Newton Preparatory School

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Newton Preparatory School is located in Battersea, in South London. It opened in September, 1991 with 70 pupils, The proprietor is Dr Farouk Walji.[1] Newton Prep is run on a for-profit basis and now has 600 pupils.[2]

The school since its foundation has always specialised in providing for children of high ability.[3] The original headmaster, Jim Cussell, formerly headmaster of Moreton Hall School, Shropshire, left after two years to set up the rival Octagon School which subsequently closed in 1997.[4] The subsequent headmaster, Richard Dell, headmaster between 1993 and 2006, had interests in spirituality and healing and self-published a book in relation to this.[5] The headmaster from 2006 to 2013 was Nicholas Allen. He was previously head of Ipswich Preparatory School and Arnold House School. The current headmistress, Alison Fleming, was appointed in 2013.

The school is based in an Edwardian building that has been extensively remodelled and extended. The original building was formerly occupied by Clapham College, Raywood Street School and Notre Dame School. The facilities include an Auditorium that was opened by Sir Peter Hall (director).[6]

The Newton Scholarship Fund (NSF) is a registered charity that offers means-tested bursaries to support children of scholarship ability.[7]


Coordinates: 51°28′38″N 0°08′44.3″W / 51.47722°N 0.145639°W / 51.47722; -0.145639