About us

Pinewood is set in 84 acres of rolling countryside and offers a quality, family-based co-educational day and boarding environment for children aged 3-13. Pupils are prepared for top independent senior schools at both Common Entrance and scholarship level through a blend of traditional and forward-thinking teaching which encourages independence in learning and fosters academic excellence.

Music, drama, art and sport are seen as vital to a child's development and the school offers, in addition, a wide range of activities. Manners, self-reliance and a regard for others are valued principles upon which the school's ethos is built.

We would like to think that Pinewood is a little different. The vision, aims and values of the school are underpinned by two strongly held beliefs: that learning can only be fostered in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, and that education is not confined to the classroom. We start with the premise that you can do nothing with an unhappy child and seek to create an atmosphere of care and respect where children will and should ask questions, push boundaries and occasionally transgress. The result is a school where children start to trust their instincts, recognise the relationship between action and consequence and begin to take responsibility for their own development. Outstanding pastoral care stems from the family atmosphere which permeates the school and children are known across the years.

The headmaster and his wife head up the boarding which is popular with all ages and is offered on a flexi, weekly or fortnightly option. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that equips our children for life in their chosen senior schools. Children are set from Year 3 upwards ensuring that each child is learning in an environment designed to help them achieve their potential, and high academic standards are expected. Support is available for both the brightest and the more gentle academics.

Visiting speakers, workshops and trips all contribute to a breadth and variety enabling children to learn and discover outside of the formal classroom. Art, drama and music are given a high priority with over 75% taking up an instrument or participating in our groups and choirs. The games programme is full and varied and sport is taken most afternoons. Fixtures against local preparatory schools ensure that all children have the opportunity to represent their school. The grounds and facilities provide an excellent space for developing our children’s learning through play, exploration, year group gardens, an outside classroom and the musical corner among others. This is extended by the Activity and Adventure programme allowing children to try anything from ballet to bowls, or polo to judo as well as the off-site trips to Somerset, Wales, Chichester and France.

Weaving all these strands together allows Pinewood children to experience a real breadth and diversity of education and allows us to offer them a wealth of opportunity both in and out of the classroom.

Latest news

18 Sep 2020

The Pinewood sports season has started!

Traditional fixtures may be on hold for the foreseeable future but competitive sport is very much still alive and well at Pinewood.

18 Sep 2020

The Pinewood sports season has started!

This September has seen the introduction of the inaugural Cross Keys Super Cup, where children in Years 5-8 have been divided into balanced, competitive teams and will be battling it out on the pitches over the course of the term. Boys will be playing both rugby and football and girls will be playing hockey and netball.

“Pinewood very much views team sports as the bedrock of a Prep School Sports Department and we were keen to find a way to continue competitive matches in a safe and responsible manner,” said James Siebert, Director of Sport. “As with all sports at Pinewood, the Cross Keys Super Cup is an all-inclusive competition, giving every child the chance to get in involved. Watching it reignite the enthusiasm and passion the children have for their sport has been fantastic.”



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04 Nov 2019

Pinewood open new outdoor classroom

The weather may be turning colder and the evenings drawing in, but this certainly does not mean that Pinewood children will be spending any less time outdoors. The children, who are used to making the most of the impressive grounds at Pinewood, are delighted with the new ‘Outdoor Classroom’ that was opened in late October.

04 Nov 2019

Pinewood open new outdoor classroom

Nettles were cleared, the tree canopy made safe, tons of woodchip laid and an enchanted learning area, hidden away in a magical copse of trees beyond the bottom of the playing field, was created. Complete with composting loos, a firepit, benches, bug hotels, and even hand-made bunting, the area is protected by a huge parachute that is strung from the trees so it can be used in all weathers.

As many of the building materials as possible are recycled from the woods and grounds of Pinewood, and the composting loos constructed with discarded pallets from the building site of the new Teaching and Learning Centre, which is due to open in Spring 2020.

The new resource was funded by Friends of Pinewood and created by the Cotswold Forest School, whose passion and creativity transformed this once-neglected copse into a beautiful outdoor classroom.

Ruth Hall, Director of Education at Pinewood says, “Learning outside the classroom is very much at Pinewood’s heart and the creation of this wonderful space is further testament to that. Taking a child outside of a traditional classroom environment to further develop their skills and knowledge offers so many positive benefits. Added to that are the benefits of simply being outside and getting fresh air, something that can further enhance a child’s receptiveness. We are delighted that this resource is now something we are able to use with all of our children, all year round.”



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20 May 2019

Neal Bailey appointed Headmaster of Pinewood

The Board of Governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Neal Bailey as Headmaster of Pinewood on the retirement of Philip Hoyland in Summer 2020. 

20 May 2019

Neal Bailey appointed Headmaster of Pinewood

Neal is currently Head at Mowden Hall in Northumberland, since September 2014, and has previously worked at Cothill House School and as Headmaster at Chateau de Sauveterre. Prior to entering teaching, he enjoyed a successful career in investment banking. Neal has a keen interest in sport, enjoying a wide variety of activities including rackets, football, surfing and tennis. He also enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

Neal will be joined at Pinewood by his wife Nicola, who is keen to play a full role within the School, and their two boys, aged 10 and 8.

Over the course of the next three terms, Neal and Nicola will visit Pinewood, subject to continuing their excellent work at Mowden, and they are very much looking forward to meeting parents and members of the school community.



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