Staines Preparatory School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 208 (Boys) 168 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1935

General Information

The Founder’s philosophy of ‘Educating Today’s Children for the Challenges of Tomorrow’ is still valid now. This vision enables each pupil to attain their potential within a secure and happy environment and produces boys and girls who are confident, considerate, honest and courteous.


Staines Prep aims to ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential within a secure and happy environment, and strives to produce boys and girls who are confident, honest, considerate and courteous. SPS received ‘outstanding’ reports in its recent inspection and has seen its pupil numbers increase by almost 15% in the past three years. This reflects the very high quality of its teaching, the below average class sizes and a fee level in the lowest 25% for IAPS schools in the UK.



Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2013/2014. £2,780 - £3,200 per term


Latest Inspection Report

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr P Roberts

Contact for enquiries: Mrs N Tait

Staines Preparatory School
3 Gresham Road
TW18 2BT

[t]: 01784 450909
[f]: 01784 464424

Location Description

Knowle Green area of Staines

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School News

Staines 2014 Breakfast with new SPS Head

Last week the newly appointed headmistress at Staines Prep, Ms Samantha Sawyer, held a series of informal breakfasts at which parents were invited to

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openly discuss their views of the school. It was also a special opportunity to officially meet Ms Sawyer and her senior management team.

The breakfasts were relaxed and casual. Samantha introduced herself and then opened up discussions by asking parents to talk about their experiences and opinions, finding out what works well within the school and highlighting any areas which could be improved upon.

Many valuable opinions were voiced; topics included the ‘family-feel’ of the school and the caring nature of the teachers. Parents were also encouraged by how much their children were learning and the amount of interesting and engaging approaches teachers were using to facilitate this.

Ms Sawyer then listened to ideas for potential development to further enhance the school. This has since led to the implementation of some website improvements which will be seen from in the New Year, as well as talks to create a series of new parent workshops with the aim of how parents can support their child’s learning at home.

Mrs Sawyer said: “It was wonderful to meet so many parents over the course of the week. I valued the positive contributions as well as some ideas on how to progress the school. I am very much looking forward to my future here.”

Photo: (from L-R facing): Mrs Sarah Bleazard (head of pre-prep), Mr Malcolm Amiss (deputy head), Ms Samantha Sawyer (headmistress) and Mrs Maralyn Lee (school secretary) at a special breakfasted hosted by Ms Sawyer for parents at Staines Prep School

Katie Khan SPS

The Board of Governors of Staines Prep is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Katie Khan BA (Hons), CIM, as the

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school’s new marketing coordinator with immediate effect.

Katie Khan joins the growing team at Staines Prep, having previously worked for a London based private wealth manager as a marketing consultant, which saw her implementing new, previously non-existent marketing strategies for the company.  Before that, she worked in a marketing role for Shell based in the Netherlands.

Mrs Khan is currently a governor at a local school and has been chair of its communications committee for the past year.

With a family of three young boys, Mrs Khan is perfectly placed to immerse herself into the new role, drawing on her ten years of marketing experience and her passion or education.  She will be responsible for all marketing initiatives, including advertising, website management, development of publicity material, working with an external agency on public relations activity, and helping to ensure pupil recruitment and retention.

Speaking with delight about her new appointment, Mrs Khan said:  “I am thrilled to be joining Staines Prep.  This post is a unique opportunity for me to leverage my extensive marketing experience and extend my growing activity and interest in the education sector.”



Staines Prep 2014 The Academies

     Staines Prep is looking forward to another anticipated bumper turn-out at The Academies holiday camp following the huge success of the

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inaugural sports and arts-based children’s camp during the recent Easter holidays.

The school was transformed into a hive of holiday activity and saw more than 30 children aged from three to thirteen attending each session over the three week break.

The Academies is designed to encourage fun and creative learning during the school holidays.  Offering a host of classes, including Tiny Tots Academies, a multi-activity camp especially designed for three to five year olds, and Sport, Art and Performance Academies for children from six to thirteen – each packed with inspirational and exciting activities with expert tuition.  Camps run each holiday throughout the year and bookings have now opened for half-term camp which will run from 27th to 30th May.

