Staines Preparatory School

Staines Preparatory School is a happy, welcoming and non-selective school that prides itself on creating a genuine family atmosphere alongside a first rate education.   We are delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Prep School of the Year’ in the Independent School awards 2020, which follows our December 2019 ISI inspection where we were rated as “Excellent” in all areas.

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    Staines Preparatory School

    Staines Preparatory School is a happy and welcoming non-selective school that prides itself on creating a genuine family atmosphere alongside a first rate education.  We have been ‘Educating today’s children for the Challenges of Tomorrow’ for over 85 years.

    Our independent status allows us to provide a bespoke learning opportunity alongside the National Curriculum giving our pupils the tools to achieve well above the national average.  This was recognised by the ISI who commented that “Overall achievement in EYFS is excellent” as well as noting that “Mathematics is a strength of the school”, “Numeracy achievement in Year 1 & 2 is excellent” and that “pupils’ writing in English is excellent, with particularly strong pieces of extended writing”.

    As a school we adopt a ‘Growth Mindset’ culture. Growth Mindset is a programme which looks to empower pupils with the core belief that abilities, rather than being fixed, can be developed over time. Research shows that this powerful belief leads to an increased focus on learning, greater resilience, and superior achievement.  The ISI inspectors were particularly impressed by the personal development of pupils, noting in their report that “Pupils display high levels of self-esteem due to the nurturing environment of the school”

    The pupils at Staines Prep learn the value of commitment to successful learning, develop discipline and a sense of responsibility. This supportive and nurturing environment enables pupils to fulfil their potential and become more confident, independent lifelong learners across all areas of the curriculum and well–adjusted, global citizens.

    Facing the challenges for the last few months as we have had to deal with the measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 has tested our resilience as a school community as well as that of our pupils.  Our growth mindset culture has come to the fore as our pupils made the switch online.  We listened to our parents and ‘Staines Prep @ Home’ included a full timetable of classes with a balanced programme of live virtual lessons, pre-recorded lessons and independent learning, all differentiated to each pupils stage of development, to support and complement our families adjusting to a ‘new normal’ of juggling work, home, children and school all under one roof.

    We have been able to successfully welcome back over half of our pupils in June 2020 and then the whole school in September 2020, enriching our pupils learning with that all important social interaction whilst still maintaining social distancing.  We are fully prepared for an ever changing situation – as this pandemic has proven to be – to ensure the consistent provision of an excellent education for our pupils no matter the challenges of the future.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 157 Boys / 150 Girls

    Day pupils: 307

    Age Range: Rising 3 - 11 years

    Founded: 1935

    Location Description

    Knowle Green area of Staines

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Ms Samantha Sawyer, B.Ed (hons) M.Ed, NPHQ

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Marie Weller, Admissions and Marketing Manager

    3 Gresham Road, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey

    Tel: 01784 450909



    Our school facilities not only include inspiring classrooms but a science lab and art, design and technology suite which many senior schools would be envious of.  We have a large sports hall and theatre space which all pupils take advantage of from nursery upwards.

    We are very proud to have been awarded the School Games Gold award which, along with our wide range of extra-curricular activities, shows our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all our pupils across all year groups. Our playgrounds are full of activities that get the pupils moving and developing a Growth Mindset outside of the classroom, from a trim trail and climbing wall for the older years through to an array of playground games for the lower school and nursery.

    Our Environmental Area, The Sanctuary, allows the children to bring science to life. They can pond dip, bird watch and even experience a barefoot walk whilst learning to safely explore the great outdoors. We use Forest School principles to teach skills that can be used in the classroom and beyond, encouraging team work, responsibility and communication as well as building self-esteem and independence. The children are not limited in what they can do but instead are taught how to access and manage the risks in nature.

    We understand how hard our parents work and we aim to support them by providing wraparound care from 7.30am until 6.00pm.  We are less than 5 minutes’ walk from Staines railway station, making pick-up and drop-off that little bit easier. We also operate a bus service from the surrounding areas.


    None. Bursaries available, up to 50%, by application



    Nursery Part time: please contact the school for details.

    Nursery full time – Reception: £3360 per term.

    Year 1 – Year 6: £3510 – £4020 per term.






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