S. Anselm's is a co-educational Preparatory School and College offering both day and full boarding education to children aged 3-16 in a magnificent Peak District setting.
With a dedicated pre-prep area most children graduate up to the main prep school feeling supported and able to reach out to those new to the school. The school is surrounded by open countryside yet it is possible to walk to Bakewell town centre within 5 minutes.
The Peak District location means that the children can benefit from all the joys of running around outside; mountain biking and climbing often feature on the list of Sunday activities and all the hills make great sledging fields when it snows! The boarding staff are dedicated to both caring for the children and ensuring they have lots of fun. Parents are welcomed into the boarding life and many share the chapel and Sunday supper with their children. This family atmosphere ensures a continuation of home values including manners and courtesy.
S. Anselm's extensive sports facilities and dedicated staff ensure all children have a firm introduction to the main sports of rugby, football, hockey and cricket for the boys and hockey, netball and rounders for the girls.
The school has a Team GB coach to teach them swimming and children have reached the National Finals in many sports including swimming, netball, athletics and equestrian sports. All pupils represent the school in team sports and are supported even if it is not their initial strength. Other facilities include a theatre, an art studio and a dedicated music block. Children are also taught a range of STEM subjects, including coding skills; undertaken in the school’s specialist LEGO Innovation Studio.
Despite having no entry requirements the school prides itself on both its academic and sporting results. Significant numbers of scholarships are won with more than 12 scholarships and awards to top public schools this year including the Thring Scholarship to Uppingham, an all-rounder to Oundle, the CB Fry to Repton and a Music Exhibition to Eton. The school also boasts its very own College, in which year on year, pupils achieve outstanding GCSE results in a broad range of subjects.
Our superb learning support department ensures that all children's strengths are valued, their potential reached and all students pass Common Entrance to the Senior School of their choice. Most importantly of all the children are extraordinarily happy, exuding confidence and an awareness of those around them.
The children's manners and courtesy are often remarked upon by members of the public. They are happy, helpful, cheerful, kind and interested in others.
- Preparatory School, Nursery & Pre-Prep School, Senior School, Sixth Form
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