Winterfold House School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 200 (Boys) 120 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1928

School Contact Details

Winterfold House School
DY10 4PW

[t]: 01562 777234

Location Description

Winterfold House School is centred around a spacious Georgian manor house set in some 40 acres of beautiful grounds, surrounded by traditional English countryside of gently rolling farmland and pasture. Beyond, there is a particularly fine view of Worcestershire across a landscape of small valleys, hills, copses and farmhouses to the Malvern Hills in the distance. Our grounds are safe and child friendly, beautifully maintained and much loved by everyone in our community. All our pupils enjoy the space and freedom afforded by our unique environment.

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School News

Winterfold independent preparatory day and boarding school Worcestershire

January saw Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett host its annual U11 Matty Thacker Shield football tournament.

This is a very special tournament for Winterfold, as it

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is named in honour of Matty, who was in Year 6 when he so tragically died. He loved his sport and to see thirteen U11 teams playing with smiles on their faces and loving their sport, is a wonderful way of remembering him. It was also lovely to see his Mother, Susie, watching the afternoon of football.

There were a lot of very close matches in the two pools. Three of the six Semi-Finals in the Shield, Cup and Plate competitions went to golden goal and then penalty shoot outs. Winterfold played some good football but went out in the Semi-Final of the Plate competition, which was won by Hereford Cathedral School. The Cup was won by Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School, whilst the main Shield was won by King’s Hawford, who beat Warwick in an excellent Final.

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Pupils and staff at Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett are delighted to have taken delivery of 225 pairs of Shoes That Grow to give to children

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at Ncemaneni School in the Natal Province of South Africa.  The School aims to take the shoes out with them when they go to the RSA in April.  Everyone will be asked to take three pairs of shoes each so that they can be given to the children directly.

The pupils currently have to make a 20k round-journey to and from school across rugged, African scrubland in bare feet. This is the daily reality for millions of children across Africa. The consequential cuts and grazes can quickly go sceptic, causing lameness and long-term injury.

In May 2018, to raise money to provide shoes for the children, twenty intrepid adventurers, including teachers and parents from Winterfold and Bromsgrove Schools, signed up to complete the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge – coast-to-coast in three days; eighty-four miles in total and an average of twenty-eight miles per day.

The Hitting-The-Wall Challenge was launched with the ambition of raising £3,500 to buy the shoes and when all the donations were collected, an astounding £6,945 meant that the blisters and aching limbs had been worth it.

Winterfold School has supported Ncemaneni School for over 10 years, providing funding for infrastructure projects, including the building of classroom and science blocks. Further funds raised facilitated the installation of piped water at the school for the first time. A truly life-changing event, this meant that the school was able to plant a vegetable garden to supplement their one rice meal a day.

Teacher Simon Dieppe said “we would like to thank DHL who kindly shipped the shoes from the US at no cost, saving £500 that can be ploughed back into projects at Ncemaneni.  We look forward to seeing the children’s faces when they receive the shoes”.

Winterfold School independent preparatory school Worcestershire

Year 1 pupils from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett travelled back in time on Wednesday 16th January and took an immersive look at Exploration in

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days gone by, from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

After looking at the different roles of the crew, the children designed a poster to find their very own crew. The classroom set sail in the afternoon and discovered what life was like aboard these wooden sailing ships. Basic navigation and the dangers of seafaring were all brought to life.

The day ended with designing sea charts for imaginary lands and finding out what was brought home in the holds of the ships. Treasures included gold, potatoes, spices and fine silk cloth.

Year 1 Teacher Mrs Richardson said “The children were impressed by what our ancestors would deem as treasure in the past. Discover History visit us regularly and their workshops and history days are an ideal way of bringing History to life.”

Winterfold independent day and boarding preparatory school Worcestershire

Congratulations to Isla Chattin from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett who has secured her place in the Worcestershire Rapids CCC U13 squad.

Isla, who is in Year

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7, started playing cricket for fun on a Friday night at Belbroughton Cricket Club seven years ago. She continued to play in the summer programme, alongside her many other hobbies and sports.

The young athlete was put forward for trials by the School’s Director of Sport, Julia Humfress two years ago and was asked to join in with Worcestershire CCC Girls’ winter training programme. Last year, Isla trialled and was successful in gaining a place in the U11s squad and very much enjoyed the training sessions and experience of playing in county matches and forming new friendships with girls from a range of clubs and areas within the county. She joined the newly formed Belbroughton Girls’ team last season and was nominated by them to re-trial this year for the U13s.

