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Last update: 16 January 2021






When considering Boarding for your child it is important to ask as many questions as possible. We recognise that moving to boarding is a big decision for a family to make and may be a significant change from prep school life. Please contact us to discuss your family's requirements. Call the School Office on 01483 276377 or email [email protected]

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Year 11 pupils maintained last year’s record GCSE results, with 26% of all grades a 9, and 55% of all grades being 9/8. In addition, 68% of all grades were 9-7 (equivalent to A*-A) and 99% of students gained 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 grade.

The overall pass rate was 97%, with 50% of pupils achieving 8 or more A*-A (or equivalent). A quarter of the cohort achieved 10 or more A*-A (or equivalent). Grades in some subjects were exceptional, with more than 80% of pupils achieving 9-7 (equivalent to A*/A).

This year is the first which sees the new grading system adopted across almost all subjects. The change from letters to numbers, with more options for the grades, was designed to coincide with the upgrading of GCSEs to make them more rigorous. Although the two marks schema cannot really be compared directly, there are now three number grades corresponding to A*-A, 9,8 and 7, designed to give more differentiation at the top end.

"We are delighted with these results, particularly given that staff and pupils have been working towards significant changes to the exams and the grading schema. We’d like to offer congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils and to the Common Room who have worked so hard to help them achieve their goals." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic.

A Level Success 

Students achieved an excellent set of A Level results this year, with 80 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

Sixth Formers experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 44 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 80 per cent at A*-B.

"We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results, which show just how hard our students and staff have worked. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers have achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic

Last update: 16 January 2021


Please note: owing to the current government restrictions, we are unable to offer private tours at this time. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange a virtual meeting.

Open days and private tours are aimed at parents interested in a place in Nursery (boys and girls) and Reception to Year 6 (girls). They provide the opportunity to view our specialist facilities and see the extensive outdoors space on offer. We place great importance on allowing visitors to experience our learning environment in action so encourage you to come for a tour when the school is running.

Please contact the Admissions Officer to enquire about meeting the Headmistress virtually.

[email protected]

Tel: 020 8992 5189
Instagram: @falconsschoolforgirlsputney


Falcons School for Girls became part of the Alpha Plus Group at the turn of the century and established a reputation for academic excellence, creativity and a love of learning. Originally based in Ealing, the school moved to new premises in Putney in September 2014. We take pride in developing our girls into happy, confident individuals ready to meet the challenges of their senior schools. We have high expectations of our pupils and our mission is to raise girls to become high achievers, leaders and lifelong learners.

OUR AIMS: At Peregrines Nursery and Falcons School for Girls we believe passionately in:
  • Recognising the close links between emotional wellbeing and academic achievement
  • Encouraging children to be ambitious with their learning
  • Fostering children’s natural curiosity, positivity and resilience
  • Engaging children about their role as citizens in our fast-changing world
  • Instilling the importance of leading by example
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 16 January 2021
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 16 January 2021


From September 2020, Mr Paul Dwyer will take over as Head of Redmaids' High Senior School, following on from Isabel Tobias who was its Headmistress for 19 years.

Mr Dwyer, who joins the Bristol-based girls' school from his previous Deputy Head post at North London Collegiate School, completed both his undergraduate degree in History and his PGCE at Oxford.

He has strong experience in girls’ education, having previously been the Director of Sixth Form at Putney High School.

As well as his expertise in teaching, Mr Dwyer is known for encouraging teachers across the globe to challenge themselves. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on education, hosts a podcast designed to help teachers reflect on their practice and was President and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Groups of Redmaids' High students were able to meet the candidates during the recruitment process. The nine girls who met Mr Dwyer, a married father with a two-year-old daughter, recalled that he was highly approachable and personable, adding that he recognised the high importance we place on tradition, and shared their desire for more sustainable practices within school to address climate change.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the next Head of Redmaids’ High School,” says Mr Dwyer. “It is a vibrant and modern school, steeped in history with an excellent academic record and I’m looking forward to joining the RHS community.

“The founding aims of the School, with its provision of bursaries and scholarships to ambitious and able students, resonate strongly with me. I was the first of my family to attend university and did so thanks to the Sutton Trust – an organisation that identifies potential in children from non-traditional backgrounds.

