St Andrew’s Prep

East Sussex

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 199 (Boys) 171 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 9 months - 13 years
  • Founded: 1877

General Information

St Andrew’s opens the doors to the wonderful prep school years of learning and discovery. Children are inspired to ‘have a go’ and strive for their potential within a happy and supportive atmosphere, without losing sight of fundamental values of kindness, courtesy and honesty.


Our light airy Nursery is set in its own well-equipped building within the school’s grounds and enjoys many of the Pre-Prep and Upper School's facilities including an indoor swimming pool, gym, resource centre and playing fields. In the Pre-prep much of the emphasis is on reading, writing and number but with specialist teaching in art, design technology, music, dance, sport and drama. Prep classes are both friendly and disciplined and children learn to think for themselves, to question, to create and to appreciate. The Common Entrance examination is taken by children in Year 8. Children move to a wide variety of senior schools, and in particular, Eastbourne College with whom St Andrew’s amalgamated with in February 2010.

Sports facilities are excellent. We have a brand new Sports Hall, refurbished Fives court, resurfaced tennis courts, extensive and attractive playing fields and provision for gymnastics hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, athletics, cricket, rounders and swimming. Children can also choose climbing, golf, badminton, table tennis or basketball and can canoe, sail, shoot or ride. Extra activities, apart from sport, include art, chess, computing, cookery, drama, model making, rollerblading, sewing, skateboarding and stamp collecting. The school has its own Brownie, Cub, Guide and Scout groups. All children in their last two years take part in the Outdoor Education Programme.

We offer full boarding, weekly boarding, and overnight ‘sleepovers’ to girls and boys from Year 3 (age 7). Short term boarders can also be accommodated for four weeks, half a term, one term or longer. All boarders sleep in the main house under the guidance of houseparents. The boarding house is warm, friendly and secure. Bedrooms are bright and cheerful with an average of four children in a room. Extra English (ESOL) lessons are available where necessary for international pupils and we provide escorted transfer to and from the London airports at the beginning and end of each term.

Entrance Requirements



For entry into Years 5 & 7: Academic, Music, Sport, Drama and Art . Some bursaries are available.

Open Days

2018. Open Morning: Sat. 28th April, 9:30am - 12noon.


2017/2018. Nursery: EYEE vouchers accepted, please contact the school for prices. Reception–Year 2: £3245 per term. Day: Year 3: £4975 per term. Year 4: £5480 per term. Years 5-8: £5645 per term.

Weekly Boarding (Years 3-8): £7145 per term. Full Boarding (Years 3-8): £8085 per term. Flex-boarding prices available on request.


ISI Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr G Jones

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Catherina Ashford, Registrar

St Andrew’s Prep
East Sussex
BN20 7RP

[t]: 01323 733203
[f]: 01323 646860

Location Description

Situated on the Sussex coast with an excellent road, rail and air network. By road London Gatwick airport is less than one hour away and London Heathrow airport 2 hours.

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School News

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St Andrew’s Prep was victorious in the Sussex U12 Cricket Cup final at Aldridge Academy.

They faced Forest School and bowled them out for a score

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of 67 due to some excellent bowling from Ethan (3-11) and Millie (2-4). In reply, St Andrew’s chased the runs down in only 13 overs, losing just 1 wicket. The runs came from Alfie scoring 36no and Noah scoring an admiral 25.

It was a fantastic team effort, with some brilliant fielding which helped to secure the win.

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St Andrew’s has celebrated its 140th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony followed by a tea party for the whole school community.

Headmaster, Gareth Jones, welcomed everyone

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to the afternoon and in his speech said that, “Throughout the life of St Andrew’s, one thing has been constant and leaps out in books that tell the school’s history and in letters written by pupils dating back before the 1900s and through to the current day in emails from OAs who look back fondly on their time here. The constant has been the sense of welcome and camaraderie that only a strong community enjoys.  So we are planting this tree in celebration of the last 140 years here at St Andrew’s and also in hope for the next 140 years of what is to come.  May this tree be a symbol of our responsibility to make the world a more sustainable and better place now and in the future.”

