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  • S. Anselm's School
    S. Anselm's Preparatory School
    DE45 1DP
  • Head: Mr Phillips
  • T 01629 812734
  • F 01629 814742
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 16.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Derbyshire
  • Pupils: 262; 40 full, 30 occasional boarders
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £10,500 - £19,800; Boarding £24,900 pa
  • Open days: Prospective parents are encouraged to visit on a normal working day.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

We listened to an exciting and challenging science lesson. When asked to describe their teacher, pupils said, ‘distinctive, epic, fun, super, funny and heroic.’ They were still yelling out adjectives as we left the room. Art teacher wearing spectacularly bright trousers; ‘I love getting messy in art,’ said one enthusiastic painter with rainbow coloured hands and face. Weekends are action packed and hugely enjoyed. ‘He doesn’t want to come home,’ one parent told us.  ‘Boarding is just the greatest fun!’ children said to us over and over again....

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What the school says...

S. Anselm's is one of the country's leading prep schools. We provide a happy and thriving environment where children are encouraged to give their best and to flourish amidst traditional values.

We prepare children for their journey through life, equipping our boys and girls with the wisdom and skills to succeed. We look to do so in a fun and engaging way, whilst encouraging good manners and humanity. The safe, homely and family environment in stunning Derbyshire countryside lends itself to superb opportunities for the strong boarding community. They delight in the strength and breadth of the activities programme, whilst being supported emotionally and academically by the school's dedicated pastoral team. Despite having no academic entry requirements, at 13 more than half our pupils win a scholarship which is a tribute to the quality of the teaching at the school and the small average class sizes. We would love to meet you and encourage you to come and see us in action. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Peter Phillips. Head of Cundall Manor in Yorkshire for 13 years; built up school from around 80 to some 400 pupils. Started as a surveyor before seeing the light and becoming an English teacher. Head of English at Yardley Court and Dulwich College then director of studies at Cargilfield in Edinburgh.

A tall man, by any standards, he does not belong to the pinstriped, lapel-tugging, bullfrog school of heads. He is a thinker, a man of intelligence and vision, of great kindness, strong-minded and determined, and not easily swayed. Above all, he is dedicated to the welfare of the pupils. He does not like being pushed about by autocracy, but will listen for hours to children’s worries and concerns. Some parents have complained that he is something of...

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Special Education Needs

S. Anselm's is a mainstream school and as such we welcome pupils with a broad cross section of ability. Gifted children are stretched and those with specific learning difficulties have access to dedicated one-to-one specialist teaching. All children are fully integrated into every aspect of life at the school. 09-09

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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