“I know first-hand the benefit that a strong and supportive educational environment can have and can see that Redmaids’ High has this same life-changing impact on young women in Bristol."

Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 16 January 2021


Bristol Grammar School holds regular open mornings, when you can tour the School in the company of current students and chat to staff over refreshments. 

There are also individual tours on offer when you can see the School on a normal working day and find out more about life at BGS. 

Details of upcoming dates and how to book are available on the BGS website. 


Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Last update: 15 January 2021


St Michael’s school is a non-selective coeducational school for 2 to 13 year olds promoting a rich, varied, broad and balanced education within a Christian context. We challenge and stimulate pupils to achieve their best and strive for excellence; fostering in them a sense of wonder, and joy in learning, so that they take real pride in their accomplishments. Children are helped to understand themselves as individuals, their feelings, how they can affect others and to show tolerance and respect for the diversity of the world.
Culturally the school provides a wide sporting, musical, artistic and dramatic programme to which all pupils are encouraged to participate.
We recognise that every child is an individual and aim to promote their happiness, self-confidence and well-being as members of a caring community. Children are given opportunities to make a difference to their school and to the wider world. The school motto; perseverance, wisdom, gratitude encapsulates the cornerstones of this education.
Through perseverance children learn to win and lose gracefully, overcome difficulties and gain resilience. As their knowledge grows, the school teaches children to have the wisdom to use this knowledge well and to be grateful for all the blessings they receive in life and in their education.


For more information or to enquire about a place at our school visit the Admissions page of our website:

Virtual Tour

To watch a virtual tour of St Michael's visit our YouTube page:


Last update: 14 January 2021





Breaside Preparatory School has been ranked 24th among the top 100 UK Prep Schools by The Times newspaper and feature in the accompanying Parent Power: Best UK Schools Guide. The guide identifies 600 of the highest achieving primary and prep schools in England and is rannked by the most recent exams results and features both independent and state schools.

“It is wonderful to be recognised for all of the hard work that the staff and children put into Breaside to make it the very special place that it is.”



Sadly we are unable to host any Open Mornings or Private Tours in the current situation, but our admissions team are still working and on hand to discuss your child’s education. Please feel free to call or email our Registrar Lucy Greaves, on 020 8460 0916, to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs.

You can learn more about our virtual admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.

Open Mornings 

At our Open Mornings you can discover the opportunities a Breaside education can offer your family.

Our Year 6 pupils take visitors on a tour of the school and afterwards you will have the opportunity to chat with staff over refreshments.  Tours usually last around an hour.  Our Registrar, Lucy Greaves, will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process and discuss next steps.

Open Morning dates
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We look forward to welcoming you. You can also book a Private Tour by clicking the link below. 




Breaside have been awarded Millie’s Mark. This is a great achievement for the school and we are grateful for all the hard work and commitment from our staff  towards helping us to exceed health & safety and paediatric first aid requirements.

Millie’s Mark is awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond the minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.



We have an excellent record of places gained to local grammar and independent schools and this year is no exception. Our 11+ results were once again outstanding with some pupils offered academic, creative and sports scholarships. Our impressive Key Stage 2 results are well above the national average. 

100% of pupils gained their first choice at Senior School.

50% of our children received scholarships.

Breaside ranked 24th in the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England in the Sunday Times. 

Parents are given guidance on the schools that we recommend for their children throughout their time at Breaside and we pride ourselves on getting the children into the right school for them as individuals.

Please see our lists of places offered over the past few years via the Leaver's Destinations link (above). 

