Talbot House Preparatory School was founded in 1969 by Mrs Stevenson. It has always had a reputation for high academic standards, good manners and consideration for others, with an excellent success rate for the number of pupils who gain places for Bournemouth, Poole and Parkstone Grammar Schools as well as scholarships to local independent schools. The school caters for children from 3 to 11 years of age.
In September 1998, Mrs Stevenson retired and the school was purchased by the Broadway family. Since then, the school has maintained its excellent high standards, retaining much of the tradition but also embracing developments in education and resources that benefit the school.
Talbot House School is a warm and happy environment in which to learn. Our children are always reminded about respect and consideration for each other as well as adults and other people. We celebrate one another's individuality and children's cultural differences are also shared positively. Since we are a small school with small classes, we have a wonderful sense of community and our children are always made to feel that they are important and special. Every child participates in frequent dramatic and musical presentations, which helps build confidence and is hugely enjoyable for the participant and audience.
Our school assemblies that take place each Friday morning are valuable opportunities to celebrate our school community. During each assembly we enjoy a talk or presentation. At times we have a visitor from the community but frequently it is a class from the school that takes this part of the assembly. We also have individual musical items performed by children and our pupils are encouraged to bring in certificates or talk about awards or recognition that they have received in activities that may not be associated with the school. The highlight of the assembly is always 'Pupil of the Week' where we praise an individual from each class, giving them personal recognition for effort, progress or achievement.