St Francis prides itself on being, first and foremost, a friendly, family school and nursery. Set in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Pewsey Vale, we are one of Wiltshire's leading preparatory schools for boys and girls aged 0 to 13.
Founded nearly 80 years ago in September 1941 by Miss Phyllis Burden, with just four pupils in the Rectory in Pewsey, St Francis School is now a thriving IAPS co-educational day prep school and nursery for pupils aged 0 to 13, with 260 children on roll.
In 1984 the school moved out of Pewsey village to Haybrook House (which now houses the Pre-Prep department and Little Saints Nursery), and the neighbouring Travancore House (housing the Prep Department) was acquired in 1990. The current school is situated in 17 acres alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal, in Wiltshire’s picturesque Pewsey Vale, six miles south of Marlborough. Although a village, Pewsey is well-situated mid-way between the M3 and M4 motorways, and with a mainline railway station with regular express services to/from London Paddington (c60 minutes) and Exeter/Penzance.
St Francis School in Pewsey, Wiltshire, starts the Spring Term with a fantastic set of Music results.
13th January 2022 — The beginning of term has started well for St Francis School in Pewsey, who celebrate an incredible clutch of music exam results.
At the end of last term, and with a full calendar of all the musical events that Christmas brings, seven St Francis pupils put their nerves to one side and undertook their ABRSM exams. The exams, which are the official exams of the Royal Schools of Music, are considered the foundation of a solid career in music.
The pupils were examined in a variety of instruments, including clarinet and piano, and at a range of grades. An outstanding six of the results were either at a distinction or merit level!
Kay Francis, Director of Music at St Francis, enthused “I am so proud of these pupils for their brilliant results. The Autumn term is really quite long, and musically tiring as we have multiple events such as the Carol Service, which require our musicians to be at the top of their game. These pupils did brilliantly, and some of them really extended themselves by taking these exams, not to mention the absolutely outstanding results they were awarded.”
David Lee has joined St Francis School in Pewsey as the school's new Headmaster. He was Deputy Head of Garden International School in Malaysia. He joins following the retirement of David Sibson after 10 years at the helm of the Wiltshire prep school.
14th December 2021 — David Lee has become the new Headmaster of St Francis School, Pewsey, following the retirement of David Sibson after 10 years at the helm.
David Lee joins St Francis from one of the most successful British international schools in Asia, Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was a Deputy Head.
David holds a breadth and depth of experience, across 19 years in both state and independent schools within the UK as well as overseas, which was unique within the large field of candidates.
David said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Head of St Francis and it is a privilege to be joining a school with such a wonderful sense of community.
"I very much look forward to returning to an area my family calls ‘home’ and getting to know everyone in the St Francis family over the coming months.
"I will endeavour to build upon the considerable achievements of David Sibson and to further the School as a place that offers truly personalised care and education which supports each child to be their very best."
David Lee grew up in Cornwall, represented his county in athletics and read Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He began teaching in Wiltshire before later completing an MA in Education at Bath Spa University.
During his career he has undertaken a variety of teaching and leadership roles including working at the British School, Jakarta and as the Deputy Head of Prep at Stonar School.
St Francis Goes Outdoors for Outdoor Classroom Day
St Francis pupils wrap up warm for Outdoor Classroom Day!
2nd December 2021 — Pupils at Pewsey-based Prep School St Francis donned their wellies and waterproofs and headed outside for Outdoor Classroom Day!
The School is fortunate enough to have a Forest School onsite, with members of staff trained as Forest School leader, and having recently achieved their Platinum Award with the Woodland Trust the pupils already spend a lot of time learning outside.
For Outdoor Classroom Day the Pre-Prep pupils at St Francis decamped to the Haybrook Forest for to make some flower crowns, dig finger holes (discovering lots of creepy crawlies in the process) and make Diwali Decorations.
