Gayhurst is a happy, thriving and vibrant independent preparatory school for girls and boys aged 3-11. For over 100 years the school has endeavoured to bring out the best in every child in its care by focussing on individual talents and supporting children to achieve their full potential. Since becoming co-educational in 2008, Gayhurst has built a reputation as a family school, providing first class co-education in Gerrards Cross.
Life at Gayhurst is engaging and exciting with regular activities organised to enrich the education of its pupils. Children are encouraged to participate in sport, with a busy programme of fixtures against other schools. Creativity is evident throughout the school with opportunities to learn an instrument, become a member of one of the many musical ensembles or take part in the annual year group drama productions. There are also numerous visits to places of interest on both day and residential trips. Gayhurst strives to ensure that pupils are given every opportunity to achieve the best start in life. The school’s commitment to continual improvement and development means that the children benefit greatly from the facilities offered on the school’s five acre site, including IT rooms, Science laboratories, woodland adventure playground and an all-weather AstroTurf. Pupils consistently achieve strong academic results progressing to both local Grammar Schools and to Senior Schools, day and boarding, in the Independent sector. “Our aims are clear,” explains Headmaster, Mr Gareth Davies, “we provide a wide range of opportunities in music, drama, art and on the playing fields as well as through the curriculum. We want every girl and boy to discover and develop their particular talents and support them wholeheartedly in their aspirations for the future.” For more information about the school, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Registrar on 01753 279140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enriching Learning, Developing Resilience, Independence and Confidence #ELDRIC
Two Year 6 pupils from Gayhurst School have done something pretty amazing recently and It all started with a little girl in Africa called Hazel.
11th December 2019 — Josh Fienberg and Andreas Georghiou have been involved with fundraising for the charity Afrikids for a while now. Afrikids was set up 'To ensure that every child in Ghana is afforded his/her rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child'. Last Autumn, Josh, Andreas and friends raised money by selling bootlaces. They sold 3652 pairs of laces raising a total of £11,000. This was matched by The Department of International Development meaning £22,000 was donated to Afrikids specifically to help children in Ghana gain access to education.
It was through this work that Josh and Andreas learnt about Hazel. Hazel is the daughter of a 26 year old man called Zach who was brought up in one of the African foster homes AfriKids work with. Hazel had a hole in her heart and needed an urgent operation if she was to make it to her 2nd birthday. The operation would cost £7,000. A figure that is totally out of the reach of Zach and his family. Wanting to be able to help and keeping their charitable work going, both boys, when celebrating their birthdays with a joint party, asked for their invited party guests to make a donation to this special cause, instead of buying them birthday gifts.
Between Josh and Andreas’ Year 6 Gayhurst School classmates and other family friends and supporters of Hazel, the target was met. Hazel and her family immediately travelled overnight and the brave little girl had her operation on Saturday. It was a great success and on Wednesday 4th of December, much to the relief of her worried parents, she came out of the ICU.
Gayhurst's Headmaster, Mr Gareth Davies said, "Josh and Andreas have both shown great generosity and selflessness by forgoing birthday gifts to help provide lifesaving treatment for this little girl. The whole school is very proud of these caring young men".
Ore shows us all; one person can make a big difference
Year 5 pupil, Oreoluwa has donated her birthday to the charity Afrikids, asking for donations instead of receiving gifts.
8th October 2019 — Gayhurst School have been supporting the charity Afrikids since it was introduced to the school by one of their parents last year. The school have taken part in various fundraising initiatives in support. The Headmaster at Gayhurst was recently contacted by one of the charity’s Supporter Experience Assistants, Kristin Tadlock, to let the school know about the personal efforts of one of Gayhurst’s pupils, Oreoluwa.
Oreoluwa, known to all as Ore, had recently chosen to donate her birthday to help the Afrikids cause. She had forsaken all of her 10th birthday gifts, kind-heartedly asking instead for charitable donations to Afrikids. Kristin said, “These are qualities that we love seeing in young people and we believe this is a testament to Ore’s family as well as the amazing team of educators at Gayhurst school.
