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  • Interview with OSA Tom Bucknell

    After leaving St Andrew’s, Tom went to Pangbourne College and then followed his passion for travel, the outdoors and skiing. He ventured off to Canada where he worked as a ski instructor, did a stint as a jackaroo in the Australian outback and continued onto New Zealand for a winter in Queenstown. Next he pursued his love of food, training at Ballymaloe in Ireland before working as a private chef across Europe. This led to his first business venture, Marketchef, selling homemade conserves, sauces, ready meals, and cakes at local markets, with ingredients also bought from the markets. Then, in 2007 he set up a business which has now transformed and grown into an international events company providing creative temporary structures at incredible venues around the UK and Europe. These are Stunning Tents and The Sail Tent Company. Which house were you in at St Andrew’s? Blue School number 38 Sum up your time at St Andrew’s in one sentence. Fantastic from start to finish, making life-long friends on the way, I am now loving seeing Rosie on a similar journey, just feels funny being the parent! Favourite school meal? Fish, chips with baked beans followed by bird seed with custard! Who was your most inspirational teacher or subject at St Andrew’s, and why? The teachers at St Andrews were what made it such an exceptional place to be, Design Tech with the legend that is Mr Outram was my fav. But one lady, Mrs Nut, was particularly special to me, as she had a heart of gold and the patience of a saint to help me understand my dyslexia and focus on my strengths in order to give me confidence in the classroom. What was your favourite game in Progressive Games? Oh yes, that was always such a fun day! I loved moving around the school to do all the activities but for me anything using my hands to make things or solve puzzles was right up my street. What is the most important lesson that you learned at St Andrew’s? Be yourself, be kind and have fun! (+ Don’t get caught) Did you have a favourite rest activity? If I wasn’t climbing the trees and exploring in the woods. Finally, what piece of advice would you give your 13-year-old self? Always believe in yourself and own your decisions; have the confidence to take your own path and follow your passions; embrace every opportunity and experience that comes your way. Quick fire questions: - Monkey base or Jungle Gym? Monkey Base - Rugby, Football or Cricket? Rugby - Choir or The Ball Wall? The Ball Wall - COMS, GOMS, or BOMS? BOMS, I was very good at those! - Day boy or boarding? Day boy - Dolman or Detention? Detention

  • Celebrating our differences on Odd Socks Day

    Last week, children and staff marked the start of ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ with Odd Socks Day. A colourful and diverse array of different types of socks flooded St Andrew’s, highlighting the importance of daring to think differently, being inclusive, and being kind. Our pupil’s voices are central to setting the culture and standards of our School. Deputy Head, Pastoral Care, Kirsty Parkhouse said: “Through a series of support systems: - an EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) programme, external speakers, nutrition and fitness initiatives, mindfulness practices, peer support, and promoting positive relationships, we create an environment where every student can thrive. Together, we stand against bullying, champion kindness, and create a safe and nurturing space for all members of our school community.” Happy children love to learn Aside from stretching our pupils academically, without stress, one of our top priorities is to develop children’s social and emotional skills. We recognise that children learn better when they are happy, and are incredibly proud when our prospective families comment on this during their visits. Here’s how we help our children (and staff ) to be H.A.P.P.Y: BEING HEALTHY – having a balanced diet and getting a good night’s sleep STAYING ACTIVE – making sure life isn’t too sedentary and enjoying some exercise PREPARED TO HELP OTHERS – supporting others creates positive self-esteem and gives a sense of perspective PREPARED TO TALK – encouraging worries or concerns to be shared with others, so no need to cope alone BE YOURSELF – being your best self and comfortable in own skin Read more about how we nurture the wellbeing of our children here, and please watch our short Odd Socks film!

