Herries Preparatory School
Dean Lane, Cookham Dean, SL6 9BD, Berkshire
|Headteacher||Mr Robert Grosse|
|Co-ed Age Range||2-11 years|
Herries is as a delightful popular non-selective preparatory school in Berkshire for children from 2 to 11 years old. We are noted for our warm and nurturing culture, which was established in 1937 for children whose parents were working in the colonies. Today, many of our parents value the flexibility of our extended day which begins with breakfast at 7:30am and continues with tea to 6pm.
Our ethos involves developing the whole child as a rounded individual by means of our broad educational provision. Character education and our wide-ranging curriculum focus on public speaking, drama, music, art, sports and numerous extra-curricular activities and clubs. Our supportive family atmosphere enables pupils to thrive and achieve their full potential.
Our high standards of pastoral care encourage the development of life skills such as confidence and resilience. Manners, personal responsibility, tolerance and respect are nurtured at Herries. Our pupils benefit from smaller class sizes allowing more individual attention and learning time. Our children use Bisham Abbey the National Centre for sport and our neighbouring Outdoor Activity Centre Longridge for river based activities and our wild woods next door for Woodland Activities.
At Herries it is a large part of our role to prepare our pupils for their next schools and especially for the exams they are required to sit to gain a place at these schools. This could be the 11 plus transfer test or The Independent Schools Examination Board Common Entrance exams or an independent school's own entrance test. We offer study skills and exam preparation as part of our enrichment programme from year 3 upwards.
Our distinctive setting in Cookham Dean is in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, where 'Wind in the Willows' was written. We are rooted in our local community, but we also draw pupils who have lived around the world.
We offer a warm Herries welcome and look forward to meeting you.