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Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School


Preshil, the Margaret Lyttle Memorial School is Australia’s oldest progressive school. Preshil encompasses a philosophy that emphasises the development of each child to their full potential, rather than competition between children. In this way, Preshil nurtures children’s self esteem, love of learning and independence and therefore no child is hampered by class level expectations.

Preshil is a small school with small classes. It is a progressive, non-denominational, co-educational school for ages 3 and 4 to Year 12 VCE with after-school care and morning playgroup available. A comprehensive curriculum is provided across all year levels including music and the arts, leading to a rich and vigorous VCE program.
At Preshil, children take an active role in their education, in turn developing a responsibility for their actions and ultimately their future. They’re not told what to think, but rather they are taught how to think. This gives children a self-discipline and preparedness to become whomever they choose.


By providing a school experience that celebrates the individual, children learn about themselves and uncover their own potential with Preshil’s full support. As each child tries new things and their interests evolve, Preshil helps them establish personal goals and pursue them with passion.

Preshil nurtures children's self-esteem, love of learning and independence. Children thrive in a learning environment that’s genuinely designed and built around them. The Junior School provides cottage-style classrooms meandering in a semi-rural landscape that includes self-built cubby spaces.

Throughout Junior School, children are placed in multi-age groupings to accommodate varying learning speeds. It’s so grading divisions aren’t imposed that serve only to develop preconceptions about what arbitrary performance targets they must reach.

By the time Preshil students finish Junior School, they’re equipped to make judicious choices regarding their own education and development. The spirit of creativity and discovery continues to shape the curriculum into Year 7 and beyond.

Inspiring Environment

Preshil offers all the traditional subjects for VCE as well as VET subjects. Because Preshil students have learned how to think and not just memorise in their earlier years, they can approach the challenges of VCE with assuredness and maturity. By learning in an environment similar to university, students gain experience working in smaller tutorial-style groups, and develop a closer relationship with their teachers. Preshil’s unique tracker system also provides students with a mentor throughout the rigorous VCE program.

Preshil students enjoy a love of learning, have a social conscience, and a firm belief in themselves. They are well equipped to tackle future tertiary studies, enter the workforce or follow their passions. Results show Preshil students achieve outstanding results and emerge as confident young adults.

Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School

395 Barkers Road
Kew, VIC 3101
Phone: 03 9817 6135
Fax: 03 9816 7943



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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Primary
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Early Learning: Yes



For information about our school tours or morning playgroup, please visit our website or make an inquiry below to our Registrar Cressida Baterham-Wilson.



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