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We were struck by how creative the teachers were, never mind the students – colourful and intriguing lessons seem to pour joyfully out of every classroom and wonderful displays are everywhere. ‘We got letters in hieroglyphs when we were doing ancient Egyptians and we decoded them!’ remembered one child fondly. Girls can learn virtually any instrument and eagerly participate in choirs, orchestra, jazz, etc. ‘I credit the school with discovering and nurturing our daughter’s love for music,’ was one parent’s verdict...

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What the school says...

It is vital that your daughter's first step into full time education is a positive, happy experience. At The Study, girls from the age of 4 years gain in confidence and initiative, work hard and learn to think independently. Well prepared for a wide range of independent senior schools, girls leave us at 11+ with a zest for learning, gained in a stimulating, challenging and secure environment. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Vicky Ellis, previously head of Banstead Prep and before that director or studies at Redcliffe School in Chelsea. Has also been head of early years at Guildford High School. With a BSc in accounting, she kickstarted her career working at Andersen/Deloitte, later switching to a career in teaching, completing an MA in educational leadership and management.


At 4+, automatic sibling entry, thereafter by ballot. Around 120 apply for up to 48 places. School is completely non-selective at this stage, and doesn’t ask to meet any of the applicants. ‘We never know who we’re going to get,’ observed the head of the pre-prep, proudly. ‘We’re genuinely all-round.’ Applicants for any occasional places that might arise for years 1 and 2 are given an informal taster day while the teachers observe them.

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Special Education Needs

The Study is non-selective at age 4 and is able to cater for those girls with Specific Learning Difficulties such as mild to moderate dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. There are flexible support groups in some years and one-to-one private tuition for those who need it. Support staffing consists of a Learning Support Coordinator, four private tutors, a part time support teacher and four teaching assistants. Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
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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