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There was a touch of Arcadia about this campus on the sunny day when we visited. One parent described the school as a ‘hidden gem – there’s something magic about it.’ Facilities cannot be faulted. We wandered through spacious classrooms with boys clustered around experiments, DT projects, singing, drawing or running over to one of the (many) football pitches past tennis courts, the swimming pool building and playgrounds. The academic side of the school is tailored to the pupils’…




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Parkside is a thriving preparatory school for boys aged from four to 13, with an onsite co-educational nursery. Set in over 45 acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cobham, and just a few minutes from the A3, the School provides a stimulating environment in which boys can learn, grow and develop. We focus on providing an education that allows the boys to make the most of their abilities, interests and talents so that they will progress to senior schools as confident and independent individuals, with a joy of learning.
Parkside School's dedication to innovative learning and development of interpersonal skills sets us apart as a beacon of educational excellence. This was recognised in our most recent ISI Inspection Report, September 2022, which deemed the school to be “excellent” in all areas. The report attributed this success to our focus on creative teaching, an innovative curriculum and a dedication to individual, personal development. We have just enjoyed our best set of Common Entrance exam results in the summer of 2023 :

English A*: 41% A* - A: 84% A* - B: 100%
Maths A*: 55% A* - A: 85% A* - B: 98%
Biology A*: 31% A* - A: 78% A* - B: 96%
Chemistry A*: 23% A* - A: 59% A* - B: 93%
Physics A*:31% A* - A: 74% A* - B: 93%
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Since January 2019, Nicole Janssen (50s). Music degree (plus piano grade 8, oboe grade 8, clarinet grade 5, choral singing) and PGCE, both from Kingston. The school’s first female head and the third head of Parkside in 10 years. Originally joined school as a specialist maths and English teacher in 2016 (she still teaches maths to years 5 and 6), after six years as deputy head at Longacre, Bramley. Also spent five years in school improvement teams in Newham, where she was deputy head under Dame Sharon Hollows at Calverton School when it was voted most improved in the country, and also worked with former Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw. ‘I aimed to bring what I learned in Newham to Parkside,’ she says, with beguiling lack of irony....

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Special Education Needs

We have a Learning Support Department which caters for the specific needs of our pupils. Currently we cater for pupils with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia seeing them on a one to one basis or in small groups when appropriate. The focus of the department is to give them the confidence to achieve their full potential and to develop strategies to deal with their difficulties. We also offer help with organisational skills and study skills. 10-09

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