Sandroyd is a wonderfully unique family school, set in an idyllic environment, that ‘prepares’ children in the very broadest sense – offering academic excellence, and so much more. Sandroyd nurtures a child’s confidence and self-esteem whilst encouraging each individual pupil to fulfil all aspects of their potential: academic, artistic, cultural, sporting and social.
About the school
Childhood should be relished, enjoyed and remembered fondly. That’s why pastoral care is absolutely central to everything that we do at Sandroyd – in both our Pre-Prep, the Walled Garden (for children aged 2-7), and in our Prep School (for children aged 7-13). Our friendly and nurturing boarding environment equips children with the confidence and skills to really challenge themselves, to be happy, and to succeed. We are unequivocally proud of being a small school and the benefits it offers to all of our pupils. Our size creates a wonderfully unique family atmosphere, and it allows us to properly focus on the individual needs of each child at every stage of their education. Indeed, teachers and pastoral staff meet every morning to discuss how to best support each pupil that day. It allows us to ensure that no child slips under the radar and everyone is challenged on a daily basis.
Sandroyd offers an academically rich and rigorous education that goes far beyond preparing pupils to just pass entrance exams to the country’s leading senior schools. We inspire interests and develop talents - both inside and beyond the classroom - from music, dance and drama, to a variety of sports (which pupils play every day). Pupils are encouraged to develop the qualities and skills they’ll need for life beyond their school days. We explicitly teach pupils to reason and think, and our challenging ‘Thinking Friday’ questions encourage them to form and express their own opinions.
The result is that Sandroyd pupils really do stand out from the crowd. Don’t just take our word for it; we’re repeatedly told that our pupils are better prepared to successfully face the demands of senior school. Not just in their academic abilities, but, far more importantly, in the vital ‘soft skills’ of confidence, resilience and self-motivation.
All of this takes place in our idyllic rural location, set in 60 acres, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. There’s always time in the day for pupils to just play and enjoy their childhood – be it riding horses or riding bikes, playing with pets or paints – or perhaps adventuring in the playgrounds or in the woodlands!
- Boys' Boarding: 60 (7 to 13)
- Girls' Boarding: 55 (7 to 13)
- Total Pupils: 230
- Day Fees: £3100 to £7430/term
- Boarding Fees: £7120 to £8990/term
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
The School offers financial assistance in the form of bursaries. Bursaries are awarded to those families who would otherwise be unable to meet the full fees required in order to send a child to Sandroyd.
A number of factors are taken into account when awarding bursaries, including family income, the net value of assets in the family. If a successful application is made, the award is pegged according to these factors.
There are also awards available for the sons and daughters of servicemen and women killed or wounded on operations.
Forms and conditions of bursaries are available from the Bursar. All bursaries are means-tested. Any request for a bursary is forwarded to the Bursaries Committee for their decision. Bursaries are awarded on an annual basis and reviewed annually. Funds are limited and not every eligible applicant will be successful. On receipt of an application form for a bursary, the child will be invited to the school for assessment and interview.
All fees include accident insurance, regular medical fees, school laundry and a trip to France for children when they reach Year 7.
Registration – Parents are encouraged to complete a Registration Form and return it to the Registrar, together with the Registration Fee, as soon as possible. Whilst Registration doesn’t guarantee your child a space at Sandroyd, it does gain them a place on our admissions list. When spaces are limited, preference is given to those families who have registered earliest. As a small and popular school we do encourage early Registration.
Taster Day – (if social distancing allows). All registered children are invited to a 'Taster' day or 'Taster' boarding session. This taster day allows our son/ daughter to experience school life and boarding on a normal school day.
Assessment – (if social distancing allows). We academically assess all children before they start at Sandroyd. All registered children will be invited to an assessment morning the year before they are due to start. This is to ensure that we are the right school for their individual needs. It is an informal assessment that enables us to gain a snapshot of their ability in the classroom.
Formal Offer – An offer of a place will be made shortly after the assessment morning. At this stage, we then ask parents to secure the offered place by paying a deposit.
Enjoy getting to know Sandroyd! – All new families are invited to our New Pupils’ Day, which is held in June each year. This is a wonderful day where new pupils and their families have the chance to meet each other, along with current staff and pupils.