Last update: 13 January 2021





1. Student-centred ethos

- Highly personalised approach to learning and pastoral development

- Friendly and empowering college community — on a human scale


2. Exceptionally small classes and personalised attention

- Just 4 – 10 in a class at GCSE and A-level

- Maximum contact time with subject specialists


3. Outstanding exam results

- Outstanding ‘value-added’

- 39% exceeding predictions by 2 or more grades

- 2019 45% A*A at A-level

- A* 75% above national average

- 2019 GCSEs 82% Grades 9 – 4 (A* – C)


4. Personalised study plans

- Two-year and one-year intensive programmes

- Flexibility to combine courses e.g. A-levels with GCSE resits

- Resit and Retakes

- EPQ and Trinity Arts Award


5. Support and personal development

- Extensive personal tutor and pastoral care team

- Wide range of extra-curricular activities

- Engagement in work experience projects and research


6. Leading university destinations

- 86% A-level students with offers from Top 20 universities

- Extensive and individually tailored support for university degree selection and application

- Full UCAS guidance

- Specialist preparation for additional university assessments including: UCAT, BMAT, TSA, LNAT, Personal Statements and Interviews

- Work experience and research opportunities

- Make the most of your talents and achievements whatever your ambitions including: Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, Art and Design; the choice is entirely yours and we will support and guide you every step of the way.


7. Global reach and opportunities

- Develop a global outlook for your future

- Assess opportunities for further study in the UK or overseas

- Share ideas and concepts with students from across the globe




Our college has been purpose-built to provide cutting-edge facilities in an iconic building constructed to exacting environmental standards.

• Spacious, modern classrooms all with interactive learning technology

• Student friendly neighbourhood 

• Dedicated multimedia art studio

• Modern science laboratories

• On-site student cafeteria with large TV

• Library and learning resource centre

• Student zone with TV



Kings has an extensive enrichment programme through which students can learn new skills, develop existing hobbies and interests and add to their UCAS applications. Activities vary throughout the year, making the most of relevant opportunities, and are detailed in a monthly enrichment calendar.

We know that getting into a good univeristy is more than about just good grades.

Out activity calendar changes each month. These include:

·       Sport and fitness clubs
·       Creative clubs
·       Academic Clubs
·       Duke of Edinburgh's Award
·       Student Council
·       Model UN
·       Kings Business Enterprise
·       The Kings Community Award
·       National Citizen Service
·       Work Experience and Volunteering
·       Trinity Arts Award
·       Academic visits and weekend excursions
·       Lecture programme and guest speakers

To view our latest programme and all the opportunties on offer to add to your academic studies, click on the link below. 




Are you looking for opportunities for GCSE, A-level or Art & Design Foundation studies?

Both A-levels and GCSE courses at Kings are defined by a highly intensive, highly personalised structure to ensure effective and efficient learning.

Very small classes are combined with a supportive, friendly college environment to ensure that individual progress, development of subject knowledge and transferable skills are maximised.

Contact us now to learn more about how we could help you achieve your ambitions.

Next start date: 4 January 2021. 

Tel:          01273 443403

Email:      [email protected]


Last update: 12 January 2021


Staff and pupils at St Margaret's are celebrating their latest inspection report after inspectors declared its education standards excellent.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Ofsted equivalent for independent schools, graded the school excellent for the quality of both the children’s academic and other achievements, as well as the quality of their personal development.

Mrs Karen Cordon, headmistress at the time of the inspection, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that St Margaret’s has been graded ‘excellent’ across the board.  We could not be more pleased with the way the inspection team captured the ethos of the school and in particular the essence and the spirit of the children.


Discover what our children love about St Margaret's at one of our Open Events.

St Margaret's Prep School Calne Virtual Open Event - Thursday 21st January 2021 at 4.30pm

The event will take place at 4.30pm during which Mr Luke Bromwich, our Headmaster, will give a live presentation and this will be followed by a Q&A session.  Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Admissions will also be available to answer any questions.  

We will use Microsoft Teams to run the Open Events and we will email you a private link nearer to the time.  The duration of each event should be no more than 1 hour.

After registering for the Open Day, our Admissions Manager, Mrs Simone Hughes, will contact you with further information and details. 

Individual Tours
If you are not able to attend our Open Event, individual visits can also be arranged at 4.30pm during term time (Government guidelines permitting). To make an appointment, please contact:

Mrs Simone Hughes, Marketing & Admissions Manager
01249 857379
[email protected]




St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

We offer a holistic and balanced education, with strong values at its heart. These values provide a framework for our children as they interact with one another, experiencing the challenges and achievements of their educational journey with us. Our aim of ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is central to our commitment to ensure that each pupil aspires to fulfil his or her potential.

We aim to instil a positive sense of self in each pupil and a drive to be the best that they can be in all respects. Our philosophy is underpinned by the belief that children thrive when they are happy, stimulated and encouraged. 

