Co-education

Moving positively with the times

At Elstree, we believe that a great school is a school that maintains its relevance and place in an ever-changing world.

In recent years, it has become clear that both our current and prospective parents are looking for a family focused school: one that offers the same opportunities and ambitions for their daughters, as it does for their sons.

We are therefore delighted and proud to announce that, as of September 2020, Elstree will become a fully co-educational school, welcoming girls alongside boys.

It means that girls and boys will be able to receive an Elstree education from the age of 3 (Nursery), all the way through to 13 (Year 8).

Set in idyllic grounds of 150 acres, only an hour by car from west London, Elstree offers a secure and stimulating environment for children to be nurtured and inspired.

An education that lasts a lifetime

Girls have been enjoying an Elstree education up to the age of 7 for over 20 years. By extending our co-educational experience into the Prep School, Elstree will provide an environment where both girls and boys can develop the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century world.

Elstree’s ethos and values will remain unchanged. We are proud of our rich history and reputation as a school with high academic, creative and sporting achievements. While we know that success is something to celebrate, we recognise that being open, compassionate and tolerant of others, is equally important.

At Elstree our pupils lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, benefitting from an all-round education based on Christian values and a strong sense of community. We aim to provide an education that lasts a lifetime, and Elstree will remain a preparatory school in the broadest sense of the word.

Ensuring a smooth transition

To ensure the smooth transition to becoming a fully co-educational school, places for girls beyond Year 3 will be offered incrementally from September 2020.  As this cohort moves through the school, Elstree will grow organically.

The gradual process will allow class sizes to be kept small and staff to pupil ratios low.  Any girls wanting to join further up the school will be welcomed on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, please see our information leaflet Nurturing The Future. 

Girls’ Discovery Day

Come and join us for an exciting Girls’ Discovery morning at Elstree School.  It’s taking place on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 10.00am until 1.00pm.

Our Discovery Mornings are engaging, interactive and fantastic fun. It’s a great way to get a feel for Elstree, and meet other girls and parents.

The school will be a hive of activity with a range of workshops – from dance and trampolining to creating something in design and technology to take home.

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the Elstree way of life and find out more about what it’s like to be a part of our wonderful, happy and successful school.

This event is free-of-charge and open to girls in Year 2, 3 or 4.  Sessions will be split, so groups remain small.

Bring a friend, sister or cousin, as long as they are also in Year 2, 3 or 4 (activities are age-appropriate), and enjoy an exciting Saturday morning at Elstree School.

Teas and coffees will be served on arrival at 10.00am, and your daughter’s activities will start at 10.15am. A presentation from our Headmaster will be given at 10.30am. You are then very welcome to ‘drop and run’, or stay for a tour of the school. Refreshments will be served again at 12pm, followed by a buffet lunch with your daughter.

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