Staines Preparatory School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 208 (Boys) 168 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1935

General Information

The Founder’s philosophy of ‘Educating Today’s Children for the Challenges of Tomorrow’ is still valid now. This vision enables each pupil to attain their potential within a secure and happy environment and produces boys and girls who are confident, considerate, honest and courteous.


Staines Prep aims to ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential within a secure and happy environment, and strives to produce boys and girls who are confident, honest, considerate and courteous. SPS received ‘outstanding’ reports in its recent inspection and has seen its pupil numbers increase by almost 15% in the past three years. This reflects the very high quality of its teaching, the below average class sizes and a fee level in the lowest 25% for IAPS schools in the UK.



Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2014/2015. Sunflowers Nursery : Mornings £1610 per term (excl. lunch - finish at 12noon) , £2005 per term (incl. lunch - finish at 1pm). Sunflowers Nursery & Reception : Full Day £2915 per term. Lower School (Years 1 to 2) £3030 per term. Upper School (Years 3 to 6) £3350 per term.


Latest Inspection Report

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Ms Sam Sawyer

Contact for enquiries: Mrs N Tait

Staines Preparatory School
3 Gresham Road
TW18 2BT

[t]: 01784 450909
[f]: 01784 464424

Location Description

Knowle Green area of Staines

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School News

Staines Preparatory School has catapulted school communications into the technological era by launching a new high spec website from Monday 02 February 2015.

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The website has been considerately designed with the busy lives of parents at the forefront of its remit. In addition to all the regular website functionality, the new site has been programmed to detect specific devices a user is connecting from and automatically adjust its interface for the best interactive experience – from a full widescreen display on a home computer to a compact easy to navigate interface on a smaller phone or tablet. Ensuring parents and pupils can access the site at anytime.

The site has generous amounts of information constantly being updated via sources from around the school. The fully intuitive website makes extracting information a breeze and with accounts on Facebook and Twitter everyone can keep up to date with all termly and weekly activities, events and news feeds.

Headmistress Ms Samantha Sawyer said: “We are incredibly proud of the new website which has pulled on expert resources from within and outside the school. I am passionate about ensuring our parents, prospective parents, pupils and the local community are fully informed at all times and believe having this central communication point is key to achieving this.

She continued: “I envisage a future where people access the site daily as they would Facebook or Twitter as a resource to enhance their children’s experience at Staines Preparatory School.”

For further information and to view the new website please visit Follow Staines Preparatory School on Facebook or Twitter at @SPSHead and @StainesPrep.

Staines Preparatory School is holding an Open Day on 29th April from 9.30 am until 11.30 am and warmly welcomes all to attend.

Staines Prep 2014 Carols by Candlelight

St. Peter’s Church, Staines, was packed to the rafters and full of Christmas spirit last night as Staines Prep pupils, parents, governors

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and staff joined the local community in celebrating the beginning of the festive season at the beautiful Carols by Candlelight service.

Children from Years 4, 5 and 6 proudly took their places at the annual service, held in the picturesque riverside church, to sing a selection of well-loved, traditional Christmas carols.  Seasonal readings were given by Reverend Burley and the school’s headmistress Ms Samantha Sawyer who addressed the joyful congregation.

Year 6 pupil Matthew Turley said: “The evening was great fun as I got to sing with the whole school.  My favorite carol was Away in a Manger as it always reminds me of having a nice time at Christmas.”

Ms Sawyer said: “This has been a cherished date in the school’s calendar for the past twelve years.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their talent and beautiful voices but is also a time to give thanks, reflect and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.”   


Photo:  Staines Prep School Choir singing at the Carols by Candlelight service at St. Peter’s Church, Staines


 Button up those winter woollies, gather friends and family and head over to Staines Prep this Saturday 29 November, from 12.30pm to

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3.30pm, as the school opens its gates and warmly welcomes all to its annual Christmas Fayre extravaganza.

 On arrival, guests will be treated to a sprinkling of seasonal magic with a selection of well-loved, traditional Yuletide songs performed by the Staines Prep Singers.

Then indulge in a spot of early Christmas shopping.  The school is set to be awash with an array of beautiful homemade and original gifts, showcasing more than 20 talented, local, independent craftsmen.  Visitors can meander through stalls of exquisitely crafted jewellery, fine beautifully designed scarves, traditional and modern Christmas decorations, luxury candles, books, cards and more.

