Lockers Park
Preparatory School, Day & Boarding for Boys 4-13 Years
Boxmoor, Hertfordshire
As a purposefully small prep school, our boys achieve excellent results and enjoy an enthusiasm for life

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Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. There is no substitute for seeing a school for yourself, and as such, I am delighted to invite you to book a personal tour, using the form below.

As well as allowing you to experience first-hand what makes our school so unique, a tour will allow plenty of opportunity to talk about your son, to help us understand what matters to you when considering his education.

Our personal tours are hosted by our Headmaster, last for one hour, and are conducted in a COVID-safe way, in line with government guidelines.

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Welcome to Lockers Park

We are a small, family-orientated school with an excellent academic reputation, situated in the heart of Hertfordshire. Whether your son is a bookworm, a sportsman, a budding scientist or an all-rounder, our approach centres around each individual boy, allowing them to gain in confidence and flourish.

The short films below and our 3D Tour should give a you a taste of life at Lockers Park, but there’s nothing better than coming to visit us to experience our school for yourself. So please complete this form to indicate your interest in a personal tour. We hope to meet you soon.

Thank you, and with warmest wishes,

Christopher Wilson, Headmaster.

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An Exciting New Chapter at Lockers Park–New Head

We are delighted to announce that Lockers Park’s Deputy Head, Mr Gavin Taylor, has been promoted to Headmaster and will take over the helm from September 2021. As the current Deputy Head, and having been with Lockers Park for 13 years, Mr Taylor brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Read more about our exciting new chapter here

A glimpse into Lockers Park

Take a 3D tour and watch our pupils’, Head’s and teachers’ videos, below.

Parent testimonials

“Our child is happy, confident and has a real sense of belonging. Every teacher is approachable, positive and encouraging. We could ask for nothing more.”
“It has just been so amazingly obvious how good the school is and how close everything within the school, (pupils to one another, teachers to pupils and everyone to parents), that we are so glad we found Lockers Park.”
“The school gives a well-rounded education that allows time for extra-curricular pursuits – both formal (music, art, drama, sport) and informal (time in the shrubs!).”
“The wraparound care provision is fantastic. We both commute to London and it relieves any unwanted stress. It really has made a huge difference.”

FAQs

What are your fees?

We have a simple fee structure that offers parents complete flexibility, including the following unique wraparound care provision, all included in the termly fees:

  • Prep School: 7.30am – 7.30pm. This includes breakfast, supper, prep at school and early evening activities.
  • Pre-Prep: 7.30am – 6.00pm. This includes breakfast, supper and after-school activities.
Reception £3,725 per term
Years 1 & 2 £3,925 per term
Year 3 Day Boys £4,685 per term
Year 4 Day Boys £5,095 per term
Years 5 to 8 Day Boys £5,910 per term
Boarders £8,520 per term

There is a £1,000 per term supplement for international pupils requiring a Child Student Visa. This reflects the School’s input in processing the visa application, ongoing updates, and the cost of the School’s HMRC Child Student Visa Sponsor License.

The Registration Fee is £100 and is non-refundable. The Acceptance Deposit is £1,000 for UK pupils and £1,500 for non-UK pupils, and is repaid after the child’s final term at Lockers Park, minus any outstanding amounts owed to the School.

For more details, visit our Fees page.

How do pupils perform academically?

“Pupils aspire to high achievement as a result of a culture where success is respected and celebrated.” The Independent Schools Inspectorate – 2017

We encourage the best from every child and our highly regarded teaching team provides all the academic and emotional support growing boys need.

We have a well-respected Year 6-8 Senior School Preparation Programme to prime boys for scholarship, Common Entrance and entry exams to move on to some of the country’s leading public and independent schools. Our exemplary track record sees leavers typically progress to their first choice of senior school, including the likes of Bedford School, Berkhamsted School, Eton College, Harrow School and St Albans School.

In the last academic year, 20% of the school year secured scholarships to such schools: a real achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of our boys.

See Destination Schools for more detail.

What sports do you play?

“Pupils enjoy success in many areas beyond the classroom due to the notable range of opportunities and encouragement from the staff.” The Independent Schools Inspectorate – 2017

Our sport every day program allows boys to find their passion for sport whilst developing wellbeing, resilience and teamwork. We believe structured sport every day not only promotes sporting excellence, but leads to increased concentration and academic success.

We offer rugby, football, cricket, basketball, badminton, cross-country running, golf, hockey, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis, skiing, snowboarding and much more.

We have excellent sports facilities within our 23-acre grounds which include a spacious sports hall, an Astroturf pitch, a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, a croquet lawn, putting green, 2 squash courts and a .22 shooting range.

We have regular ski trips to Europe and, every two years, our 1st XI Cricket team tours South Africa – a wonderful experience for the boys.

What wraparound provision do you offer?

“Lockers Park’s wraparound care provision is a key strength that differentiates it from other fee-paying schools in the area. It is perfect for our family.” Parent testimonial

“My husband and I work long hours with no family nearby. To be able to bring our son to school for breakfast at 7.30am and to be able to collect him at 7.30pm after supper is invaluable to us.” Parent testimonial

We are proud of our unique position on wraparound care, which we believe offers the best value and the most support to families in the area.

Day boys (Year 3 and above) may be dropped off from 7.30am for a cooked breakfast. They are welcome to stay for prep and supper with final collections by 7.30pm.

