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A mish-mash of buildings reflect the school’s history: once a farm, now a school. Pupils play table tennis in an old wooden panelled hall with parquet floors softened by centuries of feet, learn music in a 1970s block, and play sport in a superb state of the art sports hall. Small people in top to toe green wet weather gear had just finished a Christmas hunt though the woods and were settling down to toast marshmallows. The weekly forest school session includes studying bugs and trees...

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Awarded the highest possible rating across Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2015, St Andrew's Prep is a highly renowned day and boarding school for children aged 9 months to 13 years. The school is situated just a five minute walk from the sea and is set at the foot of the beautiful South Downs. St Andrew’s upholds the finest prep school traditions but prepares children for life in the 21st century, offering an outstanding, all round education where every pupil is encouraged to be the best that they can be. Though the school is non-selective, this years’ leavers achieved outstanding results gaining 27 scholarships and awards and excellent Common Entrance results to leading public schools.

Parents and visitors to the school always comment on the school’s warm, friendly atmosphere. The facilities are superb and include 12 acres of lovingly tended sports fields and grounds,a new sports hall and dance studio, opened in September 2016, purpose built Music, Art and DT and ICT departments and a unique forest school.

The school offers a broad academic curriculum with specialist teachers which is boosted by a vast extra-curricular programme which includes sport, music, art, drama, clubs and activities as varied as rocket building to skiing..

Full, weekly and flexi-boarding spaces are well sought after in the vibrant family-run boarding house for international and local children and there is a full programme of activities for the children throughout the weekend.

We passionately believe that prep school education is about opening as many doors to young minds as possible. Please do come and visit us and see for yourself what we have to offer.
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Since 2015, Gareth Jones, married to Jemma, with three children at the school; previously housemaster, director of sport and English/history teacher at the Dragon. ‘The head and his wife are an amazing team’, said a parent, another describing him as, ‘quiet and effective. Not a look at me head’; ‘[I] really like him…couldn’t be more welcoming…’.

The head was determined to ‘shake things up’ at St Andrew’s, and move from a more competitive culture to one of ‘give it a go’. He has appointed six new department heads and a deputy head; parents are delighted: ‘[he] has vision…[is] kind and forward thinking…’ ; ‘…brilliant…loads of energy and good ideas’, one of these was ending the uniform apartheid: girls can now wear trousers and shorts if they want to.
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