Whilst mums and dads mingle with friends over a glass or two of warm tasty mulled wine and feast on delicious hot and cold treats, children can revel in seasonal merriment.  With a whole sleigh load of traditional games and activities, they will be kept busy throughout the afternoon.

Father Christmas will of course be flying in and taking up residence in a spectacular grotto, handing out little gifts to all good children before he rushes back off to prepare for the big day!

Entry is free for children and £1 for adults.  Booking to see Santa Claus is advisable please email for details.


Staines Prep 2014 Drumming

Try it!  That was the theme and driving force echoing through the halls and classrooms at Staines Prep recently as the Upper School fully immersed

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itself into the excitement of its annual Challenge Day.  There was a hive of activity in every corner of the building as pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were treated to captivating presentations and inspiring group and individual challenges.

The much anticipated day is part of the school’s Challenge Award, which is built on the strands of learning, leadership, life skills, outdoor pursuits, discovery and development, responsibility and team building.  It is designed to encourage each child to try new things outside of their comfort zone, expanding their interests and creating new passions.

For Year 3, the day began with an indoor awe-inspiring birds of prey display.  This was followed by a range of informative presentations given by the RNLI.  The talks focused on the history of the RNLI and the importance of staying safe near water.  Year 3 pupils also learnt a variety of useful first aid skills.

Year 4 and 5 pupils spent valuable time out amongst the local community.  Whilst Year 4 were participating in a ‘litter pick’ and using their imagination to create sound effects for a scary story, Year 5 were expanding their knowledge into healthy living by purchasing fruit and vegetables from the local greengrocer and inventing their own healthy recipes.  The children then swapped their chefs’ whites for wizards’ cloaks as they tried their hand at magic trickery.

Year 6 got all fired up as they took part in their own ‘Junior Apprentice’.  The budding entrepreneurs had to design a new cereal, write and produce an advert for the product, then present their creation to an intimidating judging panel – Headmistress Ms Sawyer, Chair of School Governors Mr Bannister and Vice-Chair of The Friends of SPS Mrs Geraghty – but they took it all in their stride.

Throughout the day the children were also treated to a variety of other new experiences, including African drumming and meditation.

Ms Sawyer said: “This is such a wonderful opportunity to encourage the children to try new things.  Now in its fifth year the SPS Challenge Award has becoming a well-loved part of the School’s curriculum.”

The Challenge Award scheme, which is loosely based on the principles of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, is open to all Staines Prep pupils and runs from September to July.  Individual and team challenges are mainly teacher-lead unless specialised tuition is required.

The syllabus is carefully tailored to suit each year-group, ensuring progression as pupils advance through their scholastic years.  Certificates listing their achievements are awarded at the end of the academic year.


Photo: Staines Prep pupils learning African drumming as part of SPS Challenge Day

Left to right: Mr Shadrache, Aidan Mirza (age 7), Mareeha Jalil (age 7), Aneet Dhillon (age 7), Phoebe Tait (age 7), Freya Bowles (age 7), Harrison Thomas (age 7) and Shivan Sinha (age 7).


Staines Prep 2014 Poet James Carter at SPS

Staines Prep enjoyed celebrating its annual Book Week last week, which featured a whole host of imaginative characters from the world of

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literature – from the friendly and popular heroes to the colourful ‘baddies’ all children love to hate.  The inspiring week ended with a special guest appearance from the award-winning poet James Carter.

James delighted his young audiences with a series of lively and engaging poetry performances during assemblies and classroom workshops.  Accompanied by his guitar called Keith, his sessions focused on ‘using words’.  He said: “I want children to feel excited and confident about using language and to get them writing expressively and to the best of their abilities.”

James was the major contributor of poetry material to the BBC CBeebies series, Poetry Pie and Magic Fingers.  His most recent book for teachers Let’s Do Poetry in Primary Schools was given the Primary Teacher Update Silver Award and his many collections of children’s poems including Journey to the Centre of My Brain, How to Turn Your Teacher Purple and Orange Silver Sausage have all received great reviews.  His collections for younger readers include Hey Little Bug! (Junior Magazine’s Book of the Month) and I’m a Little Alien! (Books for Keeps Magazine’s Book of the Week).

Deputy head, Malcolm Amiss said: “James’s love for the written word is inspiring.  Pupils and teachers alike have all benefited greatly from his ability to get us to think outside the box.  Getting the children to tap into their creative imagination will not only help develop future writing skills, but I think will also enhance their abilities across a range of other areas within the School’s varied curriculum.”