The school’s recent £3 million make-over, which now offers brand new flexible, state-of-the-art performance and sporting facilities, makes it the perfect venue for The Academies camps.  Ideally located at the Gresham Road site, situated in the Knowle Green area of Staines, it is within easy walking distance of the railway station and bus stops.  It also has good parking facilities.

One parent commented:  “My daughter had such a great time and she can’t wait to go back in the summer.”

Another said: “My daughter was in a production at the end of the week and I was so proud of what she achieved.  We were invited in to watch the show and were so impressed with how much the children had learnt in just a week.  It was a lovely end to a great week.”


To book a place at The Academies visit or call the team directly on 0844 335 8217.  All childcare vouchers are accepted.


Individuals or businesses interested in hiring the new FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep please contact: Nikolai Uzhvak at or call 01784 450909.


Photo: Girls enjoying the Performance Academy camp at Staines Prep


Staines 2014  Voice in a Million 14

Choir members from Staines Prep gave the performance of their lives in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at

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the Voice in a Million charity concert at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 12th March.  The much anticipated annual event has been set up to help raise awareness of young children living in care in the UK.

The 51 young singers proudly arrived at the famous arena, walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest musical legends, as they joined 5,000 other children to sing a huge medley of popular songs.  The budding stars were given a further treat when they were joined by special guest and X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

Music and Choir teacher Karen Walker said: “The children were very excited to be taking part in such a worthy event.  They worked really hard during the long day of rehearsals and kept the energy up with their fantastic voices and great dance moves during the final performance in front of all their friends and family.”


Picture shows: Music and Choir teacher Karen Walker with 51 Staines Prep pupils at the Voice in a Million charity concert at Wembley Arena. (Children’s names available on request)


Staines 2014 New Sports and Performance hall

With the slight hint of Spring in the air and the Easter break fast approaching, Staines Prep has teamed up with the sports and arts-based

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children’s holiday camp company The Academies to offer Staines Prep pupils and local children aged from six to thirteen a range of activities designed to encourage fun and creative learning during the holidays.  Camps start from 31st March and will run each holiday throughout the year.

The camps are offering a host of classes, including Tiny Tots Academies, a multi-activity camp especially designed for three to five year olds and Sport, Art and Perform Academies for children from six to thirteen – each packed with inspirational and exciting activities with expert tuition.

The school’s recent £3 million make-over, which now offers brand new flexible, state-of-the-art performance and sporting facilities, makes it the perfect venue for The Academies camps.  Ideally located at the Gresham Road site, situated in the Knowle Green area of Staines, it is within easy walking distance of the railway station and bus stops.  It also has good parking facilities.

Headmaster Peter Roberts said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a reputable and motivating company who provide exceptional childcare in the school holidays.  Being able to offer a quality venue for the whole community to enjoy has been a key objective for the school and we are thrilled to see our dreams become a reality.”

To book a place at The Academies visit or call the team directly on 0844 335 8217.  All childcare vouchers are accepted.

Individuals or businesses interested in hiring the new FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep please contact: Nikolai Uzhvak at or call 01784 450909.


Photo: The new sports and performance hall housed within the FoundersBuilding at Staines Prep

Staines prep 2014 Ms S Sawyer visits SPS

Staines Prep is delighted to announce that Samantha Sawyer BEd (Hons), NPQH, has been appointed as the Head Teacher (designate) of the

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long established, co-educational preparatory school in Gresham Road.  She will take up her new post with effect from 1st September 2014.

Ms Sawyer is currently Assistant Head Teacher (EYFS-KS3) at The British Embassy School in Ankara, Turkey.  She has taught across all stages of preparatory and primary education in the UK and abroad since 1998.  Ms Sawyer was educated at KingstonUniversity and has recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Mike Bannister, Chairman of the Board of Governors said: “After a rigorous selection process Samantha emerged as the outstanding candidate.  She brings with her extensive senior leadership team experience and is extremely well qualified to build upon the wonderful work and vision the current Head, Peter Roberts, has already put in place.  We look forward to supporting her during the exciting times that lie ahead.”

Ms Sawyer said: “I am looking forward to joining StainesPreparatory School as the new Head Teacher from September 2014.  I am excited to be part of a school that has dedicated teachers, governors and parents as well as motivated students.  I will work hard to build upon the success of the school in addition to leading Staines Prep in many new future achievements.”


