Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham
Beatrice Avenue, Whippingham, PO32 6LP, Isle of Wight
Co-educational Day Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
|Principal||Mr David EJJ Lloyd|
|Co-ed Age Range||4-18 years|
|Number of pupils||176|
|Number of boys||91|
|Number of girls||85|
|Day fees per annum||£6,690 - £10,500 per annum|
|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, and our school choirs have sung at both locations on numerous occasions.
The school has two core principles that inform its ethos: academic rigour and pastoral care. We maintain a maximum teaching class size in all academic subjects of 16, and we believe this underpins our academic success, with 100% GCSE pass rates in recent years and an enviable track record of admissions to Russell Group universities, and the behaviour and conduct so 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 strong Christian foundation and ethos which underpins the religiously and ethnically diverse nature of its pupil and staff body.
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 had Good Schools Guide awards twice in recent years.
Specialist teachers across the curriculum 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.