Photo: Poet James Carter with his guitar ‘Keith’ holding a poetry workshop at Staines Prep

Staines Prep 2014 Aerial Photo

Pride filled the corridors and classrooms at Staines Prep last week as it was announced the school has been shortlisted for the

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prestigious national Independent Schools Award 2014, in the Outstanding Financial/Commercial Initiative category.

Now in its fifth year, the annual awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the strategic and financial management of independent schools throughout the UK.  Just to be shortlisted demonstrates a high level of success.  The awards are decided upon by an independent panel of judges, all highly respected for their expertise and experience in the independent school sector.

As one of only three nominees within the group, Staines Prep’s application showcased the School’s impressive new state-of-the-art FoundersBuilding project, in a category which recognises initiatives in financial planning, investments, property planning, commercial enterprise, fees strategy and raising bursaries.

Headmistress Ms Sawyer said: “This is fantastic news and a real credit to everyone who participates in school life.  It is an achievement and a tremendous triumph to be nominated, especially considering the hundreds of outstanding independent schools who have applied throughout the UK.”

The winners will be announced at an awards presentation evening on Thursday 13 November at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel.


PhotoAerial view of StainesPrep School including the new state-of-the-art FoundersBuilding

Staines 2014 Breakfast with new SPS Head

Last week the newly appointed headmistress at Staines Prep, Ms Samantha Sawyer, held a series of informal breakfasts at which parents were invited to

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openly discuss their views of the school. It was also a special opportunity to officially meet Ms Sawyer and her senior management team.

The breakfasts were relaxed and casual. Samantha introduced herself and then opened up discussions by asking parents to talk about their experiences and opinions, finding out what works well within the school and highlighting any areas which could be improved upon.

Many valuable opinions were voiced; topics included the ‘family-feel’ of the school and the caring nature of the teachers. Parents were also encouraged by how much their children were learning and the amount of interesting and engaging approaches teachers were using to facilitate this.

Ms Sawyer then listened to ideas for potential development to further enhance the school. This has since led to the implementation of some website improvements which will be seen from in the New Year, as well as talks to create a series of new parent workshops with the aim of how parents can support their child’s learning at home.

Mrs Sawyer said: “It was wonderful to meet so many parents over the course of the week. I valued the positive contributions as well as some ideas on how to progress the school. I am very much looking forward to my future here.”

Photo: (from L-R facing): Mrs Sarah Bleazard (head of pre-prep), Mr Malcolm Amiss (deputy head), Ms Samantha Sawyer (headmistress) and Mrs Maralyn Lee (school secretary) at a special breakfasted hosted by Ms Sawyer for parents at Staines Prep School

Staines Prep 2014 The Academies

     Staines Prep is looking forward to another anticipated bumper turn-out at The Academies holiday camp following the huge success of the

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inaugural sports and arts-based children’s camp during the recent Easter holidays.

The school was transformed into a hive of holiday activity and saw more than 30 children aged from three to thirteen attending each session over the three week break.

The Academies is designed to encourage fun and creative learning during the school holidays.  Offering a host of classes, including Tiny Tots Academies, a multi-activity camp especially designed for three to five year olds, and Sport, Art and Performance Academies for children from six to thirteen – each packed with inspirational and exciting activities with expert tuition.  Camps run each holiday throughout the year and bookings have now opened for half-term camp which will run from 27th to 30th May.

The school’s recent £3 million make-over, which now offers brand new flexible, state-of-the-art performance and sporting facilities, makes it the perfect venue for The Academies camps.  Ideally located at the Gresham Road site, situated in the Knowle Green area of Staines, it is within easy walking distance of the railway station and bus stops.  It also has good parking facilities.

One parent commented:  “My daughter had such a great time and she can’t wait to go back in the summer.”

Another said: “My daughter was in a production at the end of the week and I was so proud of what she achieved.  We were invited in to watch the show and were so impressed with how much the children had learnt in just a week.  It was a lovely end to a great week.”


To book a place at The Academies visit or call the team directly on 0844 335 8217.  All childcare vouchers are accepted.


Individuals or businesses interested in hiring the new FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep please contact: Nikolai Uzhvak at or call 01784 450909.


Photo: Girls enjoying the Performance Academy camp at Staines Prep


Staines 2014  Voice in a Million 14

Choir members from Staines Prep gave the performance of their lives in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at

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the Voice in a Million charity concert at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 12th March.  The much anticipated annual event has been set up to help raise awareness of young children living in care in the UK.

