Griffin House Preparatory School
Little Kimble, Aylesbury, HP17 0XP, Buckinghamshire
Co-educational Day Preparatory
|Headmaster||Mr Tim Walford|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-11 years|
Set within 5 acres of grounds nestled in the Chiltern Hills, Griffin House School provides an outstanding education for boys and girls aged 3 - 11 in a happy and nurturing environment. The school's small class sizes and individualised learning environment ensures that children are given the attention and support they deserve to excel as well as being exceptionally well cared for. This is reflected in excellent 11+ results and inclusion in the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Schools list (based on SATs results) for the past five years.
Learning at Griffin House School, part of Chatsworth Schools, is brought to life in all subjects through the passion and knowledge of dedicated teachers. Committed staff team have high expectations of pupils inspiring them to believe anything is possible and there is a calm and purposeful learning environment that encourages mutual respect and enables children to reach their full potential. The personalised approach to teaching ensures that learners of all abilities are stretched and challenged or supported and encouraged. Furthermore, creative subjects of sport, art, music and drama enhance the academic curriculum to develop fully rounded and adventurous young people who engage joyfully in their learning.
Griffin House School encourages pupils to grow as a whole person, ensuring they develop self-confidence and become thoughtful and valuable members of the community. As part of the school's pastoral care, younger pupils are encouraged to look up to the older children, whilst the older children in turn are taught responsibility and compassion. Every member of the school community has an important role in creating the distinct ethos of value and respect and the Head, Tim Walford, plays a part in each child’s day, welcoming them through the school gate every morning and taking opportunities to interact with the pupils through celebration assemblies and regular timetabling.
With 5 acres of grounds, Griffin House School boasts a unique opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. Each Early Years class has a specific, designated outdoor space and across the school the timetable includes outdoor learning opportunities. The school grounds host wonderful locations for den building, campfires and unearthing minibeasts as well as the chance to positively encourage children to look after their natural environment and to be part of the force for taking care of the planet and improving it for their future. The grounds are also home to an abundance of wildlife including red kites, rabbits, deer as well as local sheep and neighbourly ducks.
At Griffin House School, sport is an integral part of school life. All children enjoy playing different games with each other, learning the meaning of teamwork, patience, fair play and resilience. Through specialist taught, timetabled PE and Games lessons, weekly swimming lessons that start in Reception and after school activities, pupils are encouraged to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. In the Prep School all pupils (boys and girls) participate and represent the school in a wide range of sports including cross-country, tag-rugby, netball, football, hockey, rounders, cricket and athletics. The school also takes part in many Independent Schools Association regional and national tournaments.
After lessons end, Griffin House’s vibrant and diverse extra-curricular program kicks in with a termly timetable of sporting, artistic, educational and above all fun activities for children to choose from. The school runs a variety of exciting, interest-led and seasonal clubs each term, giving children the chance to form friendships and links with others across different form groups.
Griffin House School children achieve fantastic academic success with exceptional 11+ results and around 75% of children moving onto selective grammar and independent schools - including Wycombe High School, Aylesbury Grammar School and Abingdon School. These results are all the more impressive as Griffin House School is non-selective. The school has a range of extra support in place, such as one-to-one time with the Headteacher to prepare for interviews, to make the transition as successful and smooth as possible and to ensure children fulfil their full potential. The school's pastoral focus and attention to each child ensures all Griffin House children are ready to flourish in any setting that they are moving on to.
Griffin House School provides an outstanding education in a nurturing environment. The school takes pride in Year 6 pupils leaving as capable and confident individuals ready to continue their educational journey and take on the world.