The two schools share a magnificent estate in Bucklebury, Berkshire, and aim to provide a first class all-round education for boys and girls in a disciplined and happy, family environment from rising three to thirteen years of age.
Boys and girls are first taught together in a vibrant co-educational pre-prep department. From six years of age they are taught separately in small single-sex classes because we believe this is the best system for developing their academic potential. However, they continue to mix for their many social and extracurricular activities which we regard as the great benefit of co-education. Finally, they come together again for their preparation for the Common Entrance exams at the age of thirteen.
Our aim is to provide a first class all round education through combining the best features of the single sex and co-educational systems. Pupils are encouraged to become well rounded individuals with open and enquiring minds who are confident in challenging their understanding.
The particular personal qualities we value and foster are cheerful enthusiasm, appropriate self-confidence and good manners. We develop these by setting clear expectations and providing a very wide range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom. All of our children are able to discover things they enjoy and can achieve success in. As a result, they become confident in ‘having a go’ without fear of failure and their determination to do their best, resilience and moral courage develops.
We believe this is the best preparation for future success and for leading a fulfilled life.