The 51 young singers proudly arrived at the famous arena, walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest musical legends, as they joined 5,000 other children to sing a huge medley of popular songs.  The budding stars were given a further treat when they were joined by special guest and X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

Music and Choir teacher Karen Walker said: “The children were very excited to be taking part in such a worthy event.  They worked really hard during the long day of rehearsals and kept the energy up with their fantastic voices and great dance moves during the final performance in front of all their friends and family.”


Picture shows: Music and Choir teacher Karen Walker with 51 Staines Prep pupils at the Voice in a Million charity concert at Wembley Arena. (Children’s names available on request)


Staines 2014 New Sports and Performance hall

With the slight hint of Spring in the air and the Easter break fast approaching, Staines Prep has teamed up with the sports and arts-based

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children’s holiday camp company The Academies to offer Staines Prep pupils and local children aged from six to thirteen a range of activities designed to encourage fun and creative learning during the holidays.  Camps start from 31st March and will run each holiday throughout the year.

The camps are offering a host of classes, including Tiny Tots Academies, a multi-activity camp especially designed for three to five year olds and Sport, Art and Perform Academies for children from six to thirteen – each packed with inspirational and exciting activities with expert tuition.

The school’s recent £3 million make-over, which now offers brand new flexible, state-of-the-art performance and sporting facilities, makes it the perfect venue for The Academies camps.  Ideally located at the Gresham Road site, situated in the Knowle Green area of Staines, it is within easy walking distance of the railway station and bus stops.  It also has good parking facilities.

Headmaster Peter Roberts said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a reputable and motivating company who provide exceptional childcare in the school holidays.  Being able to offer a quality venue for the whole community to enjoy has been a key objective for the school and we are thrilled to see our dreams become a reality.”

To book a place at The Academies visit or call the team directly on 0844 335 8217.  All childcare vouchers are accepted.

Individuals or businesses interested in hiring the new FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep please contact: Nikolai Uzhvak at or call 01784 450909.


Photo: The new sports and performance hall housed within the FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep

Staines prep 2014 Ms S Sawyer visits SPS

Staines Prep is delighted to announce that Samantha Sawyer BEd (Hons), NPQH, has been appointed as the Head Teacher (designate) of the

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long established, co-educational preparatory school in Gresham Road.  She will take up her new post with effect from 1st September 2014.

Ms Sawyer is currently Assistant Head Teacher (EYFS-KS3) at The British Embassy School in Ankara, Turkey.  She has taught across all stages of preparatory and primary education in the UK and abroad since 1998.  Ms Sawyer was educated at KingstonUniversity and has recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Mike Bannister, Chairman of the Board of Governors said: “After a rigorous selection process Samantha emerged as the outstanding candidate.  She brings with her extensive senior leadership team experience and is extremely well qualified to build upon the wonderful work and vision the current Head, Peter Roberts, has already put in place.  We look forward to supporting her during the exciting times that lie ahead.”

Ms Sawyer said: “I am looking forward to joining StainesPreparatory School as the new Head Teacher from September 2014.  I am excited to be part of a school that has dedicated teachers, governors and parents as well as motivated students.  I will work hard to build upon the success of the school in addition to leading Staines Prep in many new future achievements.”


To ensure the smoothest possible transition, Ms Sawyer has been liaising closely with Mr Roberts and the management team.  Last week saw her on one of several visits to the school, flying in from her current post in Turkey.  She made the very most of her trip, not only to assist in new staffing appointments but also took time to meet some of the pupils and their parents.



Pictures attached show (L – R): Ms Samantha Sawyer at Staines Prep with Lorna Chinyani (age 7), Zachary Barlow (age 7) and Jessica Smith (age 7)

Staines Prep 2014 William Brooke

As the ThamesValley is in the throws of chaos and despair due to the recent severe flooding, one brave little Staines Prep

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boy has taken matters into his own hands and despite the horrendous conditions, has been canoeing to school.

Eight-year-old William Brooke lives with his family in the badly affected area of Wraysbury, where they have been surrounded by flood water.  William’s father Colin Brooke said: “Last Monday was the last morning our lane was passable by a 4×4.  William has chest waders but a half mile walk with water up to the top of his legs was going to be pretty tiring for a young boy.  So by Tuesday we decided it was deep enough to canoe the half mile to the top of the road.  We padlocked the canoe to a lamp post and finished the trip to the car by wading the last section of the road.  We used the same method to get home and have been doing this all week.

