Knighton House is an Independent school for girls and boys aged 3- 13years. The school is set in the heart of Dorset and is renowned for being an exceptionally happy school. In the recent ISI Inspection report many areas of school life received the assessment of "excellent" or "outstanding" and it was noted that "The pupils participate in lessons with enthusiasm". Parents give "unstinted praise" to all aspects of the school.
About the school
In a recent announcement, Knighton House has made the decision to move progressively towards co-education. Consequently, for the first time the school is now accepting boys up to and including Year Six as day pupils. This will be extended to include Years 7 and 8 with effect from September 2021. Work is now proceeding on a planned refurbishment of the school’s boarding accommodation in preparation for the move to a full co-education.
Surrounded by thirty acres of beautiful countryside, Knighton House is a unique school with exceptional qualities. The co-ed prep school for children 7 to 13 offers day education and a variety of boarding packages, children from 3 to 7 are nurtured in the cosy surroundings of the Orchard Pre-prep and a thriving toddler group meets at Knighton House once a week. Knighton House is renowned for the traditional, happy atmosphere which flows throughout the school. The individual strength of each child is encouraged to shine through. Children are inspired to imagine and explore in their daily learning. This, together with the important building blocks of reading writing and arithmetic, ensures that the girls leave Knighton well prepared for their senior school at the end of year eight. The excellent standard of music at Knighton House is rarely found in a small prep school and the pupils are encouraged to perform with confidence. Speech and Drama is a strong part of life at Knighton and girls work eagerly towards their LAMDA exams. As well as the traditional team sports, Knighton House offers riding. Children eager to bring their own ponies can do so and for many a real passion develops. There is room for smaller pets too and many of the boarders bring their guinea pigs to school too! Knighton is unique country school, where the natural, happy spirit is so evident the moment you step through the front door!
- Girls' Boarding: 25 (7 to 13)
- Total Pupils: 120
- Day Fees: £2325 to £4950/term
- Boarding Fees: £7600 to £7950/term
Boys and girls can begin their time at Knighton when they are 3 years old joining our pre-prep, The Orchard, moving to the prep school in Year 3 when they are 7 years old and stay until they are 13 in Year 8.
Knighton House has recently made the decision to move progressively towards co-education. Consequently, for the first time we are now accepting boys up to and including Year Six as day pupils. This will be extended to include Years 7 and 8 with effect from September 2021. Work is now proceeding on a planned refurbishment of the school’s boarding accommodation in preparation for the move to a full co-education environment in 2022.
Our main entry points are:
Nursery (age 3+ for boys and girls)
Reception (age 4+ for boys and girls)
Year 3 (age 7+ for boys and girls)
Year 7 (age 11+ for girls only, boys from September 2021)
Children may join at any point during the academic year when there are places available.
Although Knighton House is a non-selective school, we will seek a confidential reference from your child’s current school and invite them to take part in some form of assessment before they arrive so are informed of their strengths and weaknesses. The type of assessment varies depending on entry point.
The Admissions team are here to guide and help you with any questions you may have.
Telephone: 01258 452065