Greenfield is a thriving, forward-thinking, independent co-educational preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 11 years. Greenfield provides an all round, broad education for its pupils, in a caring and nurturing environment, and consistently achieves excellent results across the curriculum.
About the school
The school occupies a beautiful Victorian house situated on the outskirts of Woking, which has been empathetically extended to offer spacious and functional accommodation, including purpose-built sports hall, library, art studio, dining room and Early years Department. The grounds include a netball/tennis court with a play and garden area and, to the rear of the property there is a separate adventure playground with a small pond and lawn area. Sports, such as cricket, football, hockey and swimming, take place off-site and many within walking distance from the school. The house was the former home of Miss Ruth Hicks, former headmistress from 1948 to 1982. Prior to that, the school occupied another site known as Denham House in Constitution Hill, Woking. Guildford archive records show that in 1935 the name was changed from Denham House to Greenfield School. Ruth Hicks and her second cousin, Joyce Pearce, were both teachers. Ruth Hicks was Deputy Head at the Woking Girls’ Grammar School and Joyce Pearce taught history at Mitcham Girls’ School. The school has an interesting history, the names of the four houses reflecting the history of the original owners of the properties bequeathed to the school - Ruth Hicks, Joyce Pearce, Henry Quartermaine and Thomas Jefferies.
A limited number of means tested awards are available. Bursaries are means-tested in accordance with the criteria published on the school’s website. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need but can extend to full fee remission in cases of proven need. All bursary applications are subject to approval by the Board of Governors.
Bursaries are offered for a limited period. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income. Bursaries are only offered to families who are resident in the UK.
Our Bursary Policy can be viewed on our website, or can be obtained from the Bursar.
This year’s Woking Music Festival looked a little different to usual, with video entries being submitted from children across local schools, hoping to be recognised for their creative talents. Greenfield School, a prep school for boys and girls aged rising 3 to 11, entered twenty-eight pupils across thirteen categories and were incredibly proud of the children’s success.
3rd December 2020 — This year’s Woking Music Festival looked a little different to usual, with video entries being submitted from children across local schools, hoping to be recognised for their creative talents. Greenfield School, a prep school for boys and girls aged rising 3 to 11, entered twenty-eight pupils across thirteen categories and were incredibly proud of the children’s success.
Founded by Nancy Leigh in 1926, the Woking Music Festival is now one of the largest of its kind in Surrey with over one thousand people taking part each year. It is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) who provide support for amateur festivals (wokingmusicfestival.org.uk, 2020). The competition welcomes people of all ages and abilities and is a celebration of the musical and literary vitality of Woking and the surrounding area; giving young amateur musicians and dramatists the opportunity to be inspired by their fellow performers, and be assessed by respected teachers.
Being a non-selective independent school, Greenfield School aims to nurture pupils of all capabilities to their fullest potential in an array of subjects. As well as focusing on academia and sports, the school invests greatly in Music, Art, and Drama for children to find their creative outlet and hone their talents. Amongst the twenty-eight Greenfield pupils who entered the Festival, there were ten 1st place awards achieved across an array of categories, demonstrating the varied display of talent at Greenfield.
An example of one of their multi-talented pupils is Sanika Das (11), a member of the Drama Scholars performance group. Das used her dramatic abilities to triumph in the Public Speaking category; writing and delivering a poignant 7-minute speech on the idea of ‘Moving On’, drawing on emotions felt in moving to a new school - winning her the distinct ‘Outstanding’ Award.
‘Outstanding’ Awards are given to children whose performances exceed the level of Distinction and are rare across all categories. One such Award was given to the Greenfield Drama Scholars’ group performance in the category ‘Group Drama 9 – 14 Years’, titled ‘The Show Must Go On’. In this piece written entirely by themselves, the budding actors (ages 10-11) gave an incredible performance on the subject of COVID-19, specifically the lockdown and its effects on the community. Ms Beth Reeve, Greenfield’s Director of Music and Drama, was extremely impressed by the thoughtful ideas, haunting themes and maturity shown in their performance. The performance can be viewed on the school’s Facebook page, @GFSWoking.
Whilst Greenfield children shone at the Festival across the board, it was clear that they were up against stiff competition with some large categories, accomplished musicians and some much older competitors. A few standout 1st Place winners from Greenfield included Guitarist Edward Tinsley (8) and Percussionist Harris Hamer-Hodges (10), who both won categories which included children up to age 14 years. Other Greenfield musicians who were victorious in their categories included flautist Annalie Morrow (10), and classical singer Ella Gray (8).
As well as the coveted ‘Outstanding’ award, Distinction, Merit and Commended awards were also given to pupils whose work earned a higher than average grade. Special recognition goes to Abbie Styles (11) who not only won 1st Place in Solo Acting, but also received 2nd Place in Musical Theatre Voice Solo, plus a Distinction in Musical Theatre Solo and a Merit in Musical Theatre Duet, the latter being with Anna Reeve (9). Anna also was awarded a Merit in Music Theatre Solo (Under 10).
Other Greenfield pupils who graded at these higher award levels included: Saachi Rajani (age 10) for her Flute Solo; Lea Munnik (10), Elisabeth (9) and Jessica Pennells (7) and Poppy Richards (10) for Musical Theatre Under 10s.
As well as covering a broad Music and Drama curriculum, and offering pupils one-to-one Music and LAMDA lessons, Greenfield also fosters talent for team work and performing in a group. Ms Reeve has built a successful Performing Arts Academy; ‘Greenfield SELECT’, which runs every Saturday and throughout school holidays. The workshops on offer aim to build excellence in dance, singing and acting; exploring musical theatre in groups and as soloists. According to Ms Reeve, Greenfield SELECT “mixes high expectations with unfailing kindness; exposing the performers to honest guidance about the industry whilst helping them to fall in love with it.” Whilst composed of mostly Greenfield pupils, Ms Reeve’s Performing Arts Academy also nurtures young performers from any background who wish to join Greenfield SELECT.
Greenfield SELECT saw 100% 1st Place entries to all six categories entered; including two 1st Place Musical Theatre Group awards (in the Under 8s Category and the 12-17 Years Category). Furthermore, in the Speech and Drama categories, a staggering 80% of all ‘Outstanding’ Awards were won by Greenfield or Greenfield SELECT pupils.
In celebrating these children’s creative talents, we also acknowledge the tremendous hard work undertaken. Although pupils have spent a large portion of the year away from school, then back at school with unfamiliar routines and restrictions, Greenfield is pleased to see that the lockdown has neither dampened their enthusiasm nor hindered their progress in their artistic, musical and dramatic endeavours.
Within the Greenfield school ethos, there is emphasis on the importance of discovering and developing passion, as well as identifying and fostering talent. Staff and pupils take these principles seriously, which has undoubtedly contributed to the outstanding talent and results seen at the Woking Music Festival. With expert guidance and unwavering support from staff, Greenfield are looking forward to seeing their current and future pupils blossom into the esteemed musicians and dramatists of tomorrow.
Student Champions Help Pupils Transition Back to School
Greenfield School in Woking launches a child-led Student Champion scheme to combat anxiety about returning to school after lockdown and boost positivity.
17th September 2020 — The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. Although the silver linings of lockdown may have included additional time with family at home and a chance to embrace a different pace of life, for many it has been a turbulent and worrying time.
This was marked for many by the school closures and need to adapt to home learning. During the school closure, staff at Greenfield School in Woking worked tirelessly to deliver a full virtual curriculum and ensure all pupils were able to progress with their education. The timetable was adapted to reflect the impacts of online learning and the teachers quickly got to grips with delivering lessons via video call.
Part of the reason Greenfield was so determined to keep a regular routine of live lessons was to maintain the communication and relationships between children, helping them to feel less isolated. The feedback from parents was extremely positive, particularly amongst those with young children as they were able to see their friends and teachers.
Now that children are transitioning back to physically being in school again, some may be experiencing additional anxieties around seeing their peers again and being back in a “normal” school environment after so many months.
In order to combat any apprehension children in their school community may be feeling, Greenfield School launched a new “Student Champions” scheme. This child-led initiative ensures that children feel able to share their worries and not feel burdened by them.
The Student Champions at Greenfield are a selection of teachers and Year 6 pupils who are passionate about helping people and offering a listening ear. Pupils are able to identify these people through special badges that are worn.
At any time, children can approach a Student Champion to share their worries and ask for help. This may be anything from falling out with a friend to concerns about homework or exams. As well as being on hand throughout the school day, every Tuesday breaktime Student Champions will be holding sessions for children to attend.
Greenfield School is renowned in Woking and beyond for its caring ethos and excellent pastoral care. In recent years, Greenfield has hosted various initiatives to boost positive mental health and encourage the children to manage their own wellbeing as well as being aware of the wellbeing of others. One of these initiatives was a “Wellbeing Day”, where the children took part in various activities designed to promote resilience, collaboration, empathy, perseverance and confidence.
When such an ethos is instilled in the children, it is no surprise that the Year 6 pupils jumped at the chance to support their peers by becoming Student Champions. The children put together a video which was shown to all pupils in the school, explaining why they have chosen to become Student Champions. One Year 6 pupil said: “Helping people gives them a better life and it helps you be a better person.” Another said she was volunteering for the scheme because she “want[s] everyone at Greenfield to have someone to talk to”. A third pupil said: “I like seeing people thrive and succeed and I want to help people reach this point.”
Greenfield School are hoping that by offering this additional layer of child-led pastoral support, all pupils will feel able to share their concerns and navigate this new term together, helping each other to maintain good mental health and feel positive about the future.
Greenfield School children have been enjoying daily social media challenges to keep their spirits lifted and keep their community connected.
21st April 2020 — Since the news of school closures towards the end of March, parents have been desperately trying to think of ways to keep their children entertained and stimulated.
Greenfield School has been working hard to ensure their pupils and families have had plenty to do during the Easter Holidays. During their three-week break, the school have been releasing challenges each morning on social media for the children (and general public!) to take part in. These have ranged from baking, counting in another language, gardening,, celebrity impressions, DIY, artwork and penalty shoot-outs! There has been an excellent response from the school community with pupils, aged rising 3-11, taking part each day as well as siblings, parents and staff joining in.
For a recent challenge suggested by two pupils aged 3 and 5, the children made birthday cards for Captain Tom. In awe of the veteran who has raised over £27 million for NHS charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden, the children decided he deserved to receive lots of wonderful cards to celebrate his 100th birthday on 30th April since he cannot be with his family as planned. Thanks to several media outlets facilitating the campaign, the children could post their cards directly to Captain Tom’s local post office.
Little Britain Actor, Matt Lucas, was pleased with the Day 19 challenge for the children to produce their own version of the famous “Thank You Baked Potato” song. As a coronavirus adaptation of the original performed on Shooting Stars 20 years ago, the song recently went viral on twitter and is now helping to provide hot food to NHS workers across the country.
Seven-year-old Greenfield pupil, Hollie, and her sister Gemma decided to begin their rendition with some gentle ukulele strumming which quickly turned into some animated dance moves. Their video received over 20,000 views on Twitter and they were delighted to receive a retweet from Matt Lucas as well as a comment saying: “Ha thank you, I loved it. Xxx” Another pupil who took part in the challenge used a real potato, complete with a drawn-on face and knitted cap, to help with his performance!
As an idea to combat the isolation, another challenge involved the children submitting a clip of themselves catching a ball and throwing it off-screen again. These were then collated into one video so the children (and some staff!) were able to have a big game of catch again.
Parents have been thrilled with the school’s challenges, keeping the children entertained during the isolation. Comments from parents have included “Thank you for all your work to improve our morale and keep us connected” and “Thank you for all your hard work in keeping us all informed and connected with all the photos and videos. You have been doing a great job and we appreciate it.”
Even though the Easter Holidays are over, the challenges will still be taking place on weekends during lockdown to keep everyone entertained. Anyone is invited to take part and you can find the challenges daily at 8am on Facebook and Twitter @GFSWoking, as well as Instagram @greenfieldschoolwoking.
School pupils raise over £3,200 at their Race for Life
Pupils at Greenfield School host a Race for Life, with each child running 1km and raising over £3,200 in total for Cancer Research UK.
4th March 2020 — On Tuesday 3rd March, Greenfield School in Woking hosted their very own Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Having relocated to the Old Woking Road over the summer, Greenfield decided to utilise their new space and organise an onsite event to bring the school community together and support a charity close to the hearts of many.
The Race for Life event was launched and announced to the children with a “Wear it Pink” day on 10th February. Upon learning they would be taking on a Race for Life, the children were determined to meet their fundraising target of £1000. They worked hard to tell family, friends and neighbours about their challenge in hope of sponsorship which would go toward funding lifesaving research.
As the big day itself approached, staff and parents were checking the weather forecast anxiously, hoping all would go ahead as planned. Fortunately, amidst the stormy weather of the last few weeks, the day of the race was sunny and dry and really could not have been better!
All pupils at the school, aged from rising three to eleven, were invited to take part in the race. The youngest children ran one lap around the field, supported by older children from Years 5 and 6. For many of these three and four year olds, this was the first race they had ever taken part in, and they displayed triumphant effort. This impressive beginning was followed by children in Years 1-3 and then 4-6 running two laps of the field to also dash proudly through the finisher’s tunnel.
Each child to complete the course received a medal, many of which were worn all day at school! Finishers could also add their fingerprint to a blossom tree painting, which will be displayed at the school as a memory of the children’s accomplishment and the money raised for Cancer Research.
Children were also invited to make their own piece of celebration bunting to explain why they wanted to run the race. These messages were strung up on the field to encourage the children whilst they were running. The flags included messages such as “I am running for my friend’s mum who has cancer and for anyone else in the world with cancer”; “To save lives”; “To help them find a cure”; “For my aunty”.
Through bucket collections at the race, online giving page and gift aid, pupils managed to smash their target and raise a whopping £3,297.57 for Cancer Research UK, and it is still going up!
Staff at Greenfield were thrilled at how many parents, friends, children, neighbours and colleagues sponsored the children, and spectated the event. It truly is testament to the incredible work of Cancer Research, a charity which resonates with so many, and the good we can do as a community when we all pull together.
Pupils at Greenfield School in Woking tackle the issue of plastic waste head on by contacting local companies and challenging them about their packaging.
26th February 2020 — As part of the curriculum at Greenfield School in Woking, children are encouraged to take responsibility for their world as global citizens. Pupils have been learning about the damage being caused to the environment through our actions, and have been inspired to try to protect the environment from further harm.
The children have been motivated to conduct litter picks in their neighbourhood, challenge their parents to choose bananas without plastic in the supermarket and switch lights off at home. During February, two bake sales were organised by children in Year 5 to raise money for environmental charities, raising over £400 in total. Alongside these things, children have acknowledged the damage of single use plastic, and wanted to address the issue of plastic waste head on.
As many schools, businesses and individuals can resonate with, the school noticed that they were receiving large quantities of unwanted promotional material, magazines and catalogues all wrapped in plastic. As a school passionate about reducing waste, Head of Social Responsibility Beth Reeve, encouraged pupils to voice their concerns about the amount of plastic being received.
