St George’s is no ordinary school. Founded in 1348 to educate the choristers of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, we are steeped in heritage and tradition. Whilst we remain true to one of our core purposes as a choir school, we now have over three hundred boys and girls, aged 3-13, with a flourishing boarding and day community. We seek to be a happy, caring and stimulating community, where an ambitious academic curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a rich breadth of opportunities combine to provide a exceptional education for every pupil.
To find out more about our school or to arrange a meeting with our Head Master, William Goldsmith, please contact our Registrar, Ms Aileen De Vally-King. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, we may have to arrange a meeting in a slightly different way to normal, but we’ll do our best to ensure you get a good feel for our school and its values. We hope that we will have an opportunity to welcome you to the school in the very near future!
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We know you may have many questions, so below are just some of the things you might want to find out about St George’s. We would love to tell you more, so please contact us on email or telephone 01753 865553 to arrange a discussion with our Registrar or Head Master. We hold a number of open events throughout the year, so please visit our Events page to reserve your place for the next one due to take place in spring 2021. When COVD-19 restrictions allow, we would be delighted to invite you to visit the school in person!
When will I be able to visit the school?
Due to the recent announcement regarding COVID-19, we are not currently able to invite you to visit the school but we would be delighted to hear from you and would be happy to arrange a discussion with our Head Master, William Goldsmith, our Head of Pre-Prep, Emma Adriano and our Registrar, Aileen De Vally-King, who can answer any questions you may have.
Please contact Aileen on email email@example.com to make the arrangements.
Our next open event will take place in spring 2021 and you can register your interest by visiting our events page.
What is your admissions procedure?
During November, families are encouraged to arrange a personal video call with our Head Master, Head of Pre-Prep or with our Registrar. An opportunity for you and your family to ask any questions before you visit us in person. You can also reserve your place at one of our upcoming virtual open events.
Pupils can join St George’s at any age, subject to places being available. Our main entry points are Kindergarten at age 3, Reception at age 4 and Year 5 at age 9. When a family has decided to apply for a place at the school, our registration form should be completed and returned to the Registrar. You can download this form here.
Completion of the registration form and payment of a registration fee, currently set at £75, does not guarantee a place and the registration fee is non-refundable. Siblings must be registered separately, but will take priority over other applications, provided the registration form has been received at least six months prior to the proposed date of entry to the school.
Are children assessed during the application process?
Once a place is available, a taster day is arranged for prospective pupils from Year 1 upwards. During the day, we carry out general assessments across all subjects including Maths and English. Our aim is to ensure the children have a happy day and can ‘see themselves’ here. We seek to identify pupils who are able to benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education and who will make a positive contribution to the life of the School. A report from his/her present school is also requested.
How do you support pupil wellbeing?
The importance of positive emotional wellbeing for children has been well documented recently and we recognise that this is an area that should be at the heart of everything we do.
This year, the MindUp Programme, already well-established in the Pre-Prep, has been integrated into all year groups. MindUp was launched in 2003, almost a decade before many schools began to get on board with emotional wellbeing. We like its approach and its implementation across the school has brought benefits to the whole community.
As a part of this programme, the whole school has two ‘brain breaks’ every day, when a chime is rung and they are talked through two minutes of focus on their breathing. Many children are now confident enough to run the ‘brain break’ for the whole class; these occasions have been inspiring to watch.
By implementing MindUp, with its focus on emotional wellbeing, character and resilience, we are ensuring that our pupils are able to cope with the demands placed upon them, build up strategies to thrive in a world of growing expectations (societal, social media, etc.) and are comfortable with who they are.
How has the school supported pupils through remote learning during Covid-19?
We genuinely believe that St George’s has emerged with new skills, improved ways of working and a stronger community. Throughout this time, teaching staff at St George’s have been fully committed to ensuring the children received continued educational and pastoral provision.
Our children were already familiar with Google documents so it was easy to choose Google Classroom as the main tool in our remote teaching armoury. Our prep school students were given Chromebooks to support their learning and our curriculum was re-designed to make it suitable to study at home. Daily timetables were revised for every year group and clear sets of instructions were prepared. A new PE micro-site was also created to provide children with daily challenges and activities to ensure they had the opportunity to keep both their body and mind healthy.
A communications hub was created on our website – STGConnected – to include a whole raft of information about the processes and support available for pupils and their families. This was supplemented with real-time school assemblies, virtual concerts, video messages, live events and podcasts with guest speakers, as well as ideas for family activities.
Our weekly newsletter developed into a detailed overview of news from our community, including fund raising initiatives, a ‘school gallery’ of children’s work and a weekly quiz! A new ‘Friday Feeling’ video – a montage of images sent in by children with quotes and wellbeing messages – has also been introduced. These communications have been extremely well received by children and parents alike, so much so that they will be continued now that children have returned to school.
Our school is not just a school, but a community too, and we felt the key to the success of remote learning was to maintain our strong bonds with families through a robust communications plan.
Tell me more about St George’s School and its traditions
St George’s is set within the grounds of Windsor Castle, offering a safe and private space for children to develop and learn. Tradition plays an important role in the life of St George’s, not only as a link with the past, but as a great foundation in the present. Music is integral to school life and all children develop a love for music, regardless of their own ability or commitment to it.
All St George’s pupils benefit from our close relationship with the College of St George, providing them with access to Windsor Castle as a resource for learning. This includes use of the Royal Library and time in the Learning Centre for workshops, supporting topics covered in English, History and Science. Pupils have frequent access to the Castle facilities via the school’s private steps and the Castle grounds are used for various co-curricular events.
