Hill House School

Type Independent School
Age Range 4-13
Religion Unknown
Address Hans Place
Reference Number 100518



Hill House School is an independent preparatory day school with a prestigious history,located in the Knightsbridge district of London at the address SW1X 0EP. Established in 1949 in Switzerland before moving to the United Kingdom in 1951, it is known as the largest preparatory school in London and was initially a boys-only institution, transitioning into a co-educational school in 1981. The school offers a distinct educational experience, with a focus on fostering individuality, intellectual curiosity, and determination, represented by the Latin motto "Semper vigilans," or "Always vigilant," and the phrase "A child's mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled".

With enrollment of approximately 690 students from ages 4 to 13, Hill House School is divided into three main sections: Flood Street ages 4 to 5, Cadogan Gardens ages 5 to 9, and Hans Place ages 9 to 13. Student success is celebrated through a heritage of notable alumni that includes significant historical figures such as Prince Charles and modern-day individuals like Lily Allen, Rupert Degas, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The school is known for its traditional uniform featuring thick mustard cable-knit jumpers, rust corduroy knickerbockers, knitted hats, and British racing green bags.

Hill House School is distinct in that it continues to be family-run, with the headmaster being the founder's son, Richard Townend. Along with its state-of-the-art premises within London, it offers a unique opportunity for students to visit the school's purpose-built chalet in Switzerland. Additionally, Hill House offers an enriching and broad-based education for both UK and international students, maintaining the founding principles of mutual respect and peaceful co-existence.

General Makeup

Number of pupils
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 63.69%
Girls: 36.31%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
1 Unknown
2 Unknown
3 Unknown
4 Unknown
5 Unknown
6 Unknown
7 Unknown
8 Unknown

Ofsted Rating Good
Last Inspection Date 2022-10-05
Date Description Report
2022-07-05 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2018-01-16 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2016-06-08 Additional inspection Additional inspection
2015-09-15 Additional inspection Additional inspection
2014-12-02 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2014-05-06 Emergency inspection Emergency inspection
2012-12-05 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2010-09-28 Monitoring inspection Monitoring inspection
2010-03-25 Monitoring inspection Monitoring inspection
2009-06-10 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2006-09-04 Standard inspection Standard inspection


Age Range

Special Schools

Independent Schools

Faith Schools

Key Stage 2 Attainment

Students Meeting expected standard

Students Meeting higher standard

GCSE Attainment

Attainment 8 score percentile

Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)