Maidwell Hall is a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 7-13. Set in 230 acres of the most beautiful Northamtonshire countryside, it is a truly charmed place for children to spend five years of their childhood.
We are always proud to hear that children from Maidwell Hall are thought of as polite, happy and articulate whilst our excellent academic record speaks for itself. Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance and Scholarship to our destination public schools. Typically, we feed to Downe House, Eton, Harrow, Oundle, Radley, Rugby, Shrewsbury, Stowe, Tudor Hall and Uppingham.
We are a boarding and day school, with the majority of children being full boarders. We have leave outs every two to three weeks which last from lunchtime on Friday until the Monday evening. The happy family atmosphere that pervades at Maidwell Hall is an important part of why boarding with us is so successful. There is an incredibly comprehensive programme of activities offered in the evenings, for both day and boarders, so everyone is kept happy and busy, with the boarders relaxing before bed drinking hot chocolate in their dressing gowns. It is well proven that children who board are more independent, learn to live with their peers harmoniously and grow in confidence.
Throughout the school pupils are taught by subject specialists; in their first year they have most lessons in their form room but thereafter all lessons are taught in subject classrooms. Pupils are streamed from arrival at the school, with class sizes never going above fifteen.
Whilst the children enjoy a great sense of freedom in our extensive grounds, we also believe in a clear framework of rules and good manners that fosters a culture of respect for all. We see the children thrive under the patronage of their individual tutors whilst our house system encourages helpfulness, tidiness and personal responsibility; as well as a healthy dose of inter house rivalry!
We are a small school of 125 pupils, which ensures that it really does feel like a large family. Given our size there are many things that we can do as a whole school. Every morning the school gathers for Prayers in The Front Hall and we all eat together at lunch time; with the teaching staff ‘hosting’ tables and pupils seated in mixed age groups. We pride ourselves on the high quality of our catering arrangements, where our strict nutritional policy emphasises fresh and homemade produce.
Sport is an integral part of school life, with every child playing for an hour every afternoon, with matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We have our own indoor swimming pool, Astroturf pitch and extensive playing fields. Widespread involvement in sport regardless of talent is an important feature of the school and the chance for all to be in teams. Wherever possible A, B and C teams are fielded in different age groups and talented children are encouraged to participate at county level.
Along with sport, we feel that music and drama should feature strongly in our children’s school life. Roughly two thirds of the school play at least one musical instrument. Any instrument can be taught by our Director of Music or our team of peripatetic teachers. There are two school concerts every year, along with mini performance opportunities to the school throughout the year and the carol service.
The highlight of Maidwell's Autumn term calendar is the acclaimed annual school production, where the philosophy is to create a performance to rival that of any prep or indeed senior school in the country. Our productions see the vast majority of the school involved, with 2017’s The Wizard of Oz seeing 98% of the school either acting, busy back stage or involved in the technical side. Recent productions have included: Romeo & Juliet, Oliver!, The Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe and The Wizard of Oz.
In addition to the yearly production, Forms IV and III also put on either a whole play or a part of a play to the school. They have the opportunity to wear costumes, wigs and props as well as being sure to learn their lines! The evening Drama Activity is also very popular with form II, where putting on a play is the focus.
Although we believe strongly in our ethos as a traditional prep school, there is no doubt that our children are fully prepared for the modern world. We may have grown in recent years, but we have sought to remain small enough to maintain the highly individual approach that we consider to be so essential to our success.