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  • Holyport College
    Ascot Road
    SL6 3LE
  • Head: Ben McCarey
  • T 01628 640150
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Pupils: 600; sixth formers: 196
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £15,030 pa
  • Open days: September and November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd May 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th May 2017
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Purposeful. Prefers to offer a traditional, fairly narrow, Ebacc-centred, academic curriculum rather than to faff about on frippery. No IB, Pre-Us, IGCSEs or BTecs. Single sciences, but no business studies or DT. STEM subjects are big: half of sixth form uptake is for maths or sciences subjects. The extended day - 8.30am to 5pm for all pupils, boarding and day - is the school’s secret sauce. The long afternoon (and the whole afternoon on Wednesdays) allows time for a phenomenal co-curricular programme with offerings ranging from…

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Ben McCarey BA (York) PGCE (Oxford). Has been involved with Holyport College since its foundation, starting as deputy headmaster in 2014 followed by two years as acting head. Coming from a family of teachers (he grew up in a boarding house and even his grandparents were teachers), there was only one solution – to swear blind never to go into teaching himself. But as many headteachers have learned, when teaching is in the blood it has a way of luring you in – in his case, a direct result of an argument with his mother in which she reminded him she was still paying his way as a graduate. ‘I lied that I’d applied for teacher training so then of course I had to!’ All came out in the wash though, as...

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