The Eaton House Group of Schools

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Logo used by the group (red cross pattée)

The Eaton House Group of Schools is a group of private schools, all situated in London.[1][2] It is composed of the Eaton House the Manor Nursery, Eaton House the Manor Pre-Preparatory, Eaton House the Manor Preparatory, Eaton House the Manor Girls' School, Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Preparatory, and Eaton House Belgravia Preparatory. The group is a limited liability company, and the majority shareholder has been Sovereign Capital since principal Hilary Harper retired and sold the company in 2016.[3][4] The schools are non-selective at ages 3 and 4.

The schools have a non-denominational Christian ethos,[5] and a carol service at the local church is a regular occurrence every year.[6] Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, sometimes with regard to those with previous family connections with the school.[7] Form entry at the schools often involves very long waiting lists (in one reported case, 160 students applied for around 30 places at the Manor at age 4[8]). The group is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools.[9]

Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep and Prep

Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Preparatory and Prep


MottoWin with grace, lose with dignity
HeadmasterHuw May
Age4 to 11
Enrolment250 (approx.)
Houses     Red
Colour(s)Red, Green          
PublicationThe Column

Mr Thomas Sale Morton[10] was born in 1867 and died on 21 January 1962, aged 95. Educated at Charterhouse School and Clare College, Cambridge, Morton was a private tutor and author of books on the classics (many of his works were used in schools as textbooks),[10][11] and had previously taught at Summer Fields School. In 1897, Morton was encouraged to open Eaton Gate Preparatory School by Helen (Nellie) Artie Tarleton Belles, the mother of Harold Macmillan, whom he was tutoring at the time.

The school was originally opened at 35 Cliveden Place, but it was moved many times in the Belgravia area, and in 1937 the current premises at Eaton Gate were purchased, and the school was renamed Eaton House School. During World War II, the pupils were evacuated to Haines Hill in Berkshire, where they boarded until the end of the war.[12][13] Morton, a member of the Classical Association, abandoned the school soon after it was renamed,[14] and moved to teach at The Hall School, Hampstead later in his career.

Following the departure of Morton, the school was then run by Robin T. Gladstone,[15] identified to the pupils as a relative of William Ewart Gladstone.[14] Gladstone then left the school to set up another school in East Grinstead.[16] Due to Gladstone's ownership, the school was commonly known to students and parents as 'Mr Gladstone's day school'.[14] In 1977, the school was renamed Eaton House Belgravia.

In 1998, Lucy Watts became Headmistress of the school, retiring in July 2015. She was replaced by Annabel Abbott.[17] In September 2017, Mr Huw May became Headmaster of Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep School and the new Eaton Belgravia Prep School in South Kensington, taking boys from 8-11.

In October 2013, a media controversy was triggered over the banning of nut consumption at breakfast for pupils at home, in addition to bans on consumption of certain foods in the school; however, no complaints appear to have been made to the school over the policy.[18][19]

In January 2017, the school was renamed Eaton House Pre-Preparatory, to coincide with the launch of Eaton House Preparatory, and then again in June 2017 to Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Preparatory.

Eaton House Pre-Preparatory has taken part in Belgravia Christmas Sunday,[20] and regularly takes part in the wreath-laying ceremony during the Annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day.[21][22][23]

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