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St Piran`s School
Gringer Hill, SL6 7LZ, UK Maidenhead
+44 (0)1628 594300



St. Piran’s is an independent co-educational day school in Maidenhead.

Building on 200 years of tradition and the ethos of a family, Christian school, we provide an excellent prep school education for children between the ages of 2½ and 13

When they leave us to move on to their senior schools, our children are happy, confident individuals whose future is based on the firm foundations that we have laid. They will have developed leadership skills and will have a clear understanding of their own learning.

In the classroom, there is a strong emphasis on the core subjects: English, Maths and Science. In addition to this, the children have regular lessons in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from Modern Foreign Languages and History to Design and Information Technology. Music, Art, Swimming and Sport contribute to a full and challenging curriculum.

Tutors and Form Teachers oversee the academic, social and pastoral welfare and progress of the children in their care. We have a well-established Leadership programme for the older children and our Clan system encourages team-building and a sense of collective responsibility.
Above all, the children at St Piran’s are happy, keen to succeed to the best of their abilities and eager to make the most of their time with us.

Click HERE to view the excellent OFSTED Report on our Early Years provision.

You can also view our ISI inspection report HERE

Mission Statement
We pride ourselves in being a warm and friendly school and wish to bring out the best in every child in our care. We aim to give each child a first class academic education as well as offering a full range of sports and activities. Courtesy and consideration for others and a sense of responsibility for the school community underpinned by Christian principles are of paramount importance at St Piran's. By the time the pupils leave the school we sincerely hope that they have contributed as much as they can and feel a sense of pleasure in what they have achieved. We think it is important to foster a happy and natural relationship between pupils, parents and staff so that everyone has a pride in being part of the school.

Statement of Objectives

1 To be the first choice for parents in its catchment area seeking private education for children
aged 3-13 in a co-educational, mixed ability day school.
2 To teach a programme that encompasses and exceeds the National Curriculum.
3 To safeguard and promote the welfare of every child whilst in the care of the school.
4 To assess and address the educational needs and potential of every child, including special needs in order to lead fulfilling lives.
5 To provide a foundation for children's spiritual development and for an understanding of right and wrong, within a clear Christian ethos.
6 To develop children's enjoyment and understanding of music and the arts, and to provide high-quality tuition, experience and performance opportunities in those areas.
7 To provide a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their physical fitness and sporting ability, and to grow in social and leadership skills.
8 To prepare children for successful transfer to their first choice of senior school.


All parents are seen by the Headmaster and the Head of Nursery. There are no assessments for applicants to Nursery.

All parents are seen by the Headmaster and the most recent report is requested from the child's current nursery school or play group. All the children are seen by the Head of Lower School and a little assessment is given. We may ask the child to spend a morning in a Transition class before making a decision.

All parents are seen by the Headmaster and a Literacy and Numeracy test along with reading and spelling tests are given to the pupil. A report may be requested from the previous school and the child may be asked to spend some time in the class into which he/she might go.

All parents are seen by the Headmaster and reports requested from the child's current school. Pupils will spend a day in the class into which they would start. During the day, a variety of assessments will be set, including an English assessment and an NFER Maths test.

If there are signs that a child has special needs, then the SENCO will be asked to assess the child to see if the school can meet these needs. A decision will then be made.

Entry by scholarship usually involves testing and interviewing the pupils. Non verbal reasoning, reading, writing, and mathematical skills are usually tested during a morning in school.



Nursery Department - 9.00 a.m
Lower School - 8.35 a.m. (Transition classes 9.00am in Christmas Term, 8.40am on Thursday and Friday in Easter and Summer Terms
Middle and Upper School - 8.25 a.m.

Lower School - 1.20 p.m.
Middle and Upper School - 2.05 p.m.

Click here for a school day timetable

Children who arrive late to school must report to Matron's room beside the main entrance, to sign in.
If you are taking children out during the day for an appointment, please notify the school in advance and then sign out your son/daughter in Matron's room, signing them back in on your return. This ensures we keep a fire register up to date at all times.

Nursery Children can be dropped off from 8:35 a. m. at the Nursery. There is a Nursery car park which is used by all families but is in close proximity to the Nursery itself.
Lower School Children can be brought to school from 8:00 a. m. but parents must stay with their children until a teacher is in the classroom from 8:30 a. m.
Middle & Upper School Children can be dropped off at 8:00 a. m. and staff are on duty to supervise them until all teachers are in their classrooms from 8:20 a. m.

Car parking at St Piran's is limited and leaving cars in the car park for an undue length of time can cause considerable frustration to other parents.
We operate a 'Kiss and Drop' system at the front of the school for the older ones to keep the traffic moving. The first few weeks of the new school year and Monday mornings are the most pressured times on car park space.
Please do not park cars on the yellow zig-zag lines at the front of the school or double park cars.
The staff car park at the back of the school is for staff only.

At the end of the day, please be on time to pick up your children.
If children in Lower and Middle School are left for more than 15 minutes after the designated end of the school day, they will go to Extended Day and you will be charged.
Children in the Upper School left after 6:15 p. m. will be sent to the Headmaster's House to be collected from there.


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Parents Handbook (Right click & choose "SaveTarget As")
Christmas Term Calendar (Right click & choose "SaveTarget As")
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Uniform obtainable from:
John Lewis, Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2BB Tel: 0118 9575955
Sports equipment available from:
Hawkinsport & Son, 25 The Parade, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5SB Tel: 01628 819242

All clothing should be clearly marked and sent in good order
Second-hand uniform is available from the School Shop, which is run by some of our parents.

