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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

29 Mar 2021

ST ANDREW’S PREP, EASTBOURNE APPOINTS NEW HEADMASTER

St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to announce that, after a very thorough consultation and interview process, Tom Gregory has been appointed as the new Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep. Mr Gregory succeeds Gareth Jones and will take up his post from September 2021.

29 Mar 2021

ST ANDREW’S PREP, EASTBOURNE APPOINTS NEW HEADMASTER

St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to announce that, after a very thorough consultation and interview process, Tom Gregory has been appointed as the new Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep. Mr Gregory succeeds Gareth Jones and will take up his post from September 2021.


Mr Gregory started his career in the City of London working in Investment Banking. After ten years he followed his heart and moved into teaching, immediately finding his vocation. He has held senior roles in various schools over the last thirteen years, including Deputy Head at Vinehall and his current position as the Deputy Head at Ashfold School.


St Andrew’s Prep and Eastbourne are familiar territory for Mr Gregory. As a former pupil at both St Andrew’s Prep and Eastbourne College, he knows first-hand the schools' sense of family and community.


Mr Gregory will be joined by his wife Esther and their two children. Mrs Gregory has a long standing 23-year teaching career in both senior and prep schools.


Mr Gregory will be working closely with Mr Jones to ensure a seamless transition. He is excited about the new role and is looking forward to getting started.


“I am both delighted and honoured to be the next Head at St Andrew’s Prep. It is a school with an outstanding reputation and its recent developments have shown it to be both innovative and forward thinking. The school today is much changed from the school I attended but remains firmly the same with regards to its ethos. The pride and passion for the school was clear to see from all staff and pupils that I met, something I share completely. Esther and I are excited to be joining the school community and I look forward to working with staff, pupils and parents to shape the exciting future of the school.”


The team involved in the appointment of Mr Gregory were very impressed by him and believe he is the perfect fit for St Andrew’s Prep.


Mr Gregory will report to Tom Lawson, Headmaster at Eastbourne College who said, “I have known Tom Gregory for some time as an impressive and high-flying senior prep school figure, known for his hard work and attention to detail. His thoughtful, human approach to bringing out the best in young people chimes with the values of St Andrew’s Prep and the charity as a whole. He has a deep and abiding love for both schools as well as the wide experience needed to take a fresh look at the opportunities and challenges of the coming years. I have no doubt that under Tom and Esther’s care, the pupils, staff and parents will see St Andrew’s Prep build on its great strengths and move to the next level. I cannot wait to welcome them to our community.”



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24 Feb 2021

St Andrew's Prep take to their microphones as end of lockdown in sight

With the roadmap out of lockdown delivered on Monday night and a light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, St Andrew’s Prep staff have taken to their microphones again.

24 Feb 2021

St Andrew's Prep take to their microphones as end of lockdown in sight

With the roadmap out of lockdown delivered on Monday night and a light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, St Andrew’s Prep staff have taken to their microphones again.

Calling on his West End musical contacts and videography company, AppleCatcher, the school's Director of Music, Mr Cousins has drafted and co-ordinated a ‘Spring Medley’ to Abba favourites Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!; Money Money and The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles.

Packed full of dodgy wigs, eye raising outfits, dogs, puppets and some groovy moves by the staff, the aim of the song is to boost the children’s morale and to keep their spirits high as we enter what we all hope will be the last weeks of lockdown.

St Andrew’s Prep has remained open for children of its key worker parents alongside running an extensive online learning programme for its pupils during each of the lockdowns and will open its doors to all pupils again on Monday 8 March.

https://vimeo.com/515717570


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04 Feb 2021

St Andrew's Prep joins leading publisher for fatigue lockdown podcast

Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep, Gareth Jones, was recently invited by Attain, a leading publisher for parents and schools in the sector, to take part in a podcast to discuss potential screen fatigue during lockdown.

04 Feb 2021

St Andrew's Prep joins leading publisher for fatigue lockdown podcast

Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep, Gareth Jones, was recently invited by Attain, a leading publisher for parents and schools in the sector, to take part in a podcast to discuss potential screen fatigue during lockdown.

Hosted by Matthew Smith, and sharing the virtual stage with Emma Hattersley, Head of Godolphin School, the trio discuss the screen time dilemma, the merits and downfalls of social screen time following a full screen day at school, exercise and the potential monotony that we are all experiencing.

Reacting quickly to both lockdowns, the pupils of St Andrew’s Prep seem to have taken online learning in their stride but Mr Jones highlighted that children are missing the connection with their friends and that online learning is making some children, particularly further up the school “… feel self-conscious because they see these faces staring at them.”

As part of a full discussion on screen time, Mr Jones commented, ""It comes down to a difference between purposeful screen time and recreational screen time… During the first lockdown the big difference was that it was the summer – people could get outside in the evenings, parents could let their children run around in the garden, just let off some steam. That's not possible at the moment and children enjoy recreational screen time. So there's nothing wrong with it, as long as there are limits and so long as there are boundaries..."

You can read more and hear excerpts or the full podcast here: https://attainparents.com/parenting/a-sense-of-sameness



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