Belmont School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 160 (Boys) 61 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 16 years
  • Founded: 1880

General Information

Belmont School offers a complete educational package for boys and girls aged 2 to 16 in one beautiful 65 acre setting in the Surrey Hills close to Guildford, Leatherhead, Dorking, Horsham and Cranleigh. Pupils may attend as a day, day-boarding, flexi-boarding or weekly-boarding pupils and we are able to offer flexibility to amend your arrangements daily if necessary.

Minibus transport services are available to a range of destinations including Putney and Esher and being a boarding school, we are also able to offer a range of options for day children from 7.30am to 8pm.

The pupils and adults at Belmont School live and breathe `Achievement through Happiness’.  The school offers outstanding Early Years provision, a vibrant and excellent Prep School for Years 2 to 6 and an inspirational Senior School from Year 7 where children are prepared for Common Entrance or Scholarship through a creative and inspiring curriculum.

Belmont will increase its age range to 16+ from 2020 in order to accommodate the demand for places whilst maintaining small class sizes. The first cohort of Year 9 pupils will begin in September 2020.


Belmont is an exciting place to be! We have excellent Games facilities on our 65 acre site, which include grass pitches, all weather surface tennis and netball courts, a magnificent Sports Hall with cricket nets, and a heated swimming pool.

Entrance Requirements

Informal assessment.


Bursaries available.

Open Days

2020. Open Day: Fri. 24th April.

Contact Charlotte Smith at, call 01306 730852 or visit for details.


2019/2020. All Fees per term.

Kindergarten & Pre-Reception (min. 3 x morning/afternoon sessions) from £966. Reception: £3220. Years 1 & 2: £3770. Years 3 & 4: £5290. Years 5-8: £5380 - £5460. Years 9-11 (applicable from 2020): please contact the school.

Reception - Year 2. Full time school and extended daycare on 2 - 4 days /week: £3640 - £4610

Year 3 - Year 8. School Fee and Flexi Boarding (up to 5 flexi boarding nights across the term - 2 regular nights boarding per week): £5470 - £6180

Year 3 - Year 8. School Fee with full Boarding and minibus (4 or 5 regular nights a week and/or a weekly seat on minibus route): £6810 - £6980.

Years 9 – 11. From £5,580.


ISI Inspection 2018
ISI Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs H Skrine

Contact for enquiries: Miss Charlotte Smith, Registrar

Belmont School

[t]: 01306 730852
[f]: 01306 731220

Location Description

Victorian mansion overlooking the picturesque village of Holmbury St. Mary between Guildford and Dorking in Surrey.

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School News

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From September 2020, Belmont School will extend its age range upwards to prepare pupils for GCSE.

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girls and boys up to Year 11.  This will mean that Belmont School will become a co-educational day and flexi/weekly boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 16, with extended day care provision and Early Years funding.

Helen Skrine, Headmistress at Belmont commented, “I am delighted to be able to offer Belmont’s highly successful educational provision to older pupils and we are well on the way to being prepared for their arrival.  Our wonderful 65 acre site allows us to accommodate the extra year groups and we shall be adding new facilities and teaching staff to build upon our excellent model.”

Last year Belmont achieved 47% scholarship rate.  “However, it is not all about the scholars” remarks Headmistress Helen Skrine, “rather it is about being ambitious for every child, wherever their strengths and weaknesses may lie.  We are accredited by NACE and are therefore only one of 400 schools recognised for teaching the gifted and talented yet we also boast a first class learning support provision for those who benefit from this.”

One Belmont parent said, “Belmont is a remarkable school with an unrivalled ethos and first class pastoral care.  I am delighted that our daughter can stay at Belmont until her GCSEs and then move to either independent or state sixth form when she is 16.” If you would like further information and wish to register your initial interest, please contact our Registrar, Charlotte Smith on 01306 730852 or

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As part of their RS/PSHE lessons, children at Belmont School in Year 2 are learning about ‘Leaders and Teachers’. To help with their topic, children

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were encouraged to think about an important adult in Belmont who has a leading (or teaching) role.

The children interviewed various staff around the School, including teaching staff, Chef, School Secretary and of course, the Headmistress!

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Recently Year 6 pupils from Belmont School attended the Ardingly Solar Car STEM challenge.

The team from Belmont progressed to the semi-final race before being narrowly

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89 pupils from 11 different schools took part in the day which involved designing, building, testing and racing a model, solar powered car…along with a lot of practical maths!

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Two under 11 teams from Belmont School, near Dorking in Surrey, have recently competed in the Lancing College Swimming Gala.

17 teams took part and both

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Belmont teams swam extremely well.

The Belmont A team, won the B final in the 4 x 50m front crawl and were also victorious in the A final of the medley relay.

This was a fantastic achievement for such a young team of swimmers in this event.

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The Belmont rugby squad which went unbeaten in their regular season flew to Jersey for the 40th annual renewal of the 7 a side rugby

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tournament. This is always a fiercely competitive event of a high standard with strong teams from the UK entering as well as the host team St. Michaels Preparatory School Jersey.

