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Hazlegrove Prep School

Hazlegrove Prep School

Hazlegrove House, Sparkford, BA22 7JA, Somerset

+44 (0)1963 442606



Hazlegrove Prep School
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1947
Headmaster Mr Mark White
Date Appointed September 2017
Co-ed Age Range 2.5-13
Number of pupils 364
Number of boys 187
Number of girls 177
Number of boarders 97
Day fees per annum £2,928 - £5,937 per term
Boarding fees per annum £6,886 - £8,787 per term
Average Class Size 14.5
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:11
Associations IAPS, BSA

Whether you are thinking of making the big move to the country or looking for a prep school where your children can experience a genuine childhood away from the hothouse pressures so prevalent in London and the South East, do come and visit us at Hazlegrove. Located in 200 acres of parkland just off the A303 in Somerset, we are committed to providing the very best all-round education to the boys and girls in our care.

In our rapidly changing and demanding world, it is vital that our children experience a breadth of opportunity that encourages them to be independent thinkers and confident problem-solvers so that they are ready to embrace whatever challenges lie ahead. At Hazlegrove we do this right from the start where even the very youngest pupils in the Nursery and Pre-Prep will enjoy specialist teaching for Forest School, Music, Drama, Tennis and Games whilst establishing the building blocks of English and Maths with experienced classroom teachers. As the children move up through the school, French, Latin and Mandarin are introduced as is Design Technology (including digital design and realisation), Food Technology and Outdoor Education which covers a myriad of activities from archery and kayaking to putting up tents and looking after animals on the mini-farm. Sport, Music and Drama all play a significant part with countless matches (from local to national level), concerts nearly every week and every child being involved in a major dramatic production every year. We want the stage to hold no fears whether they are presenting to peers or performing to a wider audience.

This wealth of opportunity does not come at the expense of academic endeavour and all pupils work towards the 13+ Common Entrance or Academic Scholarship so they move on, appropriately equipped, to a wide range of destinations from local schools to prestigious national institutions. The foundations of learning are firmly laid in the pre-prep. On joining the prep school (progression to which is automatic), the children will start moving around the school for subjects such as science and by the time they reach Year 6 (aged 10) they can expect to have specialist teaching for every subject. Setting and streaming ensure that all pupils are working at the appropriate level and a highly accredited learning support department is on hand to help those children who would benefit from a little extra help.

Fundamental to success is providing a caring, structured and secure environment where the children can focus their energy on being the best that they can be - not looking over their shoulders and worrying about what others think. The secret is not just in having very-well qualified staff who are inspirational teachers but them being the sort of people who can be excellent role-models and who can build strong relationships with your children. This applies not just to the classroom, but throughout all aspects of life from the thriving boarding houses via the tutoring system to the extensive extra-curricular program.

We want all our children to leave Hazlegrove having enjoyed a proper childhood as confident (not arrogant) individuals who are ready to make the most of the opportunities at their next schools – the fabulous feedback we get suggests we certainly achieve this. Do please come and meet us either by appointment or at one of our many open mornings - we would be delighted to meet you.