Great Walstead School

West Sussex

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 211 (Boys) 176 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1925

General Information

At Great Walstead it is as much about the journey as it is the outcome! For many years now 100% of our Year 8 Leavers have gained a place at the Senior School of their choice – many with scholarships and awards. However, it is the care and experiences they receive along the way that truly shape their future. A school with an outdoor learning ethos, we like to say that all our children engage in a good measure of love and mud. Our Christian foundations and core values guide our methodology which emboldens children to be tolerant, to demonstrate genuine empathy towards others, understand different opinions and respond in a thoughtful and caring way.

We reward children who are risk-takers, who show resilience and determination, and those who demonstrate that most important behaviour, curiosity. These qualities are seen in abundance in younger children – you only have to watch five year olds at play to see that they are naturally inquisitive about everything around them. Thereafter, it becomes increasingly important to lessen the ‘fear of failure’ phenomenon that often flourishes (if not kept in check) as children grow older, ensuring that they feel comfortable about putting forward their opinions and ideas, in an environment where mistakes are viewed as just one more step to success.

As we all know, learning is a lifelong process. Bestowing a genuine love of learning on our girls and boys (and the entire community) we feel that we are preparing them for a world that is dynamic and increasingly competitive.

Chris Calvey, Headmaster


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.

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.


Please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2019/2020. Per term. Nursery(p/t) from £347 (1 half day per week). Reception: £2,755. Pre-Prep £3,300 - £3,845. Years 3 - 8 £4,870 - £5,300.

Nursery Education Grant vouchers accepted. Sibling discount available.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Chris Calvey, BEd. (Oxon)

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Lani White, Head of Communications and Admissions

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

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

Location Description

Our school is set in more than 260 acres of wonderful Sussex countryside close to the village of Lindfield, and within easy reach of the commuting town of Haywards Heath (40 mins to Victoria and London Bridge stations).

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School News

Great Walstead independent preparatory school West Sussex

Our parents hosted a spectacular ‘Under The Sea’ Ball and raised a staggering £10,000 for Rockinghorse Charity. They are a charity close to our hearts,

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being an amazing support not only to our parents and pupils who have been to the Royal Alexander Hospital in Brighton, but other families who have had to spend time there too.

The money goes towards life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, while ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs. They also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

For more information or to donate to please visit

Great Walstead independent preparatory school West Sussex

One of our talented students has made his way through to the final round of the age 10 – 14 year old category of the

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BAFTA Young Game Designer competition with his game ‘Maggie’.

The game is a demo in which you explore Maggie’s world by growing and shrinking. The ten levels in the demo start easy but get more challenging as Maggie moves through them.

Harry describes the game as “A minimalist puzzle platformer in which you guide ‘Maggie’, a cute red cube, through a series of levels using only her ability to stretch. Good luck!”

Harry’s game has made it through to the final round of the 10 – 14 year old category, alongside 10 other young coders, of the BAFTA Young Game Designer competition.  This means he will attend the finals in July and all the visitors will be able to play his game and the games made by the other finalists.

We spoke to Harry about when he decided to enter the competition and what he needed to learn to create ‘Maggie’.

“In Easter Holidays in Italy we were thinking about what my brother should do for his BAFTA entry and he thought it would be good if I entered as I am now 10. I came up with the idea of a puzzle platform game and as my brother had used Unity before and I wanted it to be 3D Unity was the best software. I had never done C# before so it was very hard to begin with, especially the ray casting.  I had to design all the blocks and then code the movement and a lot of other things.”

One of Harry’s friends has played the game has commented.  “It is a good strategy game. I enjoyed it. I found the gravity block interesting.”

Harry’s game can be found on the BAFTA YGD website at the following link

We wish him every success in the final round of the competition.

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