Godstowe Preparatory School

Type of school: Girls Preparatory school

Nearest international airport: Heathrow (32km)

Age Range: 3-13

Number of pupils: 440

Number of boarders: 100

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,533
Day: £3,335–£5,127

Information

The School

Godstowe Prep Girls On BenchSince its foundation in 1900, Godstowe Preparatory School has been at the forefront of education. It has a distinguished tradition as the first British boarding preparatory school for girls, in a foundation that includes Wycombe Abbey, Benenden and St Leonards. Today, Godstowe is a flourishing boarding and day school with more than 400 pupils, enjoying an unparalleled academic reputation. It has a pre-prep department for boys and girls aged between 3 and 7, and a preparatory school for girls from 7 to 13 years old. Girls prepare for 13+ Common Entrance to independent senior schools and for 11+ entry to grammar schools. The latest ISI inspection (summer 2012) report, which covered boarding and early years as well as main school, gave Godstowe ‘Excellent’ (the highest available) in all categories and sub-categories.

Academic record

Godstowe enjoys an unparalleled academic reputation amongst British independent schools despite its non-selective entry policy. 100% of girls consistently achieve their first-choice senior school and, in 2016, more than 50 scholarships were won. By the age of 9, pupils are taught by specialists in 16 subjects across the curriculum. Language teaching includes French, Spanish and Latin. Sport, ICT, art and music are all outstandingly taught within first-rate facilities.

Girls at Godstowe Preparatory school for girlsBoarding

Girls’ boarding life is focused within three houses in the grounds, one of which is a dedicated junior boarding house. Each has six resident staff and a warm and supportive atmosphere. A combination of professional and caring staff and beautifully refurbished accommodation ensures a safe and relaxing environment. Each house has its own garden and tennis court, reinforcing the feeling of ‘going home’ at the end of the school day. Weekends are packed full of activity and fun, with many weekly boarders often choosing to stay at school for the weekend. The enrichment curriculum is an extended school day with up to 50 free after-school activities scheduled each week. The ‘e-curriculum’ gives children the chance to try many exciting and challenging new pursuits, including badminton, dress making, gymnastics and Chinese Mandarin.

Supervised homework sessions are offered every evening, and day children may join the boarders for breakfast and supper.

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“Unparalleled scholarship rate of 52% of Year 8 girls despite non-selective entry policy.”