  • Eco Committee's Big Clothes Swap Helps Fashion Remain Sustainable

    On the final Wednesday before half-term, our Eco Committee hosted The Big Clothes, Shoes & Accessories Swap to raise awareness of their topic of the term, 'Waste in the fashion industry’, and support families in crisis through donations to local charity, The Cow Shed. Our Old Hall was transformed into a stylish preloved pop-up shop, along with personal stylist, sustainable fashion photographer & filmmaker, Customisation Station, and resident DJ. It was filled with rails and rails of clothes, stacks of shoe shelves, and heaps of accessories, for every age. Year 6 Eco Committee member, Annie said: “It was amazing to see how many clothes there were and lots of people showed up.” Pre-Prep and Prep School Pupils, parents and staff popped in throughout the afternoon, grabbing a bargain, customising items, and getting advice from our very own fashion stylist and colour expert (aka Learning Support & Art Teacher), Caroline Nuttall. Our enthusiastic Eco Committee took on the roles of store assistants, worked at the checkout, and helped younger children at the Customisation Station, all expertly overseen by our Retail Manager (and Pre-Prep Eco Rep/Form 1 Tutor), Nikki Cox. Year 7 Eco Committee Member, Ben said: "There was an amazing buzz in the air, everyone was so excited and happy to find some brilliant clothes. I love my new hoodie! I am really happy that St Andrew’s raised awareness about how many clothes are just thrown away every year. What a waste!" Dom Watton of Watton Earth? Productions took to the floor to share his experiences of working with sustainable fashion brands, and community and environmental projects, while resident DJ, Billy, provided the euphoric background beats. (Yes, there was some dancing (Mrs Cox)!) Enviable retro pieces No one could believe quite how much high-quality stock had been donated, some still with labels, others vintage, and a range of enviable retro pieces that everyone had their eye on. It won't be any surprise to learn, that the most popular items for boys, were football boots, and one parent was heard saying: "I'll never buy a new pair again!" To the surprise of every customer, price points were kept purposefully low, as the Eco Committee had decided it was not their intention to raise lots of money from the event, more to think before buying new, encourage the recycling of perfectly reusable items, and raise awareness about the outstanding work of The Cowshed. Year 6 Eco Committee, Rosie said: It was great to see so many clothes being reused! The Cowshed is a charity showing love and support to those experiencing hardship in Berkshire. It provides support to people of all backgrounds in a time of personal crisis. The aim of the charity is to provide good quality cleaned and ironed clothes and other essentials free to anyone in need. Trip to The Cowshed Staff Eco Coordinator, Jane Taylor, Caroline Nuttall, and two of our Year 8 pupils, Jack and Billy, visited The Cowshed with our community’s donations over half-term, when they were also given a guided tour around the depot by Fundraising Manager, Rebecca Mole. She was delighted to receive so much support from St Andrew’s, and looks forward to working with us again in the future. If you have any more items you’d like to donate to The Cowshed, please visit their Head Office in Wokingham. They’re also always looking for volunteers to help sort through clothes, and currently looking for donations for their Christmas Appeal campaign. An enormous thank you to our Eco Committee for hosting such a fun and successful event, to our parents, staff and extended community for their donations, and to our staff/parent Eco Warriors, Jane Taylor, Nikki Cox, Caroline Nuttall, Emily Havers and Sally Sparkle for their dedication and time. St Andrew’s parent of three, Jo Fegen, succinctly summed up the afternoon: "The Big Clothes Swap was an inspired initiative! It's not often you get to go shopping, educate your children about sustainable fashion and donate to Charity, but that's exactly what the Big Clothes Swap was! I got some real gems for me and my family. It was so much fun, thank you!"

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  • OSA Page | St Andrews Berkshire

    OSA UPDATES HOME ABOUT ST ANDREW'S EDUCATION SCHOOL LIFE ADMISSIONS NEWS FIND US More Our Old St Andrews's alumni (OSAs) are a special breed indeed, having forged lifelong friendships in the Buckhold woods, or chatting over bird seed and custard in the SDR. For many, the St Andrew’s educational experience laid the foundations for huge achievements in senior school and beyond, and we now hope that you will reconnect with us through the OSA network. Please sign up to our newsletter below to hear about the School’s latest developments and OSA successes, as well as upcoming events in London and here at School. We are always thrilled to hear OSA news so please do keep in touch and if you would like to visit the School, we would be delighted to welcome you. Please get in touch with Olivia Graham or call the School Reception on 0118 974 4276. Upcoming OSA events Wed, 21 Feb London OSA Drinks at No. 11 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NA (1) 21 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 23:00 London, 11 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8NA, UK Did you depart St Andrew’s between 2001 – 2011? Please join us for OSA Drinks at No. 11 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NA, from 7:00 pm on Wednesday 21st February 2024 to reconnect with old friends. Ticket price - £20 – canapes and a welcome drink Share Buy Tickets Sat, 18 May St Andrew's School, Berkshire OSA Lunch on FOSA Fun Day 18 May 2024, 12:30 St Andrew's School, Berkshire, Buckhold, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 8QA, UK Return to St Andrew’s for lunch on the South Terrace, show your family around the School and climb Monkey Base, before enjoying the incredible FOSA Fun Day in the afternoon. This is a family day, for all ages and we very much look forward to welcoming you back. More details to follow in early 2024. Share Show interest here OSA Registration