Forest School Leader, Felicity Couse said “We recognise how lucky our pupils are to have these resources onsite, but on days like Outdoor Classroom Day we try to impress upon the pupils the benefits of learning in nature. We all really enjoyed having an excuse to spend more time outside, even if it did mean being bundled up in scarves and gloves – we’re a hardy lot!”
St Francis School in Pewsey has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award by the Woodland Trust, for their commitment to green activities and reducing carbon emissions.
23rd November 2021 — St Francis School in Pewsey has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award by the Woodland Trust, for their commitment to green activities and reducing carbon emissions.
St Francis, which has a Forest School onsite has demonstrated support for the Woodland Trust’s vision of a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, as well as protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
More than 12,000 schools have participated in the Green Tree School Awards since it was launched in 2008. It offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Year 2 teacher, Felicity Couse, who has led the effort to obtain the award explained “The children have worked so hard to achieve this Platinum award and this is a fantastic achievement for St Francis. The ‘Green Tree Schools Award’ recognises the work schools do to help learn about and care for our woodlands within the local community and nationally. It also helps our pupils learn about important green issues.”
St Francis School, a Prep School in Pewsey. raised nearly £900 (with donations still coming in) for Children in Need.
19th November 2021 — Pupils and staff alike at the Pewsey-based Prep School dressed in their finest yellow and/or spotty attire to help raise funds to support vulnerable children and young adults in the UK.
Jonty Butler, Deputy Head at St Francis explained “Children in Need is always a special day for the pupils at St Francis to be involved in, and it was wonderful to see so many embrace this wholeheartedly – it was a veritable sea of yellow when I walked around the playground at break!”
Pupils from across the school took part in the day; including some of the smallest in Nursery who made their own Pudsey ears and eyepatches to sport! Teacher Holly Van Lochem matched with her three boys in their Pudsey onesies (unofficially winning best dressed family). Year 1 took to the spotty assignment to heart and channelled their inner Kandinsky by painting their own spotty masterpieces.
The day finished with a Cake Sale; a truly delicious way to raise funds, and at the time of writing (notwithstanding any funds to come from said scrummy treats) the School raised nearly £900 for Children in Need.
Headmaster at St Francis, David Sibson added “It is brilliant to see our School community once again unite to support such a wonderful cause. I am, as I have always been, in awe of the generosity of spirit of our pupils and remain incredibly proud of them.”
St Francis School in Pewsey celebrated World Kindness day, highlighting pupils who had gone above and beyond to be kind in the community.
12th November 2021 — St Francis celebrated #WorldKindnessDay this Friday (a day early), an initiative founded over 30 years ago to bring the world together and celebrate kindness.
Pre-Prep started the day with a Praise Assembly; highlighting all the kind things pupils had done this week. Lots of pupils had shown brilliant friendship skills by holding open doors, and playing with other people who may have been struggling at break. Some students were brought to the front to talk about their especially kind activities, including Year 2 pupil Elodie who has recently been awarded her Gold Rainbow Badge!
Mandy Pilgrim, Head of Pre-Prep at St Francis explained “At St Francis we value what we call our CLICK skills – these stand for Collaboration, Leadership, Independence, Challenge and Kindness, so we could not miss an opportunity to celebrate World Kindness Day. Our pupils are overwhelmingly kind as a rule, but this week we have been giving bonus house points for those who show kindness to the community as a way of showing how much we value this as a characteristic.”
Pupils have been set a Kindness Challenge, where they have to demonstrate kindness in all aspects of the school. Year 2 pupils Everett and Thomas took the challenge to heart by setting up a toy donation box for their peers, with the intention of selling the unwanted toys to raise money for their sister school St Michaels’ in Uganda.
David Sibson, Headmaster at St Francis enthused “Our pupils are incredibly civic-minded as a rule, but this day dedicated to kindness allows us to focus on how we can help members of the community both the School, and wider afield. As ever, I am humbled by the actions of our pupils in their determination to make a positive change.”