This is a densely populated area with an excellent range of independent school options, offering diverse approaches to education.
For families looking to educate within the state sector, the array of outstanding primary schools include St Mary’s C of E Primary in Datchet and the aforementioned Cheapside Primary, both popular choices. Charters School in Sunningdale and the state-funded day and boarding school, Gordans in West End are exceptional senior school options.
Families wishing to gain admissions to a Windsor school need to be aware of the ‘three school’ system that operates here. Pupils move from First to Middle the Sept after their 9th birthday and from Middle to Upper the Sept after their 13th birthday.
INDEPENDENT PREP SCHOOLS
Eagle House Crowthorne Rd, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH 01344 772134 eaglehouseschool.com
Pre-school and feeder school for Wellington College, which has a similar ethos. It suits strong, independent children.
Hall Grove London Road, Bagshot, Surrey GU19 01276 473059 hallgrove.co.uk
Traditional prep school, with strong family values and academic focus but also good on outdoor education and a breadth of learning experiences. the current Headmaster is the son of the founder and owns the school.
Hurst Lodge Bagshot Road, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 9JU 01344 622154 hurstlodge.co.uk
A school that caters for children with a love of the arts – drama, dance and music feature strongly in this gentle co-ed prep school.
Lambrook Winkfeld Row, Bracknell RG42 6LU 01344 882717 lambrook.berks.sch.uk
A go-getting school where children are encouraged to be academic and independent.
Ludgrove Ludgrove, Wokingham RG40 3AB 0118 978 9881 ludgrove.net
A traditional, full boarding, family run boys’ prep school with a wonderfully homely, country feel that gets boys to top schools.
LVS Ascot London Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8DR 01344 882770 lvs.ascot.sch.uk
A prep and senior school that prides itself on catering for children of all abilities.
The Marist Kings Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, SL5 7PS 01344 624291 themaristschools.com
Well-regarded Catholic prep and senior girls’ school. good academic standards.
Papplewick Windsor Road, Ascot, SL5 7LH 01344 621488 papplewick.org.uk
Boys-only day and boarding school. Boys need to board from Year 6. Famous for very boy- friendly activities such as their snake club! Daily transport to and from West London.
St George’s Windsor Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1QF 01753 865553 stgwindsor.co.uk
Castle choir school. very traditional in beautiful setting tucked away next to the Castle.
St John’s Beaumont Priest Hill, Old Windsor, Windsor, SL4 2JN 01784 432428 sjb.community
Roman Catholic, Jesuit boarding and day preparatory school for boys.
Sunningdale Dry Arch Rd, Sunningdale, West Berkshire SL5 9PY 01344 620159 sunningdaleschool.co.uk
Small traditional boys-only full boarding school. Family owned.
Woodcote House Snows Ride, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6PF 01276 472115 woodcotehouseschool.co.uk
A gentle traditional boys’ prep school. operates a bus from London for day pupils.