Oakhyrst Grange School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: 72 (Boys) 84 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3+ - 11 years
  • Founded: 1950

General Information

Oakhyrst Grange School is an independent, co-educational preparatory day school for children between the ages of 4 and 11. It provides a friendly, caring, family environment where pupils develop and enthusiasm for learning and the confidence to tackle the challenges of the modern world.

Our wide and imaginative curriculum, combined with small class sizes and excellent pupil/teacher ratios, enable all children to develop at their own pace.

We prepare all children for a wide range of secondary schools. Over the past years our pupils have secured places to a number of prominent senior schools, often with offers of scholarships and awards.


The school boasts a new annexe containing an arts suite, 2 large purpose built classrooms for Years 5 and 6, an IT room and changing and toilet facilities. The school sits in 5 acres of parkland and has a small woodland. The woodland is used for Forest Schools activities and has it’s our own Forest Schools Teacher to take sessions. The main assembly hall accommodates games activities and the outdoor facilities incorporate netball, hockey, cricket, cross country, football, rugby, athletics, rounders and tennis. A Multi Use Games Area was opened in 2016, to include a spectator’s area, floodlighting and a roofed cricket wicket. The school has its own heated indoor swimming pool. Music plays an important part in school life and pupils are able to join various ensembles and choirs. Individual instrumental lessons are readily available. Drama and drama productions are very important within the school.

Extra-curricular activities include, French, Science and Nature, Chess, Woodland Activities, Ballet, Modern Dance, Judo, Badminton, Table Tennis, Athletics, Tennis and all major sports.

Our newly launched Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am until the school doors officially open at 8.25 am. A member of staff supervises each session and the children can enjoy an opportunity to have their breakfast and play before the school day begins.

Open Days

2020. We hold three Open Mornings during the course of the academic year.. Each visit involves a guided tour by pupils from Year 4, 5 or 6 and an opportunity to talk to members of staff and the Headmaster.

Everyone is welcome to attend, however, if you are interested in having a private tour of the school and an opportunity to discuss your child’s education with the Headmaster, then please contact his Secretary on 01883 343344.


2019/2020. Lower Kindergarten: 5 mornings £1354, full time £2540 per term. Kindergarten: £2700 per term. Years 1 and 2: £2923 per term. Years 3 – 6: £3142 per term. All fees include lunch.


ISI Compliance Inspection - June 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Alex Gear

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Angela Agathocli, Office Manager, Head Teacher’s PA and Registrar

Oakhyrst Grange School
Stanstead Road

[t]: 01883 343344
[w]: www.oakhyrstgrangeschool.co.uk

Location Description

5 acres of attractive, wooded and spacious grounds, close to Caterham Station, A22 and M25.

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School News

Oakhyrst Grange independent preparatory school Surrey

Once again the children in LKG, KG and Year 1 blew us away with their performance of the

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Nativity.  They were clear and funny, the singing was lovely and they did not miss out a single dance move!  The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were very proud of themselves.  The staff involved were also immensely proud of the children and were delighted that they left their best performance to last!

Miss Jennie Cockbain

Year 1 Teacher

Oakhyrst Grange independent preparatory school Surrey

25 children from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 swam in a friendly gala with Banstead Prep School on Monday 28th January 2019.

All of our

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swimmers competed amazingly well and contributed to our win.  Out of 32 individual events, the Oakhyrst team won 19 of their races, with 13 children coming a close second.  We also won, 9 out of 16 relays.

A special mention to the following children who won 3 events or more Ava W, Finley M, Jack P, Aspen P, Lily-Mae O, Darcey B, Joseph F and George K. My star of the gala is awarded to Daisy O who swam in 3 age groups!!

Thank you to all the parents who came to support our swimmers and for my helper on poolside, Mrs Parry.  Well done to the team, another successful gala.

Mrs Evans

Oakhyrst Grange independent preparatory school Surry

The London South Junior team swam magnificently at the ISA National finals at the Olympic Park today, 21st January 2018.  Out  of 26 events we

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medalled in 19  – 10 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.

The children from Oakhyrst Grange did not disappoint. Oliver D won for the third year running, the boys 50m Backstroke event. He topped off his medal collection with another gold in the medley relay and was also rewarded with a course record,  the boys beat the record by an amazing 6 seconds!

