Set in Guildford’s leafy suburbs, Lanesborough Preparatory School provides high quality academic and all-round education for boys aged 3 to 13. A recent ISI inspection described the school as ‘outstanding’ in nearly all categories. Boys enjoy learning in a purposeful environment where musical, sporting and artistic activities are important in the curriculum. Recently accredited as a Centre of Gifted and Talented Excellence, Lanesborough simply goes from strength to strength.
Lanesborough and the RGS cement partnership in key merger
Lanesborough Prep School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford have today announced that they will merge from 1 September 2021. The schools will be brought together as the Royal Grammar School (the RGS) and the Royal Grammar Preparatory School (RGS Prep) creating an exceptional boys’ school offering on their respective sites for pupils aged 3 to 18.
22nd March 2021 — Lanesborough Prep School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford have today announced that they will merge from 1 September 2021. The schools will be brought together as the Royal Grammar School (the RGS) and the Royal Grammar Preparatory School (RGS Prep) creating an exceptional boys’ school offering on their respective sites for pupils aged 3 to 18.
Lanesborough and the RGS have been part of the same charitable trust for 42 years and share the same governance structure. The ethos and vision, the values and approach of the schools are already closely aligned and across both schools, staff are committed to bringing out the very best in the students. The schools have strong reputations for teaching and learning that focus on stretching and challenging each student to achieve their potential at every stage. Alongside these high academic standards, there are extensive co-curricular programmes which enable boys to broaden their experiences at every stage of their school life.
Announcing the merger, Dr Jon Cox, Headmaster of the RGS said:
“Our schools enjoy an enviable reputation in the local area and beyond. This union will result in an ever-stronger institution which will be of benefit to students, parents, and staff. Bringing Lanesborough and the RGS together will strengthen our relationship and standing as boys only schools and enable us to offer boys in the local area a pathway from age 3 to 18.
Our schools have high academic standards and the rigour of assessment for both schools, across all entry points, will be unchanged. We remain firmly committed to offering the majority of our Year 7 and Year 9 places to boys who join from state primary schools and other prep schools. This will not change as a result of the establishment of a single school.”
Mr Toby Freeman-Day, Head of Lanesborough, added:
“We are delighted to be strengthening our relationship with RGS Guildford through this merger. Our schools are already aligned from a cultural, academic and governance perspective, and this new partnership is a natural progression of our existing relationship. As RGS Prep we will retain our unique sense of community and values.
“Continuity of education is, quite rightly, important for many families. Through this merger, we are better placed to meet this demand. RGS Prep will, however, continue to provide pupils with the very best preparation for senior school, regardless of their chosen destination.”
Chairman of Governors, Mrs Sarah Creedy commented:
“This is an exciting moment for the RGS as we cement our commitment which has been resolute for over 500 years: to provide the very best, truly rounded education for our students.
Our students are high achieving but, most importantly, they are happy, grounded individuals. Supported by outstanding pastoral care and a nurturing, welcoming environment, every individual is given the opportunity to grow and realise their considerable potential. The coming together of our schools will continue to foster this spirit.”
Lanesborough showcase good practise at the Independent Schools RSE Forum
Lanesborough School was chosen to showcase our good practise at the Independent Schools RSE Forum held at Kingston Grammar in March 2019.
28th March 2019 — Lanesborough School was chosen to showcase our good practice at the Independent Schools RSE Forum held at Kingston Grammar in March 2019. Our head of PSHCE, Mrs Heath-Taylor and Mr Creal, Year 6 science teacher, paired up to lead a workshop and present a video showcasing our excellent provision of RSE from Nursery to Year 8.
At Lanesborough we believe it is right that our pupils need to grow up understanding the society that they live in – they need to grow up to respect each other, to seek equality and tolerate differences. We know it starts with the very young in the home, with important adults modelling healthy, loving interpersonal relationships. Then school gets involved as the EYFS requirements of PSED; personal, social and emotional education continue the learning journey. Like the roots of a tree, good relationships are grounded in trust, commitment, conflict resolution, empathy, integrity, respect, - all part of our Lanesborough Values system. The trunk and branches extend and grow as pupils draw on these roots and learn about familial relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, professional relationships and age-appropriate sexual relationships. These fruits are embedded within a scientific understanding of how our brains and bodies work and how we as humans are interconnected beings. At Lanesborough, we believe a holistic approach is the best one – which is why RSE is embedded in our whole school PSHCE programme of study. All staff work together to deliver a balanced provision of learning opportunities to foster healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy characters.
Lanesborough Supports the Cherry Tree Respite Care Facility
This year, Lanesborough Prep School in Guildford is supporting Cherry Trees, a local respite care facility for children with a range of disabilities.
28th March 2019 — The School has already raised £1,300 for the charity and will be running a second fundraising event later in the year. Boys will be allowed to spend the day in their pyjamas in exchange for a small donation. The idea is that the day will pay for a child to spend a night at Cherry Trees, allowing family members to get a full night’s sleep.
Working in close partnership with the facility, Lanesborough pupils are also undertaking an advocacy role to support the children of Cherry Trees. Year 7 boys will be designing visual resources for use at the Guildford Spectrum. These will enable any non-verbal visitors to communicate with Spectrum staff.
Guildford Spectrum fully supports the project, and has said it will consider using the Lanesborough images alongside existing signage as well to facilitate visitor engagement for all children and adults.
Finally, Lanesborough Year 6 boys are writing their own song, “Understanding Autism”. It will be included in a performance and music workshop for Cherry Trees children to be held at the School on 7th June.
Lanesborough Boys Sing Beatles Songs at Cadogan Hall
Boys at Lanesborough School in the Senior Choir have had the opportunity to sing at the Cadogan Hall.
28th March 2019 — The boys featured in the second half performance as they sang with much gusto as part of the stunning medley of Beatles songs. It was a late night but a wonderful experience for the boys. Thanks go to Mrs Ford and all the staff who accompanied them on the day.
Another Successful Book Week at Lanesborough School
Congratulations to all boys on their creative Book Character costumes. It was a brilliant way to end a successful week.
28th March 2019 — Book Week at Lanesborough School has been another wonderful success. The week ended with Book Character Day, which was a particular delight, with some stunning costumes and clear book characters from both boys and staff alike. It was a fabulous way to end a successful week. The day is designed to encourage all boys to read for pleasure and read something new. Prizes and certificates were awarded for the best costumes in each year group, together with the winners from the annual book review competition. Well done to all boys!
House Mistresses at Lanesborough liaised with the boys in Pre-Prep and decided to hold a different Easter House event for the Lent, in place of the traditional Spring gardens. They joined together with several other Guildford schools, in creating Easter Hats (bonnets if you like)! The effort the boys went took to make their hats was truly impressive. The boys were asked to create a hat which reflected the Lanesborough learning habit of 'independence'. Each entry was then awarded one ‘independence’ award for their Lanesborough Rose achievement record.
28th March 2019 — House Mistresses at Lanesborough liaised with the boys in Pre-Prep and decided to hold a different Easter House event for the Lent, in place of the traditional Spring gardens. They joined together with several other Guildford schools, in creating Easter Hats (bonnets if you like)! The effort the boys went took to make their hats was truly impressive. The boys were asked to create a hat which reflected the Lanesborough learning habit of 'independence'. Each entry was then awarded one ‘independence’ award for their Lanesborough Rose achievement record.