Those planting the tree alongside Mr Jones included the school’s Headmaster from 1984 – 2000 Hugh Davies-Jones and his wife Sarah who has run the Old Androvian Society for the last 15 years; Nicky Eckert, School Governor and Chair of the St Andrew’s Committee; Cheryl Pinch the school’s longest serving member of staff; Derek Kemp a neighbour to the school for 33 years and architect of the Pre-Prep building; Luisa Veitch and Emily Cracknell representing the staff; Catherine Fellows Chair of the Friends of St Andrew’s; Head Boy, Batuhan and Head Girl, Poppy; David, the longest serving boarder; Tom, a member of the school’s Eco Committee; Jessie representing the Pre-Prep and Jack and Kiana from the Nursery.”

Simon Farrar, who will be retiring as Head of English and History after 28 years sterling service, was called upon to read a poem he had written especially for the occasion.

Floreat* St Andrew’s


What sepia faces gaze

From frames, lost names

Past, forgotten, sun fazed days?


The timeless thwack of ball on pad,

Of bat on base, stick on stick.

Goals and codes,

Reworked, revoked.

Endless untucked shirts and

Sullied work.


Parades of nameplates,

Brass, on backs of pews.

Stained glass light,

Filtered through a dust of years

On lost sons.


And what remains,

These generations gone

Living still in print and page.

And who has pulled these timeless strings

Of scarred wood?

Misdemeanours scratched

And etched on sills and brick.

Old tricks re-inked.


The lines and links stretch on.

Fathers, daughters, mothers, sons.

A living bond forged

In child and building.

Floreat St Andrew’s.


*Floreat is a Latin word meaning flourish.

Two teams from St Andrew’s Prep recently attended the inaugural Eastbourne College Public Speaking Competition. Six schools took part in the event with eleven teams

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competing overall. The speeches were written without staff input and were practised largely in the children’s own time. The standard was incredibly high and all those taking part performed superbly.

The St Andrew’s teams relayed their speeches without a single mistake and when it came to the judging, Sophia Titterton-Manos, a Year 6 St Andrew’s pupil, picked up the prize for the most persuasive closing speech.
A section from Sophia’s winning speech entitled Endangered Animals follows:
“There are many ways that you can help, from simply making a donation to taking part in fundraising events. You could join Team Panda and run, cycle or swim your way to helping the cause. You could even adopt an endangered animal either for yourself or as a gift. For Christmas this year, I’ll be asking Mum and Dad for a Giant Panda! As American Politician Jay Inslee once said, “What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? Remember that YOU can make a difference.”

The St Andrew’s Prep Under 13 team bumped into football legend David Beckham last weekend as they competed at the National Prep Schools six-a-side tournament.

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the former England captain, was watching his son Romeo on the sidelines as his team competed alongside St Andrew’s at the football tournament held at Rokeby School in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Beckham happily posed for pictures with the St Andrew’s boys and gave the team a few words of encouragement.
Chris Pinch, Joint Director of Sport said, “It was great for the team to meet one of their heroes. It took everyone by surprise to see him there. One of our boys spotted him and shuffled towards him and asked him for a picture. Luckily he happily obliged.”

For the fifth year in succession, St Andrew’s Prep has hosted a group of South American students from Buckingham School, Colombia.
In association with Rosemarie

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Mooney of Veditravel, the school welcomed the students on its purpose-built integration boarding programme.

The students, aged between ten and twelve years, joined St Andrew’s (full-time) day and boarding children for all academic lessons, including French and Latin! They also took part in co-curricular activities including badminton, basketball, drama and shooting which form part of the school’s curriculum. The students especially enjoyed the evening activities and were impressed by the St Andrew’s indoor swimming pool and expansive playing fields where they played football or just enjoyed the company of their fellow boarders.
A tailor-made weekend programme of trips and activities was arranged for the group, including a day of team building during the first weekend to help establish friendships and a sense of community within the House. Other trips included a weekend visit to Oxford and day trips to Cambridge, Canterbury, London, Brighton and Thorpe Park.

Headmaster, Gareth Jones, said: “It has been a real pleasure to have the Colombians with us again. Their smiley faces have given everyone a lift and we hope our pupils have learnt a great deal about meeting every challenge with a positive attitude. Certainly, in terms of a greater cultural understanding which is so important in the modern world, everyone has benefited. This is an important link and we look forward to its continuation for many more years.”

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