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St Faith's

St Faith's

Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AG, Cambridgeshire

01223 352073



St Faith's
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory
Founded 1884
Headmaster Dr C Hyde-Dunn
Date Appointed September 2021
Co-ed Age Range 4-13 years
Number of pupils 576
Number of boys 313
Number of girls 263
Day fees per annum £15,735 - £19,815 per annum
Average Class Size 16-18
Associations IAPS, ISC

Bright Beginnings - Exciting Futures

St Faith's is a Prep School for boys and girls aged 4-13 located in a green, spacious site in the heart of Cambridge. St Faith's is part of The Leys and St Faith's Foundation. As well as enjoying use of the senior school facilities, our pupils have unique access to The Leys Preliminary Assessment via which pupils at St Faith's can gain an offer of a 13+ place at The Leys during their Lent term of Year 6.

We believe in providing a future-focused education, preparing our pupils for the needs of the modern world. Pupils need the skills of team work, an understanding of how a computer works and of the engineered world around them, and a strong grounding in Science and Maths, the Humanities and Languages, as the foundation stones for virtually every path their future lives might take.

Across our wide-ranging curriculum each child is taught, developed and nurtured, to equip them well for life. Our teachers are passionate about sharing their knowledge, exploring new ideas and instilling a life-long passion for learning. We provide a tailored education to our pupils to ensure they are supported to fulfil their potential. Top-down excellence in all lessons enables our pupils to achieve more than they thought possible. With small class sizes, exceptional teachers and excellent facilities, all subjects follow an accelerated curriculum and the vast majority of pupils work at a higher level commensurate with their age.

A school leader in the early introduction of Computing to the curriculum, we now support over 25 schools in their development of Computing. In 2015 we became the first Prep school to teach Engineering as a core curriculum subject for all children from age seven. Our curriculum explores all forms of engineering; chemical, mechanical, robotics, structural, civil, electrical and aeronautical. In 2018 The Times awarded St Faith's 'Strategic Education Initiative of the Year' for our introduction of Engineering to the curriculum. Furthermore, The Week Independent Schools Guide named us 'The Best of the Best' for STEM education in 2019.

Sport is a conduit for developing mental and physical fitness, team spirit and resilience. Twenty different individual and team sports are taught at St Faith's. Our 'Sport for All' culture ensures that all pupils, irrespective of ability, receive specialist sports teaching from the age of five. During the 2022/23 school year, team and individual national and regional titles were awarded to St Faith's in Gymnastics, Trampolining, Netball, Athletics and Hockey. There were also national and regional entries in Cricket, Fencing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Football, Rugby and Triathlon. Drama, Music and Art are subjects which not only enable pupils to develop a life-long love of the arts but also promote self-belief and confidence.

Our green and spacious 9-acre site, located in the heart of Cambridge, together with extensive playing fields a two-minute walk away, provide some of the best facilities of any prep school in the UK. The shelves in our library are stocked with over 12,000 works of fiction and non-fiction. Engineering suites provide access to tools and equipment beyond many inventors' wildest dreams. Fully-equipped Science laboratories and computer suites are used by all year groups. The Hub provides flexible large indoor spaces for interdisciplinary projects, a roof-top night sky viewing platform and a virtual reality suite allows all children to explore the universe around them in the most exciting ways.

St Faith's pupils are confident, articulate, grounded and courteous, attributes which will stand them in good stead for their futures. In 2022/2023 37 scholarships were awarded to Year 8 pupils as they moved to senior schools, with over 90% of leavers gaining a place at their first-choice school.