Chandlings is a leading co-educational prep school for children aged 2-11 set within 60 acres of beautiful grounds yet just five miles from Oxford itself. Alongside such an enviable location, we pride ourselves on exceptional academic achievement, genuine pastoral care and superb facilities. Our teachers are passionate about education and our children are curious, creative and independent.
About the school
As a leading Independent day school, we educate boys and girls aged 2-11 within our 60 acres of beautiful grounds; located in idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, yet just five miles from Oxford itself. Alongside such an enviable location, we pride ourselves on exceptional academic achievement, genuine pastoral care and empathy, and superb facilities.These include bright modern classrooms as well as state-of-the-art science, art, music, Design Technology and cookery facilities.
Our children enjoy impressive sports facilities and extensive private rural surroundings that include a low-ropes course in the bluebell wood, a designated woodland area for our nursery children and even a lake where the children can enjoy pond-dipping as part of their science lessons. Our school provides an excellent all-round education. We’re especially proud of gaining outstanding academic results to highly selective senior schools, within a warm and secure learning environment. Small class sizes throughout the school years enable focused teaching to take place and ensure that our children are both challenged and inspired to progress their learning. Each child is well prepared for each stage of their education and we always take time to talk to parents about this journey.
With us, your son or daughter has a world of opportunity to realise their true potential.
Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq visits Chandlings
What could be more fun for children than a morning at school learning how to write a comic strip, conducting exploding science experiments and listening to a new story told by the longest serving Blue Peter presenter? Children from Chandlings and local Oxfordshire primary school Dry Sandford were lucky enough to be engaged and inspired by Konnie Huq, ex Blue Peter presenter and author who came to present her new book "Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world," at Chandlings.
24th February 2020 — What could be more fun for children than a morning at school learning how to write a comic strip, conducting exploding science experiments and listening to a new story told by the longest serving Blue Peter presenter? Children from Chandlings and local Oxfordshire primary school Dry Sandford were lucky enough to be engaged and inspired by Konnie Huq, ex Blue Peter presenter and author who came to present her new book "Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world," at Chandlings.
Konnie's talk had everyone enthralled. She kicked off by building a comic strip story with the children’s input which included Cookie, the protagonist of her book, as the central character; who'd have thought that eating carrots would enable Cookie to see in the dark so effectively that she could spot the UFO living under her bed?
Konnie then invited two children to the stage to don lab coats and goggles as they did one of Cookie's favourite experiments - mentos fountains! Konnie finished by reading a passage from Chapter 4 of her book about spotting teachers out of school and the mysterious lives they might lead.
Konnie ended with a Q&A session where she had to answer questions from the children such as “How long did it take you to write the book and what inspired you to write books?” Konnie replied “I tend to write chunks of 500 words which is about a chapter so in total days it took around 2 months but in reality it took longer as I was busy with other things at the same time.”
Konnie’s inspiration to write came from the first book that she loved called Superfudge which really drew her into reading. During her days on Blue Peter she also had to judge books and met some amazing authors which also drew her towards writing. She sees her latest book Cookie as “Bridget Jones meets Wimpy Kid” and according to her son, “ It’s his favourite book because it is brilliant and funny” and she hopes that all children will enjoy it as much as he has!
Nina Brown, Chandlings’ Librarian organised the talk along with local Abingdon book shop, Mostly Books. Sarah Dennis from Mostly Books said "We are so excited to be bringing Konnie to Abingdon! She was an inspiration on Blue Peter and is just full of energy so we knew that she would do a great job of getting children excited about both books and Science. Author events are a massive part of what we do at Mostly Books and we love it!"
Nina added, “We are privileged to be able to have authors visit us at Chandlings. They really inspire the children by bringing the craft of writing off the page and into the children’s day to day life. In doing so, they make reading and writing accessible to all.’
On Friday 10th January, Prep children welcomed in the New Year in a very French way celebrating the “Epiphanie” or Twelfth Night.. The children ate the delicious Galette des Rois, a traditional cake which hides “la fève”, a charm - a figurine, inside it.
15th January 2020 — On Friday 10th January, Prep children welcomed in the New Year in a very French way celebrating the “Epiphanie” or Twelfth Night.. The children ate the delicious Galette des Rois, a traditional cake which hides “la fève”, a charm - a figurine, inside it.
As tradition dictates, the children performed the ritual of the Galette, where the youngest child hides under the table and directs the distribution of each piece of cake. The lucky person to find the “fève” becomes the King or Queen for the day, wears a paper crown and can make three wishes.
Sofia, a newly crowned Queen in Year 5, wished for a new dog. Natasha and Will who are both in Year 6 and currently in the middle of sitting their Senior School entrance exams wished for ‘no lessons and no homework!’ and Remy, a King in Year 3, wished for his Aunty to get married!
The celebration provided the children with an opportunity to experience French culture and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. What a fantastic way to start the New Year!
Celebrating Diversity and Promoting Sustainability
Chandlings Prep School recently took part in International Day when the children can ‘visit’ over 20 different countries celebrating the nationalities represented at Chandlings. International Day is embraced by the whole school community with around 40 parents from a variety of countries hosting stalls which every child visits to listen, taste and experience different cultures.
26th November 2019 — Chandlings Prep School recently took part in International Day when the children can ‘visit’ over 20 different countries celebrating the nationalities represented at Chandlings. International Day is embraced by the whole school community with around 40 parents from a variety of countries hosting stalls which every child visits to listen, taste and experience different cultures.
