St. Anthony’s is an academic IAPS preparatory school for boys between the ages of 4 and 13 years. It is Roman Catholic and welcomes boys of all faiths. The school was founded by Richard Patton during the Victorian period and became part of the Alpha Plus Group in 2009.

The school has a family atmosphere, relaxed and fairly informal, with a rigorous approach to learning. Great care is taken to ensure that pupils feel happy and at ease in the school environment.

Boys typically transfer to leading Independent schools including Ampleforth, City of London, Eton, Harrow, Highgate, Mill Hill, St. Paul’s, Sevenoaks, University College, and Westminster.

Richard Berlie, Headteacher

Richard Berlie was educated at the Salesian College in Battersea before going up to Magdalene College Cambridge to read History; he remained in Cambridge following graduation to take a PGCE and qualify as a teacher. Richard taught History at Wymondham College and Ampleforth College where he was also Assistant Housemaster and Scholars’ Tutor. He returned to Emanuel School in London as Head of History and Politics, and subsequently Head of Humanities. Senior leadership positions followed at Dulwich College as Head of the Upper School, and most recently Vice Principal at Mander Portman Woodward in South Kensington. Richard’s links with senior boarding and day schools is extensive.

Richard writes: “The distinctive ethos of St Anthony’s School promotes the individual talents of each boy with the aim of giving them the best start in life. This is pursued through a rigorous and interesting academic programme that provides stretch and support in equal measure. The Catholic nature of the community celebrates each pupil for who they are rather than what they do. An environment more akin to a greenhouse rather than a hothouse, St Anthony’s boys turn out kind, courteous and thoughtful. The school’s approach to 11+ and 13+ applications is to work with boys and parents to secure a senior school where each boy will fulfil (and exceed) his potential. Our record in doing so is second to none”.

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