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Headmistress's Welcome

A very warm welcome to Haddon Dene Preparatory School.

Haddon Dene is a truly inspiring school community to be part of.  I chose to educate both of my children at Haddon Dene and I couldn’t have found a more supportive and nurturing environment for them to thrive in.  They both flourished at Haddon Dene, pursuing their own interests through the broad programme of study that was available to them.  My children grew in confidence because they were treated as individuals, they felt special as they were not lost in the ‘crowd’.  They were supported through the Kent Test and beyond, meaning they were both thoroughly prepared for their transition to grammar school.

So impressed by the quality of education and commitment of staff, I decided to join the team several years ago, taking up the Headship in February 2019.

At Haddon Dene, we pride ourselves on the ability to build close and constructive relationships with our families.  Children often refer to our school as a ‘home from home’.  Our school is small enough to know each individual child really well.  We really value the contribution that every child makes to our whole school community in their own right.

Our staff and children alike have high expectations.  In the classroom we make every minute of learning count and in the playground we focus on having fun and building lifelong friendships.

I firmly believe that a good education provides children with choices.  We want our children to have the very best opportunities ahead of them.  In order to secure this, our team closely tracks the progress of each child to ensure they reach their fullest potential.

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make.  For over 90 years, Haddon Dene Preparatory School has maintained an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality education and pastoral care.  I would highly recommend that you come and visit our school where you can see our talented children in action and meet our dedicated team.


Mrs Joanne Parpworth B.Sc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH