Set in 12 acres of leafy parkland on the outskirts of High Wycombe, Godstowe Preparatory School is a happy and thriving independent boarding and day school for girls aged seven to 13, and boys aged three to seven.
Godstowe is a remarkable school in many ways. For more than 100 years, girls have been enjoying a quality of education which is among the very best you will find. Discerning parents have opted to send their daughters (and sons too, in the Pre-prep) because they have been extremely impressed with what they see and with what they hear about the school. Children do not sit an entrance exam, and yet Godstowe consistently achieves unrivalled academic results – 33 scholarships were awarded in 2019 and all leavers joined their first choice senior school. A small number also joined Buckinghamshire’s excellent grammar schools. But Godstowe is not an academic ‘hot-house’. Children are happy and confident, polite and considerate. It is through innovative teaching ideas, a young and dynamic staff and first-rate facilities and grounds that they thrive and succeed. Every week over 50 extra-curricular clubs are available to try, most of these are inclusive of fees. Children gain confidence on the 40-foot indoor climbing wall or during a fencing match, and this confidence spills over into the classroom. They can let off steam racing remote-controlled cars, relax in yoga or expand their minds in philosophy club. Supervised homework sessions are also available, as well as a supper and breakfast club. Girls joining Godstowe’s boarding community can be sure of a safe, homely and happy environment. They enjoy a fun-packed weekend schedule in comfortable, refurbished accommodation. The boys and girls in the pre-prep thrive in a colourful and nurturing environment that widens their horizons and instills in them a love of learning. Appointments to view the school can be made at any time, and informal Open Mornings are held each term. Please see their website www.godstowe.org, or contact the Admissions team for more information, email@example.com / 01494 429006.
Godstowe Staff make vital PPE equipment for local hospitals
Staff at Godstowe have been busy during the Easter break, laminating 1400 pouches to make into visors for Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe Hospitals.
23rd April 2020 — Staff at Godstowe have been busy during the Easter break, laminating 1400 pouches to make into visors for Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe Hospitals. The pouches were made in their homes and then collected by a member of staff and delivered to the hospitals last Friday.
Initiated by Head of Early Years, Hannah Smart, this has been a real team effort by our teachers. The project was in response to a request from Stoke Mandeville Hospital for donations of the pouches to make into visors for frontline staff due to a shortage of PPE.
Staff have also been collecting fabric to sew into wash bags for NHS staff scrubs to help limit the spread of infection from used uniforms.
Sophie Green, Headmistress commented 'This, alongside other initiatives, makes me extremely proud of our staff and parents. Godstowe's strong sense of community and family spirit has really come into its own to embrace the challenge facing us. As a school, we are closed in line with official Government guidelines, but we have remained open to children of Key Workers throughout the Easter break and beyond. As we now start the Summer Term as a mainly virtual school, I must commend the whole team at Godstowe who have worked exceptionally hard throughout the Easter break to develop a full programme of virtual learning that offers a structure for our children whilst allowing flexibility to fit with families’ different circumstances.'
Godstowe has launched a new diploma to encourage learning outside of the curriculum
24th February 2020 — Godstowe Preparatory School has launched a new diploma to encourage learning outside of the curriculum
The new diploma programme for girls in Years 6 to 8 aims to enable pupils to develop a range of skills and awards outside of the core curriculum, and to receive recognition for their efforts. The ‘Godstowe Dove Diploma’ scheme is progressive, involving increasing levels of commitment, learning and challenge, so that every girl can celebrate new achievements. It has been designed to encourage girls to try new activities, learn different skills and demonstrate resilience.
Godstowe excels in preparing girls for senior school, despite being non-selective. In 2019, 33 scholarships and exhibitions were awarded to top schools including Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’, and Wellington College, among others. The School offers so much more than just an academic education however, and with more than 50 lunchtime and after school clubs to choose from, there is a wealth of opportunities for girls to discover their passions and strengths.
An important area of focus for this academic year is resilience, and Headmistress, Sophie Green says “We are always mindful of the fact that just as important as what girls know, will be what they are like. Young people require a broad range of skills and qualities to flourish and the new Dove Diploma has been developed with this in mind.”
Godstowe School has appointed a team of Green Ambassadors, comprising girls from Year 2 to Year 8, who will focus on raising awareness and promoting environmental issues like recycling, using less energy and wasting less plastic across the school.
13th August 2019 — Godstowe School has appointed a team of Green Ambassadors, comprising girls from Year 2 to Year 8. A large number of girls put themselves forward and gave impassioned speeches to be the Ambassador for their form groups.
The new team have decided to focus on the following:
Raising awareness of the issues of climate change and environmental protection across the school
Promoting more conservation around the school
Actively promoting environmental issues like recycling, using less energy, wasting less plastic etc., in all forms at Godstowe.
Speaking on environmental issues to the whole school in assemblies
BBC Political Correspondent, Eleanor Garnier, inspires Godstowe Girls
13th August 2019 — The end of the academic year at Godstowe was marked with Prizegiving, recognising some of the amazing achievements of the girls. This year they were inspired by special guest speaker, Eleanor Garnier. Eleanor is a BBC Political Correspondent and former England Lacrosse player. As a former Godstowe girl, she also had lots of stories about her time at the school to delight the current pupils!
33 Scholarships and Exhibitions at top senior schools were awarded to Godstowe leavers this year.
Godstowe Preparatory School has been recognised in the 2018/19 Accelerated Reader awards. Nine Godstowe classes appear on the Renaissance National Roll of Honour as Master Classes and the School has been awarded Master School status.
8th July 2019 — Godstowe Preparatory School's love of and success in reading have been recognised in awards from the company that runs Accelerated Reader. This year, nine Godstowe classes from Year 4 to Year 7 appear on the Renaissance National Roll of Honour as Master Classes. The girls have been rewarded for the amount of time they have spent reading and their consistently high quiz scores over most of the school year. These girls have received pin badges to wear with pride on their collars.
For the second year running, Godstowe has been awarded Master School status, putting them into the top 20 schools out of the 5000 who use the Accelerated Reader scheme.
More than eight out of ten girls have averaged at least 85% in their quizzes this year, and the average time spent reading each day stands at 41 minutes per person - far higher than the 25 minutes required to qualify for the award.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington Opens Pool at Godstowe School
On Friday 3 May, Godstowe Preparatory School's brand-new Swimming Pool was officially opened by Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington OBE.
8th May 2019 — On Friday 3 May, Godstowe Preparatory School's brand-new Swimming Pool was officially opened by Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington OBE.
Rebecca gave an inspiring talk to the pupils and answered questions, before cutting the ribbon. Then the pool records were set with some exciting races!
Impressed with the facility, Rebecca commented “the new pool at Godstowe is an incredible facility, and it was my absolute pleasure to spend time speaking to the pupils. It is my vision to see all children leave primary education able to swim. I am keen to share what swimming has given me in terms of confidence, teamwork and communication skills, as well as it being an important life skill in terms of safety and fitness.”
Godstowe Headmistress, Sophie Green said “We are absolutely delighted with the completed pool. Our pupils have enjoyed filling a time capsule to place in the undercroft and we are all very excited to see the pool in full use”
The £2.8m competition-sized pool development replaces the school’s outdated 1970s facility. It was designed by MorseWebb Architects to meet Sport England’s design specifications. It has integrated showers and changing rooms, as well energy-efficient photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and LED lighting.
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