To ensure the smoothest possible transition, Ms Sawyer has been liaising closely with Mr Roberts and the management team.  Last week saw her on one of several visits to the school, flying in from her current post in Turkey.  She made the very most of her trip, not only to assist in new staffing appointments but also took time to meet some of the pupils and their parents.



Pictures attached show (L – R): Ms Samantha Sawyer at Staines Prep with Lorna Chinyani (age 7), Zachary Barlow (age 7) and Jessica Smith (age 7)

Staines Prep 2014 William Brooke

As the ThamesValley is in the throws of chaos and despair due to the recent severe flooding, one brave little Staines Prep

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boy has taken matters into his own hands and despite the horrendous conditions, has been canoeing to school.

Eight-year-old William Brooke lives with his family in the badly affected area of Wraysbury, where they have been surrounded by flood water.  William’s father Colin Brooke said: “Last Monday was the last morning our lane was passable by a 4×4.  William has chest waders but a half mile walk with water up to the top of his legs was going to be pretty tiring for a young boy.  So by Tuesday we decided it was deep enough to canoe the half mile to the top of the road.  We padlocked the canoe to a lamp post and finished the trip to the car by wading the last section of the road.  We used the same method to get home and have been doing this all week.

Mr Brooke added: “Arriving at school on time has always been important to us. We have never been late and have no intention of starting now!”

Headmaster Peter Roberts said: “It has been a difficult week in the local area due to the flooding and many of our families have been affected.  I have been amazed and touched at the lengths some, including William, have taken to get to school to ensure their learning is uninterrupted.  We all hope the floods subside quickly and everyone is able to return to their normal routines soon.”

Although relieved it is now half term, William has been taking it all in his stride, just excited to tell his friends all about his adventures.



PhotoWilliam Brooke Year 4 (age 8) canoeing to school


Staines Prep 2014 Clock

Staines Prep has proudly announced the installation of a new clock in honour and memory of a very valued and respected member

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of staff, Mrs Joan Coles, who dedicated fifty years of her working career to the school in a variety of different roles.

The donation of the beautiful grey and gold clock, fondly named The Coles Clock, came from Joan’s daughter Linda Coles, the school’s ICT Manager and Latin/Classical Studies Coordinator, and Joan’s son Victor Coles.  The clock now commemorates their mother’s long and loyal service to the school from 1944 to 1994.

Miss Coles said: “My mother really loved working at Staines Prep and especially enjoyed being around all the children.  We wanted to find a way for her to be remembered and thought this a fitting tribute to her memory.”

The new clock has pride of place outside the library facing the playground.


Photo: The Coles Clock at Staines Prep

Staines Prep 2013 at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

The Old Windsor Battersea Dogs and Cats Home was thrilled to open its doors to some special little elves in the shape

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of Year 5 Staines Prep children, who were there to present the ‘cats’ with their very own hand-made knitted blankets to keep the winter chill at bay.

With festive cheer and goodwill in the air, the school’s rosy cheeked Knitting Club team braved the cold on Tuesday 26 November to make the special trip to the Home to personally hand over their carefully crafted gifts and meet some of the homeless kitties and their carers.

Head of the UpperSchool, Mrs Jill Haywood said: “The aim at the start of the project was to enhance their knitting skills, having completed simple mobile phone covers and scarves during the summer term, but the children have learnt so much more than creating complex and interesting knitting patterns.  It has been a great opportunity to reinforce the true notion of Christmas and helping those less fortunate, as well as heightening their awareness of others within their community and the real importance of caring for animals – not bad for half a terms work!”


Photo: Staines Prep Knitting Club at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Old Windsor

L – R (Back Row) Olivia Bell (age 9), William Potter (age 10), Izabel Pearson (age 9)

L – R (Middle Row) Simran Tucker (age 10), Abigail Banks-Smith (age 9), Emma St.John (age 9), Gurpreet Kandola (age 9), Preeah Sangha (age 9)

L – R (Front Row) Tia Mirza (age 10), Jake Bennett (age 10), Andreas Atalianis (age 9) and Isobel Caulfield (age 10).


