faith and energy. Parents, pupils and staff respect him for his ability to resolve conflicts and restore harmony without diminishing the growing confidence of the boys."
Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2003

Loyola is an independent  school for boys aged 3 to 11. Many boys join Lower Kindergarten at 3 where they have receive the benefit of small class sizes and a caring, trained staff. They quickly become comfortable in the nurturing environment of the school as they practise their social and group skills and start to develop friendships that last throughout their stay.  At 4 the boys move into Upper Kindergarten where they also develop basic skills in writing, reading, maths and science, before moving into Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11), where the curriculum expands further to include all core subjects as well as specialist classes in music, language and reasoning.


As a Christian school, our values are based on the principles and characteristics of Jesuit or Ignatian education. The ethics of justice, communal responsibility and service for the good of others are encouraged within this Christian framework.

The school motto is that of St. Ignatius Loyola himself: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (to the Greater Glory of God). Pupils are encouraged to recognise and promote their talents to the best of their ability as well as being given the confidence and support to identify and develop areas for improvement. The notion of service as a member of the community is an essential part of the school's culture.

The vocational aims of the school are firmly directed towards the future prospects of the pupils. At the age of eleven, and following a process of continuous assessment of both the academic potential and extramural talents of each pupil, the most appropriate secondary schools are identified. Consultations will also take place with parents, particularly in the upper stages of the school.


Lower School: Pupils are not set a daily timetable of study in Early Years but work an integrated day. Subjects include all six of the early years learning goals.  Specialist teachers take the boys for music and R.E.  In Pre-Preps I and II the concept of specialist subject teaching is introduced in a more structured environment and will include all of the core and foundation subjects of Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.  Specialist subject teachers are used in a number of subjects although the classes are taught by their class teacher for the majority of the time.

Upper School: Classes are timetabled with a distinct study period for subjects and greater structure comes into the working day. Opportunities for cross curricular activities are supported and encouraged where appropriate. Subjects include: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, German, ICT (Information and Computer Technology), Religion, Games (P.E.),  PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education) and ADT (Art, Design and Technology ).

Entrance Exams Pupils are prepared for independent secondary schools' entrance, scholarship examinations and for the Redbridge 11+. To help achieve their aspirations, Reasoning is introduced as a subject in Elements and homework is set nightly in the Upper School and posted on the class page within the Members' Area of this Website.

Curriculum Assessment: Formal end-of-year tests are given for most subjects in the Upper School and in Numeracy and Literacy in the Lower School.  Junior children also undertake end-of-topic assessments in science and maths. National Curriculum Testing is undertaken by the school at the end of Key Stage Two and optional SATs are taken at the end of Prep, Elements and Figures.  Standardised tests in reading, progress in English and maths, reasoning and cognitive development are utilised at different stages throughout the school.

Reporting: Formal parent meetings to discuss pupils' progress are scheduled twice a year from Upper Kindergarten.   Two detailed written reports are distributed half yearly and from Pre-Prep II are supplemented with a grades report.


An application form should be completed and, following receipt, the school places pupils on the waiting list in date order of application and according to the criteria set out below. Candidates for entry are invited to visit the school with their parents in the term prior to their anticipated entry. The following criteria are used for calling pupils up for interview (in order of priority):

  1. Siblings of pupils attending school at the time of registration.
  2. Roman Catholics.
  3. All other candidates. The school has an Equal Opportunities Policy which seeks to welcome and assimilate all religious denominations and creeds within the school community.

Admission is normally at the age of three or four but occasionally vacancies become available higher in the school. Prospective entrants will initially spend a little time with the Kindergarten teacher followed by a second visit when they will have the opportunity to meet all the other new pupils starting with them.

Other candidates are invited to spend a day at the school during which an assessment of their present standard and likely potential takes place.

Interviews continue until the number of allocated places is filled. It should be noted that the registration fee is not refundable and that a non-refundable entrance fee is required upon acceptance of a place.

Fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors and all effort is made to keep increases reasonable and in-line with inflation. Fees must be paid before the start of term. One terms' notice must be given if the child moves schools. Educational visits and other excursions are charged separately to fees. Uniform cost is paid directly to the supplier.

Registration Fee:  Ł25 (to accompany application)

Entrance Fee:  Ł250 (payable upon acceptance of a place at the school)

Termly Fee from September 2007 (Lower Kindergarten to Rudiments):    Ł2305 
(This includes tuition, books, stationery and lunches)

Part Day Termly Fee from September 2007 (Lower Kindergarten ):    Ł1383     

There is a 10% discount for younger brothers in Lower and Upper Kindergarten, which applies while the older brother(s) remains at Loyola.

An administrative charge will be levied on overdue accounts at a rate to be advised from time to time


The school uniform consists of grey trousers or shorts, white or grey button-down shirt, blue and black striped tie, blue sweater and the distinctive blue blazer with the school badge on its breast pocket. Boys must wear grey socks and black lace-up or velcro shoes with the uniform throughout the year, although they have the option of sandals in the summer term. For sports and games, the boys require a school track suit and sports socks, as well as the standard blue shorts, t-shirt and appropriate footwear.The official school supplier is Forest Casuals, Loughton.

The school badge is an adaptation of two coats of arms representing the two sides of the family of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The coat of arms of the Loyola family was two grey wolves with a kettle or cauldron between them on a white background. The Spanish word for "wolf" is "lobo" and "olla" is a pot. Hence a wolf and a pot is "lobo-y-olla", which is contracted into Loyola. The badge was taken to refer to the benevolence of the Loyola family in feudal times. Reputedly, the family was so generous to its armed retainers that even the local wolves found something on which to feast after the soldiers had eaten their fill.

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