On learning of Ore’s generosity, she was awarded a Headmaster’s Commendation in recognition. She received her award, rather fittingly, during Gayhurst’s Harvest assembly, on Monday 7th October, which lead with the theme of sharing. Gareth Davies, the school’s Headmaster said, “Ore made a great gesture and she is fully deserving of a Headmaster’s Commendation in recognition of this.”
Ore’s amazing gift to Afrikids will go to help children in need to receive an education, gain access to healthcare services and stay protected from harmful infringements on their rights including child marriage. Gayhurst school and Afrikids both feel very proud to have such an incredible and bright young lady raising awareness for this cause.
Year 5 pupil Tanvi has been collecting shoes for SALS Shoes Charity
27th September 2019 — Year 5 pupil Tanvi has achieved to collect 58 pairs of shoes for SALs charity. She went to the houses of neighbours who had children and asked them for any donations. She also messaged some of her friends in the area. Tanvi had read about SALs on their website and explained to the donors how the charity works: There are 300 million children in the world for whom walking with shoes is a rarity. This makes them extremely vulnerable to infection. Without shoes, many children are not permitted to attend school.
Tanvi is so happy that these hardly used shoes will benefit such children who are less fortunate then her.
Visiting Author Dr Max Pemberton has the children in stitches!
Gayhurst school welcomed Dr Max Pemberton, NHS Doctor, Author and Columnist, today who delivered a fascinating talk on the human body.
13th September 2019 — Gayhurst school welcomed Dr Max Pemberton today who delivered a fascinating talk on the human body. Dr. Max is an NHS Doctor, columnist and Author and it was his latest book, The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human, he came to share with the children today. Gayhurst girls and boys were joined by neighbouring school Maltman's and they joined together to enjoy Dr Max's musings on just our wonderful the human body is.
Dr Max introduced us to his 'tools of the trade' and invited children to the front to try out his stethoscope, tendon hammer, opthalmascope and otoscope.
The children learned all about our five senses and how they keep the brain updated as to what is going on. One brave teacher, from visiting Maltman's, even took part in the sniff and eat/don't eat challenge - declining to eat the Doctor's smelly sock! The children also enjoyed looking for each others' taste buds!
After taking questions from the eager young would-be junior doctors, Dr Max signed copies of his book for the children.
This was one sense-stimulating speaker the children won't forget in a hurry!
Our Year 6 leaders are announced in our first assembly of the new school year by Headmaster Mr Gareth Davies
4th September 2019 — Our children always look forward to returning to school after the holidays, particularly when it is a new school year. The Year 6 children feel the excitement, perhaps more than others, as in our first assembly the Year 6 Leaders, including Head Boy and Girl, are announced.
After our Headmaster, Mr Gareth Davies, presented the children with their badges, Head Boy, Harry and Head Girl, Georgina were allowed to phone their parents with their exciting news.
Of course, all children pose for their formal photographs.
We look forward to following these young models as they learn all about leadership, motivation, decision making among many other things that come with their positions.
This Girl Can (give the boys a run for their money!)
For the first time in Gayhurst History we have an all-girl victory over our boys in Cross Country.
16th January 2019 — On Monday 14th of January, Gayhurst joined many other local schools in a Cross Country event hosted by York House School in Rickmansworth. Each race featured U11 teams from 12 schools and had approximately 100 runners. Jocelyn Davies (pictured centre) came in 6th and the girls team as a whole took 3rd place. The team and the school are delighted that this is the first time their female athletes have triumphed over the boys.
The Gayhurst boys team however, didn’t do badly themselves! Daniel Munn (pictured second from right) took 9th place and the team as a whole were snapping at the heels of the girls, taking 4th place.
Mr Simon Kearns, himself a runner, triathlon competitor and Gayhurst’s Director of Sport said, “Cross Country has grown in popularity in recent years. Gayhurst is the perfect training ground as we are fortunate enough to have large open fields and woodland in the grounds of the school for our pupils to practice on different terrain. We have been co-educational for ten years now so it is fantastic that the girls are now giving the boys a run for their money! Gayhurst prides itself on it’s ‘sport for all’ philosophy and this inclusive attitude brings such confidence and enthusiasm out in it’s pupils”.