Staines prep 2013 Steven Caulker

 England International footballing hero Steven Caulker wowed a captivated audience of pupils, staff and dignitaries as he formally opened the new FoundersBuilding

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during the Grand Opening Ceremony at Staines Prep this week.

The massive new state-of-the-art sports hall was alive with excitement and anticipation as the rising star addressed a full school assembly, speaking of his love of football and his fond memories of the school.

Steven’s speech followed addresses given by the Chair of Governors Mike Bannister and headmaster Peter Roberts.  Mike Bannister said: “The opening of our new fabulous facilities was only topped by the children’s excitement at playing football with Steven.  It’s a day that they will always remember.”

During the second half of the ceremony Steven really got pulses racing as the children donned their sports gear and took up their positions for a spot of football training and a fun penalty shoot-out.  Not only did the expert tuition give the children a great work-out, but it put the new facilities through its paces too.

Steven Caulker said: “This school is where my dreams of being a footballer began and through a lot of hard work my dream came true.  What a fantastic opportunity the children have now with these facilities.  The quality and design is awe-inspiring.  This space is a real testament to the school’s ethos of ‘educating today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow’.  Any dream is possible with the right nurturing, great equipment and a bit of determination!  This place is going to create some fantastic memories and I’m sure a few great home wins along the way too!”

Staines Prep will be announcing a formal Open Day later this year.  It will give the public an opportunity to see the many changes and also the potential use for conferences and events.

2013 Aerial New Build

England International footballer and former Staines Prep pupil Steven Caulker is set to ‘kick off’ celebrations at Staines Prep by formally unveiling its new £3

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million building.

The much anticipated Grand Opening Ceremony of the *Founders Building on the Gresham Road site will be attended by the whole school, including staff, governors and associated dignitaries, as well as the 21-year-old Cardiff City and England defender who attended the school between 1999 – 2003.

Steven Caulker said: “It’s a great honour to come back to Staines Prep and be asked to open the new FoundersBuilding.  I have many fond memories of the school and with great facilities like these; I am sure its going to help build dreams in all areas of study for generations of children to come.  I’m also looking forward to a bit of a kick-about back where it all began.”

The event will showcase the impressive flexibility and state-of-the-art design of the development, which only took 15 months for architects and construction teams to complete.

The new full-size, bespoke multi-function hall, which incorporates an acoustic removable divider and tiered retractable seating, along with contemporary changing facilities, will be put to the test throughout the afternoon.  The space will be filled with the entire school during the formal ceremony, lead by Headmaster Mr Peter Roberts and then turned into a fully functioning sports hall, as the Premiership star puts the children’s footballing skills to the test – first with a fun penalty shoot-out, then with a series of mini training sessions.

As part of the new facilities, pupils also benefit from specialist science, art, design and technology and music suites and five larger ‘ordinary’ classrooms.

Headmaster, Peter Roberts said: “We are thrilled that Steven has come back to champion the new building and share his sporting talent with our children.  I am sure that it will be a very inspirational and fun day!

He continued “We have so much to offer and want to ensure the facilities can be enjoyed not only by the pupils, who will have so many more opportunities to learn in many different areas, but by the whole community.  Providing a quality venue for sporting events and performing arts will help to strengthen our links with the local community, which is a key objective for the school.”

An Open Day is planned for later in the year, which will give the public an opportunity to see the many changes and potential use for their own conferences and events.


Photograph shows: The new FoundersBuilding at StainesPrep School.

The FoundersBuilding is named in dedication of Mr Cyril Burges and his wife Mrs Betty Burges who founded the school in 1935.



Staines 2013 Science workshop (Yr1 and 2)

Pupils at Staines Prep discovered the fun in science last week with Years 1 and 2 enjoying lively, investigative workshops aimed at

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inspiring and developing scientific skills to enhance their knowledge of the world around them.

Year 1 class members got stuck in with a hands-on exploration into the notion of ‘forces’. Experimenting with things such as rockets, spinning tops, marble ramps and balancing clowns, they started to understand everything from the effects of gravity to the wonder of magnetic forces.

Meanwhile the boys and girls in Year 2 eagerly participated in fun activities based on the many uses of ‘electricity’.  They investigated the workings of electric trains, sent messages using secret codes and also made an alarm, among other things.

