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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 Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1877
Headmaster Gareth Jones
Co-ed Age Range 9 months-13 years
Number of pupils 380
Average Class Size Av 16 Max 20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations IAPS,BSA

"This is an inspirational school, overflowing with opportunities for its pupils who leave with good character and are culturally aware. We offer gold standard teaching in academic subjects, superb sports coaching and St Andrew's Prep is the school of choice for performing arts in the locality." Gareth Jones, Headmaster

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.

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. The school's most recent leaving Year 8 cohort (2018) earned 37 senior school scholarships to a range of schools including Eastbourne College, Bede's, Brighton College, Gordonstoun and Roedean across academics, art, dance, design, drama, performing arts and sport.

"This head is devoted to his pupils" The Good Schools Guide

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 winning medals at the National Athletics and Swimming finals. Other sporting highlights include winning: 2018 U13 VII and U11 VII Sussex Girls Hockey championships; 2018 and 2017 U13 National Table Tennis championships; 2017 U12 Cricket Sussex Cup; 2016 U13 and U12 Rugby Sussex Cup and in 2017 the U13 6-a-side team reached the National football finals while the U11s are due to play in the National finals in May 2019.

Our after-school and optional Saturday morning activities are plentiful. Fencing, skiing, pottery, mountain biking and golf is 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. At the weekends, our experienced Housemaster and his team offer wonderful activities and weekend trips 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.

St Andrew's Prep is a Good Schools Guide school and is listed in the 2019 Best Prep Schools Guide (printed by Best of England) and was named in the top 50 Prep schools in the 2019 Best Cricketer Guide.