The Future World Team, comprised of 10 children in Years 3 to 6, was established in 2018 by children who are driven to protect the future of our planet. They are responsible for leading the rest of the school in eco-friendly initiatives and encouraging peers to live as socially responsible global citizens. The children requested that office staff hold on to any plastic wrapped post and in just two weeks, there were over 15 companies who were guilty of sending such items. Some of these companies were sending five or six of the same promotional catalogue, all individually wrapped in plastic.
The Future World Team gathered together during their break time to write letters to these companies expressing their concern and disappointment. One child wrote: “Your packaging will be very hard to break down and is bad for the environment. Your content in the catalogue is great but probably a lot of trees were chopped down to make it.” Another said: “We are trying to help the planet so please use biodegradable bags or you could send the catalogues by email.”
We hope that after reading these letters, companies will be encouraged to explore sustainable packaging options and also review the number of catalogues being posted. In her letter, a third Greenfield pupil said: “We want to help the world be a better place.” Although plastic-wrapped catalogues are only the tip of the environmental iceberg, Greenfield children are determined and actively working to make a difference in the world around them.
Greenfield School's Music department goes from strength to strength, celebrating achievements at Woking Music Festival, a successful audition to theatre school and planned charity events to bring joy to those who desperately need it.
27th November 2019 — Greenfield School in Woking have been having a note-worthy time in their music and drama department so far this term. With their new home on the Old Woking Road has come additional space for practice, including sound proof music pods and a stage, as well as a new member of staff to the music and drama department. These additions, along with the pre-existing passion and determination from the children, have led to growth and success throughout the school.
Several pupils participated in the Woking Music Festival which has been taking place over two weeks in November. The annual festival celebrates the music and literary vitality of the local area. Founded by Nancy Leigh in 1926, the Festival is now one of the largest of its kind in Surrey with more than 1,000 people taking part each year.
On 7th November, Year 5 pupil Abbie Styles took part in the under 10 Musical category. Abbie performed "Wait A Bit" from the musical "Just So" and was awarded 2nd place for her excellent performance.
The following week, the Greenfield Chamber Choir won their category of School Choir under 11 Years at the Woking Music Festival on Tuesday. The choir, made up of 24 children from Years 3 to 6, sang a complex arrangement of Paul Simon’s “Sound of Silence” and a peaceful rendition of “Prayer” from “Come From Away”. The adjudicator commented on their beautiful sound and polished performance. This is the choir’s third consecutive win and Greenfield are delighted to bring home the shield once more.
Just before the end of the festival, Year 2 pupil Anna Reeve and Year 6 pupil Dahlia Ford-Coughlan also managed to secure 2nd places in their categories. Anna performed a scene from “Matilda” by Tim Minchin in the Under 8 musical theatre category and Dahlia took on an acting solo in the Under 10 category, performing a monologue from “Witches” by Roald Dahl.
On top of the school’s success at the Woking Music Festival, Year 6 pupil Alicia Prentice-Crocker successfully auditioned for the World Renowned Theatre School – Sylvia Young. This is the third consecutive year that Greenfield have sent students to the school and is testament to the amazing work of the children in the Performing Arts Department. Head of Music and Drama, Beth Reeve, says: “Alicia could not have worked harder to achieve this and we look forward to seeing her name in lights.”
The Music and Drama department as a whole also have big Christmas plans, including performing at Great Ormond Street Hospital and releasing a music single to raise money for the homeless.
Our admissions process usually takes the following format:
1. Initial visit to the School either for Open Morning or private tour
3. Provisional offer made or confirmation of waiting list
4. Taster session for the pupil
5. Firm offer made
6. Payment of deposit and signing of Contract for Entry
7. Settling-in session
Deciding on the right school for your child is very important, and we believe that a personal visit is invaluable. The Headmistress requests to meet all children prior to starting. To arrange a visit, please contact our Register, Miss Pepe, by calling 01483 772525 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.