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Steephill School
Castle Hill, Fawkham, DA3 7BG, UK Longfield
+44 (0)1474 702107

Steephill Independent School

'Pupils are at the heart of everything the School does'
~ ISI inspection 2006'


The school was founded in 1935 by Miss Eileen Bignold who established its excellent reputation for high academic standards. These have been continued by a Board of Governors of the Educational Trust which was formed in 1990 to run the School.

Steephill is an independent day school which takes pupils from 3˝ to 11 years old. It is situated in the beautiful Fawkham Valley area in a quiet lane overlooking the 13th century village church.

Steephill has pleasant grounds, mostly lawn and an integrated orchard. The children have a large sports field for football, athletics, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders. Short tennis and netball are played on the purpose built court.




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Steephill School has always encouraged the children to participate in all types of sporting activities, enabling them to discover where their talents lie.

We offer a wide range of activities in school including: netball, football, rounders, swimming, cricket, hockey, short tennis, dance and athletics.

We can also provide private music lessons on various instruments, further details can be obtained from our school office.

We have many school clubs to join. Either run by enthusiastic parents or qualified professionals all the clubs are very popular. Matches against other schools are booked whenever possible. Teammanship and sportsmanship are both emphasized.

School Clubs
Football Netball Recorder
Dance Gardening Choir
Rounders Technology Early Morning Club
Hockey Art Homework Club
Short Tennis Guitar Summer Holiday Club
Athletics Music  


School's main aims are to:

Celebrate the individual
Foster a family community
Provide a broad-based education

Steephill School operates an open entrance policy. Children enter the School at the beginning of the term nearest to when they are three and a half years old. Some discretion over the age of entry may be applied if there are good reasons for an early or late entry. No other criteria are applied for entry.

Once the class of 16 children is full, parents may enter children on the waiting list. If a place becomes available the first 5 children are contacted. If more than one still wants the place then we can apply criteria for selection such as balance of sexes in the class; siblings are always given priority.

The School therefore is mixed ability and aims to provide each child with the quality of education that allows them to reach full potential. The School follows the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Scheme. The standard is set so that all children, who are able, are working at level 5 in maths and English, in Class 6.

The School also provides a broad curriculum ensuring that sport, drama, French and foundation subjects are given prominence together with the core subjects. The after-school clubs provide a further opportunity to develop childrens’ interests and foster a love of sport.

Citizenship, PHSE, RE and assemblies provide forums for the development of moral judgement and a values system. Emphasis is put on the importance of community and friendship.

The 5 Rules for Life were developed over a term during assemblies and PHSE classes so that children could ‘own’ these rules and be committed to living by them.

Due to the small classes, teachers know all the children well and a friendly but disciplined atmosphere is fostered.

The School takes part in community life and has a close relationship with St. Mary’s Church; the Rector taking assemblies on a fortnightly basis.

Generally, the School aims to provide good quality education for individuals, within a relaxed but working environment.


Great emphasis is given to the teaching of the National Curriculum core subects of English, maths and science as well as the foundation subjects history, georgraphy, religious education, technology, information and communication technology, art and music. French is also taught from Lower 1.

In English much importance is placed upon reading skills, grammar, spelling and neat presentation of work. All the classes follow the National Literacy Scheme. The children read to their teachers daily to ensure steady progress in mastering this very important part of their learning. They also have oral English and drama lessons and perform for the parents once a year and at Prize-giving in the summer term. The older pupils are introduced to English literature and all the children experience creative writing.

In Maths the pupils progress through the formal scheme with the personal attention of their teachers to ensure optimum achievement. Practical maths work includes hands-on experience in topics such as measuring, money and telling the time. Tables are learned as an aid to calculating answers.

Science work is based on the National Curriculum and incorporates classroom projects in which children learn to carry out experiments and record their findings.

Private piano and instrument lessons can be arranged at the School.


In the nursery class, children begin to learn the first stages of reading, writing and number work and enjoy acquiring these skills as much as play, painting and musical activities which are all part of the nursery day.

There is a separate garden for the nursery children where they have outdoor toys and water play. There is a large sandpit and a playhouse which give hours of constructive enjoyment.


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