The stalls included Japan, India, Singapore, Wales, Portugal, Russia and Germany to name but a few. Parents dressed in their national dress and offered quizzes, facts, games and foods for the children to collect and try. Spain had some delicious tapas to taste, South Korea brought sweet delicacies and France had some snails! All the children visited the stalls with a unique passport, that needed to be stamped, and a form with questions to complete.
This year there was a new stall called ‘Trash Isles’ run by the newly founded parents’ Eco Group which runs alongside the existing children’s Eco Committee. Its aim was to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage patch, highlight the growing problems of climate change and show how we can all live more sustainably.
The rest of International day was filled with various workshops which the children showcased at the end of the day in the International Day Parade. Year 3 tried their hand at Taekwondo and learnt Korean writing. Year 4 took part in African drumming, music and dancing. Year 5 ‘visited’ the USA playing basketball, lacrosse and some line-dancing and Year 6 learnt other European languages and explored the Seven Wonders of the World.
"It's a day when we can celebrate our differences and unite in diversity," said Miss Wells, Head of Geography, who organised the whole event. “The children love the day and they can learn all about other countries and cultures. It brings together the school community of parents and children showing how we can learn from each other and enrich our lives."
“International Day is the best day at Chandlings,” said one of the Year 4 children.
Chandlings takes part in Global Outdoor Classroom Day
Children at Chandlings went outdoors to play and learn on Thursday 7 November 2019, as part of the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign. The campaign – started in the UK in 2012 – aims to make outdoor play and learning part of every child’s day as organisers say it is critical to children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.
13th November 2019 — Children at Chandlings went outdoors to play and learn on Thursday 7 November 2019, as part of the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign. The campaign – started in the UK in 2012 – aims to make outdoor play and learning part of every child’s day as organisers say it is critical to children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.
Children are often having lessons outside at Chandlings taking advantage of the 60 acres of beautiful grounds. Last Thursday, Maths took place in the Bluebell Woods where the Year 4 children learnt about fractions using sticks and the Year 3 children were learning about number bonds on the tennis courts.
Year 6 children were outside with microscopes as part of their cell and microbe topic. Year 5 art children were getting very creative making clay faces on the trees and who said that music can only take place inside? Have a look how the STEM playground became a musical band and the Head of music, Mr Stratford and some children were playing ukeleles where they have never been before!
"Outdoor Learning is a huge part of life at Chandlings," said Christine Cook. "We have 60 acres of beautiful grounds and we use these not only on Outdoor Classroom Day but everyday. There is a wealth of evidence that suggests that outdoor learning and time to play outdoors throughout the school day are beneficial to children, and I couldn’t agree more. Outdoor Classroom Day is a fantastic initiative and we firmly believe that it is important to build time outdoors into every school day.”
Carley Sefton, CEO of Learning through Landscapes which leads the campaign in the UK and ROI, said: “Research including our Muddy Hands report shows that children who spend time outdoors have better mental health, are more physically active and are more resilient. Teachers who get involved in the campaign tell us the same thing, which is why we are delighted to see schools across the UK and ROI signing up again this year and showing the world why children need time outdoors every day.”
On Monday 30 September GB International Hockey player Holly Hunt and Ralph Townsend, Chairman of the Cothill Trust, declared the new Chandlings Astroturf open.
8th October 2019 — On Monday 30 September GB International Hockey player Holly Hunt and Ralph Townsend, Chairman of the Cothill Trust, declared our new Astroturf open.
Holly currently plays club hockey in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division for Hampstead & Westminster. Previously she played for England U16, U18 and U21 before being picked to join the GB senior team and making her International debut against China earlier this year.
Holly gave a masterclass session to the Chandlings Prep Year 5 and 6 girls before taking part in a Q&A session with girls from St Hugh’s and Headington who joined them for the U10 tournament on the new astroturf.
Head, Christine Cook, commented on how inspiring it was and how fortunate for our children to have a GB International to present to them in school. Sport has always played a major part of school life and with this new facility we will be able to foster the next generation of Hockey talent for years to come.
“The new astroturf will also be used to develop our partnerships with local primary schools,” she added. “It is a fantastic addition to the sports and outdoor facilities we already have.”
Sporting Success For Three Chandlings Prep School Pupils
Three Chandlings Prep School boys at the top of their game nationally in Squash, Swimming and Athletics
7th June 2019 — We would like to congratulate three Chandlings Prep School boys on their recent sporting achievements in Squash, Swimming and Athletics.
Dominic,Year 5, played a year above in the recent IAPS Squash Championships at Nottingham University. He played 9 matches, lost just won in the semis and came 3rd overall in BU11.
Leo, Year 6, qualified for the IAPS U11 50m breaststroke finals with a time of 42.12. The finals will be held at the at the Olympic park national swimming centre in London on Saturday the 8th of June. He qualified 8th out of 137 competitors.
Kai, Year 6, participated in the Oxfordshire County Athletics Championships and won the U13 (Year 6 and 7s) 100m race with a time of 13.03, in slightly windy conditions. This was the best ever performance at the Championships. It makes him the 15th best in the country for Year 6 and 7s and the best in the country for Year 6. He also came 2nd in the 200m race.
Reception and Nursery
There is no formal assessment for entry into Nursery and Reception. Once registered the children can come and spend time with their class for Taster Mornings from 9-10.30am
Years 1- 6
Children are invited to spend a Taster Day with us during which time they will complete assessments in English and Mathematics.
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