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Dair House School
Bishops Blake, Beaconsfield Road, SL2 3BY, UK Farnham Royal
+44 (0)1753 643964

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About Dair House

Dair House's ethos is to give every child the opportunity to develop their full potential by offering a broad and balanced curriculum in a happy and stimulating environment with an emphasis on promoting a love of learning, positive thinking and caring attitudes. The happiness, health and welfare of all pupils in all activities is our first priority. It is our aim to develop in each child confidence and a true sense of worth. The small classes and family environment of Dair House ensure quality teaching goes hand in hand with excellent pastoral care. We operate a House system that encourages children to develop a sense of kinship and team spirit while also providing opportunities for pupils to take on roles of responsibility as prefects.


Our Philosophy

Dair House Coat of ArmsThe emblems in the Dair House coat of arms encapsulate, and are representative of, the philosophy and values we hold dear and which we strive for. Click on each emblem to load a larger version in a new window.

Dair House BeeThe bee from the Dair House coat of arms represents academic industriousness. We encourage our pupils to apply themselves diligently to their work and we consistently reward effort so that they can see for themselves the fruits of their endeavours.


Dair House SunThe sun on our coat of arms is symbolic of the warm, nuturing atmosphere that characterises life at Dair House.


Dair House FlowerThe flower emblem on our coat of arms is representative of our children flourishing and thriving at Dair House. We recognise that all children's needs are different and if they are to flower then their individual needs must be recognised and provided for. At Dair House we provide the best possible environment in which children can flourish and grow as individuals.


Dair House MottoThe values embodied in the Dair House emblem are summarised in our motto, which translates as, "a sure foundation from the start". With a strong emphasis on developing pupils' academic, creative, personal, social and cultural skills we are passionate that wherever life after Dair House School takes our boys and girls, they will be well-equipped to deal with whatever challenges lie ahead.

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Our classrooms have been developed to ensure age-appropriate environments are created for each year group that maintain the light, warm, family atmosphere of the school. The children enjoy excellent facilities for music, art, design & technology, an ICT suite and well stocked library.


The overall grounds are large and offer unlimited scope for outdoor play and sport including: football, tag-rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics as well as nature and environmental studies.

New Developments

As part of the school's new expansion plans that will enable boys and girls to continue their education at Dair House right through to age eleven, we have to already started work on developing the existing facilities.


Plans are underway to provide required classrooms, improved facilities for music, art and design & technology, an enhanced ICT suite, a new whole school library, increased floor space in the sports hall and age appropriate changing and toilet facilities. School lunches will continue to be offered that will maintain the existing high standards of freshly prepared, high quality food.


Construction work, as required, will continue through to summer 2009 in order of priority, to meet the needs of each year as it moves through the school. All alterations to the building will be carried out by qualified and registered builders and will comply with necessary building regulations. Major structural work will take place in the holidays to minimise disruption to children and staff.

History of Dair House

Children with colourful balloons


Founded in Farnham Common in1932, Dair House moved to its present site in Farnham Royal in 1962. Originally a proprietor owned school, it became a registered charity, with a Board of Governors, in 1976. The school was accredited by the ISJC in 1987, and the present Headmaster is a member of the ISA.


Following the Inspectors' Committee meeting of the Independent Schools Inspectorate in January 2007, Dair House has been elected to full membership of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools. This is a major achievement for the school. IAPS is an association consisting of approximately 550 of the leading independent preparatory schools in the UK and oversaes. IAPS stands for all-round excellence, and seeks to promote the highest professional standards of independent education.


The school has regular Ofsted and ISI inspections. The latest ISI inspection was in November 2004 and the latest Ofsted Nursery Inspection was in March 2005. Please click here for details.


The religious affiliation of Dair House is the Church of England but all faiths, or none, are welcome and assemblies include all pupils and staff.


The development of the school has always been a consideration of the Board of Governors and over the years a number of additions have been made to the original building. This has enhanced the facilities for teaching and learning and provides a safe and secure environment for all the pupils.


  • To provide a high quality education for boys and girls aged 3 – 11 years.
  • To promote a life-long desire for learning.
  • To provide a happy, stimulating environment, which will encourage the best from our pupils.
  • To develop tolerance and understanding, consideration and courtesy in our school community and beyond.
  • To provide the opportunity for every child to achieve and to develop their confidence and self-esteem.
  • To foster good communication with the families of our pupils.
  • To provide a thorough preparation for the next school in the private or maintained sector.


The academic curriculum at Dair House is in line with the Foundation Stage Curriculum in Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum for Year 1 onwards. A very wide and varied range of subjects is offered the children throughout the school, as confirmed in the Ofsted Report, 2005 and Independent Schools Inspectorate Report, 2004:


"Teaching is very good. Staff have a good knowledge of the Foundation Stage and use this to plan an interesting, stimulating and fun curriculum for the children."


"Children have many opportunities to develop their imaginative play through a wide range of situations."


"Children participate with enthusiasm in the well planned music and movement sessions and have opportunities to listen to sound and rhythm and make their own music."


"Staff treat the children with kindness and respect."

Ofsted Nursery Inspection Report, March 2005


"The curriculum is good; it offers a broad and balanced general education suited to all pupils across the full age and ability range. The curriculum for children up to age five provides well for each of the six areas of learning. From reception a suitably broad and balanced curriculum is provided; sufficient emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy."


"The curriculum is enriched by a satisfactory range of extra-curricular activities, including sport. Visits and visitors enhance the curriculum. For example, a display about artefacts in ancient Egypt was created as a result of Year 3 visiting the British Museum and in Year 2 pupils had visited the Slough trading estate and then made models of the buildings as part of their design and technology lessons."






Extra Curricular Activities

Pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of extra activities at Dair House. These vary from term to term and include:






Tag Rugby



Kick-Fit/Judo martial arts.


Ice skating


Arts, crafts and technology

African mask making

Balloon modelling


Music, dance and drama
Theatre, dance and ballet


Guitar, violin, woodwind and piano

African drumming/rhythm

Mad Science

Problem solving

Circus skills
Spanish and French



Dair House Gazette

Pet Club




For current extra-curricular club details click here


Whole upper school with their teddy bears


This is the one-stop place for finding out about the practicalities of life at Dair House School, as well as being the place to find content that doesn't seem to fit under the menu headings. Either use the menu above or click on the links below.

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Doors Open:

8.30 am


8.50 am


9.00 am

Collection times:

12.15 pm or 3.20 pm - Nursery

3.30 pm - Reception
3.35 pm - Years 1 and 2

3.45 pm - Years 3 to 5

Term Dates

2007 - 2008

Autumn Term 2007

From Wednesday 5th September to Friday 14th December

Half-term: 29th October - 2nd November

Spring Term 2008

From Wednesday 9th January to Friday 20th March

Half-term: 18th - 22nd February

Summer Term 2008

From Wednesday 16th April to Friday 11th July

Bank Holiday: 5th May

Half-term: 26th - 30th May

2008 - 2009

Autumn Term 2008

From Wednesday 3rd Spetember to Thursday 11th December

Half-term: 27th - 31st October

Spring Term 2009

From Wednesday 7th January to Friday 27th March

Half-term: 16th - 20th February

Summer Term 2009

From Wednesday 22nd April to Friday 10th July

Bank Holiday: 4th May

Half-term: 25th - 29th May

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