Pre-Prep children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) may be dropped off from 7.30am for breakfast, with collection anytime until 6.00pm. We offer supper and many extra-curricular activities such as small world (imaginative) play, board games and arts and crafts.

Our wraparound care creates a real sense of community as the school is always bustling and lively, while supervised prep helps the older boys prepare for senior school and develop independent learning skills. We find that friendships and social skills are enhanced in the hours outside of the curriculum. Above all, the offering provides flexible and stress-free support to our families, with a simple fee structure that includes no hidden costs (see Fees section).

What are the benefits of a boys-only education?

“Lockers Park understands boys and how to raise well-rounded, happy individuals.” Parent testimonial.

We are a school that really understands the needs of boys, blending kinaesthetic teaching with a well-apportioned school day and structured sport every day.

Whilst our Pre-Prep and Prep School share the same ethos, the Prep School remains true to its 145-year roots, offering a boys-only education. Research shows that boys and girls learn in different ways. Prep School pupils enjoy a tailored curriculum designed to accommodate boys’ different learning styles, employing visual and auditory classroom techniques.

Children taught in single-sex settings have also been found to be more relaxed within their peer group. The tangible warmth and strong community feel at Lockers Park is testament to our approach and frequently commented on by visitors to the school.

Which destination schools do you feed into?

“Pupils are notably successful at the point of transfer to the senior school of their choice against strong competition.” The Independent Schools Inspectorate – 2017

We prepare boys for the country’s top independent and public senior schools, many with scholarships.

Our excellent academic record sees many pupils move on to the country’s leading public and independent senior schools including Bedford School, Berkhamsted School, Eton College, Harrow School and St Albans School.

In the last academic year, our boys had success in sport, academics, music and technology scholarships, a real testament to their hard work and dedication.

See Destination Schools and Scholarship Success for more detail.

What size classes do you have?

“The school has a lovely family feel – a real sense of community.” Parent testimonial

One of our key points of difference versus other local private schools is our class sizes. We have small class sizes in every year group, with a maximum of 16 pupils per class and a pupil to staff ratio of 8:1.

We are proud to be a small school; small enough for all adults and children to know each other. Our small class sizes ensure each child receives a high level of attention throughout their Lockers Park academic career, with every pupil treated as an individual.

What extra-curricular activities do you offer?

“Pupils display good knowledge, skills and understanding in many subjects across the curriculum, ranging from science and linguistic to artistic and physical activities.” The Independent Schools Inspectorate – 2017.

“There is a great balance between the academic side and extra-curricular activities. We have found the music and language teaching to be excellent.” Parent testimonial

“The school gives a well-rounded education that allows time for extra-curricular pursuits – both formal (music, art, drama, sport) and informal (time in the shrubs!).” Parent testimonial

We encourage pupils to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities to enrich their school life; a breadth of opportunity from music and sport through to drama and science, Latin and computing, is placed at each boy’s fingertips, waiting to be discovered. For those pupils staying until 7.30pm, we offer games and activities, our very own Cubs pack and Scouts troop, Ski Club, visiting lecturers , themed events and, once a year, the legendary Dark Tower game.

Parents comment that Lockers Park is like a miniature version of the top senior Independent schools.

Pre-Prep children are encouraged to participate in a selection of after school activities, comprising sport, cookery, science, and other specialist clubs. We change activities on a half-termly basis so that children can try out a range of different pursuits. As well as building skills within a specific discipline, we believe broadening children’s interests can help them further develop self-confidence and self-esteem as well as reinforce social and communication skills.

What is your Remote Learning provision like?

Our Remote Learning provision ensures all pupils continue to experience an enriching curriculum. With the full support of an experienced staff team, pupils make sound progress and consolidate prior learning.  Pupils receive a full educational timetable of live lessons with a balance of subjects to enjoy each day – from core subjects such as English and Maths, to Sport, Music, Art and Classics.

As well as ensuring their academic progress, our pupils’ wellbeing and mental health is a critical consideration through periods of Remote Learning. Wellbeing challenges and weekly wellbeing surveys help pupils stay engaged, remain positive and continue to thrive.

We believe our approach to pupils’ wellbeing and education has been second-to-none. During the first lockdown of 2020, the fantastic pace of Remote Learning ensured that all years were two weeks ahead of the academic schedule by mid-June and we were proud to be one of the first schools in the area to welcome all pupils back to school, when it was safe to do so.

We are lucky to have a strong school community here at Lockers Park, one which has demonstrated resilience, positivity, and a profound sense of togetherness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents have commented:

“When we chose the school for our son we made some assumptions on interactions with the staff that they would be a fantastic team for him to learn with. We are so very impressed with how things have been handled; we are very grateful for the support.”

“Both boys are working hard and seem to be really enjoying virtual learning. Lockers Park is delivering this exceptionally well….all down to the teachers.”

“Thank you to you and all the teachers for being so calm, patient and encouraging. It is obvious you put a huge amount of effort into the lesson preparation. You are doing an amazing job.”

“My son is very buzzy and happy and gave his past two days eleven out of ten.”

“Thanks for all the smiles. You’re working so hard. Thanks so much for your creativity and hard work and for continuing to inspire my son.”

“I feel much more positive having earwigged on PHSE! I thought it was a great lesson.”