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.

    With a swift pivot to virtual learning in March 2020, our Senior Leaders analysed the best approach to ensure continued growth for pupils learning at home, and supporting key workers in school.  Our StainesPrep@Home virtual learning programme combined live, pre-recorded lessons and independent work to enable parents to manage home-schooling around other commitments.  With a strong focus on well-being, our ELSA had regular 1:1 sessions with pupils who needed additional support and all pupils had a 1:1 with their tutor or class teacher once a week.  Through this blended learning and nurturing support our pupils continued to progress with 80% of our Year 6 pupils achieving ‘above average’ or ‘very high’ in cognitive ability assessments. A 50% improvement since 2019.

    The pupils transitioned smoothly back into classroom learning in March 2021 and we are looking forward to a jam-packed curriculum over the summer term, bringing back much missed trips and events as restrictions allow.

    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, TW18 2BT

    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: £3520 per term.

    Year 1 – Year 6: £3680 – £4220 per term.




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    We have a number of Open Events throughout the year and on top of this we encourage you to visit us for a personal tour during the day to experience the school in action.

    Please contact the admissions team on 01784 450909 or email


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