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  • Hatherop Castle School
    GL7 3NB
  • Head: Mr Nigel Reed
  • T 01285 750206
  • F 01285 750430
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 13.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 243
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £8,985 - £15,510; Boarding + £7,800 pa
  • Open days: Friday 8th October is our ‘Escape to the Countryside’ Open Morning 9.30am to 12.30pm – Booking essential. In the afternoon we have our Senior School Fair from 4pm to 6pm with over 20 Independent Senior Schools attending. This is open to all to attend.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

A new deputy head academic has renewed the focus on academic measurement and creating ‘more robust trajectories.’ Entrance is through a stately wood panelled hall with grand fireplace and a staircase flanked by murals of the school and surrounding countryside snakes its way up to the first floor. Outside there’s an Italianate formal garden and a walled garden with an avenue of ancient yew trees. Rumours of an...

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What the school says...

Hatherop Castle School is a vibrant and exciting place to learn. The school produces happy, articulate and confident children who feel their efforts and achievements are valued and appreciated. Our leavers all achieve entry in to their first choice schools. In 2015 the school received the ISA awards for the top Prep school for Excellence and Innovation in Provision and the award for Excellence in the Arts. After a whole school Inspection in March 2016, including Nursery and Boarding, the school was judged to be excellent in all nine categories.

This together with fantastic academic results makes Hatherop Castle the first choice school for many parents. Numerous pupils leave the school at 13 with scholarships to their senior schools. The curriculum is complemented by a beautiful rural location, sports facilities including gym, cricket nets and outside pool and educational visits.

Prep 3 to 8 pupils take part in a well-planned programme in connection with Cumulus Outdoor Education, which engages the children in several activities whilst encouraging physical development, team building and co-operation skills.

The Nursery is a brilliant start for the very young who make a natural transition in to our busy Pre-Prep department.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Nigel Reed BSc (sports science), PGCE, MEd (educational leadership). Previously spent five years as director of sport and subsequently deputy head at Wallhampton. His appetite for teaching was whetted during a stint coaching for the Spurs holiday programme and his sights set on a headship from the off. With a passion for boarding stemming from his own school days and a love of sports, it’s not difficult to see the appeal of the Hatherop gig. He has two boys, the youngest in year 5 at the school.

Parents describe him as ‘personable, enthusiastic, chatty’ and report that he ‘takes concerns seriously.’ Children welcome the fact that ‘he’s not scary’. As usual this year he’s ‘out with the tracksuit on,’ giving it some on the games field and filling the...

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