A thriving and vibrant community
GAYHURST is a thriving and vibrant co-educational, independent preparatory school for children aged three to 11 in Gerrards Cross.
Academic standards are high and the results of 11+ and external entrance examinations are outstanding. Above all, we strive to instil confidence, a sense of decency, toler- ance and sensitivity for others in our pupils. We have a friendly, wonderfully-resourced environment with small class sizes in which children learn and flourish. Opportunities outside the classroom abound. Excellent sports’ facilities, first class music, art and drama encourage every child to find their own particular strength.
Life at Gayhurst is engaging and exciting with regular activities organised to enrich the education of its girls and boys. Our commitment to continuous improvement and development means that the children benefit greatly from the facilities offered on our five acre site, including IT rooms, science laboratories, woodland adventure playground, extensive playing fields and an all-weather AstroTurf.
Gayhurst offers a Nursery, Junior School (4-6) and Senior School (7-13). Although geographically separate within the grounds the departments are connected culturally and share the Gayhurst ethos which underpins the successful reputation of the school.
Girls and boys can join Gayhurst in the September after their third birth- day and continue until the end of year 6 (11 years). In Nursery the emphasis is on gentle, creative and constructive learning in a stimulating environment. The Junior School, with its own Head has small class sizes and children are taught by their form teachers together with specialist staff for music, games and PE.
The Senior School is divided into Middle and Senior Years. The Middle School is an introduction to a more secondary school style structure as the children move away from being taught by form teachers towards specialist subject teaching. There is a Head of Middle School and a Head of every subject.
Years 5 and 6 are a preparation for life after Gayhurst. The children work towards the 11+ transfer to Grammar Schools and Common Entrance examinations for leading independent schools. The teaching of wider life skills is just as important as the curriculum.
Gayhurst takes an inclusive attitude to participa- tion in sport, games, music and drama. Gayhurst has an outstanding record of sporting achievement including many regional and national successes. The school also has considerable success in per- formance arts. Pupils consistently achieve strong academic results, progressing to both local Grammar Schools and to Senior Schools, day and boarding, in the Independent sector.