Great Walstead School

West Sussex

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 255 (Boys) 176 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1925

General Information

Great Walstead School is a co-educational prep school, taking children from 2 ½ to 13 years. Set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, close to the village of Lindfield and within easy commute to London.

The school prides itself on providing an all-round education of the very highest level through a broad and balanced curriculum, within a happy, secure and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to try everything, to investigate and make discoveries for themselves laying the foundations for their bright future here and beyond.


The school is set in over 260 acres of beautiful Sussex woodland. Our grounds play a big part in the learning and development of the children at the school. Pupils use the outdoor facilities daily, to explore, learn and take part in educational activities. Here at Great Walstead our teachers are leaders in their field. They combine excellence in education with teaching pupils fundamental lessons in life, such as kindness and good manners, and help to prepare them for the outside world. As Colin Baty, Headmaster comments, “Here at Great Walstead we are very proud of the results our pupils achieve each year with all children gaining entry to the school of their choice and a high percentage of scholarships and awards to a number of senior schools both locally and further afield. These exceptional results demonstrate that we individually prepare our pupils to the highest levels.” Alongside the academic work the children enjoy fabulous opportunities in sports and visual and performing arts. The Art, Craft and Design Technology department is housed in old farm buildings, which have been adapted to make workshops and studios. Lessons here form an integral part of the curriculum for all children. The school’s extensive grounds allow a wide range of sports, from rugby and hockey to cricket and rounders. Swimming is possible all year round in our own heated pool. We have a superbly equipped sports hall and Astro pitch, which allow large numbers of both team and individual sports to be played.

Entrance Requirements

Informal assessment, there is no entrance examination.


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Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2016/2017 Per term. Nursery(p/t) from £323 (1 day per week). Pre-Prep £3,075 - £3590. Years 3 - 8 £4,545 - £4,945. Weekly Boarding: 1 night per week £280 - 4 nights per week £970 and Flexi Boarding £30 per night. Nursery Education Grant vouchers accepted. Sibling discount.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr C Baty

Contact for enquiries: Mrs F Clutton, Registrar

Great Walstead School
East Mascalls Lane
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 2QL

[t]: 01444 483528
[f]: 01444 482122

Location Description

260 acres of woodland, lakes and fields, in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

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School News

Great Walstead’s under 11 football team qualified for the Independent Schools Football Association(ISFA) National Finals after becoming Regional Champions for Kent and Sussex at the weekend.


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fought off stiff competition from 12 other schools and will take their place alongside seven others at the National Finals on Monday 28th April 2014 at The FA National Football Centre at St. George’s Park, near Burton-upon-Trent.

Here’s a complete list of the schools that have qualified for the National Finals.
GREAT WALSTEAD SCHOOL, Lindfield, West Sussex
TERRA NOVA SCHOOL, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
WESTBROOK HAY, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Great Walstead’s Director of Sports Mr Skelton added, “This is an outstanding achievement for the boys and the school. I am really pleased with the progress and recent successes we have made to our football programme. The Finals will be a great experience and opportunity for the boys and we wish them all the best.”

Great Walstead were thrilled to welcome Andy Gomarsall MBE, England Rugby International to the school on Monday 4th February to chat to  pupils about his sporting

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career and to inspire the next generation of sporting stars at Great Walstead.

Bobby Skelton Director of Sport at Great Walstead comments “We are pleased to have Andrew Gomarsall come along to the school to inspire the pupils. The school has created a strong programme of rugby and is developing a number of talented pupils and teams. Great Walstead is making great strides in a variety of sports and having players and coaches that have played at the top level to talk to the pupils and share their experiences is fantastic.”

Andy Gomarsall, MBE

Andy Gomarsall has 35 Caps for his country and has participated in three England World Cup campaigns. He has played over 200 times in the English Premiership and since the early nineties has represented Bath, Wasps, Worcester, Bedford, Gloucester, Harlequins and Leeds.

Great Walstead School pupils William Bainbridge and Felix Brooke have had the thrill of meeting ParalympicsGB wheelchair tennis medallists Andy Lapthorne and Jordanne Whiley at

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the National Tennis Centre, the home of British Tennis and base for many of our top stars including Laura Robson and Heather Watson.

William and Felix played in the school’s tennis tournament, which served up nearly £900 to help the world’s most vulnerable children, and earned a place in the Save the Children Tennis Cup, from among 1,700 participants in qualifying events around the country. They reached the semi-finals of the boys’ doubles where they lost to the eventual winners.

Players and guests were thanked by Gemma Sherrington, Community Giving Director of Save the Children UK and then treated to a demonstration of wheelchair tennis by Andy Lapthorne with the London 2012 Team Leader of Wheelchair Tennis, Paul Regan.

Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, which runs British Tennis, said, in an on-court interview: “We are growing participation in the sport, which is why events like this, organised by Save the Children, are so important”.

Organised by volunteers, the Save the Children Tennis Cup is an annual event for players of all ages and abilities. Since its inception, more than 50,000 players have helped to raise nearly £2.5million. This year 107 events all over the country have contributed £72,000 to support Save the Children’s work in over 120 countries including children caught up in the current crisis in Syria.

For information about Save the Children Tennis, contact the Volunteer Support Line on 0207 012 6997, email or visit


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