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Mrs Austin stresses that this isn’t a school full of ‘frightened little rabbits – we don’t want to be the sweet little girls’ school but the excellent girls’ school where they grow up into confident young ladies ready for the next step.’ Throughout, fear-free originality is a real feature - easy to understand why recent latest inspectors went positively gaga about educational wonders that had come their way. ‘Genuinely inclusive,’ felt a parent. ‘Celebrate success without quietly stressing the girls out…

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What the school says...

Halstead Preparatory School is an independent school with a Christian ethos and family atmosphere for girls from Nursery (aged 2) to age 11. Every girl is known and taught as an individual in a stimulating environment where respect and kindness towards each other is the norm. We pride ourselves in giving every girl an excellent and thorough preparation for senior school entry, but most importantly in preparing every girl for a happy and successful life.
In the Nursery girls may attend part-time or full-time; parents can decide how many sessions their daughter attends in a week (we recommend a minimum of 3 of the 10 available sessions). From Reception all girls attend school full-time. There are two classes in each year from Reception to Year 6. The maximum class size in Reception-Year 2 is 16; in Years 3-6 it is 18. These small classes enable us to cater for individual learning needs and allow teachers the time to support and challenge each girl appropriately. We run a minibus pick-up service in the mornings in the Woking area.
Within our idyllic setting the girls benefit from a wide range of opportunities in first-class facilities for learning and play as well as the expertise and enthusiasm of well-qualified specialist teachers. The three courts and open green space provide plenty of opportunities for sports including netball, hockey, tennis, rounders and athletics and include a newly installed adventure play area. Our sports hall is also home to our large stage on which every girl performs in a production every year and the music suite allows for class music lessons as well as individual instrumental lessons. The bespoke science laboratory enables the girls to develop their investigative skills as scientists through practical experiments. Creative skills are developed in the bespoke Art & Design Technology classroom and culinary delights are created in our state of the art Food Technology classroom. ICT is used across the curriculum as a learning tool with an up-to-date ICT suite, interactive whiteboards in each classroom and iPads for pupils to use. As well as classroom libraries the main school Library is a well-stocked resource where reading for pleasure and research are actively encouraged.
We work closely with parents as they choose the senior school that is right for their daughter and are very proud of the results achieved by Halstead girls in the entrance examinations – the results and long history of scholarships speak for themselves. The girls leave Halstead aged 11 as happy individuals confident in their abilities, interests and talents with a thirst for learning, many friends and so much to look forward to.
A parent recently wrote: 'Halstead is an amazing school, with an amazing staff and a special Halstead magic; I am very appreciative of everything that you have done for my daughter.'
You are warmly invited to see our happy and nurturing school in action on any school day or on our next Open Morning or Open Evening.
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Since September 2020, Mrs Maher. A career changer. Born in Surrey, she attended a local girl’s school and went on to study computing and business studies at Leeds. Her career kicked off in the City, writing software for the London Insurance market. Also did her MBA at City University/CASS Business School. Some 15 years later, she decided to retrain and follow her lifelong passion to become a teacher.


Pupils largely come as they are to nursery (from age 2). Later, they need to attend a taster day and from year 2 upwards, pupils are asked to do maths and English assessments to gauge strengths and weaknesses.

Unusually, offer academic and music scholarships, sat by all current year 2 pupils as well as by external candidates and worth around 10 per cent of...

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