St George’s pupils really benefit from being able to extend learning outside of the classroom and into this wonderful place on a regular basis. Every half term, assemblies (well-attended by parents) are held in St George’s Chapel and we encourage all pupils to create and act out stories based on seasonal events. Assemblies are supported by the Chapel Organ Scholar and Chamber Choir, which provides for a truly moving experience.
What is your boarding provision?
The school provides weekly and flexi-boarding for girls and boys from Year 4 to year 8. We foster good parent/school relationships and encourage communication between home and the boarding house. As well as benefiting from access to Home Park Private, the location of the school enables older boarders to build their independence by visiting Windsor Town Centre, while junior boarders are accompanied into Windsor by House Parents to buy tuck one night a week.
A team of residential staff organise activities throughout the week including spa nights, Quidditch, falconry display teams, bowling and visits to Windsor Castle. Unless pupils are taking part in seasonal concerts or tournaments, there is no requirement for pupils to attend Saturday school, which allows for some quality family time.
Which senior schools do you feed in to?
The school is proud of its pupils’ outstanding achievements, including scholarships and awards to leading senior schools. The school works closely with each family to prepare pupils for entry into their chosen senior school. Pupils move on to a variety of different senior schools including Benenden, Downe House, Eton College, Hampton School, Harrow School, Radley College, Reading Blue Coat School, St George’s Ascot, St George’s Weybridge, Tonbridge School, Wellington College and Windsor schools.
What role does music play in an education at St George’s?
From the school’s foundation in 1348, music has been at its core and today this is still very much the case. With over 50% of pupils having instrumental lessons at school, pupils are able to join a variety of instrumental ensembles or the school Chamber Choir, which performs regularly in St George’s Chapel.
From choral to instrumental, and electronic to contemporary music, our goal is to provide opportunities for children to see, hear, experiment and take part in music-making across a wide variety of musical genres. Our state-of-the-art recording and musical IT suite enables children to explore and incorporate composition and recording into their musical skills.
There are informal instrumental concerts in the Pre-Prep and Prep School throughout the school year, with a number of instrumental ensembles for more senior pupils: String Group, Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Band, which provide the pupils with further opportunities to practise their skills and perform for an audience.
100% of children passed their ABRSM practical and theory exams with the majority receiving merits or distinctions.
What sporting opportunities are there for my child?
We provide our pupils with an enormous breadth of opportunities, with high quality teaching. They have over four hours of timetabled sport each week and over 40 sporting co-curricular activities throughout the year to choose from. Our four full-time specialist teachers of Physical Education, plus a team of specially appointed external coaches, strive to deliver the very best in sports teaching. Our sports field is the envy of the circuit, with our home fixtures taking place in Home Park Private, within the walls of Windsor Castle, which towers overhead. Everyone also loves the brand new pavilion in Home Park Private.
We strongly believe in ‘Sport for All’ and every pupil from Years 3 – 8 will represent the school in fixtures each week with other prep schools. We want all our pupils to experience the camaraderie of playing in a team, to learn to win with humility and to lose with grace. Therefore, regardless of ability, our pupils will represent the school in football, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey or rounders every week. Our physical education lessons include swimming in our indoor pool, athletics, indoor rowing, tennis, gymnastics, table-tennis, music and movement, orienteering and personal survival.
We have a number of pupils who excel at county, academy and national level. We strive to recognise talented pupils and ensure they make the most of their potential. In recent years, St George’s have been U11 IAPS Small Schools National Netball Champions, U13 Independent Schools National Football Finalists and National Fencing Finalists at Millfield. One of our pupils won the U11 County 100m butterfly Championships, we have had National Success at Prep Schools Athletics Finals and have represented the school at National Cross-Country and National Junior Indoor Rowing events.
What does your co-curricular programme include?
We offer an after school programme consisting of over 80 different activities throughout the year. Whilst most pupils choose to take part in the more usual sports clubs and choirs on at least one evening a week, there is a wide range of other, more unusual activities such as Scuba Diving and Water Sports, Golf Academy (run by a golf professional), Fencing, Judo and Rowing (both indoor and on the river). Science and Astronomy always draw a crowd, thanks to our hugely passionate Head of Science, who holds regular star-gazing evenings for both pupils and parents.
Sewing and Patchwork, Brickies (storytelling with a LEGO theme and an architectural purpose) and Scrumys (introducing the core elements of rugby) are also popular amongst our younger pupils. A comprehensive Ballet and Dance programme is open to all, and pupils continue to achieve excellent results from the LAMDA programme. ICT, Gardening Club, Gymnastics, Stamp Club, Chess, Debating and Philosophy, Design & Technology, Cooking and Baking, Triathlon, Magic (run by a member of the Magic Circle) and Pottery are all regularly attended.
What drama opportunities are available for my child?
All pupils have the opportunity to take part in one or more of our drama productions during the course of the year. There are annual Harvest and Christmas performances in the Pre-Prep which always receive warm applause, and pupils of all ages have an opportunity to take part in regular visiting drama workshops. Our annual production takes place at Eton College’s Farrer Theatre. Pupils work together, both on and off stage, including our talented musicians, which gives every pupil an opportunity to shine and do what they enjoy doing best.
“Some schools are as grand as castles, but this one is attached to one. But that’s not what makes St George’s Windsor special – it has a visionary head, kindness is king and it maintains an impressive academic record.”