Commenting on her success Isla said, “I was a lot more determined at trials this year and I really wanted it so much! Having experienced being part of the U11 team for a year, I knew that I really wanted to get a place in the U13s and continue learning and training. I knew it would be tough, as there were girls with greater skill levels who had already completed a year in that age group but I trained hard and made the most of my 1:1 training sessions after school. I couldn’t believe it when Mum said I was in the squad and felt so proud! Even better was the fact that some of my team mates had also secured places and we get to take this next step together

Winterfold House School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold House School Take Trip Round Tamworth Castleq

Intrepid historians from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett visited Tamworth Castle recently to bring their history lesson to life and learn about homes of the past,

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castles and 1066.

After a tour of the grounds, dungeons and arrow slits, the pupils looked at rooms of different styles through the ages and had a workshop on how to become a servant. It was fun to set up the Dining Room for the lord and lady of the castle, learn how to bow and curtsy and look at what items a rich person would have had on their table. A few children then tried on the clothes of the day. The boys were horrified to find out that they would have had to wear dresses in medieval times.

In the afternoon, the children went to Knight School, where they had the opportunity to look at armour and weapons.

It was a great trip, which brought medieval times and the children’s topic to life.

Winterfold House School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold House School Enjoy Performance by the Bin It Roadshow

On Friday 19th October, pupils from Yrs 6, 7 and 8 at Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett enjoyed an entertaining live performance by the Bin It

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The aim of the session was to make the children aware of the environmental costs and social issues surrounding discarding litter, from plastic bottles to chewing gum.

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the interactive session which had them thinking about situations where they had stepped in chewing gum but also thinking about their favourite, idyllic places in the world that they want to remain unspoilt.

The performance was really entertaining and tackled the challenging problems of litter in the most sustainable way – by changing behaviours.

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Chaddesley Corbett village community came to Winterfold School on Thursday 8th November to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One and remember

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those who lost their lives in various conflicts.

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea, with uplifting songs by the Pre-Prep Choir, Pack Up Your Troubles and It’s A Long Way to Tipperary.  Head of History, Simon Dieppe gave an informative account of World War One and included reference to the impact it had on the little village of Chaddesley Corbett. Two hundred and twenty-three young men enlisted from the Parish, one hundred and thirty-five of which are listed on the Roll of Honour board in St Cassian’s Church.  These are locally known as ‘The Boys on the Board’ and it was the book of the same name written by local historian Sylvia Beardshaw, which provided the inspiration for the Drama piece Band of Brothers by Year 7.  This was set against the backdrop of John Singer Sargeant’s emotive painting ‘Gassed’ of 1919, which depicts eleven men waiting patiently in line, blindfolded and broken but importantly, still alive.

Unlike many memorials around the country, the Roll of Honour at St Cassian’s doesn’t just list the fallen, but all those who signed up.  Of the 223 men, 47 didn’t return. That left nearly 80% who did return to carry on their lives or to build new lives in Worcestershire and beyond.

During a poignant Flanders Fields by the Year 7 and 8 drama group, Head of English and Drama, Mrs Miles read out the list of fallen Old Winterfoldians. Following an incredible violin Elgar instrumental from Year 6 pupil Rosie Brookes, The Chamber Choir sang a very moving Remember Me.

The title of the closing song, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, from the 1965 film of the same name was based in 1910, just before the War, at a time when interest in aviation was beginning to literally ‘take off’. The huge advancements in aeronautics during the War catapulted human-flight from the domain of eccentrics and dare devils to a reality for everyone and anyone.  This sing along for the School’s guests provided an uplifting end to what was a poignant commemoration of the end of WW1.

Click here for musical highlights from the afternoon.

Mr Dieppe reminded us that with the passage of time, it is easy to see and hear the statistics of the First World War and forget that every one of the fallen had a past, aspirations for a future, a family, loved ones, a place in the community.  We must remember them.


Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School Pupils Take on the RAF’s Fly To The Line Challenge

Year 5 pupils from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett spent an exciting day on Tuesday 5th June at MOD Kineton. Three teams from Winterfold had made

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it through to the Regional Final of the RAF’s Fly To The Line Challenge, in conjunction with RAF Cosford.

During the challenge at Kineton, pupils were tasked with designing and constructing a new glider. The Camo team won the most innovative design at regional level for their RAF Destroyer. A group from the School then went on to be interviewed by the British Forces Broadcasting Services about the Challenge.

