Welcome to Windlesham

Windlesham House School is one of the world’s leading IAPS co-educational day and boarding preparatory schools for children aged 4 to 13, and was established as the first prep school in England in 1837. Today we educate approximately 340 pupils with an almost equal split of boys and girls – with 300 in the prep school (7-13) and just under 50 in our pre-prep (4-7) – affectionately known as Little Windlesham.

Windlesham traditionally receives outstanding OFSTED and ISI reports which underlines our position as one of the leading prep-schools in the world today. We give every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in whatever sphere of learning that may be.

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Pre-Prep School

Welcome to the Pre-Prep department of Windlesham House School, affectionately known as Little Windlesham.

Pre-Prep welcomes day children aged from 4 to 7 and is the gateway to ‘The Windlesham Experience’. We believe our department exudes a friendly, family atmosphere and offers its children exciting opportunities that make it very special.

To find out more about our Pre-Prep school click here or if you would like to visit us click here and our Admissions team will be happy to arrange this.

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Headmaster's Blog
  • Half term is upon us...

    date posted: Friday 17 Oct 2014
    It is amazing that half term is upon us ; as always it is an indication of how busy we have been at Windlesham . I am actually writing this blog from Beijing where Rachel and I have spent a very interesting few days meeting up with some present parents and being introduced to a few prospective families
  • A warm welcome

    date posted: Wednesday 1 Oct 2014
    It is always lovely to get home to Windlesham after being away, especially when you receive the warm welcome back I enjoy from both the children and the staff.  It was rather surreal that the very first child who greeted me as I stepped out of my taxi should be the son of the Father who drove me to the airport in Bermuda the evening before.  
  • New Term

    date posted: Friday 26 Sep 2014
    Two weeks into the new term and we are still enjoying the Indian Summer weather.  It has certainly helped to make the start of the new academic year as straight forward as any I can recall.  
  • Start of term

    date posted: Wednesday 10 Sep 2014
    It is marvellous to have the school back in full swing after the long summer holiday.  We seem to be blessed with the makings of an Indian summer which is such a bonus especially as we are all settling in and have a number of new children.  To be precise a quarter of the total role are new which is really good news and very exciting to see the year groups growing.  To have 83% of the new intake in the Prep school boarding is really pleasing and bodes well for the year ahead. 
  • Kenya

    date posted: Tuesday 12 Aug 2014
    It’s just over a week since Rachel and I returned from our family trip to Kenya.  We chaperoned five Windlesham families on a twelve day safari; a party of twenty five in total.  It has been quite hard to come back down to earth so good was the trip.  We were blessed with a lovely group of people who made the holiday such a wonderful experience through their enthusiasm and appreciation.
  • A Time to Relect

    date posted: Sunday 27 Jul 2014

    Two weeks into the summer holiday I have had the chance to take stock and reflect on the last six months.

  • Vintage Term

    date posted: Friday 27 Jun 2014
    Before the end of term is upon us I cannot miss the opportunity to claim what a truly vintage term this has been.  They say success breeds success and we are witnessing this first hand and on a daily basis.
  • Sports Day Approaching

    date posted: Tuesday 10 Jun 2014
    It has been wonderful having this spell of lovely weather.  I was so pleased it started on the day I gave the school their half day to celebrate our record number of scholarships which coincided with Common Entrance finishing.  It also meant our Malden Family Theatre picnic was enjoyed even more by everyone.
  • Back to School

    date posted: Wednesday 4 Jun 2014
    After a very quiet half term it is lovely to have the school back in full swing. We go to the trouble of bringing back all our C.E. candidates for half a day to calm them down and offer subject clinics. I certainly felt that they started their all-important examinations in a good frame of mind.
  • Record Number of Scholarships

    date posted: Tuesday 20 May 2014
    I must begin this blog by announcing the wonderful news that we have now surpassed our record for the number of scholarships won in a year. Our tally now is 25. This is a fantastic achievement and once again I congratulate all the individuals concerned. It is important for me to acknowledge the efforts and support of the staff. Whilst some children are born with natural intelligence and talent, it is inspirational teaching and dedication that makes all the difference in gaining scholarships.
Academic Success

The philosophy of Windlesham is to find what a child is good at and then to use this to build the confidence to tackle those things they are not so good at. We have a ‘can do’ approach to everything and that naturally includes academic study. We are proud that we turn out mature, confident, independent learners who can question the status quo in order to strive for more.

All schools will tell you that they offer a broad and balanced curriculum, but at Windlesham we really do. The core of English, Maths and Science will have more curriculum time allocated than any other subjects. However, we also include French as a core subject which all children learn from the age 4 onwards. Additionally, all children as they progress through the school, will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish and/or Latin. Most will have two languages under their belt when they leave us. Humanities subjects make up the rest of the academic timetable. We are then able to extend the curriculum to include, Music, Art, Design Technology, Food technology, Textiles, Graphics, ICT, and Drama. Outside of the timetabled week children also have the option to study many other languages (Greek, Mandarin, Russian, German, Dutch etc.). They also have the opportunity to take LAMDA and be involved with Debating to name but two of a myriad of the more academic activities.

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You can download our prospectus by clicking the links below.

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Foundation

As one of the country’s leading and adventurous co-ed prep schools, we must continuously seek to improve our facilities in order to maintain our standing and offer our pupils the best and most modern facilities.

Our current swimming pool is 35 years old and although it has worked very hard for us and nurtured some Olympian swimmers, its 12 metre length is half the length of a modern competition pool and its 4 lanes do no allow enough space for our ‘six-house’ intra-school competitive events and has almost no space for supporters to cheer the teams on. Our sports hall facilities are currently in the dual purpose ‘Malden Family Theatre’ which was built in the 1980s, a fabulous facility and in constant use by our children but also used by our local community for concerts, plays and meetings. The theatre undergoes an almost daily transformation, pulling out the tiered seating for assemblies and performances then pushing them back to return the space to a sports hall. The storage of tables and chairs also jockeys for position with sports equipment.

Windlesham is renowned for its music and performing arts as well as its sports. In order for our children to achieve their full potential across both disciplines, they would greatly benefit from having a new 25 metre, 6 lane swimming pool and a dedicated sports hall. This would then release the theatre to become, with some modification, a performing arts centre.

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