Stroud, the King Edward VI Preparatory School
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3 - 13
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Highwood House
Highwood Lane
SO51 9ZH
+44 (0)1794 513231

School Description

Stroud is a true preparatory school, set in beautiful, rural Hampshire. When you visit us, expect to see pupils who are happy, respectful and honest. These three fundamental attributes ensure that our leavers are fully prepared to move on to the next stage of their education and the start of their young adult lives.

News, Photos and Open Days from Stroud, the King Edward VI Preparatory School
Last update: 27 November 2021

Come and see our school motto – Forever Undaunted – in action as we embark on “STEAM Week”: a week of exciting activities to develop the love of science, technology, engineering or maths and art! Please call 01794 513231 or visit our website to book your appointment.

To book your place, please call 01794 513231 or email [email protected]

Stroud School Open Morning

On Tuesday 9 November, Stroud School held its Language and Culture Day.

Held every two years, the aim of this day is to promote language, culture and civilisations. The focus of the day was  Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin and Japanese languages, however, the school also ran some fantastic activities that touched on other cultures, such as Italian,  French, German and Sign Language.

During the day, the children enjoyed many cross-curricular events and activities based on different cultural traditions. Origami sessions were enjoyed by all and of course Latin American Dancing, such as Samba, Tango and’ Paso Doble’.

Stroud is very keen to expose its pupils to different languages. The School believes that a greater language learning experience leads to the development of the skills and confidence needed for children to perceive themselves as ‘Global Citizens’. Stroud School believes it is paramount that children are given the opportunity to become multi-lingual as the immersion in a foreign culture can open new avenues of self-exploration and personal growth.

"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow" (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Language and Culture Day 2021

We enjoyed a trip to Moors Valley Country Park, as part of our mentoring scheme.

The Year 3 and Year 8 Mates scheme kicked off with an exciting adventure to Forestry England’s Moors Valley, where the children enjoyed a range of activities and the opportunity to spend time with each other. The Mates program offers the chance for the school’s prefects to develop their leadership skills, while the younger children are supported in their transition to the prep school. The children are put into families from transition day, when they enjoy a treasure hunt together, and these groups of mixed Year 3 and 8 children become firm friends as the year progresses.

The trip included exploring the play trails, eating picnic lunches, enjoying the Tree Top Trail in complete silence to enjoy the sounds of nature, and finishing off with a play on the adventure playground - enjoyed by the older children as much as the youngsters! The scheme, now in its fifth year, has developed relationships across the school and helped the children to feel part of one school community. The children returned to school exhausted but very happy, and excited to plan their next Mates family gathering!

As well as weekly meetings, the children will enjoy a trip to Marwell Zoo next term and a pool and pizza party in the summer – perfect opportunities to develop their growing friendships.

Stroud is a co-educational independent school for 3-13 year olds, set within 22 acres of beautiful parkland, playing fields, woodland and wetland that allows for exploration and the development of a love of learning.  It is the prep school to King Edward VI, Southampton.

Happy Mates at Moors Valley

This award recognises schools that demonstrate the breadth and heights of pupils’ achievements in the performing arts. The judges not only look at the school's performing arts programme, and whether it provides for the educational, emotional and societal needs of its children, but also new initiatives relevant to the subject of the award.

At Stroud, the Performing Arts is a vital part of daily life and at Stroud music and drama is fun, challenging and varied. In ‘normal times’, musicals, shows, concerts and assemblies regularly provide pupils with opportunities to perform and share their achievements.

Children also have many outlets for dramatic fulfilment at Stroud. Drama is offered within the curriculum and all children take part in musical productions throughout the year. A full Senior School production, traditionally a musical, takes place in the Summer Term (Years 6, 7 and 8), with Years 3-5 being given opportunities to perform in Christmas and Spring concerts. Previous shows have included Bugsy Malone, Joseph, Peter Pan and Dr Doolittle.

However, the changes imposed on society by Covid have been considerable and at Stroud School, we decided to meet the challenges head first. We set about modifying performance venues and methods so that pupils would continue to enjoy and showcase their talents. For the first time, Nativity performances by Early Years and KS1 were streamed live across the world to relatives and friends, so that singing, dancing and acting skills could be appreciated. The school’s annual Carol Service took place in Romsey Abbey, maintaining Stroud’s tradition of high quality choral singing but with differences; small choirs in year group bubbles, social distancing and careful filming enabled the event to be presented as a Covid-safe and yet atmospheric performance.

We then applied the skills we had evolved in this venture to stage and film a large summer concert which was available to watch via the school’s digital platforms. With the support of our peripatetic music staff, we also made films of pupils performing; these films were made available to the school community and provided pupils with performance targets, showcased their talents and inspired others.

Performing arts, by definition, should be shared by others and it has been to the credit of many at Stroud that pupils’ performances have continued to be seen and appreciated. We are proud of the adaptability of our staff who have worked together and met unusual challenges within teaching, staging and technology. We are also proud of our pupils’ determination and talents. The limitations created by Covid have forced us to evaluate our processes and modify our teaching, but these challenges have created positive change that has strengthened the performing arts at Stroud School.

Thank you to the Independent School Parent, for shortlisting us!

Stroud School shortlisted for award

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