Woking independent schools to merge

  • 21st April 2023

Halstead Preparatory School for Girls and St. Andrew’s School are forming a partnership to create a co-ed school, with the plan to educate around 500 pupils aged two to 16, across two sites in Woking.

The partnership school will be called Halstead St Andrew’s School, Woking and will open in September.

The nursery and pre-prep will be based at the Halstead site. From Year 3, pupils will be based at the St. Andrew’s School site.

On its websites the schools said: “Having the two dedicated sites will allow us to maintain a small and nurturing school atmosphere in each, while the resources and security that are part of a larger school will ensure that the teaching and learning environment is entirely appropriate for the different age groups.

“One of the defining features of Halstead St Andrew’s School, Woking will be freedom of choice. While we hope that pupils will progress from our Prep School to our Senior School, we will continue to welcome and prepare pupils opting for other senior schools at both 11+ and 13+. We will also continue to support parents in finding the next stage school that is best suited to their child’s individual needs. This flow of incoming pupils at key transition points will create a stimulating and energised educational environment.

“We will support all our pupils in taking their place in the community and the wider world, demonstrating civic duty and interpersonal skills alongside the ability to think creatively. In an ever-changing world, in which our pupils will face many challenges, we believe the environment we create will foster adaptability and reflect society today.

“At Halstead St Andrew’s School, Woking a successful education will go beyond academic studies. We are confident that pupils will leave as well-rounded, determined young adults, prepared for the future.”

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