  • PRE-PREP | St Andrew's Berkshire

    NURSERY & PRE-PREP HOME ABOUT ST ANDREW'S EDUCATION SCHOOL LIFE ADMISSIONS NEWS FIND US More At St Andrew's, Berkshire, our Pre-Prep education provides the foundations for happy, grounded children who love to learn and have a zest for life. Classrooms are housed in purpose-designed buildings that offer a safe and secure environment in which to learn. All Pre-Prep pupils benefit from outdoor learning in either the Early Years Woodland classroom or in the dedicated Forest School site, led by our qualified staff. Class size is small, averaging around 16, with smaller group sizes for core subjects. Where imaginations can run free Every morning, come rain or shine, our Nursery children learn and play in their very own woodland. Whether they’re watching the seasons change, painting with blackberries or making toadstools out of clay, this is where imaginations run free. Puddles become deep sea diving explorations, and tree stumps transform into minibeast safaris. As little brains develop faster than any other time in their lives, being outdoors helps build personal, social, physical and language skills. It also allows our children to foster independence, confidence, teamwork and resilience. Afternoons are spent in their own open-plan Nursery building and garden at Pre-Prep, where they enjoy lessons in cooking, art, and role play. Children also benefit from our fantastic facilities at St Andrew's Prep for Music, Sport and whole School Events. Nursery Acorns Our youngest pupils, ‘Acorns’, can join Nursery on a part-time or full-time basis at the beginning of the term they turn three. While flexible with required days/times, we suggest Acorns spend at least three mornings or afternoons a week for the first term. Acorns can access our specialist activities when they are ready. Nursery Oaks For our Nursery ‘Oaks’ (rising fours), we recommend they attend a minimum of four mornings or afternoons initially (equivalent to two full days), and build up to at least eight (four full days), in preparation to join Reception the following year. Specialist lessons are available every afternoon. Specialist subjects for Nursery Specialist subjects are taught in the afternoons and include swimming in our 25-metre indoor pool, French, PE, Dance, Music and STEM. Nursery School Day Mornings only: Drop off between 8.15 and 8.30 am until 12 pm or stay for lunch until 1 pm Full day: Finishes at 3.30 pm Late Club: Available until 5 pm, or 6 pm upon arrangement Reception Curriculum In Reception (aged 4 – 5) children learn with a mixture of child-initiated play and teacher-led learning opportunities. The Curriculum is divided into seven main areas, that build on the Nursery core provision and add specific learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We actively encourage the growth of social skills and empathy towards others, in addition to a strong sense of self-belief and independence. Learning for Year 1 and Year 2 Pre-Prep School Day (Reception to Year 2) In Years 1 and 2, life becomes a little more formal. However, emphasis is still placed on learning through hands-on experiences and is an integral part of the teaching. In Key Stage 1, the children have weekly French, Music, PE, Swimming lessons and Forest School. The children in Year 2 also benefit from specialist teaching in ICT and group instrumental lessons. This, together with the increasing use of Prep school facilities, helps to ensure a smooth transition into Year 3. Full school days run from 8.15 am – 3.30 pm with the option of after school care. ​ Wrap-around care for all Tree Tots is our free toddler group, open to parents and children aged 18 months to 3 years, from 9.30 – 10.45am on a few Fridays each term. Sessions are held in our Woodland Nursery or Nursery building and involve a range of activities, a snack, story and a sing-song. Parents get the chance to chat over a cup of coffee and refreshments and meet our Early Years Staff. Click here for dates and to book your place. Tree Tots Toddler Group We have robust wraparound care for all year groups (Nursery – Year 8) to provide support for busy schedules and working families, offering care from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm (upon arrangement for Nursery Acorns). 'Pre-prep is a very special place – ‘the glory of the school’', said a new parent. Good Schools Guide EDUCATION PREP PRE-PREP CO-CURRICULAR FOREST SCHOOL DIGITAL LEARNING SPORT THE ARTS THE LIBRARY MENU

