At St Ives we fully understand how children excel and thrive in the nurturing, encouraging atmosphere of this well-established school. St Ives provides small class sizes and outstanding pastoral care, indivduaility is cherished and celebrated. Our dedicated and perceptive teaching team ensure that children are appropriately challenged and progress at a pace right for them.
About the school
Our varied curriculum allows plenty of opportunity to discover and develop each child's ability and talents in Sport, Art, Music, Drama, Languages and Technology as well as reaching her full academic potential. We are priveleged to have wonderful grounds and offer Forest School as part of our curriculum.
As a preparatory school we prepare children for their senior school education. We get to know them extremely well and are able to develop a clear picture of which senior school will be best for your child. We are proud of our outstanding record of guiding our pupils into their first choice entry of senior school and of the many scholarships awarded to St Ives children.
Choosing the right school for your child is an important task, but after a visit to our school you will soon discover why St Ives pupils are going places.
Pupils and staff at St Ives School in Haslemere were thrilled to be awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag this week. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning.
12th July 2020 — The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness.
St Ives started work towards this award in September 2019, with the sole aim of earning it before
the end of the academic year. The school called it their ‘Big Green Master Plan’ and their first activity was to do a full environmental review of the school, with everyone having an input on what they thought they were doing well and what they needed to improve.
From that review, the school formed an Eco-Committee, made up of Eco Monitors who were selected by the pupils. The Eco-Committee then analysed the Environmental review and used it to build the ‘Big Green Master Plan’. This plan involved projects and initiatives that ran throughout the whole academic year, starting with a Pledge Tree. Every pupil made a pledge of what they would do to help the environment. They then wrote it down and stuck it on the Pledge Tree, which was placed on display in the main school hall, for everyone to see. Pupils saved water by switching from baths to 3-minute showers and encouraging their families to do the same. Pupils saved energy by taking metre readings and monitoring energy use, with an Eco Monitor in each class being responsible for turning off lights every time they left a room. Pupils cut down on food waste by 75% by consciously only taking food they knew they were going to eat. Pupils helped plan a hundred trees by working with the organisation Just One Tree and paying £1 to come to school dressed in green. At Halloween, pupils swapped costumes instead of buying new and equally did the same at Christmas by holding a Christmas jumper swap, as well as making tree decorations out of natural materials and making paper chains out of recycled paper.
The school also held three green festivals throughout the year, each focusing on a different area of environmental learning. The first was called Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. The second focused on Product Lifecycles and Energy and the third taught the children about Upcycling.
The culmination of these activities led to the Eco-Schools Green Flag awarding the school with their award at the end of their Summer term. Not only that, but within days, the school also received the news that it has been shortlisted for an award in the Environmental Category at the Independent School of the Year Awards 2020. The final results of this will be published in October.
Mrs Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher of St Ives, said “Whilst we are undoubtedly thrilled to have received our Eco-Schools Green Flag, and a shortlisting for an award in the Environmental Category at the Independent School of the Year Awards 2020, it has been watching the children embrace all the environmental actions and learnings this year that has given me the greatest pleasure. I am convinced that what they have learnt this year will change their behaviour both short and long term and make them better global citizens in the future.”
Wednesday 20th May was National Thank a Teacher Day and the children of St Ives School in Haslemere threw themselves into the day with typical gusto!
22nd May 2020 — Children sent in videos and drawings for their teachers, explaining their reasons for thanking them. Reasons ranged from ‘because you are the best teacher in the whole universe’, to ‘because my parents are rubbish at teaching’ and everything in between!
Head Teacher, Kay Goldsworthy, said “We were thrilled to be inundated with videos and pictures of thanks and we loved them all. It’s no secret that remote learning has involved a huge amount of work for teachers, as well as the planning for the reopening of schools on 1st June, so the timing of National Thank a Teacher Day was perfect. It gave us all a real boost. Teaching is always about the children and seeing them all in photos and videos was wonderful. This is just another example of how St Ives is staying ‘Together Whilst Apart.’
‘Together Whilst Apart’ is the school’s temporary motto, being used whilst the school is closed, and is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care.
This week, the children at St Ives School in Haslemere have been taking part in a Chalk Challenge.
22nd May 2020 — Whilst the school has been closed, due to Covid-19, St Ives’ Head Teacher, Mrs Goldsworthy, has been setting the children weekly challenges that are purely for fun and to allow time away from screens and desks. This week’s challenge was to use chalk to create a picture. Pupils have been so creative with the ways they have interpreted this simple brief and Mrs Goldsworthy has been thrilled with the results:
“Being creative has always formed an integral part of a St Ives education and it is wonderful to see how the childrens’ creativity is thriving during this period of home learning. They have clearly had a lot of fun with this challenge and, by sharing them within our community, we are building on our spirit of keeping ‘Together Whilst Apart.’
‘Together Whilst Apart’ is the school’s temporary motto, being used whilst the school is closed, and is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care. The school knows it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of their children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected, ready for when they can be together again physically.