Mr Brooke added: “Arriving at school on time has always been important to us. We have never been late and have no intention of starting now!”

Headmaster Peter Roberts said: “It has been a difficult week in the local area due to the flooding and many of our families have been affected.  I have been amazed and touched at the lengths some, including William, have taken to get to school to ensure their learning is uninterrupted.  We all hope the floods subside quickly and everyone is able to return to their normal routines soon.”

Although relieved it is now half term, William has been taking it all in his stride, just excited to tell his friends all about his adventures.



PhotoWilliam Brooke Year 4 (age 8) canoeing to school


Staines Prep 2014 Clock

Staines Prep has proudly announced the installation of a new clock in honour and memory of a very valued and respected member

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of staff, Mrs Joan Coles, who dedicated fifty years of her working career to the school in a variety of different roles.

The donation of the beautiful grey and gold clock, fondly named The Coles Clock, came from Joan’s daughter Linda Coles, the school’s ICT Manager and Latin/Classical Studies Coordinator, and Joan’s son Victor Coles.  The clock now commemorates their mother’s long and loyal service to the school from 1944 to 1994.

Miss Coles said: “My mother really loved working at Staines Prep and especially enjoyed being around all the children.  We wanted to find a way for her to be remembered and thought this a fitting tribute to her memory.”

The new clock has pride of place outside the library facing the playground.


Photo: The Coles Clock at Staines Prep

Staines Prep 2013 at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

The Old Windsor Battersea Dogs and Cats Home was thrilled to open its doors to some special little elves in the shape

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of Year 5 Staines Prep children, who were there to present the ‘cats’ with their very own hand-made knitted blankets to keep the winter chill at bay.

With festive cheer and goodwill in the air, the school’s rosy cheeked Knitting Club team braved the cold on Tuesday 26 November to make the special trip to the Home to personally hand over their carefully crafted gifts and meet some of the homeless kitties and their carers.

Head of the UpperSchool, Mrs Jill Haywood said: “The aim at the start of the project was to enhance their knitting skills, having completed simple mobile phone covers and scarves during the summer term, but the children have learnt so much more than creating complex and interesting knitting patterns.  It has been a great opportunity to reinforce the true notion of Christmas and helping those less fortunate, as well as heightening their awareness of others within their community and the real importance of caring for animals – not bad for half a terms work!”


Photo: Staines Prep Knitting Club at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Old Windsor

L – R (Back Row) Olivia Bell (age 9), William Potter (age 10), Izabel Pearson (age 9)

L – R (Middle Row) Simran Tucker (age 10), Abigail Banks-Smith (age 9), Emma St.John (age 9), Gurpreet Kandola (age 9), Preeah Sangha (age 9)

L – R (Front Row) Tia Mirza (age 10), Jake Bennett (age 10), Andreas Atalianis (age 9) and Isobel Caulfield (age 10).


Staines prep 2013 Steven Caulker

 England International footballing hero Steven Caulker wowed a captivated audience of pupils, staff and dignitaries as he formally opened the new FoundersBuilding

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during the Grand Opening Ceremony at Staines Prep this week.

The massive new state-of-the-art sports hall was alive with excitement and anticipation as the rising star addressed a full school assembly, speaking of his love of football and his fond memories of the school.

Steven’s speech followed addresses given by the Chair of Governors Mike Bannister and headmaster Peter Roberts.  Mike Bannister said: “The opening of our new fabulous facilities was only topped by the children’s excitement at playing football with Steven.  It’s a day that they will always remember.”

During the second half of the ceremony Steven really got pulses racing as the children donned their sports gear and took up their positions for a spot of football training and a fun penalty shoot-out.  Not only did the expert tuition give the children a great work-out, but it put the new facilities through its paces too.

Steven Caulker said: “This school is where my dreams of being a footballer began and through a lot of hard work my dream came true.  What a fantastic opportunity the children have now with these facilities.  The quality and design is awe-inspiring.  This space is a real testament to the school’s ethos of ‘educating today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow’.  Any dream is possible with the right nurturing, great equipment and a bit of determination!  This place is going to create some fantastic memories and I’m sure a few great home wins along the way too!”

Staines Prep will be announcing a formal Open Day later this year.  It will give the public an opportunity to see the many changes and also the potential use for conferences and events.

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