  • MEET THE TEAM | St Andrew's Berkshire

    Heather Booth Langton Head Master's PA Tanya Dimmick School Office Manager Matron Team Leader Olivia Graham Communications Admissions Support Jane Taylor Director of Admissions, Marketing and Communications ABOUT ST ANDREW'S HEAD'S WELCOME WHY ST ANDREW'S MEET THE TEAM LEAVER'S DESTINATIONS & SCHOLARSHIPS WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL TERM DATES MENU Ed Graham Head Master Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Andy Neil Deputy Head (Academic) ​ David Palmer Estates Bursar Kirsty Parkhouse Head of Boarding Deputy Head (Pastoral) Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Senior Leadership Team MEET THE TEAM HOME ABOUT ST ANDREW'S EDUCATION SCHOOL LIFE ADMISSIONS NEWS FIND US More Form Tutors James Fearn Head of History Head of Seniors Georgie Carter Form Tutor Head of Science (maternity cover) Jo Follett Form Tutor Richard Jones Form Tutor Head of Middles (maternity cover) Sophie Hearn Head of English Stephen Gair Head of PSHE and PSE Will Carter Head of Juniors Emma Reynolds Form Tutor Liz Hansford Form Tutor ​ Georgina Weir Form Tutor Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead James Mabbett Head of RS Rebecca Janes Form Tutor Emma Poole Form Tutor Nikki Cox Form Tutor Karin Carter-Keall Form Tutor Abby Mortimore Form Tutor Rachael Drouin Head of EYFS Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Carole Davey Head of Nursery Phillip Bates Head of MFL Elizabeth Croft Music Philippa Dinsdale Science Malcolm Gunningham Director of Music Tim Hay Head of Art Chloe Henderson Head of Girls Games Assistant Director of Sport Alex Horn English - on maternity James Mortimore Assistant Head (School Operations) Director of Sport Celine Neil French, PSHEE Tabitha Peattie Maths Tammy Penny Head of Latin Brodie Tyler Hewson Head of Digital Learning Marketing Illustrator Nikki Willis Head of Swimming Johnnie Wrennall English Zara Preston English Catharine Preston Head of Science Head of Middles -on maternity Georgie Metcalfe Head of Maths Other Academic Staff Haig Howard Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) Head of R.I.D.E Megan McSweeney Head of Drama ​ Ashlyn Bingham Data Manager and Compliance Controller Kate Brett Matron Karen Culverhouse Matron Nick Jones ICT Engineer Gary Fox Head Chef Amanda Sands HR Advisor, Purchasing & Domestic Manager Emma Barker Learning Skills Venetia Harvey Learning Skills Caroline Nuttall Learning Skills Tanya Le Roux Head of Learning Support Olivia Coghlan Learning Skills Sally Altmann French and Teaching Assistant Georgina Anidjah Teaching Assistant (Nursery) Tracy Cooke Teaching Assistant Amelia Cuthbert Teaching Assistant PSHEE/ELSA Lindsey Simmons Teaching Assistant Charlie Smiles Forest School Leader Teaching Assistant Becky Stace Teaching Assistant Swimming Natalie Steljes Teaching Assistant Alexandra Watts Teaching Assistant Megan James Teaching Assistant (Nursery) Luke Theodorou Sports Assistant Teaching Assistant Patricia Linton Zoe Relf Teaching Assistant Claire Seabridge-Forbes Form Tutor Fiona Armstrong Head of Pre-Prep Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead ​ Kirsty Stokes Director of Studies Head of Geography Ian Bilsby Maintenance Manager Graham Davey Sports Centre Caretaker School Bus Driver Sally Parker Housekeeper Lee Weston Site Facilities Coordinator Martin Weston Grounds Assistant Paula Weston Grounds Manager Security Site Officer Year 8 Year 7 Year 6 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1 Reception Nursery Main School Contacts Operational Staff and Matrons Learning Support Teaching Assistants Maintenance, Domestic, and Grounds Staff The St Andrew's Committee All Educational and Pastoral Governance of the School is delegated to the St Andrew’s Committee, listed below. Mr Tom Beardmore-Gray Warden of the Bradfield Council T: 0118 964 4500 Address: c/o Clerk to the Council at Bursar's Office, Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire RG7 6AU Please find our full staff list here Mr David Binney Mrs Katherine Green Mrs Jennifer Kingsland Mr Simon O'Malley Mrs Felicity Rutland Mrs Jo Wood Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor Mr Philip Waite Chair of the St Andrew’s Committee Mr Mark Richards

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