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Unicorn School

238 Kew Road , Richmond , TW9 3JX

Unicorn is a co-educational, independent and non-denominational prep school which is situated opposite Kew Botanical Gardens. We provide a friendly, creative and stimulating learning environment for boys and girls between the ages of three and eleven. Class sizes are small, with a one-form entry of usually no more than 22 in each year.

Unicorn School was founded in 1970 by a small group of local parents and teachers who wanted to create a school that offered children a rounded education, encouraging them to flourish creatively and to enjoy the process of learning, in a safe and happy environment.

This ethos remains as strong today as it was at the beginning, with a curriculum that covers so much more than the core subjects. The breadth of opportunities on offer for the children, supported by talented and dedicated staff, ensures every child can find areas of personal strength and particular enjoyment.

The school focuses on developing social skills, resilience and a love of learning at all ages. In the Early Years and Infant classes this is through educational play, believing that children whose curiosity is nurtured will enable them to thrive as they progress through the school. In the Juniors there is an emphasis on classes being communities of enquiry, and this learning style is complemented by discrete lessons in philosophy, brain-time and reasoning.

Unicorn is a successful and vibrant school with individualised and proactive pastoral care. The school achieves excellent academic results, feeding on to a wide range of senior schools. In line with its traditions, there have also been tremendous successes in the arts and sports.

Alongside the many areas of excellence, you will find an emphasis on tolerance and kindness. After all, what virtue is there that is greater than kindness? We are preparing children for their future in an ever-changing world. We help develop children to have confidence, resilience and adaptability, as well as kindness and compassion, so that they may flourish as they move on to the next stage of their lives.

  • Timings
  • Mon: 08:30 to 17:00
  • Tue: 08:30 to 17:00
  • Wed: 08:30 to 17:00
  • Thu: 08:30 to 17:00
  • Fri: 08:30 to 17:00
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