The Hawthorns School is a thriving prep school for girls and boys aged 2 to 13 in Bletchingley, Surrey, just 30 minutes from central London by train.
Set within 35 idyllic acres of country estate, Hawthorns children are given the time and space they need to enjoy their childhood. This day school supports busy parent by offering convenient wraparound care from 7.15am to 6.00pm during term-time, as well as all year round holiday clubs.
In a happy, family atmosphere, every child is given each opportunity to realise their potential through academic achievement and by engaging in an exceptional breadth of activities which build confidence and develop character. We wish to fuel each child’s enthusiasm for life and encourage them to be involved with the world they live in.
Instilling a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of self-belief are the cornerstones of our curriculum. Purposefully broad, the curriculum is designed to foster a child’s natural curiosity about the world, developing their sense of confidence, questioning and independent thinking through expert teaching and diverse opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.
A Hawthorns education offers challenge and sets high expectations to shape our pupils into engaged and articulate contributors. The majority of children go on to academically selective senior schools, with over 40% each year achieving scholarships and awards ranging from academic to sport, music and performing arts, art and design & technology. Popular destination schools include Ardingly, Brighton College, Caterham, Cranleigh, Dunottar, Hurstpierpoint, Reigate Grammar School, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Whitgift, Woldingham as well as many more.
Our principle ‘Happy Children Learn’ sums up the warm and caring relationships which support our unique educational and developmental experience. In order that each child develops a confidence and an inner belief in their ability, form tutors and the pastoral care team carefully monitor their well-being, happiness and attitude to school. The culture of looking after one another is fostered by the ‘house’ structure. Smaller house families give a wonderful opportunity to develop teamwork across age groups.
Dedicated teachers work hard with our girls and boys to help them achieve success in a wide variety of areas. Sport plays a large and important part in the life of a pupil at The Hawthorns. We believe in ‘Sport for All’ and provide a wide breadth of opportunity so each child can feel sporty. Last year we were delighted to introduce football and cricket as two of four rotational curriculum team sports for girls. Life can be competitive; weekly matches allow children to learn how to win humbly and lose graciously. Specialist teaching in Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Design & Technology gives children a wealth of opportunity to embrace their creativity and learn how to perform in an atmosphere of encouragement.
The School’s woodlands, grounds and playing fields are perfect for children to learn and play in, and form an important counterbalance to classroom learning. At The Hawthorns Outdoor Learning is embedded throughout the curriculum, providing children with skills, knowledge and memories that will stay with them throughout their lives. From using natural resources to create woodland crafts, to growing food in the gardens and using a fire steel to create a spark and light a fire for outdoor cooking, not only does this develop their practical skills, powers of observation and desire to protect the natural world in which they live, but also builds confidence.
Immersed in a life that revolves around the School values of kindness, respect, courage, honesty and resilience, Hawthorns children are loved, feel secure and learn from their mistakes, endeavours and successes. Laughter and energy abound as pupils and staff alike make the most of school life. Old Hawthornians look back at their start at The Hawthorns with great loyalty and affection.
To find out more about The Hawthorns please come and visit us at stand 564.