The Mall School, a preparatory day school for boys in Twickenham, has announced that its current leaving age will be lowered.
The prep will move from being a 13+ school to an 11+ school, with the current Year 4 boys being the first to leave at the end of Year 6 in July 2019.
Over the past 18 months The Mall School, which sends boys onto Hampton, St Paul’s, KCS Wimbledon, St George’s College, Reed’s and Whitgift, had undertaken internal and external assessment of the local market and conditions for senior schools. The school found were that senior schools are experiencing an increase in demand for places at 11+, driven largely by parents’ preferences. In response, the supply of places at 11+ has increased.
‘We want to play to our educational and pastoral strengths and secure the best future for all our boys,’ says headmaster David Price. ‘It is our strong belief that in making this structural change now, the ethos of the school will remain intact and our strong record of success and ability to bring out the best in every boy will be maintained.’
The Mall School will continue to offer its pupils the same all-round education and curriculum with strong pastoral care focused on each boy’s happiness and wellbeing.