Our History

Charlotte House Prep School was founded in 1931 by Miss Kitching. Originally known as the Rickmansworth PNEU, the school offered girls an all-round education based on the educational principles devised by Miss Charlotte Mason, the founder member of the PNEU movement. These principles were that education should be a positive extension from home life and that learning should be fun.

More than 8o years later, Charlotte House Prep School is regarded as one of the finest schools in the area; an all-girls’ prep school, offering the very best in Art, Literature, Music and Science, just as Miss Charlotte Mason would have wanted.

Moving into the twenty-first century inevitably means changes occur. Exciting and innovative additions have been made to the curriculum. The fundamental principles of giving girls the very best education is as important today as it ever was. Our school is recognised for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere in which our girls flourish.

Head's message

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you take as a parent and we believe by choosing Charlotte House Prep School for your daughter, you will be giving her the very best foundations for her future.

We ensure that our girls have a passion for learning by providing them with a dynamic and diverse curriculum alongside an exciting and varied extra-curricular programme. Our school motto – ‘I am, I can, I ought, I will’ – together with our skylark emblem, promotes the sense of self-confidence which we instil in our pupils; the drive to soar and unlock their true potential. We will challenge your daughter to be the very best version of herself whilst ensuring she feels fully supported by staff and peers.

We encourage the girls to ask questions and to take ownership of their learning. Academic success is important to us but we also encourage creativity and physical aptitude. Values, manners and inter-personal skills are all vital parts of our teaching too.

Charlotte House prides itself on ensuring our girls are fully prepared for transition to secondary school. Our girls have successfully secured places at a wide selection of secondary schools including:

  • Roedean
  • Cheltenham Ladies’ College
  • St. Helens
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s
  • The Royal Masonic
  • Watford Girls Grammar

When the girls leave us, we know that they are ready to face the world with confidence and that they will remember their time here with warmth and affection.

We believe that this is a precious time in a child’s development and that key to their future success is being confident, happy and understanding that their very best is what they should want to do and all anyone can ever ask of them. I believe Charlotte House can help you and your daughter unlock her full potential and I am certain after you have visited us and met our girls you will realise that this is true reflection of what we achieve.

Please do come and visit us, I would be delighted to welcome you to our exceptional school!


Miss P Woodcock

Mission statement

To equip our girls with a broad and balanced range of skills, knowledge and experiences presented through a challenging, innovative and comprehensive curriculum delivered in a supportive and stimulating environment to ensure they are fully prepared for the demands of the twenty-first century.

School aims

The Charlotte House Motto, “I am, I can, I ought, I will” has been central to our ethos for over 80 years.

Our main aims are

  • to provide a broad, balanced, creative and challenging curriculum both inside and outside the classroom
  • to develop thinking skills to enhance the girls’ intellectual character
  • to ensure an industrious and happy atmosphere exists within the school
  • to provide equal opportunities for all girls to flourish and fulfil their potential
  • to encourage core values of appreciation, respect, independence, co-operation and courtesy in an environment that is supportive and friendly
  • to have high expectations for the girls’ work and behaviour
  • to foster exceptionally strong links with parents, the extended family and the local community
  • to advise, prepare, support and guide girls for successful secondary school transfer

Secondary Successes

Charlotte House Prep School has an excellent reputation for securing our Form VI girls with their first choice of school at 11+. This is achieved in many ways.

Firstly, the girls themselves work hard in all aspects of their school life to prepare themselves fully for entrance exams, interviews or scholarships. Secondly, the support from the girls’ parents ensures that the school and home are collaborating together for the best interests of the girls. Thirdly, the advice, support and dedication from the teaching staff ensures that the girls are prepared and are advised appropriately on school choices at 11+. Finally, it is the schools themselves who welcome Charlotte House girls, knowing that after their primary years in the Charlotte House environment, our girls have those qualities of purpose, success, determination and achievement that the 11+ schools so welcome.

Please click on the link below to see our  secondary transfer destinations.


Secondary School Destinations 2010-2017

Inspection report

Our latest Regulatory Compliance Inspection report (May 2017) can be seen by clicking on the document below.

RCI Report Charlotte House

We were delighted with our full inspection report which reflected all the fantastic work that goes on at Charlotte House Prep School which was carried out in Summer 2011.  For a copy of the report please click on the document below.

Download Inspection Report – September 2011