Aspen P matched last years medal haul with another 2 bronzes, she narrowly missed out on a silver this year in the Backstroke. Her other bronze medal was for the girls freestyle relay swimming the anchor leg.

The girls year 5 Freestyle Relay team  – Lily-Mae O, Estèe N, Darcey B, Aspen P fought an amazing race and came home with our last medal for the London South junior team,  bronze for the girls.

Well done to the whole team, an amazing result.

Thank you to all of the parents and family members who travelled to London and supported the team.

Michelle Evans

Swimming Coach

Oakhyrst Grange independent preparatory school Surry

On January 22nd our U9 boys and girls and U11 boys and girls cross country team went to Frewen College for the ISA regionals. The

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top ten from each race would then go through to compete at the Nationals in March.  It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining. Our first race was the U9 girls. The girls got a fantastic start with Gracie taking the lead. As the race came to an end Gracie got an amazing 1st, Lea came 13th, Milli came 24th and Seanna came 26th. They all ran a fantastic race. Next were the U9 boys. All of them tried so hard. Samuel came 6th, Henry only just missed out with an exciting battle at the finishing line and came 11th, Isaac came 14th, Charlie came 16th with Thomas coming 17th. This course was very undulating and bumpy.

The U11 girls got a good fast start.  They had to battle against a girl with the longest legs ever who came first!  Estee and Aspen qualified for the Nationals, coming 3rd and 5th.   Lily and Erin just missed out coming 15th and 16th.  Unfortunately Tamsin was unable to finish after getting an injury.  Finally, the U11 boys went to the start line.  I think all of us were really nervous. Well I certainly was!  The race got off to a tight and compact start with everyone pushing their way to the front.  The course was very long and the field was massive.  I tried really hard to get to the front but stayed in 5th position most of the way round.  Luckily I clawed my way to 3rd place by the finishing line.  Declan came 17th, Harry came 22nd, Tom 38th and Seb came 42nd.  It was a really tough race and we were all gasping for air by the end.

I would like to thank Mrs Pumphrey and Miss Dance for letting us take part and to the parents for taking us and supporting us on the day.

Sam G, Year 6

Boys’ Cross Country Captain

Well done to the 11 children who represented London South in the ISA National swimming gala at the Olympic Park on Saturday. Seven regions completed

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at a very high level for medals at the finals. Oliver won gold in the backstroke and silver in the freestyle. Aspen won 2 bronze medals in breaststroke and backstroke.

Fantastic swims by our relay teams narrowly missing out on medals. Congratulations to
Anya, Aspen, Conrad, Ethan, Harry, Jake, Joseph, Oliver, Tate, Tom & William

Mrs Evans
Swimming Coach

We are pleased to formally announce the beginning of construction of our exciting new Multi Use Games Area.  The article below gives details and was

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written by Smith Construction Limited.

Mr Alex Gear, Headmaster

A turnkey development for Smith Construction

Smith Construction have taken Oakhyrst Grange School’s vision of a new sports facility through vigorous design and planning stages and can finally prepare to start work on a turnkey design and build development this February.  A specially designed back-to-back multi-use games area (MUGA) is to be constructed on Oakhyrst Grange School’s lowest field, including a spectator area, floodlighting and fencing.

Oakhyrst Grange School is a quaint independent school situated on the outskirts of Caterham, nestled amongst five acres of picturesque scenery.   Oakhyrst Grange, Caterham’s leading independent preparatory school for 3-11 year olds believes in small, supportive classes of twenty children and has a total of one hundred and sixty students.

To ensure Oakhyrst Grange School’s bespoke scenery remains unspoilt Smith Construction have ensured all trees remain protected throughout the entire development.  In order to tie both MUGAs into Oakhyrst Grange School’s setting Smith Construction are installing Tiger Turf Evo Pro, which is a short, green carpet that marries in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.  Due to where the playing field is situated the area is difficult to access and requires quite extensive ground remediation, which will be reinstated once all works have been completed.

To provide efficient use of space Smith Construction are erecting a roofed cricket wicket at the far end of the sports facility.  The MUGAs will be separated by a divider net allowing the area to be used as two separate pitches or alternatively one large sports area.  The new MUGA allows for various sports to be played, these include tennis, netball, 5-a-side football and cricket.

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