Fulfilment at St Margaret’s is not just about academic rigour, it’s also about respect and understanding for each other and giving our pupils the tools to understand themselves. Throughout their time at school we see our children grow in independence, self-esteem and confidence as they learn key ‘soft skills’ and acquire knowledge and understanding with a growth mindset. We all work towards ensuring that firm foundations are laid before the children move on to senior school and face the challenges that the workplace and wider world will present in the future. 

Through embracing our shared school values, we create an atmosphere which gives our children the confidence to achieve their best in a supportive and engaging environment.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year.  Please contact Mrs Simone Hughes to make an appointment:  01249 857379 or email [email protected]

Last update: 11 January 2021

The only way to enjoy a sense of Highfield and Brookham’s magic is to come and experience it for yourself. You’ll soon discover what makes us the perfect choice for your child’s education.

We normally hold three open morning a year where you can come and see the schools in action, tour the schools and grounds and meet staff and pupils. We are always delighted to welcome prospective parents and their children for personalised visits at other times throughout the year.

Open Mornings offer a wonderful chance to visit us as a family, meet our inspirational teachers and have a full tour of our school and stunning grounds with our current pupils.

Book Open Morning >>

A Virtual Visit is perfect if you currently live further afield or are based overseas. Enjoy a personal video call with Mrs Sophie Baber or Mr Phillip Evitt, or indeed both. It’s a unique opportunity to find out more about our school and for you to ask any questions before you arrange a visit in person.

Book a vitual visit >>

If you have any queries then please do contact our Admissions Registrars Caroline Lukic and Charlotte Cottrell on [email protected] or call on 01428 728000.






Our priority is to ensure our children flourish academically and become courageous learners: children who grow up with a love of learning; who seek to define problems and solve them for themselves; who are undaunted by setbacks; who are willing to articulate their point of view but also listen to others; who are ready and able to collaborate with, support and encourage their peers.

We want our children to achieve their very best, leaving Highfield or Brookham willing and able to meet the challenges life throws at them, when creativity, innovation, initiative, entrepreneurship and commitment to continuous learning are as important as knowledge.


Last update: 30 December 2020
Cranmore Preparatory School
Last update: 26 December 2020


We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to Cranmore.​

Join our senior pupils for a guided tour of Cranmore School.  Discuss all aspects of life at Cranmore with staff hear the Headmaster introduce the school and members of the senior team. We offer a crèche available for those too small to tour. 

We are proud to be one of the leading independent schools in Surrey and, through a series of planned phases, we are committed to becoming fully co-educational. 

From September 2018, we have girls and boys throughout our Nursery, Junior Department and also Yr 4. (Form 2)

2019 Dates 

Friday 10 May 2019

To make an appointment with our Registrar, Mrs Nicky Synnott:
Call 01483 280355
Email [email protected]
Or click on the link below




We all know it’s important for children to exercise and ample time spent playing outside is beneficial for children. But while learning-focused playgrounds and structured play can greatly aid children’s learning and development, exploring the great outdoors is equally as important.

Pupils also need time to be creative and imaginative without structure. In open spaces they can create their own playgrounds from the world around them. But open green spaces can be hard to come by in the increasingly built-up neighbourhoods that we live in.

Looking to your child’s school to provide the freedom to run around and learn is key.

In the Henderson Fields, Cranmore students have plenty of room to have fun with several level pitches for playing sports, as well as a mini-golf course, cross country route and Forest School. You can see first-hand our extensive sport facilities, inside and outside of the school, at one of our open days.

Benefits of Playing Outside:

  • Boosting memory and maintaining concentration
  • Emotional Development
  • Sparking imagination
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 26 December 2020


Welcome to Ipswich High School, a vibrant day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 5-18, set in an idyllic 87-acre campus in Woolverstone on the banks of the River Orwell. With approximately 450 pupils, everyone at Ipswich High School is well known and nobody is left out. We have small classes of hard-working pupils and inspirational teachers who help to instil a love of learning; the results of which are exceptional academic outcomes year-on-year.

We are just as ambitious outside of the classroom and pride ourselves on the huge breadth of our co-curricular programme as well as offering a home-from-home boarding environment in our stunning newly developed boarding house.

Above all, our ambition is not to make our pupils fit a pre-defined view of what they should be. We believe in getting to know every pupil and using our school to inspire them to achieve more than they previously thought possible and to leave us believing there are no limits to what they can achieve, for themselves and for others.


Mr Mark Howe has been appointed as the new Head and will join the school in August 2020, ahead of the 2020/21 academic year.

Mr Howe joined the co-educational, independent school from a private boarding school in Devon, where, under his leadership, the school has seen its highest examination results across all three of its programmes (GCSE, A level and IBDP) and enrolment growth of 15%.

Mr Howe relocated to the school with his wife and daughter.

Mr Howe embarked on his career as a teacher of History at a state school in Hampshire in 2006, where he became the county’s History lead. In 2011 he moved to a British International School in China, where he became Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head. During his tenure in China, he played a leading role in establishing the school as one of the fastest growing and most academically successful schools within the Nord Anglia Education group. It achieved excellent, sustained A level results and 25% of all A level students moved on to study at top 20 global universities.

Mr Howe said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Ipswich High School and to be living in the beautiful surroundings of the peninsula. The school has an enviable reputation for its academic and student success, and I have certainly received a very warm welcome at Woolverstone Hall.”


Ipswich High School to collaborate on exciting new project with East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

The renowned, Woolverstone-based school announced on Wednesday 9th September an exciting new project, in collaboration with East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, whereby pupils in the Prep School will become published authors through interviewing and recording the stories of NHS professionals working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 at Ipswich High School have been invited by the NHS Trust to meet and question the doctors and nurses who have been working tirelessly to care for patients during the pandemic, as well as interview individuals who have recovered from the virus. The pupils, who range from ages 9 to 11, will then record the stories and experiences in their own words which will be collected, printed and published in an anthology, with the proceeds going to a local charity dedicated to supporting communities who have been badly affected by this crisis.

Mark Howe, Head of Ipswich High School said: “We are incredibly excited about this project and the opportunity for our pupils in Years 5 and 6 to meet and hear firsthand the experiences of our local frontline NHS professionals. With Covid-19 being in the forefront of everyone’s minds, it has opened their eyes to the incredible work our healthcare professionals do, and we hope, through this project, it will inspire many of our pupils to pursue a career in the healthcare profession.”

“This project is part of my belief that, in addition to achieving academic excellence within the classroom, it is the school’s responsibility to focus on engaging and empowering our students to participate and lead in initiatives which will make a positive impact upon the world and demonstrate to them that, even at this age, there are no limits to what they can achieve.”

St John's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 December 2020


To keep all staff, students and visitors safe, we will not be hosting our usual Open Day events. Instead we would like to invite you to a personal tour of the College with Head of College, Mrs Mary Maguire.

We believe these personalised tours are one of the best ways to truly appreciate what we can offer. During this time of Covid-19 we have strict safety measures in place. Visitors and students can wear facemasks if they would like to, and social distancing is required on site, with hand sanitising stations at all entrances and throughout the school.

Situated in the heart of Southsea with excellent transport links and just a short walk from the Hovercraft, St John’s College is an all age, Christian co-educational day and boarding school for children with a wide range of abilities. As a relatively small school every pupil is involved, appropriately challenged and closely supported.

Read about our Admissions Process here

You are warmly welcome to contact Admissions with questions or to book a private tour of our school:

Mrs Janet Mengham
Telephone: 023 9281 5118
Email: [email protected]





At St John’s College, we pride ourselves on the academic success of each individual student and our outstanding pastoral care. We are a Christian school but an inclusive community, welcoming students of all beliefs.

We are not selective by academic ability and are able to offer a rounded education, providing opportunities for students through an extensive range of activities. We are also proud of our international links and, as the only independent Boarding School in Portsmouth, we offer a truly international education experience from which all our students, day and boarding, benefit.

One of the most outstanding aspects of the College is the quality of community spirit, based on positive relationships between students and staff. We passionately believe that we develop the talents of our students and create confident young people for the future, and this is a vital ingredient of our success. This ties in with our College motto – Per laborem ad Honorem (through work to honour), where all members of our community are encouraged to give their best in all activities.