St Ives School 'Together Whilst Apart' Dressing Up Competition
This week, the children at St Ives School in Haslemere have been enjoying taking part in a Dressing Up Competition.
1st May 2020 — Whilst the school is currently closed, due to Covid-19, the staff at St Ives are working hard to bring the St Ives experience into pupils’ homes, whether it is academic, extra-curricular or pastoral, to ensure the children (and their parents) feel as part of the St Ives community as ever. They understand the importance of the children feeling the continuity of contact between their teachers and friends, so are introducing the concept of “Together Whilst Apart”.
“Together Whilst Apart” is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care. The school knows it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of their children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected, ready for when they can be together again physically.
As part of the new remote learning curriculum, children are being set a weekly challenge, that is purely for fun and allows them to be creative, using just what they may have in their houses. This week’s challenge was to dress up as a famous artist or painting. The results have been astonishing! The school has received so many diverse entries – from Elizabeth I to Rapahel’s Two Cherubs, to Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe to Manet’s Jeanne - and has been thrilled with the response.
Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives, said “We know it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of our children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected to the school, ready for when we can be together again physically. The fun we have all had taking part in this competition is obvious. Everyone has been so creative and clever with their entries and they’ve made us roar with laughter. We’ve been frantically posting the photos on our social media channels and the ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ have been huge. It is an excellent example of the St Ives community being ‘Together Whilst Apart’.
To find out more about how St Ives School is working “Together Whilst Apart” please see www.stiveshaslemere.com for more information. Skype calls can be arranged with Mrs Goldsworthy for anyone interested in joining the school and finding out more.
St Ives School pupils enjoy a Green Festival on Global Citizenship
This week the pupils of St Ives School in Haslemere have taken part in a three-day Green Festival as part of the school’s pledge to become an international Green Flag Award Eco-School.
19th March 2020 — The school has committed to raise its understanding of the environmental issues facing the world and how the school can contribute, both as a whole and as individuals, to a more sustainable future.
St Ives is following the programme set up by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Internationally, the programme is the largest educational programme in the world. It is present in nearly 70 countries with millions of children participating. St Ives is now part of this global community working to create environmental change for its pupils and future generations.
The festival focused on Global Citizenship and what is takes to be a good citizen. Children were given St Ives passports and spent the first two days of the festival ‘travelling’ around the school visiting different countries, learning about their cultures and economies. They enjoyed age-appropriate activities which stretched from designing Chinese fans, to creating a Spanish themed mosaic, dancing to the beat of African drums, making Brazilian truffles and learning about eco-systems in Antarctica.
Children also enjoyed a presentation on Fairtrade and learnt what it means to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions, with the younger children doing a Fairtrade scavenger hunt around two local supermarkets, whilst the older children learnt about the food production chain and healthy eating, culminating in using smoothie bike to produce their own smoothies! They also attended workshops on carbon footprints and clothing production, introducing them to a more sustainable and ethical way of living. The festival ended with all the children decorating Fairtrade organic cotton bags to take home.
Mrs Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives, said “Our Green Festival on Global Citizenship has been fantastic. Every pupil now has an understanding that everything they buy - from clothing to food – has a supply chain, where everyone within the chain deserves to work in good conditions and receive fair pay. This is what makes us decent global citizens!”
This week the children and staff of St Ives School in Haslemere enjoyed World Book Day, with everyone dressing up as a character from their favourite book. There were wizards, elves, white rabbits, pirates, a variety of woodland animals, a saucepan
6th March 2020 — The day started with each form from nursery to year 6 decorating its classroom door as the cover of a favourite book and the results were truly impressive. The winning door in pre-prep was nursery with their gorgeous decorations of “The Cat who Wanted to be a Dog” and in the prep school, year 6 won with their Narnia themed door complete with a working lamppost and fake snow!
The World Book Day theme continued throughout the day with every lesson taking on a book theme. Pre-prep had a fantastic time going on a book hunt around the school, with their final clue leading them to Mrs Goldsworthy’s office! Older pupils read “Great Women who Changed the World,” and thought about ways they could make the world a better place and earn a place in the book.
Even lunch was a book-themed affair with pupils enjoying Garfield’s lasagne, Moody Margaret’s Miserable Morsels and Jam Tarts from the Queen of Hearts, all of which was delicious.
Pupils have also been taking part in ‘Share a Million Stories’ which is a nationwide campaign to make story-sharing a habit of a lifetime and help stop the decline in reading for pleasure.
Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives School, said “We love World Book Day at St Ives as it gives us the opportunity to celebrate everything wonderful about books. I loved seeing the effort children had to put into their outfits and the door decorating. It was a fantastic celebration of story-telling, story writing and capturing children’s imaginations.”
St Ives School has just won ‘Small School of the Year’ at the Independent School of the Year Awards. www.stiveshaslemere.com