The Schools Newsletter

The Schools Newsletter

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This is the part where we hand over to a few of the leading schools around our county and let them tell you a bit about themselves – and all the latest happenings.

Box Hill School

Box Hill School - Credit: Archant



“Aldro is a small day and boarding school for 220 boys aged seven to 13,” says marketing and development manager, Sheridan Charles. “Set in 20 acres of stunning Surrey countryside, with a rowing lake, new sports centre, all-weather tennis courts, adventure island, wooden fort and swimming pool, it really is a boys’ paradise. “James Hanson, Aldro’s new headmaster, has introduced a range of academic, sport and music scholarships from September 2016. For more information about these, or entry to the school in other year-groups, please contact Janie Sadler on 01483 813535 or e-mail”

• Aldro, Lombard Street, Shackleford,

Godalming GU8 6AS

Contacts: 01483 813535 / / aldro,org

Bramley School

Bramley School - Credit: Archant

Box Hill School

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“In July, 17 Box Hill School students will travel 8,442 miles to Philippolis, in the Free State Province of South Africa, to join forces with the Good Work Foundation for 16 days of renovation and building work in the village,” says Round Square representative, Sandy Watt. “This project is supported by the Round Square Committee at school who are busy preparing for their annual charity variety show at the end of March, which will raise money to fund the building materials for this important service project. Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools in 40 countries across five continents and celebrates being 50 years old this year.”

• Box Hill School, Old London Road,

Mickleham RH5 6EA Contacts: 01372 373382 / /

Greenacre School

Greenacre School - Credit: Archant

Bramley School and Nursery

Walton on the hill

“A number of the Bramley girls spent a wonderful afternoon with artist and sculptress Anahita Eastwood as she ran a clay workshop for them,” says head of art, Hemali Tejura. “Anahita exhibited some of her own work of intricate faces and masks and then demonstrated how to work with clay. The girls were truly inspired and used these newly-learned skills to make cats and fish; the work they produced was fantastic. A further, advanced workshop will run again in the summer term when the girls will be developing their skills to produce their own masks.”

• Bramley School & Nursery, Chequers Lane, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST

Contacts: 01737 812004 / /

Students at Reigate Grammar School

Students at Reigate Grammar School - Credit: Archant

Caterham School


“A further 13 Sixth Form pupils from Caterham School have secured offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities,” says headmaster, Ceri Jones. “This year’s results mean a total of 49 pupils from the school have secured a place at the worldleading universities in the last three years alone. Competition for places at Oxbridge is fiercer than ever with all candidates typically having straight A*/A profiles. We are passionate that academic excellence, pastoral care and breadth of co-curricular offer is vital for all of our students.“In addition, Caterham School has once again been recognised as a leading school for its application of technology in teaching. The school is one of only three in the UK to be formally accredited as an Apple Distinguished School, recognised for its continuing ‘innovation, leadership and educational excellence’.”

• Caterham School, Harestone Valley Road, Caterham CR3 6YA

Contacts: 01883 343028 / /

Royal Alexandra

Royal Alexandra - Credit: Archant

Cranleigh School


“Cranleigh School has been looking at the benefits of boarding,” says senior housemaster, Charlie Boddington. “We try to gain the ‘best of both worlds’ when it comes to boarding. We operate a boarding model where the majority of families live locally (within an hour’s drive) and so can work in partnership with us, whilst there is also a strong full boarding ethos with boarders at school for at least six days a week, including Saturdays.“We recognise boarding is now all about choice and variety with the flexi, occasional and weekly boarding options all operating alongside the more traditional, single-sex, full boarding model. The question is, which one is right for your child and your family lifestyle.”

• Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8QQ

Contacts: 01483 273666 / reception@ /

Cranleigh Prep


“Sport is a very important part of Cranleigh Prep School life and we were delighted to be voted “best prep school for sport” in The Week’s Education Guide in September,” says headmaster, Michael Wilson. “All pupils play sport every day and they all represent the school in teams (ranging from A-D in most year groups) for our major sports (boys: football, hockey, cricket; girls: hockey, netball, rounders), as well as having opportunities in other fields, such as swimming, tennis, athletics, riding, archery, climbing, sailing and golf. Our talented sports players are nominated to trial for their county academies and approximately 30 pupils each year play representative sport at this level or higher.”

• Cranleigh Prep, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8QH

Contacts: 01483 542058 / /



“Head Girl Karla Boxall has been offered a place to read geography at Newnham College, Cambridge,” says headmistress, Lindsay Redding. “Karla’s achievement creates an exceptional record for Greenacre Head Girls, as she is the third in four years to gain an Oxbridge place.“Also, our under-16 netball team stormed their way to victory for the fifth consecutive year in the district tournaments. This team have been champions as under-12s, under-13s, under-14s, under-15s and now under-16s! “Finally, in response to parent feedback, we now offer supervision from 7.30am and up to 6pm, plus an enhanced range of co-curricular activities, all free of charge. Breakfast club is available for a small charge.”

• Greenacre, Sutton Lane, Banstead SM7 3RA

Contacts: 01737 363601 / /

Reigate Grammar School


“On Tuesday January 19, staff and students stood in awe as a crane digger took aim and demolished the existing building at Reigate Grammar School to make way for the Peter Harrison Foundation Centre,” says headmaster, Shaun Fenton. “The new centre will host a university quality learning-resource centre and a flagship library with learning zones and e-readers. A new Sixth Form Centre with café, social facilities, study areas and classrooms, allowing students to study, learn and relax, will be included. The new facilities, designed by award-winning architects Walters and Cohen, will enable technology-rich learning for students of all ages and will be surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens.“This major capital development will be transformational. We are honoured that Sir Peter Harrison CBE and the Peter Harrison Foundation are supporting this project with their generous donation of £4 million. Their gift will enable the school’s biggest-ever capital building programme to take place over the coming year.”

• Reigate Grammar School, Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0QS

Contacts: 01737 222231 / /

Royal Alexandra and Albert School


“Pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School are learning lots of new words this term,” says headmaster, Paul D Spencer Ellis. “For example: Octopush, Pickleball and Futsal... “These are just a few of the many activities on offer as part of the school’s co-curricular activities programme. There are around 250 weekly sessions of sports, creative arts, skills, entertainment and academic pursuits, so there is never a dull moment!

“A typical evening for a boarder (or flexi-boarder) might start with an afterschool snack followed by Ukelele Band. After the evening meal, it could be Photography Club followed by prep (i.e. homework). On another evening, the child might have swimming and Cadets, or trampolining and App Club. Whatever their interests, there is bound to be something for every child.”

• Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TD

Contacts: 01737 649000 / /

Parkside School

Stoke d’aBernon

“Parkside’s reputation for art is well established, with pupils producing top- quality work and achieving scholarships at various senior schools,” says head of art, Smita Lahiri. “We are extremely excited that our Year 6 boys have entered the prestigious Brighton College Postcard Art competition this term. The boys have worked hard and have shown immense variety and natural flair in their art displays. “All the postcards will be exhibited in the Burstow Gallery at Brighton College from Wednesday March 2, 2016. To be able to instil a passion for art in our pupils is a main priority of our teaching.”

• Parkside School, The Manor,

Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham KT11 2PT

Contacts: 01932 862749 / /

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