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St Andrew's Prep

St Andrew's Prep

Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RP, East Sussex

01323 733203



St Andrew's Prep
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1877
Headmaster Gareth Jones
Co-ed Age Range 9 months-13 years
Number of pupils 360
Average Class Size Av 16 Max 20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations IAPS,BSA

St Andrew's Prep is a Good Schools Guide school and is listed in the 2019 and 2020 Best Prep Schools Guide (printed by Best of England).

An 'Excellent' School

St Andrew's Prep is an 'Excellent' rated Prep School offering wrap-around care and located on the beautiful sunshine coast of Eastbourne. With 21st century technology, environmental issues and society continuing to change at a fast pace, we recognise our responsibility to equip our pupils with minds to tackle this modern, high-tech world. Our talented staff is dedicated to preparing the children for the future; teaching them life-long learning, problem-solving and thinking skills alongside leadership and teamwork opportunities and, perhaps most important of all, the tools to become good citizens. The school was quick to react to the Coronavirus crisis and is proud of its outstanding remote and blended learning offering.

Our staff work hard to develop the right attitude towards academic study and encourage our pupils to think for themselves so that they can tackle challenges confidently. Over the last three years, the school's Year 8 pupils have won 96 scholarships to their senior schools including Eastbourne College, Brighton College, Hurst, Gordonstoun King's Canterbury, Millfield and St Edward's Oxford across academics, art, dance, design, drama, performing arts and sport.

"Shortlisted for multiple awards this year (2020) including a category at the Independent School of the Year Awards, this fresh and forward-thinking day and boarding prep, pre-prep and nursery for children aged up to 13 beautifully reflects its location on the edge of Eastbourne, the sunniest place in England." - Muddy Stilettos

Brimming with opportunities

However, success for our pupils can appear in many forms. Opportunities for artistic expression abound in our Creative and Performing Arts programme including Art, DTI (Design, Technology & Innovation), Dance, Drama and Music. The Cultural Curriculum encourages our pupils to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative and it plays a central role in providing our pupils with rewarding opportunities.

In sport, our aim is to promote enjoyment and an understanding of the values and ideals of good sportsmanship that are the essence of team sports. There are teams for every ability and this ensures that each child represents the school. However, our sporting pedigree is excellent with school representatives frequently reaching national finals in athletics and swimming, sometimes winning medals, as well as in other sports.

  • 2021, 2020, 2019 Included in top 50 cricket schools by the Cricketer magazine
  • 2020 Hockey Boys U13 finished 14th at the Nationals
  • 2020 Hockey Girls U13 finished 12 at the Nationals
  • 2019, 2018 Shooting Winners of the St George's Shield
  • 2019 Boys' table tennis Sussex champions
  • 2019 Cricket 1st XI won Sussex Cup and finished 3rd in the national Cup
  • 2019 Football U11 6-a-side team reached the National football final
  • 2019 Girls Hockey U13 VII Sussex Champions and 12th at National finals
  • 2019 Won U13 VII Sussex Girls Hockey Championships also in 2019
  • 2018 & 2017 Girls Table Tennis national champions
  • 2018 Girls Hockey U13 VII and U11 VII Sussex Hockey champions and National finalists
  • 2018 Rugby Sussex Cup winners
  • 2017 Football U13 6 a-side team reached the National football finals

In addition to the titles above, our pupils have also scored much individual success at national, regional, county and IAPS level in wind-surfing, riding, cross-country and chess over the last few years.

Our after-school and optional Saturday morning activities are plentiful. Martial arts, skiing, pottery, mountain biking and golf are a small selection of the vast array of options available to inspire our enthusiastic youngsters.

Beautiful, healthy, seaside location and great facilities

St Andrew's Prep is just a five minute walk to the sea and is nestled at the foot of the South Downs, yet London is near enough for educational and boarding trips. With nature on our front door, we offer unique Forest and Beach Schools - both providing opportunities to complement classroom study with outdoor learning. The children may try woodcarving, pond dipping and shelter building or build a fire around which they drink hot chocolate and toast marshmallows or they may simply play games using the natural resources available to them. The school facilities are excellent and include a 4 lane 20m indoor pool, a Music school, an Art, Design and Innovation block, teaching blocks, pavilion, a rifle range, two libraries and three ICT suites. In 2016, a game-changing Sports Hall and Dance Studio was unveiled and the school pavilion and boarding house have just been refurbished at a cost of more than £200,000.

"This is a strong supportive community; very different, parents say, to London type schools, where the parents are vying for position." The Good Schools Guide

A growing boarding house

The school's boarding house, Colstocks, is in the heart of the school. The House is lively and full of fun but also offers its boarders a place to relax and enjoy the company of friends from around the world. On weekends, our experienced Housemaster and his team offer activities and weekend trips to venues including the British Museum, Thorpe Park, rock climbing, go-karting and trampolining. The school is happy to provide supervised transport to and from London and the airports.

Visit St Andrew's Prep

We would be delighted to welcome you to St Andrew’s Prep where we are sure you will gain a real sense of the energy and the happiness and engagement in learning of our children.