On the morning of the Challenge, one young pupil, Archie Samuel was so looking forward to his visit, he telephoned Chris Evans at BBC Radio 2 to take part in the Kids’ Fanfare – ‘what are you doing for the first time today’. On Wednesday 6th June, Archie was back on the programme to let the nation know how he got on. Chris Evans said “how fantastic to go to a school where you can make gliders and fly them on your trip”. When asked to mark himself out of 10, Archie replied “100, to mark the RAF’s 100 years.”

David Aldred, Deputy Head (Pastoral) said “it was a very enjoyable and rewarding event for all of our pupils who took part at School and at the regional event”.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Pupils Visit Worcester Race Course

On Thursday 10th May, Year 8 pupils from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett visited Worcester Race Course as part of a cross curricular day.

The pupils had

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the opportunity to visit the stables and the weighing room, as well as taking a look at the course and jumps. Maths and Science skills were put to the test with the formulation of calorie controlled diets for the jockeys and calculation of safety distances for the parade ring.

In the afternoon, everyone had the chance to watch the races in The Racing To School Handicap Steeple Chase, cheering on the jockeys and appreciating the splendid horses. The Head Boy and Head Girl were asked to present the prize to the North and South winning owner and trainer.

Sarah Miles, Year 8 Teacher said, “The children had a great day and learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes at a sporting event”.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School Achieve Their Best Ever Music Exam Results

Pictured is a group of elated musicians from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett following the biggest and best set of music exam results ever achieved by

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the School.

A total of forty-three children took ABRSM music exams this term, ranging from grades one to five. Between them, the children achieved eighteen merits and fifteen distinctions. One pupil gained 140/150 for one of his three distinctions. Even more impressive is the range of orchestral instruments in which the grades were sat; tubas, cello, trombone and horn to name but a few. To have such results at a totally non selective school is truly amazing and credit to the children’s incredible hard work and the excellent teaching on offer by the team of some fifteen instrumental teachers.

These pupils go on to hugely contribute to Music in the School which has a National award winning jazz band and choir, full orchestra, countless training bands and six choirs, who perform a programme of some thirty concerts a year.

A selection of Winterfold musicians now attend the London music colleges and work in the profession.

Music at the School is completely inclusive and all children take part in the large summer concert every year.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Pupil Signed to West Bromwich Albion

Talented footballer Frazer Billings from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett is over the moon after having signed for his favourite team West Bromwich Albion at eight

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years of age.

Frazer joined Kidderminster Lions Soccer School at the age of three and soon progressed to be part of the U6 squad. During this time, Frazer was couted by Wolverhampton Wonderers and asked to join the pre-Academy training program at Wolves, involving three evenings training sessions a week and matches on a Saturday against Academies such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. Frazer remained at Wolves for his U6/U7 season, when again he was scouted by West Bromwich Albion whilst playing for his grass roots team Kidderminster Lions (Who have had two successful seasons winning the Stourbridge League U7 and most recently U8 League Title). Frazer would like to take thsi opportunity to thank his Kidderminster Lions Coaches Brian Fellows and Matt Baker for their commitment and support during him time with the team and he will be sad to leave at the end of the season.

As a WBA fan, Frazer was delighted to be asked to join the WBA pre-Academy training programme which very quickly involved training three evenings a week and Saturday matches against Academies such as Fulham, West Ham and Charlton, to name a few. Frazer joined WBA mid-way through his U7 season in 2017, which is when he decided to leave Wolves. After a successful U8 season, West Bromwich Albion soon committed to Frazer and he was absolutely thrilled and delighted at the news that they were offering him a place in the Academy from next season. Frazer enjoyed a special signing evening held at the Richardson Suite at the Hawthorns on 7th April and is pictured signing his contract with WBA first team players Jonathan Leko, Sam Field and Rekeem Harper.

Frazer has worked extremely hard to become an Academy player and it is a fantastic achievement at such as young age. Frazer has full support from his parents “this is a great opportunity for Frazer and with determination, hard work and commitment, we look forward to watching his progress and development at WBA. Frazer has been given a great opportunity and as long as he is happy and enjoying his football, that is the most important thing at his age. Exciting times are ahead!”

Mr. James Brinkley, Head of Boys’ PE said “It is great to see Frazer making such good progress as a result of the hard work and practise he puts into his football. He sets a terrific example for his team mates at School and we wish him all the best with WBA.”

