Our School vision
Our vision is to nurture happy, grounded and kind children, who are stretched but not stressed, and who leave the School with a zest for learning and for life.
An engaging curriculum and outstanding pupil wellbeing
A flexible approach for working families
We avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to education by offering strong, personalised academic learning in small classes, alongside outstanding pastoral care, which is provided by our experienced and dedicated group of staff.
A love of the great outdoors
Current and future plans
We offer flexible Monday to Friday boarding, with individual bookings available at 24 hours’ notice. There is no Saturday school, giving families time together over the weekends. Parents can drop their children for Breakfast Club from 7.30 am. Supper is available for Years 3 to 8, until 6.30 pm, with specialist activities and clubs taking place in the evenings.
St Andrew’s is set in 54 acres of beautiful woodland and grounds with endless opportunities to play and explore. Every day, our pupils spend on average 2.5 hours outside, whether it be for sport or breaks, including our Nursery, who take daily trips to their Woodland HQ.
In December 2021, St Andrew’s joined with Bradfield College to form The Bradfield Group. 2022/23 saw us undertake a curriculum review and we introduced the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate (PSB), which is a more holistic and skills-based curriculum; you can read more about it here [link to PSB page]. September 2023 saw us become a Microsoft Showcase School [link to blog], which is recognition of the digital journey the School has been on – only 4 prep schools in the UK have this award, and 400 schools globally. A new Performing Arts centre, which will house a theatre, art and DT space, is the focus for this academic year, with an aim for it to open in September 2024.
St Andrew’s is an established co-educational school for over 320 children aged 3 to 13. Whilst having plenty of history behind us, the School has evolved to meet the requirements of the world we live in today and places a great deal of emphasis on equality, diversity, and respect for one another.
'Visitors encountering St Andrew’s for the first time are greeted by one of the most idyllic panoramas you are likely to encounter at a prep school.’ Good Schools Guide
Our School values
The School's Aims
To achieve our School vision, St Andrew’s aims to:
Provide a secure and nurturing environment,
where all children can develop both their self-confidence and the resilience to tackle future challenges.
Ensure that each pupil reaches their academic potential
by encouraging them to think for themselves and presenting them with opportunities for collaboration, creativity and challenge.
Foster the academic growth and personal, social, and emotional development of the children in the Pre-Prep,
as well as laying the best possible foundation stones, so they are fully prepared and ready to thrive in the Prep School
Create a forward-thinking culture of digital innovation,
which empowers, enriches and extends the learning and experience for all of our children.
Build a supportive and welcoming environment for all,
including pupils, parents, staff, alumni and the wider community.
Offer a breadth of opportunity through sport, the arts and our co-curricular programme,
so all children’s talents are recognised and celebrated, and they become well-rounded individuals
Run a fun and rewarding flexi-boarding experience
in an environment which is secure and homely.
for every pupil, as we prepare children to move on to the senior school of their choice.