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Godstowe Preparatory School
Shrubbery Road, HP13 6PR, UK High Wycombe
+44 (0)1494 529273


Godstowe is a happy and thriving preparatory school for girls aged 3 to 13. We also have boys in the Pre-Prep and Nursery.

Godstowe is well known for setting the highest possible standards and enjoys an enviable reputation. We believe that we are the best at what we do and would very much like to have the chance to show you why we are so proud of Godstowe. Given the chance, children flourish here, in and out of the classroom.

We can provide an outstanding preparation for senior school and are always mindful of the fact that just as important as what girls know will be what they are like. Enjoyment, at Godstowe, is compulsory. Don't take our word for it; come and see for yourself. You will be made to feel very welcome.
David Gainer, Headmaster at Godstowe.


Godstowe is remarkable in many ways: it is non-selective on entry, but is one of the most academically successful prep schools in the UK. In the earliest stages our pupils follow a broad, but highly-structured curriculum in which literacy and numeracy are of the utmost importance.

Small classes and first rate facilities ensure that each child receives a generous amount of individual attention. Enquiring minds are stretched in an environment where effort, good manners, consideration for others and success are nurtured and rewarded.

Lessons are stimulating and children are encouraged to think for themselves, to question and to debate. Classroom boundaries are often stretched through visits within the local area and more distant excursions and field trips.

In a warm and secure environment, children learn with confidence, creativity and focus. The teachers are especially nurturing and committed to bringing out the best in every child. Learning and teaching are active, exciting and coherent. Teachers present subject matter in imaginative ways and frequently use games, role play and stimulating projects in addition to more traditional teaching styles.

We welcome close parental involvement in the school and believe that our tradition of excellence in education is truly a result of community involvement.

With small classes and expert teaching we achieve remarkable results and will work closely with you to ensure your daughter is happy and that her potential is fulfilled.


Godstowe is a non-selective School - there are no entrance examinations and children are accepted by their order on our waiting lists.

You are welcome to visit the School at any time for an informal tour and to meet the Headmaster. Appointments may be made through the Registar, Mrs Gainer, on 01494 429006 or at, or by completing the Admissions Enquiry Form.

In addition, Open Mornings are held each term giving you the perfect opportunity to see the School in action, meet staff, children and parents. Our next Open Mornings are:

Saturday, 13 October 2007, 10am - 1pm

Saturday, 23 February 2008, 10am- 1pm

Please complete the Admissions Enquiry Form if you would like to attend or telephone the Registrar on the number above.

We can provide crèche facilities for young children.



Godstowe fees include an extended School day until 6.30pm with 50 'Enrichment Curriculum' activities per week (Years 3 to 8) and Lodge Care Club until 5.25pm (Nursery to Year 2)

Morning snack, three-course lunch (two courses in Pre-Prep), swimming lessons, off-site visits, stationery and books are also included.

Scale of Fees (September 2006 - September 2007)  
Boarders (Year 8) £5,170.00 per term
Day (Year 8) £3,315.00 per term
Boarders (Years 3 to 7) £5,555.00 per term
Day (Years 3 to 7) £3,780.00 per term
Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2) £2,430.00 per term
5 morning sessions available during first term only
5 sessions - £1,100.00 per term
8 sessions - £1,760.00 per term
9 sessions - £1,975.00 per term
10 sessions - £2,185.00 per term
Overnight stay £30 per night
Sibling Discounts  
2nd Child 5%
3rd Child 10%
4th and subsequent children 15%
HM Forces Bursary 10%
Clergy Bursary 10%
Fees for Optional Extra Subjects  
Riding (6 lessons)* £180.00 per term
Riding (extra lessons)* £30.00 per lesson
Riding (stable management)* £7.70 per session
Ballet Dancing £84.00 per term
Jazz Dance £84.00 per term
Drama £84.00 per term
Tennis coaching £31.50 per term
Literacy support £27.00 per 45 minute lesson
English as a Second Language £27.00 per 45 minute lesson
Music Lessons** See below
Fencing*** See below
Martial Arts Lodge See below
Martial Arts Boarders See below
Swimming Coaching See below
Breakfast Club and Supper Club (Day Pupils)  
Prep-Prep Breakfast Club (inc. care from 7.45am plus choice of breakfast) £4.00 per day
Prep School Breakfast Club (inc. choice of breakfast from 7.30pm) £1.65 per day
Supper Club (inc. two-course supper to 7pm) £2.80 per day


General Information
A registration fee of £50.00, which is non-returnable, is payable when a child is entered for the School. A deposit of £500.00 (£2,000 for overseas pupils) is required on acceptance of a place at the school. This is refundable when the pupil leaves the School.

Boarding and Tuition fees are charged in advance. School Fees Insurance, BUPA and Standing Order Surcharges are also billed in advance. In some circumstances (usually only major trips) parents are invited to pay some of the costs in advance.
All other costs are charged in arrears.

The account must be paid before the start of each term. The School operates a direct debit payment scheme and parents should contact the Financial Administration Office for further details.

A surcharge is applied in respect of late payment in accordance with Godstowe School terms and conditions.

A full term's notice is required before leaving or when withdrawing from an accepted place. One term's fees are payable in lieu of such notice.

* Riding is for Boarders only
** The Director of Performing Arts, Mr Stuart Bonner, holds the details of music teachers approved by the school.
Parents should contact the teacher directly to make their own arrangements.
*** A nominal charge may be applied for Enrichment Curriculum activities, (inc. Martial Arts, Fencing and Swimming Coaching) where an external instructor is required. Please contact the school for further information.

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