Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow…


Sidcup’s longest established Preparatory School, Merton Court came to life through the dedicated and altruistic vision of John Pearce and his wife Irene in 1899. For over a century Merton Court School has held true to both its roots and its motto, Omnia Strenue (‘Strive above all’), enjoying a strong history of family leadership to create outstanding life chances and remaining a constant in an ever-changing world.


Since 1979, when Mrs. Elizabeth Price bought the school, with 78 pupils, Merton Court has been owned and run by the Price Family, with her sons. Christopher and Dominic who joined the school along with his wife Sarah in 1988. Dominic was appointed Head in 1993 and Senior Partner/Proprietor in 2016.


In the safe hands of a passionate and committed teaching team, Merton Court, now more than 300 strong, continues to embrace a truly transformational ethos within a vibrant and caring community atmosphere.


Proprietorial owned and run schools make up fully a quarter of all mainstream independent schools, educating 16% of the pupils in this sector.


A study by the Adam Smith Institute concluded that proprietorial schools, as a group, performed more consistently, and by a significant margin, than charitable trust schools, as a group, on all key teaching and learning related criteria.


Schools owned and run by proprietors have, there is no doubt, learnt that putting quality first is the most important condition for the possibility of a successful school business.


Merton Court School prides itself on four core strands for success.: Quality, Agility, Independence and Value.


The School is also an accredited member of the Independent Schools Association, a member of the Independent Schools’ Council, and is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).


Dominic Price has been a co-opted member of the ISA National Finance Committee in 2019 & 2020 and in 2020 was voted onto the ISA National Executive.  He currently serves on their Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is also Treasurer for ISA London South.


ISA website



Our Advisory Board assists the Proprietors in policy and decision-making relating to the educational provision at the school and supports the governance of the school. Advisory Board members hold termly meetings and members are experts in their respective fields. This group works with us to stay at the cutting edge of education.


We use the Board’s expertise to ensure that we are sharing innovations that reflect an outstanding learning journey for all our children.


Advisory Board members are:

Chair: Jacqueline Jenkins – Educational Consultant and Schools Inspector.

Tel: 020 8300 2112 email:

Address: 38 Knoll Road, Sidcup, DA14 4QU



Other members:
Susan Gower MBE JP-Safeguarding Consultant
Susan Webb-Retired Independent School Head and ex ISI Inspector
Angie Macdonald-Business Manager and Head of Safeguarding at Merton Court School.


Along with, Merton Court Proprietors: Dominic Price (Headmaster), Sarah Price as Clerk to the Proprietors, Henry Price, Eloise Price & Lucianna Price.


School Proprietors’ contact details:

Dominic Price
Merton Court School
38 Knoll Road
Sidcup DA14 4QU
Tel: 020 8300 2112


The school telephone number has a 24hr messaging service, should you wish to leave a message out of school hours.


Our School Council includes all our Yr 6 children. The council, run by the children themselves, discusses everyday issues, suggestions and ideas that will benefit and improve our School Community and also chooses and supports local and national charities.


The hands-on experience of School Council also helps pupils to understand how a formal meeting is run, with Chair, Secretary and Minutes, along with appreciating the importance of discussion, listening to the views of others and taking turns to express important points or opinions.



This remarkable school continues to move forward with confidence.

Its ’20:20 vision’  (a three-year development plan) has now been completed and a new development plan ‘Project 125‘ has begun, in order to keep pushing forward, providing ever-increasing provision and opportunities for all the children in our care and to also prepare for the 125th Anniversary of the School’s foundation in 2024.


From a curricular perspective, we have now comprehensively reviewed our curriculum provision, mapping it carefully for improvement and sharing it with Parents, so that they also, may fully support their children with learning at school and at home.


Recently completed provisions include:


  • a newly organised fourth sector in our Forest School
  • a new allotment for our children
  • new second astro turf and floodlights
  • library and book-corner improvements
  • upgraded EYFS play facilities



Our ‘Project 125’ (School Development Plan 2021-2025) includes:


  • ‘Blended Learning’ Curriculum review post – COVID-19
  • acquisition of further new laptops and iPads
  • new Before and Afterschool accommodation
  • a covered sports facility
  • new roof and windows to the front of School
  • bee-keeping facilities (so that we may make our own Merton Court honey)
  • new electronic whiteboards for all teaching areas (first tranche installed)
  • front (Knoll Road) car park refurbishment to include a new refuse collection area, a new electric car-point, to further help our eco footprint, retarmac and improved, visitor parking and security