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St Michael's Preparatory School

Otford Court
Row Dow
TN14 5RY

T: +44 (0)1959 522137

Contact email Visit our website

ISC ID: 69127


Mrs Jill Aisher (Headmistress)

Boys - age range:

Day: 2 to 13

Girls - age range:

Day: 2 to 13


443 pupils

St Michael's Preparatory School case studies (7)

Swim share


  • St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Otford Primary School, Otford, Sevenoaks
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
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Sharing facilities


  • St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Shoreham Village School, Shoreham, Sevenoaks
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
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Jazz Day


  • St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Otford Primary School, Otford, Sevenoaks
  • Performing arts and music
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Support in facilities


  • St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Parkwood Hall School, Swanley
  • Performing arts and music
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Swim share and CPD exchange


  • St Michael's Preparatory School
  • Parkwood Hall Co-Operative Academy, Swanley
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
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Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)

  • 20 state schools involved
  • 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
  • 800 staff hours given

Impact Statement

Parkwood Hall co-operative Academy:
"After attending St. Michaels for just over two years, we have seen our students smile, experienced excitement and generally look forward to attending swimming. These students can display a vast variety of behaviours that may challenge, however the impact this has had on their well-being, happiness and skills they have developed have been significant. All four of the five students have found being in the community incredibly difficult, therefore, having a safe place and quite changing rooms has really helped them to develop, be themselves and endow new skills (simple skills that we can take for granted e.g. following instructions).
This is the session they most look forward to. Going into the community and learning how to swim. Overall, by allowing us to use your facility, you have enabled my students to access the public. Additionally , Helen has been outstanding with our staff and students. A special thanks to her from us all.
We all very much appreciate that you allow us into your school every week, and most importantly you have made a big difference to all of my students.
Skills they have learnt consist of: listening skills, adaptability, learning change, travel skills, safety, and many more."

St Lawrence CE Primary School:
"I cannot emphasis enough the impact that the use of St Michael's pool has had on our Key Stage 2 children. The fact you are not charging for the use of the pool has made a huge difference. Previously we were only able to offer a very limited number of lessons because of the financial constraints.
'I love swimming and this has given me the opportunity to really improve. It is an important life skill'. (Year 6 child). Quotes like this clearly indicate how much the children are benefitting.
However, the most impact can be seen in two children who had never been in a swimming pool before and are now almost swimming. And a further four children who have had no regular swimming and for whom this is not only a fantastic learning experience but a real adventure!"


Scholarships provide three possible benefits to those pupils in receipt of them. Firstly a scholarship is a public acknowledgement of a pupil’s outstanding ability or talent; so the scholarship brings with it recognition. Secondly, we work hard to ensure that scholarship holders receive, as part of their scholarship, educative experiences that extend and develop their talents. Holding a scholarship brings responsibilities to demonstrate positive attitudes, behaviour and commitment to pursuing excellence. Finally, a scholarship carries some fee remission which is not means tested.

All scholars will receive appropriate support, encouragement and advice to make applications for awards and scholarships into senior schools.


St Michael’s has a long history of providing support to enable boys and girls to benefit from the outstanding education it provides. The governors of St Michael’s Prep School are committed to broadening access to the school by offering eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a bursary and this may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100 per cent on school fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.

The school has limited funds with which to provide bursaries and it is therefore essential that we ensure the funds are being used to assist where needed most.

Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Headteacher, be likely to make sound academic progress following admission and possess the potential to develop the quality of his or her work and benefit from participation in the wider, extra-curricular activities on offer at the school. In normal circumstances, each applicant should meet the school’s normal academic requirements.

Bursaries are made subject to the school’s ability to fund these within the context of its overall budget that year. It is recognised that judgements about what sacrifices a family should be prepared to make to pay school fees will be personal. However, as well as current earnings, other factors such as financial obligations to care for elderly or other dependents will be taken into account.

Please be mindful of the fact that you will need to complete the normal registration process and have been offered and accepted a place before you can apply for a bursary.

Please be aware that bursaries are only available to those in Year 3 and above.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary or scholarship please phone Mrs Jane Thornton, Director of Admissions & Marketing, on 01959 526042 for further information or look at our Admissions page on our website .

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants