Chinthurst School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

School Guide Rating
Not Rated

This school has 6 parent reviews

52 Tadworth Street
KT20 5QZ
+44 (0)1737 812011
3 - 11
Other independent school
Full Report
Independent Inspection Report

Independent preparatory schools do not have to follow the National Curriculum or submit test results to the Department for Education so there is no individual school performance data or star rating.

Visit the school's website to learn more about their unique curriculum, policies on testing and common leaver destinations (a good indicator of pupil progress). See our About page for information on Choosing A Prep School.

Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations


Co-educational nursery

View website

School Description

For more than 110 years Chinthurst has been educating children and preparing them for the challenges of senior school and beyond. The school has been shortlisted for Independent School of the Year 2019 in recognition of the breadth and depth of the education experience and the school’s values and leadership. Wellbeing is at the heart of a whole school pastoral care system and the teachers give priority to building relationships with the children over everything else. Academic outcomes are outstanding with the majority of leavers heading to the school’s highly selective senior school, Reigate Grammar. Other destination schools include Epsom College, St John’s and Box Hill. The school enjoys particular success across all sports and has a strong LAMDA drama programme.

Chinthurst School Reviews

Average Rating:


“A community centred on kindness”
From her earliest days in nursery, the wonderful Chinthurst teaching team have built my child’s confidence with constant encouragement and positive acknowledgement of her efforts. They know her so well and she is thriving. As a family, we love being part of a community centred on kindness and care for others.
“We have seen our son flourish”
Our son joined Year Four in September and over the last few months we have seen him flourish. His teacher was able to settle him into his new class seamlessly and help him make friends quickly. His self-confidence has grown enormously, he has thrived on the academic challenge and he absolutely loves the sporting opportunities available to him. He is happy at Chinthurst – I wish he had started there earlier in his school career.
“The right choice for us”
With our girls in their 3rd year at Chinthurst, we could not be happier with their experience thus far. They are thriving academically and they feel supported throughout by their wonderful teachers who know them so well, and by the inclusiveness of the children. As soon as we walked through the gates on our first tour, we saw the happiness, confidence and curiosity of the children and we knew it was the right choice for us.
“Warm welcomes and friendliness”
We joined Chinthurst Reception and Year 2 in September 2018 having returned from living abroad. We have been embraced by the school with warm welcomes and friendliness extended to us by both the teachers and other parents. The school really takes into account each child as an individual and in our case the potential differences with previous schooling. The other pupils are always happy to help and we appreciate the teaching of good manners and values. We are all delighted with the school and look forward to many happy years as part of the Chinthurst family.
“Outstanding school”
A fantastic school. My son is so very happy at Chinthurst, sending him here was the best decision we ever made. Never had an issue getting him to school in a morning. Friendly, caring and helpful staff. Polite and caring children. Family atmosphere - every child matters .
“Chinthurst School Tadworth”
After countless sleepless nights and hours and hours of school tours, my 3 children ended up (somewhat by accident) at Chinthurst. That was almost 3 years ago and I have never looked back. There are other good local schools but Chinthurst is really very different; it promotes itself as a family school and initially I thought this was just a strap line but my experience has far surpassed my expectations. Within 2 weeks children twice the size (and age) of my 4 year old were waving at him, calling him by name and wishing him good morning. It's a wonderful community where all the children and parents bond like family. The teaching is an extension of this. In pre-prep the teachers would rival Mary Poppins and the individual attention that each child receives due to small class sizes is really very impressive. My twins skip into school and the animated reports I get every day after school are testament to this. The same can also be said of the main prep school where each teacher genuinely has passion for their chosen subjects which ignites the enthusiasm of the students and gets results! The school is known as having a strong sporting tradition and they've just won the national rugby championships, so they continue to build on this very important aspect of school life. The onsite heated pool and weekly lessons for every child means I don't have to arrange out of school lessons. The Saturday morning games clubs are popular with the children and parents alike and cater for countless sporting enthusiasts. There is also a huge list of extra-curricular activities that they can choose from, anything from chess, to drama, to breakdancing! When my children started I was new to the area and didn't have any local friends, however, after a few short weeks my diary was full ranging from mums nights out, a summer ball, a Mother's Day church services and class member birthday parties. I cannot sing the praises of this school enough, it really has been the best decision for my children. It's a delight to see them growing in such a nurturing and successful school.
Your rating:
 Receive updates and School Guide's A* newsletter
  • Do explain who you are and your relationship to the school e.g. ‘I am a parent…’
  • Do back up your opinion with examples or clear reasons but, remember, it’s your opinion not fact.
  • Don’t use bad or aggressive language.
  • Don't go in to detail about specific staff or pupils. Individual complaints should be directed to the school.
  • Do go to the relevant authority is you have concerns about a serious issue such as bullying, drug abuse or bad management.
To see the full fair review guidelines or help if you have serious concerns about a school, go here.
  1. Select a star rating.
  2. Write your review.
  3. Enter your email address. This will never appear next to your review. You’ll have the chance to select your display name shortly.
  4. Press submit and your review will be sent to our team of moderation Prefects.
  5. Check your Inbox to complete registration and select your display name. You can edit or delete your review at any time.
We respect your privacy and never share your email address with the reviewed school or any third parties.
Please see our T&Cs and Privacy Policy for details of how we treat registered emails with TLC.
School Noticeboard

News & events from Chinthurst School

Last update: 15 September 2021


During the year, we have a number of events for families considering places at Chinthurst.

View Open Days
  1. Genuine partnership
  2. Academic rigour
  3. Putting the fun into learning
  4. Encouraging mistakes
  5. The gift of time
  6. Obsessively child centred
  7. Loving relationships
  8. Community for all

Call us old fashioned, but we value the things money can't buy: happiness, manners, time, love, respect, trust, courage, wellbeing. In a world of style over substance, we favour substance. Every time.

You'll notice it in the way staff interact with each other, and the honest and open way we communicate with you. You'll recognise it in our decision-making, consistently guided by what's best for the child. You'll see it in the time we make for your child, for each other and for you as parents.

Most importantly, your child will see it, feel it, and respond in kind.

More about Chinthurst School



Chinthurt's STEM club gives the children opportunities for hands on learning. Working in pairs, the children recently created robot obstacle courses. The children had the opportunity to apply artificial intelligence to their blindfolded partner as they guided them using clear and concise directions to get from point A to point B. Similarly to creating robotic machines, having a certain amount of artificial intelligence is needed alongside a sequence of instructions telling the robot how to respond to its environment. 



We asked art teacher, Mrs Lyth, about life as an art teacher.

Why did you become an art teacher?

Children are so wonderful! Everything is new to them; they learn a new idea in a matter of moments and their imagination is on the tip of their tongue – or the tip of their paintbrush in this case. 

What is the best part of your job?

The very best part of my job is the look of pride and amazement on a child’s face when they step back, look at their own painting and realise that they did it!

Why is art so important to a child’s development?

In a world of pressure, testing and stress, our children need more than ever the capacity to see beauty, to imagine beauty and to create. 

If you could re-create a single painting or piece or art within a classroom, what would it be and why?

Art is an expression of the world around us and the world within us; it speaks of society, politics, beauty, our relationship with the natural world. Art is so many things. But one thing is for sure, and that is that art matters. I would rather create the next piece of art in our classroom rather than recreating an old piece. The next ‘Starry Night’, the next ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ or the next self-portrait or landscape. And the wonderful thing is, that is exactly what we are doing.



We have hugely enjoyed getting to know our year 6 students over the past year. Each and every student has been on a wonderful journey, showing incredible determination and resilience. They have been fantastic role models to the rest of the school with their great work ethic. They all worked so hard during lockdown, bringing such enthusiasm to our online classes, whilst supporting each other through challenging times. 

''Year 6, your positive energy will be truly missed around the school next year, and we wish you all the very best of luck at your secondary school. You have absolutely smashed it this year. Well done you truly wondrous group of children! Best wishes, Mr McWilliams and Mr Beadle''

More news from Chinthurst School

Chinthurst School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

Looking for a tutor near Chinthurst School?

Show Local Tutors