Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham
Beatrice Avenue, Whippingham, PO32 6LP, Isle of Wight
|Head of school|
|Co-ed Age Range||4-18|
|Number of pupils||165|
|Number of boys||86|
|Number of girls||79|
|Day fees per annum||£6,330 - £8,300|
|Average Class Size||16 max|
Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham was founded in 1993 out of the Girls Boarding School Upper Chine in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.
In 2012 it moved to the historic Whippingham site on the Osborne Estate where Queen Victoria built to Prince Albert's design a school to cater for the children of the village and the estate.
HRH Princess Beatrice of York unveiled a plaque in 2014 to celebrate 150 years of continuous education on the site. The school has close links with St Mildred’s Church and Osborne House, where more than once our school choirs have sung.
The school has two core principles that inform its ethos: academic rigour and pastoral care. We maintain a maximum class size in all academic subjects of 16, splitting the class into smaller tutor groups or allocating "Second Teachers" to ensure this ratio. We believe this underpins our academic success with 100% GCSE pass rates and an enviable track record of admissions to Russell Group universities; and the behaviour and conduct, favourably commented on by Ofsted reports. The most recent report in 2018 rated the school Outstanding in both its Early Years provision and its Pupil Personal Development & Welfare. Many comment on its family atmosphere which is informed by its Christian foundation and ethos.
We compete vigorously in both island and mainland sports fixtures with professional sports coaches on staff, and are especially strong in expressive arts, with school productions in the modern Anthony Minghella Theatre in Newport, the county town, and dedicated LAMDA lessons. Pupils have won several Island Design Competitions and the school's Science Department has won Good Schools Guide awards twice in the last few years.
Specialist teachers in IT, French & Spanish, PE, Music & Drama teach from Reception Year upwards to provide a rich, varied and stimulating learning environment.
Fast becoming the school of choice for many families moving out of metropolitan environments, Priory School offers a proven quality of education set in the history and beauty of the Isle of Wight.