Weather conditions were far from perfect and the players had to endure constant driving rain throughout the day. In the group stage Belmont had a tough pool and due to late arrivals and event rescheduling, Belmont had to play their final two group games back to back without any rest. Despite this they won their pool by winning all three group round matches. They beat  St. Micheals (UK),  Durlston Court and finally St. Anselms.

With three wins from three Belmont were highly seeded for the semi final where they met the host side St Micheals Jersey. Belmont ran out winners by 31 points to nil and moved on to the final where they met old local rivals Kingwood House. Belmont played super rugby in the final to beat their opponents by 34 points to nil.

They got stronger as the tournament progressed and played some delightful 7s rugby which drew many compliments from coaches of the other teams.  This capped off a wonderful Jersey tour in which the boys also reached the final of the football competition and so lifted the inaugural Cook trophy for best performance across all three sports on the tour (hockey, football and rugby).

Belmont Preparatory School Independent Surrey Pupils Visit Jaguar Land Rover In Solihull

Pupils from Belmont Preparatory School near Dorking in Surrey recently visited the Jaguar Land Rover site in Solihull.

All the children spent half the visit on

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a tour around the factory, and half the visit working on ‘constructing ‘ trolleys – all within an ever-reducing time restriction to enable them to understand the JIT (Just In Time) process under which all the cars are constructed.

It was an extremely interesting day and the children learnt an amazing amount about car production.

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Belmont Preparatory School, near Dorking in Surrey are pleased to congratulate Year 8 who have received their Common Entrance results .  All pupils did very

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well and have won their places at their chosen senior school.  In addition, this year’s group have amassed 10 scholarships between them.

Headmistress, Helen Skrine, commented, “I am immensely proud of the children for working so hard and securing their school choice for their next step.”

Recently a group of around 40 children and staff, set off on an adventure to Iceland to experience, first hand, the ‘Land of

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Fire and Ice’.

Thankfully, there was no ‘fire’ to be seen first hand, although they were able to experience a simulated 6.7 earthquake and see the after-effects of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption of 2010! It was fascinating to see and learn how the Icelandic people coped with the devastation (with one family living directly underneath the thick black cloud of steam and ash) and to see how they have rebuilt their lives.

For many the children and staff the highlight was a walk on a glacier (despite the fact they had to endure a horrific snow storm for about 10 minutes!) with one of the groups being able to walk through a glacial tunnel – unforgettable!

We have just completed ‘Weather Week’ which has been fabulous.

The week involved the whole school and included a drama production, a talk by Ian Currie,

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lab experiments for the whole school, constructing, painting and equipping two weather boxes, programming of raspberry Pi’s to record weather and building emergency shelters in our woods.  We had over a dozen parents come into school to deliver sessions and support including a farmer, a pilot, a newspaper reporter and several business and advertising specialists.  Year 8 had to plan, invent, produce, advertise and market a smoothie drink. They went to Denbies to see how it was done. Any profit made was donated to the school charity for this year ‘Sightsavers’.

The new school weather vane which was designed by the children will arrive soon.

Pupils at Belmont Preparatory School in Holmbury St. Mary, near Dorking in Surrey have put on a production of ‘Oliver.’

Based on the novel Oliver Twist

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by Charles Dickens they followed the character Oliver, played with great believability by Tom from destitute beginnings through the grimy underbelly of London, to the eventual reunion with his family.

The theatre was packed on both nights with standing room only!  Helen Skrine, Headmistresses, commented, “This was truly an amazing performance for which the children rehearsed extremely hard for many months.  It was a delight to see it all come together on the night!”

Belmont Preparatory School, in Holmbury St. Mary near Dorking, recently held a post exam celebration for their boarders. To mark the end of the

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Belmont exam and revision season, the boarders enjoyed an outing to Coral Reef Swimming Centre. The bravest boarders (and all the staff!) sped down the high speed ‘Boa Constrictor’ flume. Belmont Headmistress, Helen Skrine, commented, “The children have worked incredibly hard and it was lovely for them to have a well deserved celebration!”

Boarders at Belmont Preparatory School near Dorking in Surrey, enjoyed a return to the wild in July, making the most of the 65 acres of

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woodland in the school grounds.

Activities included shelter building, low ropes fun, orienteering and woodland games. The week culminated in a demonstration of how to make a campfire using the bow and drill method and all enjoyed some delicious toasted marshmallows to celebrate the end of a hugely enjoyable week.

Boarders at Belmont Preparatory School in Holmbury St Mary near Dorking, enjoyed a week of cooking events as part of their annual ‘Dormchef’ competition. Organised

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by the school chef, Phil Liberman, this event celebrates and challenges budding chefs’ culinary skills in a variety of ways. Working together with members of their dorm, the boarders were first asked to prepare a traditional cream tea against the clock. This was judged by members of staff and the scores formed the first part of a cumulative total. The next challenge was a taste test and culinary treasure hunt, scouring the beautiful school grounds for clues. Finally, in a scholastic version of TV’s ‘Masterchef’ the boarders worked in their teams to produce a feast. Once all the scores were totted up, the members of the winning dorm were awarded the coveted trophy and the chance to design the evening menu! The whole event proved enormous fun and forms a key fixture in the boarding calendar at the school.

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