Welcome to S. Anselm's School. S. Anselm's is one of the country's leading independent co-educational prep schools. Sitting on the crest of a hill in the glorious Peak District it offers outstanding academic, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities to all pupils. We actively welcome children of all abilities at the school and pride ourselves on cherishing each individual child and allowing their full potential to shine through.
About the school
S. Anselm’s sits on the crest of a hill in the heart of the Peak District- a beacon of excellence in all it does. All parents seek an environment where their children can remain children for as long as possible. Here at S. Anselm’s it is just so! Through everything we do this ethos remains steadfast. We are proud of our tradition and are not ashamed to say that the values we hold dear are the very reason this school is quite unique. Here our pupils are encouraged to be themselves; they are genuinely excited about learning and have a real thirst for knowledge. They thrive in the music and art rooms, and on the games field and stage. Pupils adore this school and are justly proud of all they do. They love learning and there is a true sense of fun. Our small class sizes ensure our staff can plan their teaching to ensure every pupil is treated as an individual. Each child is cared for and nurtured in every way they need. Our teaching staff simply want the very best for all our pupils and will do all they can to help them achieve their own personal best. At the very centre of our values is creativity – whether through the individual or the community. It is creativity in thought and every aspect of life that sets a S. Anselm’s pupil apart from others. We encourage our children to be creative in their thinking and their play and strongly believe in the importance of nurturing an environment where they can fully and confidently explore their individuality. This is a kind, caring and tolerant school and we are quite sure this wonderful environment will make a lasting impression on all who visit.
S. Anselm's children go around the the World with Travelling Tuba
Children throughout the school were treated to an exhilarating musical tour around the world by Travelling Tuba. The Hargreaves Hall was abuzz with excitement as the children joined in and experienced instruments and music from many countries.
14th February 2017 — From the tuba itself to horns and percussion, a dreary winter morning was well and truly brought to life!
After a whole school assembly, children participated in workshops throughout the morning in their year groups.
2017 S. Anselm's Piano Competition welcomes Stowe & Uppingham Heads of Piano
S. Anselm's is delighted to announce that its 2017 Piano Competition will be adjudicated by the heads of piano from Stowe and Uppingham Schools. The competition, which takes place on 22nd March this year, is open to all young pianists aged 6 to 18.
6th January 2017 — With entry opening for the third prestigious S. Anselm's annual piano competition this week, we are delighted to announce that our 2017 adjudicators will be the heads of piano from Stowe and Uppingham Schools.
Young pianists from across Derbyshire, South Yorkshire - and further afield - are invited to compete in a range of competition classes. The winners then perform in an afternoon concert held in S. Anselm's Hargreaves Hall, where they will be presented with their prizes by Lady Edward Manners.
For full details of the competition, including entry forms and how to attend the afternoon concert, visit www.sanselms.co.uk/piano.
After coffee and Lego cake in the library, parents and visitors crowded into the Innovation Centre for its official opening on Thursday 24th November.
29th November 2016 — The event started with a brief introduction to the Innovation Centre and all the wonderful activities the children have been introduced to. The Centre focuses on the use of Lego to support learning, not only in learning to code Lego robots, but also in many other areas of the curriculum. We were then enlightened more about the need for STEM type skills by David Gregory from Lego Education UK. He talked about the key skills many employers are looking for today e.g. collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and how learning through Lego can help develop these important skills.
Visitors then got hands on and everybody was given 6 pieces of Lego and asked to build a duck in 30 seconds. We were amazed that all the ducks were different. Apparently there are over 19 million different combinations of ducks that can be made from the 6 pieces.
Finally it was the children’s turn and they demonstrated the various projects they were working on - be it using the Lego Mindstorms, Lego We-Do, 3D printing, or Lego architecture. They all spoke enthusiastically and with great interest. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and is the start of many exciting things to come.
Pupils and staff came together on Friday 11th November to remember those who have died in conflict and to spend a few minutes thinking about them in a poignant service.
15th November 2016 — Pupils and staff came together on Friday 11th November to remember those who have died in conflict and to spend a few minutes thinking about them in a poignant service. The names of those who attended S. Anselm’s and went on to lose their lives in service were read out by children whose parents currently serve in the Armed Forces and by our Head Girl and Boy.
After the Last Post and singing of a hymn the story was told of two brothers, Edmund and Henry Colver who both attended S. Anselm’s and both died in the First World War. They were sons of a Sheffield Master Cutler who lost four out of his five sons in the First World War.
The telling of such a personal story resonated deeply with the children and the service concluded with the laying of wreaths by representatives from the Pre-Prep and College.
Year 7 at S. Anselm's Prep were off timetable for part of the morning on Monday 17th October, taking part in a print-making workshop.
19th October 2016 — “It was really fun and I enjoyed learning how to do something which was new.” Georgina S
Year 7 were off timetable for part of the morning on Monday 17th October, taking part in a print-making workshop. They had already made their printing blocks and these had been varnished prior to the workshop.
Year 7 carefully applied the ink to the block, then worked it into the textures using scrim. They polished the block to remove any excess ink using tissue paper. When their block was inked-up, pupils operated the printing press themselves. They printed from the block with a lot of pressure onto good quality damp watercolour paper. The end prints were fantastic! Well done year 7.
Forest school comes to S. Anselms and is creating a buzz for the pre-prep children.
24th September 2016 — Forest Fun is currently creating quite a buzz around S. Anselm’s Pre-prep since every child now gets the opportunity to take part in a full afternoon of Forest School each week. Forest School involves spending time outdoors, exploring and connecting with the natural environment and discovering things about themselves and others as they develop in skills and confidence. Although Forest Schools began in Scandinavia, it is now widespread as an educational movement throughout the UK since evidence shows how beneficial this has been for children’s development.
The school is very committed to this innovative style of outdoor learning and they recently put three members of staff through training to become Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders and have ensured that there is ample provision for every child throughout Pre-prep and Nursery. The pupils leave each session beaming with pride, whether because they are satisfied with complex dens built, successful lashings tied around sticks or exotic natural potions concocted, all polished off with the healthy glow of an afternoon spent outdoors!