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The school is set in a stunning location in Eastbourne, tucked between the South Downs and the sea in East Sussex. The school was founded in 1877 and is one of the most highly established prep schools in the area.

The St Andrew's academic and sporting reputation is second to none and is something of which it is very proud. In 2019, the Year 8 leavers gained a total of 38 academic, art, drama, music and sport scholarships to a number of prestigious senior schools including Eastbourne College, Millfield, Bede's and Lewes Old Grammar School.

Facilities include vast playing fields, a state-of-the-art sports hall and dance studio, beautiful, indoor swimming pool, a music studio, Forest and Beach schools and a stunningly refurbished boarding house. As part of the Eastbourne College Charitable Trust, the prep school also makes use of the wonderful facilities at Eastbourne College including two astroturfs and the superb performing arts centre, the Birley Centre.

All children thrive in this happy school which offers an outstanding curricular and extra-curricular education. There are opportunities galore to try something new - be it on stage, in the classroom, on the sports field or attending one of the many school activities for children from Reception to Year 8 including, but by no means limited to, chess, fives, jazz dance, mountain biking, pottery, skiing, table tennis and shooting.

Boarding is an integral part of life at St Andrew’s Prep and the stunning facilities are now amongst the best in any prep school. The boarding house is fun, friendly and cosy. The housemaster and his team have created a homely atmosphere and understand the importance of making the children feel like they are at ‘home’. St Andrew’s offers full boarding, weekly boarding, and overnight ‘sleepovers’ to girls and boys from Year 3 (age 7).

Our fantastic Forest School is one of the many hidden gems at St Andrew’s Prep. It’s hugely popular with all ages and allows children to investigate and experiment with new skills in forestry such as woodcarving, cooking and shelter building. Our Beach School, just five minutes walk from the school gate, provides, amongst others, opportunities to build fires, sand-sculpt, rockpool and make mobiles, crowns or boats from wood, rocks and shells washed up on the shore.

In early 2010, the charities of Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s amalgamated. Both schools benefit from shared resources including the new creative arts Birley Centre, fantastic sports pitches and shared support staff. Importantly, the two schools remain independent - each retaining their own head and name and a shared commitment to offer choice at 13. The two schools believe that it is essential that all children go to the right school for their individual needs and the St Andrew’s Prep headmaster works closely with parents to offer advice and help when selecting a senior school. There is no automatic right of transfer from one school to the other.

Latest news

15 Sep 2020

St Andrew's Prep named Finalist in 2020 Independent School of the Year Awards

We’re delighted to announce that St Andrew’s Prep has moved from shortlist to finalist in the Independent School of the Year for International Student Experience Award hosted by Independent School Parent magazine. We are especially proud that St Andrew’s Prep is the only standalone prep school of the five schools to make it through to the final in this category.

15 Sep 2020

St Andrew's Prep named Finalist in 2020 Independent School of the Year Awards

We’re delighted to announce that St Andrew’s Prep has moved from shortlist to finalist in the Independent School of the Year for International Student Experience Award hosted by Independent School Parent magazine. We are especially proud that St Andrew’s Prep is the only standalone prep school of the five schools to make it through to the final in this category.

This is an outstanding achievement by our boarding team and demonstrates the school’s dedication in this crucial area.

Over 300 prep and public schools entered different categories in these highly prestigious national awards with an eminent judging panel comprised of heads, governors and representatives of the member associations scrutinising entries for a first class education experience.

Gareth Jones, Headmaster said, “I am delighted that St Andrew’s Prep has been recognised for its focus and commitment to the international boarding market. We really try hard to offer what is needed and we want to give the boarders the very best possible boarding and cultural experience. I am so very grateful to our devoted team.”

“Mark Tomsett, Housemaster concurred, “We are unwavering in our dedication to get the spirit in the House right and to make sure that all needs are catered for: during the school day, after school and over the weekend. A happy House is a successful House and we will continue to work tirelessly to make Colstocks the happiest in the country.”

Winners will be announced at the Independent Schools of the Year 2020 virtual awards ceremony to be held on Thursday 8 October.

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07 Jul 2020

St Andrew's Prep Shortlisted in 2020 Independent School of the Year Awards

St Andrew's Prep is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in the International Student Experience category in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards hosted by Independent School Parent magazine.

07 Jul 2020

St Andrew's Prep Shortlisted in 2020 Independent School of the Year Awards

St Andrew's Prep is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in the International Student Experience category in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards hosted by Independent School Parent magazine.

Hundreds of schools enter these prestigious awards and, according to the Chair, Dr Helen Wright “… are demonstrating resilience and agility and delivering a first class education experience to its pupils in the most challenging (COVID-19) circumstances.” Judging will take place at the end of the summer with results announced in October.

Gareth Jones, Headmaster said, “Being shortlisted for an award in this really important sector of our industry highlights our excellent offering to our pupils and their families from overseas and I am thrilled that the hard work of our boarding team has been recognised.

"This award comes swiftly on the back of our inclusion in The Good Schools Guide for Boarding Schools which focuses on the culture, ethos and unique personality of schools, so it is clear that St Andrew’s Prep really does understand what our national and international market is looking for. Fingers crossed for October.”


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03 Jun 2020

St Andrew's Prep staff burst in to song for their pupils

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03 Jun 2020

St Andrew's Prep staff burst in to song for their pupils

PLEASE PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER TO WATCH THE FILM: https://vimeo.com/421011083

The St Andrew’s Prep staff have put together a heart-warming cover of the Doris Day classic Que Sera, Sera which has been sent to parents and children amid the Covid-19 pandemic .

The tribute was put together by Director of Music Rob Cousins with contributions from the Headmaster, Gareth Jones (in various guises), members of the Senior Management Team, teachers and support staff from all areas of the school.

Mr Jones said, “We are a caring family school and the staff were only too keen to get involved. But in addition to that, as educators, we play a large part in our pupils lives and I thought it was really important for them to see their teachers smiling and singing, as we all normally do, to help them keep their spirits up. It is also a thank you for our wonderfully supportive parents.”

Mr Cousins commented, “It’s the perfect track and sentiment. We want our children to be happy and connected at this time and the words of Que Sera, Sera with adaptions to the verses seem to sum up the mood wonderfully.”

One pupil commented, “I can’t believe our teachers have put that together for us. It has made my friends and me feel really special and though I see all my teachers online daily for lessons, they’ve given us something we can keep forever. And some of it’s hilarious!”

St Andrew’s Prep has remained open for children of its key worker parents while running an extensive online learning programme for its pupils since the start of the summer term. The staff are now delighted to have opened the doors to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.



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