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School - Charity Afternoon Tea For Ncemaneni

Kind hearted Elâ Shuker from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett has come up with the idea of organising an afternoon tea style charity event to raise

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money for Ncemaneni, Winterfold’s sister school in South Africa for her Young Apprentice Challenge. She wanted to do this by selling sweets and slime to her friends at the event which was an afternoon tea, served with finger sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

In preparation for the event, Year 7 pupil Elâ from Clent made 50 slime pots and presented them in cellophane bags with mixed sweets. Elâ also successfully sold some of these during the last week of term at School.

For the event, Elâ chose a charity chick (soft toy) to boost her sales and she successfully raised just over £100 from sweet and slime sales and tickets to the event.

Elâ will continue to raise more money over the Easter holidays and wishes to return to School with a nice sum as part of her contribution to the Young Apprentice Challenge. She is due to attend the South Africa trip with School next year and is already excited to meet the children that she has raised money for.

Photo shows: Elâ (holding the chick) and her friends at their afternoon tea event.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School - Inaugural staff exchange with South African school

Two teachers from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett travelled to Ncemaneni Primary in South Africa in April as part of the inaugural Winterfold/Ncemaneni staff exchange.


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an amazing and emotional welcome from the School who lined up, waving South African and Union Jack flags whilst singing songs and an incredible assembly that included excellent speeches from the Ncemaneni pupils or ‘learners’, the teachers set about the task of teaching forty-seven Grade 7 pupils English and Mathematics respectively.

Read more about their experience from Mr Simon Dieppe, Year 7 Tutor


Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold School - Classics Trip and Hitting the Wall Challenge

A year and a half in the planning, Winterfold School’s Classics tour to the Bay of Naples finally jetted off on Friday 20th April.

Using Hotel

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Klein Wein in Piano di Sorrento as their base, the Winterfold tour party consisting of Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils and staff spent four days exploring the classical sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It was an opportunity to bring ancient history lessons to life; Herculaneum, famous for being one of the few ancient cities that can been seen in much of its original splendour where beds, doors, roofs, food were preserved under the pyroclastic material and the excavated city of Pompeii which provides a snapshot of Roman life in the first century, frozen at the moment it was buried on 24 August AD 79. The forum, baths, houses and some of the villas remain well preserved.

Mrs Sarah Miles, Year 8 Tutor and Head of English and Drama read out some of the pupils’ work on the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius and commented “It really brought home what it must have been like.”

The children flexed their geographical knowledge whilst climbing Mount Vesuvius and two of the teachers opted to run up it in preparation for their Hitting the Wall Challenge* during May half term.

Blessed with fantastic weather, the tour party of forty-three concluded their trip learning about the history and natural wonders of the Island of Capri from land and sea.

Commenting on the tour, Mr Simon Dieppe, Year 7 Tutor said “Winterfold pupils got a huge amount out of the trip; it was the perfect blend of mind-blowing educational experiences and fun!”

*Hitting the Wall Challenge: Simon Dieppe and David Loughton, Year 7 and 8 teachers, along with Winterfold parents will be attempting to run the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway in three days.

When Principal Armstrong Mthembu visited Winterfold from Ncemaneni Primary in October, staff were shocked to hear that a large number of pupils at the school have a 15–20K round-journey to school each day by foot. As if this isn’t bad enough, many of these children aged between 6 and 15 don’t own a pair of shoes. The aim of the Hitting the Wall Challenge is to raise money to buy and transport as many pairs of suitable shoes as possible to Ncemaneni.

Winterfold School Independent Worcestershire Winterfold Pupils at Darwin Science Competition

On Thursday 8th March, Year 7 pupils from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett participated in the Darwin Science Competition held at Shrewsbury School. Teams of four

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put both their general knowledge and practical skills to the test against Year 7 pupils from a number of other Prep Schools in the region.

The morning started with a wide variety of activities, from quizzes to smelling tests in all three scientific disciplines. After lunch, there were three rounds of practical skills tests in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each with its own particular challenge for the teams. The pupils were full of enthusiasm for the subject and clearly had lots of fun.

The highlight of the day was winning the Physics Practical Award for ingenuity and problem solving. Teams were required to build their own electromagnet and get it to hold as much mass as possible. Not only did one of our Winterfold teams achieve this but they also broke the Shrewsbury record of 2.5Kg, raising it to a new high of 2.9Kg.

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