Opening Times
Tuesdays from 8.30-9.30am
(Thursdays from 8.30-9.30am only at the beginning of term)

Christmas Term Opening Days

September:     4th       7th       12th     14th     19th     21st     26th
October:          3rd       10th     17th     31st
November:      7th       14th     21st     28th
December:      5th       7th       12th     14th




During the day at St Piran's Nursery there is a lively buzz as the children engage in a wide variety of activities. The Nursery is set in idyllic surroundings with plenty of secure outdoor space.

The Nursery garden is home for our pet guinea pig as well as the local wildlife, with an abundance of squirrels to entertain the children. Climbing frames and slides provide endless fun and exercise for the children.

During playtime the children can be seen whizzing up and down the playground on a variety of tricycles and tractors!

Inside the Nursery the children are busy participating in a variety of "messy" activities including painting, playdough, sand and water play and cooking.

In the other areas of the Nursery the children can be found "making music", dressing-up, using construction toys, and learning various language and mathematics skills.

As if this is not enough to stimulate the children we offer weekly swimming, dance and gymnastics lessons on site.

KS1 Reception, Years 1&2

Lower School

In Lower School there are six classes with a maximum class size of twenty. Each class has a support assistant who works under the direction of the class teacher. The children follow a curriculum that is broad and balanced and incorporates the National Curriculum and in the case of the Transition classes The Foundation Stage.

We are able to offer children specialist teaching in French, art, music, games, swimming and ICT. The school's facilities include a Lower School library, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a separate dance and art studio which children from Lower School use weekly.

Music plays a very important part in the life of Lower School with concerts performed to parents throughout the year. The Year 2 children are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder.

Teachers regularly organise out of school visits to support the curriculum. Places visited include Warwick Castle, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Katesgrove Victorian School, Legoland, London Aquarium and The Planetarium. Every Christmas the Lower School children are taken to the theatre to see a pantomime.

Through our lessons and daily acts of collective worship we offer the opportunity to consider the spiritual and moral side of life. We are a Christian school and actively encourage the children to follow a Christian ethos. Lower School children attend the school chapel regularly. We aim to develop the children academically, emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially so they are happy in school and motivated to learn. The Head of the Lower School is a member of the Senior Management Team in order to ensure that the younger children's needs are taken into account when whole school decisions are made.

KS2, Years 3&4

Middle School

Year 3 and Year 4 are known as Middle School and are to be found in the main building of the school. There are three classes with a maximum of 18 pupils in each year group. The Head of Middle School is a Year 3 teacher who sits on the Senior Management Team and so is aware of decisions made in school policies and the ways in which they can be implemented in her area of the school.

Throughout their time in Middle School, pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential across the whole range of traditional subjects. They are also given opportunities to develop their abilities in Art, Music, ICT, Technology and to participate in Poetry and Acting Performances.

In Year 3 the class teacher is responsible for teaching English, Mathematics (in sets), Science, History, Geography, Art, DT and PSHE. In this year the children have specialist teachers for French, Music, RE, ICT, Games, PE and Swimming.

The Year 4 class teachers are responsible for English, Mathematics (in sets), History, Geography and PSHE. In this year there are specialist teachers for Science, DT, French, Music, RE, Art, ICT, Games, PE, and Swimming. School trips, closely linked with the curriculum topics being covered, are organised each term for the year groups.

During their time in Middle School it is hoped that pupils will develop an ability to work independently on a wide range of homework tasks outside school hours. By way of example this may consist of reading, learning spellings, practising multiplication tables or completing a numeracy / literacy task linked to the curriculum. Pupils are assessed for effort each week in subject areas which are in turn fed back to parents by way of an Industry Card.

KS2, Years 5&6

The Upper School comprises Years 5 to 8. One significant difference between the Upper and Middle Schools is that every child has a tutor who looks after the child’s academic and pastoral progress throughout the Upper School. The tutor works closely with the child’s form teacher to ensure that every child is given the best possible support both in and out of the classroom.

The curriculum in Years 5 and 6 follows but goes far beyond the National Curriculum. In small classes, the children are taught the core subjects as well as French, History, Geography and Religious Education. There are also weekly sessions of Music, Art, Design Technology, PE, Swimming, ICT and twice-weekly sessions of team games. Children in Year 6 also have the opportunity to study either German or Spanish.

Children are placed in sets according to ability for Mathematics and English. This allows the teachers to extend the more able and to give those who need it the support that they require to ensure that the basics of Numeracy and Literacy are firmly established.

The Upper School has a thriving orchestra, as well as three choirs. The Chapel Choir sings at our weekly Friday evening service in the school’s beautiful chapel. Before and after chapel, children and parents are entertained by the school’s hand bell ringers, a St. Piran’s tradition that dates back over 60 years.

All the children benefit from our wide range of activities that run from 5:15 to 6:00 pm. These include sporting activities such as five-a-side football and basketball as well as a whole host of other activities as diverse as chess, web design and drama.

KS3, Years 7&8

The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 builds on the work that the children have completed during Year 6 and prepares them for the Common Entrance and Scholarship exams that they sit at the end of Year 8.

The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are given an appropriately large share of lesson time. Geography, History, RS and French are also given priority, as these are subjects in which the children will be examined.

However, Music, Art, DT, ICT, Spanish or German and a full range of PE and games are also an integral part of the curriculum in a child's last two years and help to give the balance that makes St Piran's unique.

In addition to the work carried out in the classroom, the children in their final years take part in our leadership programme, where they learn about teamwork, team building and leadership skills.

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