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  • Godstowe Preparatory School
    Shrubbery Road
    High Wycombe
    HP13 6PR
  • Head: Ms Sophie Green
  • T 01494 529273
  • F 01494 429009
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for boys and girls from ages 3 - 7 and girls only from 7 - 13.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 434 (424 girls; 10 boys (3-7 years only)
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £11,220 - £17,985; Boarding £26,700 pa
  • Open days: Open Days are once a term, Next Open Morning - Saturday 9th October 2021.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

England’s first girls’ boarding prep school and Enid Blyton’s inspiration (though not the only contender) for Malory Towers, purpose built in 1900. The grounds make excellent use of a hilly, if a little blustery, site overlooking High Wycombe, with the original pretty Virginia creeper-clad buildings now housing years 3 to 8, plus The Lodge and nursery buildings. The few boys in pre-prep, mostly siblings, move on at the age of 7. Non-selective it may be, but success is in the air here, with the school feeding its post-CE alumni into a heady mix of top day and boarding indies, many with scholarships. School puts this down to ...

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What the school says...

Godstowe is a happy and thriving preparatory school for girls aged 7 to 13, approximately a third of whom are boarders. We also have a lively Pre-Prep and Nursery for girls and boys aged 3 to 7. Godstowe is well known for setting the highest possible standards and enjoys an enviable reputation. We believe that we are the best at what we do and would very much like to have the chance to show you why we are so proud of Godstowe. Given the chance, children flourish here, in and out of the classroom.

We can provide an outstanding preparation for senior school and are always mindful of the fact that just as important as what girls know will be what they are like. Enjoyment, at Godstowe, is compulsory. Don't take our word for it; come and see for yourself. You will be made to feel very welcome.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Sophie Green (40s). Warm, serene and so glamorous that we wondered if she was off to the opera after our visit. Previously head of Herries School in Cookham. She has also been director of studies at St George's Windsor Castle, where she prepared pupils for scholarships and was involved in the demanding boarding life of the choristers. She is an ISI inspector.

Ask anyone, pupil or parent, to describe her and we’d put money on them using the word ‘calm’. ‘I like the fact that she was in no rush to make a big show of making a difference when she joined – she just calmly gets on with doing a great job,’ one parent told us. ‘She’s quietly spoken but make no mistake – everything she says...

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Special Education Needs

Godstowe Preparatory School provides support for children with learning difficulties within school and within the Learning Support Department. Children can receive specialist help in literacy and numeracy alongside their usual lessons. The department has close links with an independent speech and language therapist who regularly visits the School, and also well-respected Educational Psychologists.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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