“The children were very motivated and enthusiastic throughout the day.  It was delightful to see inquisitive minds exploring and finding real enjoyment in science,” said Sarah Langford from Shell Education Services – sponsors of the workshops.



Photograph: (L to R)  Grace Lowery (age 5), Zane Sekhon (age 5) and Uma Beeharie (age 5) are seen here using ink spinners and weights.

Mr Felman with Harrison Thomas (age 6) from Staines Prep enjoying a visit to the Staines Synagogue

On Thursday 4th July, an excited group of Year 1 children took time out of their usual classroom Religious Education Studies to visit the local

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Synagogue in Staines.

The opportunity developed following a series of lessons looking at holy books from around the world.  It sparked discussions amongst the young pupils who expressed particular interest in Jewish religion and worship.

The field trip adventure started from the moment pupils left the school grounds – stopping on the way to enjoy a picnic snack and even a little wildlife and train spotting.

At the Synagogue the children were introduced to Mr Les Felman, organiser of visits and school talks, who took the time to explain the importance of the Torah, the Jewish Holy Book, and the significance of specific sacred clothing such as the prayer shawl, cap and other precious artefacts.  Mr Felman continued to captivate his young audience telling them about holidays and festivals throughout the Jewish calendar.

Year Coordinator, Mrs Hazel Arturi said: “This was such a wonderful experience for the children.  It gave them the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other religions and beliefs.  It opened their minds to the Jewish faith and we are extremely grateful to the Synagogue for taking the time to meet the pupils who all behaved impeccably.”

Staines Prep 2013 Music Evening

Staines Prep is delighted to announce the name of its new £3 million development. The competition, which ran throughout the Spring, attracted more than 250

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entrants from the all over Spelthorne. Judges unanimously agreed on the name The Founders Building – the inspired suggestion of Mr Kevin Walmsley from Egham, in dedication of Mr and Mrs Burges who founded the School in 1935.

In recognition of this huge project, Staines Prep is running a series of exciting events to celebrate the new development, culminating in a ‘grand launch party’ due to take place later this year.

The much anticipated inaugural event was a Music Evening Extravaganza! The children raised the roof by displaying their exceptional talents to an excited and proud audience.

Pupils were bursting with enthusiasm as they treated friends, family and staff to a range of wonderful performances, using wind and string instruments, as well as showcasing solo singers, duets and the school choir.

Headmaster Mr Peter Roberts said: “This magical evening has injected life and soul into the building; it’s now no longer just bricks and mortar. The children worked very hard on their pieces and it was indeed rewarding to see them performing so ably and with such confidence and enjoyment. It was a real testament to the hard work put in by all those involved.”

The evening also included a wonderful recital by the school’s individual singing teacher, Miss Jeppeson, who performed Ah! Je Veux Vivre from Romeo and Juliet by Gounod.

Photo: Staines Prep violinists raising the roof in the new Founders Building
L to R (back row):
Sofija Calic (age 10), Tania Pannu (age 9), Frances Moore (Violin Teacher), Owen Price (age 10), Theano Atalianis (age 11), Amy Seechurn (age 11) and Brian Okwaisie (age 11)

L to R (front row):
Andreas Atalianis (age 9), Naavya Sharma (age 7), Avni Ladwa (age 6) , Alicia Ndebele (age 8) and Shreyaan Gangal (age 7)

Staines 13 Chicks

Pupils at Staines Prep have not been dwelling on the uncharacteristically cold weather – instead they have been celebrating the joys of Spring with the

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help of some new little fluffy friends.

As part of Science Studies, Year 1 children have been learning about life-cycles with a specific focus on egg laying animals. Over the last 21 days the children have been observing three fertilised hen eggs as part of their research and investigations. Their patience was rewarded last Tuesday morning when a hole appeared in one of the eggs. During the day, under close observation, the first chick hatched. It was quickly joined by a second. The third chick finally arrived the following day. All three were greeted by a thoroughly delighted class and have affectionately been named Brownie, White Wing and Minie.

Mr Heath, Head of Science said: “The children have had a wonderful time watching the hatchlings and have even had the opportunity to stroke them. They are now learning how to take care of them as they begin to grow.”

Photo(L-R): Shivam Sinha(6), Monty Savarino(6), Phoebe Tait(6) and Vanessa Menkiti(6).