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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

09 Aug 2021

St Andrew’s Prep judged ‘Excellent’ across the board by ISI Inspectorate

St Andrew’s Prep proudly reports that it met all standards in its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate Regulatory Compliance Inspection and achieved the top grading of ‘Excellent’ in the two key outcomes in the ISI Educational Quality Inspection

09 Aug 2021

St Andrew’s Prep judged ‘Excellent’ across the board by ISI Inspectorate

St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to report that it has met all standards in its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Regulatory Compliance Inspection and achieved the top grading of ‘Excellent’ in the two key outcomes in the ISI Educational Quality Inspection.

The rigorous four-day inspection included interviews with pupils and staff, lesson observations, parent, pupil and staff questionnaires, an examination of pupils’ work and a scrutiny of all policies to enable the inspectors to assess the school’s compliance as well as the educational quality in all areas of school life. In particular, the inspection focused on the outcomes of pupils in terms of their personal development as well as their academic and other achievements.

Gareth Jones, Headmaster said, “I’m absolutely delighted with this news and I am so pleased that the inspectors saw in their short visit what I see every single day: pupils and staff working hard, side by side, inspiring each other to be the best that they can be. Academically, we have high expectations for all our children of all ability levels and the acknowledgement in the report of the pupils' outstanding attitude to learning and willingness to take responsibility is so satisfying. We also strive to offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum in and out of the classroom and this report encapsulates all that we offer, and all that the pupils achieve, beautifully.”

Tom Gregory, who will take up the role as Headmaster in September said, “What fantastic news for the school and congratulations to Gareth and his staff for all their hard work. The school is in great shape and my role now, as incoming Headmaster, will be to ensure that we continue to be forward-thinking and implement any enhancements to our educational provision. We will always endeavour to build on these high standards.”

INSPECTION QUOTES

On overall achievements

'Pupils' attainment is outstanding. Pupils, including EYFS children, make excellent progress overall.'

On teaching and learning

‘Pupils’ attitudes towards learning and achievement are outstanding; these attitudes owe much to teaching that is often highly enthusiastic and staff who speak to pupils in a way that shows they value the pupils’ ideas and achievements.’

On sport and extra-curricular

‘Children are able to experience a variety of challenges via a ‘sport for all’ policy gained through House competitions in all the major sports as well as athletics, cross-country and swimming, public performances (i.e. display, dance or gymnastics) or individual activities with self-challenging aims; such as golf, shooting or outdoor pursuits.’

On boarding

‘Boarders consider that their social skills have developed as a result of working together frequently both in and out of the classroom, including weekend boarding trips, team-building events and dormitory competitions.’

On pupil wellbeing

‘Pupils demonstrate strong self-awareness in very thoughtful and detailed self-reflection about their own progress, strengths and areas for development.’

St Andrew’s prep is part of the same charity as Eastbourne College who also achieved the best possible rating for quality of education in its latest inspection report, ranking as excellent for pupils’ academic and other achievements as well as their personal development.

Full report available at: http://www.standrewsprep.co.uk/Inspection-reports


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05 Jul 2021

St Andrew's , Eastbourne Shortlisted for Prep School and Pre-Prep of the Year

St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Prep School of the Year and Pre-Prep School of the Year in the prestigious Independent School of the Year (ISOTY) 2021 Awards.

05 Jul 2021

St Andrew's , Eastbourne Shortlisted for Prep School and Pre-Prep of the Year

St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Prep School of the Year and Pre-Prep School of the Year in the prestigious Independent School of the Year (ISOTY) 2021 Awards.

The aim of the awards, introduced by Independent School Parent (ISP) is to celebrate all that pupils, staff and wider school communities have achieved during the 2020-21 academic year, both in terms of the battle against COVID and the core task of preparing pupils for life in a challenging and demanding world.

St Andrew’s Prep’s shortlisting in both categories demonstrates the rich and rewarding experience our pupils receive on a daily basis as our staff meet their educational, emotional and societal needs. Via remote-learning or on-site teaching, using innovative and creative methods, the school’s focus has always been on developing and looking after the whole child, cementing the schools’ aims and values to equip the children to lead happy, fulfilled and successful lives in a safe and healthy environment.

Headmaster, Gareth Jones said, “I am absolutely delighted that St Andrew’s Prep has been shortlisted not once but twice in this year’s ISOTY awards – it’s a very real reflection of all the hard work carried out by our pupils and staff across all areas of the school in what has been a challenging year for all. Despite everything, our pupils have continued to be fulfilled and engaged whether on-site, in the classroom, on the field, on stage or at home. During lockdown, our fundamental aim remained the same: to provide a broad education with academic and extra-curricular opportunities so that every pupil could continue to lead a happy and enriched life. It was challenging but I feel we delivered, creatively and inventively, in school and at home.”

One happy parent commented, “This nomination is so well-deserved. Our children span the Pre-Prep and Prep school, and they really do receive the individual care and attention that we were looking for when searching for the right school. They are well looked after, happy and achieving. No parent could ask for more than that.”

ISOTY received a record number of nominations with hundreds of schools from across the country submitting entries across the full award categories. Finalists are to be revealed on 7 September and winners on a date to be confirmed in October.

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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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