The College was founded in 1908 by a Lasallian community of brothers and established according to the principles of John Baptist De La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers. Today, although we are no longer part of the De la Salle Trust, we remain true to our Lasallian values, providing an education based on respect for all, quality relationships and an inclusive, collaborative community.

There are many unique elements to St John’s College and you will get a good sense of our academic results, facilities and co-curricular opportunities from reading our prospectus. However, truly to appreciate what we can offer and to experience the inclusive community in which our students thrive, I invite you to join us at our next Open Morning or alternatively book a private tour.

Mrs Mary Maguire
Head of College 



The last week of the Spring Term saw schools’ transition to a new phase of learning, where technology and teaching skills were tested as never before. However, as always, students and staff at St John’s College in Southsea were up to the challenge!


Following the announcement of school closures, teachers at St John’s College are now taking full advantage of Microsoft Teams to provide remote learning and virtual classrooms. Students from Year 3 to 13 can join their normal timetabled lessons from any mobile device, laptop or desktop and discuss work, speak to their classmates and ask teachers questions at any time through the chat feature. They can also submit work, have it marked and returned as if they were in the classroom.


Marisa Elder, Head of MFL at St John’s College, commented “Students have been very mature with the approach to the new style of learning. It’s been nice to see and hear them even though we are not in the same room – I love that they can ask questions either verbally or in the chat function.”


Mary Maguire, Head of College, commented, “Microsoft Teams allows for not just classroom style learning, but also collaborative learning. It has allowed the transition to remote teaching seem simple and seamless for both staff and students.” Younger students at the College (Reception to Year 2) have been provided schoolwork packs and staff on hand to support them. 


Penny Jones, a Year 6 parent, commented, “St John’s College’s support for the children’s learning has been amazing! My son is really enjoying his online classes – I heard him on a Spanish lesson the other day and it was fantastic!”


The College also remains open to students of key workers, given them on-site timetabled lessons, activities and support. Mary Maguire added, “The country’s priority is to protect the health of the population and we have been given a role to provide a safe and secure environment for children of key workers and our boarding community. We have all day provisions available and our School Matrons are on site to provide support and spread tranquillity in these anxious times. By giving our students the support from staff, the normality of being able to talk with their friends (online) and a routine of a normal school day, we hope this will help any anxiety or worries they are feeling and we look forward to welcoming them back on campus soon.”




At St John's College we are extremely proud of our Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which has confirmed and reinforced our strong reputation as an independent school with a good academic record and an outstanding reputation for pastoral care. The report not only comments on our pupil's excellent attitudes towards learning, they have also highlighted the inclusive and supportive ethos of the College, making note of how supportive and tolerant pupils are of each other – essential in a diverse community such as ours.

The College was inspected in January 2017 and we gained the highest possible achievement, meeting all eight areas of relevant legislation. The inspection rated the College ‘Good’ for its academic achievement and 'Excellent' for personal development.

Some highlights from our ISI Report:

‘Pupils of all ages develop good knowledge, skills and understanding in accordance with the school’s aims to foster the spirit of endeavour.’ 

‘Throughout the school, pupils display excellent attitudes to learning’

‘Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage in their education.’ 

‘With the through school ethos, staff work diligently to support individuals as they progress upwards through the school.’ 

Last update: 18 December 2020


Join us at one of our Open Mornings! Tour the school, meet the Head, our pupils and our staff. Visit to see a list of dates

Private Tours

It is always possible to visit the School at a time other than Open Morning, please contact Mrs Nicole Burroughs to arrange an appointment, a tour of the school and a meeting with the Headmaster, Alastair Thomas.

Mrs Nicole Burroughs
Director of Admissions and Communications
01235 858462
[email protected]



The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon was delighted to announce the arrival of Headmaster, Mr Alastair Thomas, in 2018. 



Mr Thomas has most recently been the Headmaster at The Elms School, Colwall, a co-educational boarding and day prep school for children aged 3 to 13. Prior to that he was Deputy Head Academic at Lambrook School, Ascot and in his earlier career covered a range of teaching roles including Head of French and Latin and teacher of Maths, English, History and Sport. Mr Thomas read French at King’s College London.