One thing’s for certain, this past year has seen a lot of changes. We’ve noticed a lot more people than usual moving out to the suburbs from London, house hunting, completing renovations, looking for schools and homes for their families. If you are looking to move to Surrey then you’ll be pleased to know that we are lucky to have some of the best independent schools in the country right on our doorstep. If you’re relocating, between homes or just scouting out the area and the schools, Craven House is the perfect spot to base yourself. There’s plenty of room for the whole family (furry friends included) and lots of lovely schools and villages within easy reach to continue your search.
Here’s a quick summary of ten of the top schools to get your search started. It goes without saying that all of them are very strong academically and boast superb grades and results:
There are over 70 nationalities represented across ACS’s sites. And if you’re looking for a boarding option, the Cobham site is the one for you. They even have a relocation team put in place to support families as they move backwards and forwards across the globe.
A co-ed prep school set amongst 55 acres of grounds and catering to ages 3-13. Danes Hill boasts an impressive range of extracurriculars from target shooting, Mandarin and skiing to chamber choir, Innovators Club, Lego Club, swimming, golf and Jazz band, to name a few.
Rowan Prep is a day school for girls aged 2-11. They prioritise outdoor learning with their own 23 acres of woodland used by the girls weekly. Plus, Rowan offers a mini bus service to ferry girls to school which is very handy.
Having recently celebrated it’s 150th year, Shrewsbury House is one of England’s oldest prep schools for boys aged 7-13. In normal times (i.e. when there is no global pandemic) the boys travel all over the world with residential trips, known as Expedition week and other trips to France, Classics and Geo trips to Sicily and Iceland, music tours of Prague, football tour to Spain and all senior boys are invited to participate in one overseas cricket tour to the Caribbean and one rugby tour to South Africa.
Just down the road from Craven House you’ll find Hampton Court House. Shortlisted as Senior School of the Year in TES Independent School Awards and awarded Best Small Independent School in 2018 this is popular choice and a beautiful school.
According to the Tattler Schools Guide ‘families are lining up for the 25 acres of green space, tiptop pastoral care and heavy focus on mental health’ found at Felton Fleet. Situated in a Grade Two listed building, the school offers co-educational day, weekly and flexi boarding.
Home to Surrey’s oldest church, Parkside school caters to boys from ages 2-13. Helpfully, it also offers a bus service with collections and drop-offs in Claygate, Cobham, Esher, Molesey, Walton and Weybridge.
A Roman Catholic day school in Surrey, St Georges runs all the way from the early years to sixth form and has also recently celebrated their 150th year. The school opened an impressive new activity centre in 2019 with 6 sports halls for hockey, badminton, volleyball, basketball, netball, five-aside football, indoor cricket nets, trampolining and climbing wall, as well as studios for dance, yoga and fitness.
This little school began it’s life in Twickenham, hence the name, but moved to Hampton in the early 1990s after it outgrew its original location. According to the Good School’s Guide Twickenham Prep school and staff focus on problem solving (in a fun way) which can only be a good thing in this day and age.
10. Reeds, Cobham
A day and boarding school of 800 pupils between 11 and 18, with girls joining the sixth form, Reeds boasts a Royal Patronage. It was originally bestowed upon them in 1815 by HM King George IV and taken on by our current Queen in 1951. With a tennis school and academy, a swim school and a cricket school there is a focus on sport but the academics are brilliant too. Reeds also operates a vast bus network.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you might have. We would be so happy to help with any relocation admin and details that might be helpful.
I look forward to hearing from you,