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  • S. Anselm's School
    Stanedge Road
    DE45 1DP
  • Head: Mr Phillips
  • T 01629 812734
  • F 01629 814742
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 16.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Derbyshire
  • Pupils: 238
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £10,950 - £19,500; Boarding £26,100 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..

Setting off a high-altitude balloon and tracking it from the comfort of a classroom is nothing new, but this is the kind of school that literally goes the extra mile, or hundred. S Anselmians think nothing of jumping in a minibus and driving four hours to Norfolk on an epic balloon chase. There’s no holding back: ‘We wipe the floor with other schools, despite our small size,’ say PE staff. Pupils compete nationally in swimming and netball and have had an unbeaten season in rugby. Parents commend the school for its teachers and its leadership, some saying that Phillips ‘believed in our son, when previous heads didn’t’...

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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

What the parents say...

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Peter Phillips, who both confirms and defies headmaster stereotypes. He certainly looks the part: tall, suited, firm handshake, part of the establishment. However, he is also genuine - there's no guard up – and extremely likeable. Get him sitting on one of the comfortable sofas in his office and he is like a gentle giant, full of humour, honesty - and surprises. He's a twin (the better looking one, apparently), and says he would choose a coffee chain over an independent café because he knows what he is getting. Perhaps that’s why he is so passionate about the constant that is education, something he always had a love for - driven by the fact that he knows how much it helped him in life. Starting out as a surveyor, he changed careers...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
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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