St. Aubyn’s School is a co-educational independent school for 525 children aged 3 to 13.
About the school
Situated in beautiful surroundings of Woodford Green and Epping Forest and easily accessible from the main thoroughfares of London, St. Aubyn’s is set in eight acres of grounds. It is self-contained and well-resourced, offering small classes and high levels of teaching.
The focus is on the education, welfare and personal development of each child. Strong relationships are at the core of this: relationships among pupils and between pupils and staff, all backed up by a partnership with parents.
A Christian foundation, the School is inclusive of all faiths and backgrounds. Children respect each other’s individuality and achievements. The school motto from 1884 still reflects the approach to teaching and to learning today: Fortiter, Fideliter, Feliciter; Bravely, Faithfully, Happily.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
The Governors of St. Aubyn’s are committed to broadening access to the School by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a Bursary and this may be awarded to a pupil entering Year 3 (7+) in the form of a discount of up to 100% of tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. Bursaries are open to all candidates and are available, subject to annual review, through to Year 6, with the possibility of extending through to Year 8.
Two academic scholarships up to a maximum of 50% of school fees are available and open to all candidates, both internal and external, for Years 7 and 8. All candidates will sit the same exams in English, Maths and verbal reasoning and scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in these papers, though special talents in music, technology, art, drama or sport will also be taken into account.
The Governing Body of the school has set the level of fees per term for the financial year from April 2020 and these are detailed below.
Nursery (3+) Mornings only: £1,968
Nursery (3+) All Day (inc. lunch): £3,528
Pre Prep & Middle School: £3,626
Year 6: £4,386
Year 7 & 8: £4,474
St. Aubyn’s School is a charity and the whole income of the school is used for the benefit of its pupils. In accordance with our terms and conditions, the Governors reserve the right to increase fees within the next financial year in the light of any unforeseen circumstances.
The main points of entry to the school are the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and at ages 7+ (Year 3) and 11+ (Year 7), with entry at other ages dependent upon vacancies occurring.
Entry to Nursery is non-selective by date of registration, therefore registrations should be made as soon as possible as lists for entry are generally in excess of the places available. All prospective parents are invited to visit the School either before or after registration. This does not include Open Day. Offers will not be made unless parents have visited the School and met the Headmaster.
When a vacancy arises in Reception, registered applicants will be invited to attend an informal assessment within the School setting. The assessments are age-appropriate and designed to identify applicants who are able to benefit from the balanced and well-rounded curriculum and who will make a positive contribution towards the life of the School, including positive social interaction with their peers. Children entering Reception will be expected to integrate successfully with the current cohort, both emotionally and socially, and to demonstrate excellent behaviour. Applicants who are assessed and do not meet the required behavioural, social and emotional standards can stay on the waiting list for possible entry into Year 1 and beyond.
It is also advisable to register early for entry to older age groups. Entry at this stage is by selective process.
7+ ENTRY (YEAR 3)
In the Lent Term, registered applicants are invited to attend a day of activities, which will include assessment in Mathematics, English and reading. To gain entry, applicants must satisfy the assessment criteria, showing the potential to be able to cope with the School’s rigorous academic curriculum and meet the requirements for a Senior School in the future. In addition, applicants must also receive a satisfactory reference from their current school.
The School offers limited bursary assisted places to eligible applicants entering the School at 7+.
11+ ENTRY (YEAR 7)
In the Lent Term, there are formal assessment tests in Mathematics, English and verbal reasoning. Applicants will also be interviewed individually or in very small groups. Two academic scholarships to a maximum of 50% of school fees are available and open to all applicants for Years 7 and 8.