St Christopher’s School

Anyone who has stepped through the gates of St Christopher’s School knows that with its grand wooden staircase, bright open classrooms and constant sense of creativity and warmth, it is, quite simply, magical.

This widely accepted description may be earned by the welcome balance between the girls reading and singing in the cosy halls of this Victorian villa and playing and experimenting in our modern outside classrooms, mud room and playgrounds; but as with anywhere, it is the people that make the community.

Our staff’s main mission is to achieve a balance between creative imagination and academic thinking that spills out from our structured classroom environment into all elements of school life. This top-class education not only teaches the girls to learn new concepts and problem-solving skills, but enables them to become analytical thinkers who, in all subjects from science, maths, Philosophy to English and history of art, confidently push the boundaries of learning by asking questions that perhaps have yet to be asked. Our individualised academic approach not only ensures the success of our girls at the 11+ but lays the groundwork for how they will grow their passion for learning, far beyond primary school. On top of a music department with singing and music lessons that resonate throughout the school, and a variety of sports from gymnastics and netball to yoga, our wide variety of clubs is crucial to our school experience. Outside our lessons, our co-curricular activities offer the girls the crucial space to discover new interests, with various opportunities from photography to chess, offered each term from our staff members sharing their passions and talents with the girls.

Beyond learning, the wellbeing and happiness of our girls is our number one priority. Kindness, thoughtfulness and acceptance are key qualities in this school. Something that is not only achieved through rigorous staff pastoral care and strong friendships between girls, but everyone’s shared acceptance and encouragement of our pupils to become expressive, confident girls with voices that are never afraid to be heard. Nominated for the Independent Prep School of the Year Tes award in 2022, St Christopher’s is an ambitious, kind and forever curious community created through an equal love of intellectual fascination and freedom of creativity. Key qualities that find their way out of our classrooms, into messy play times and the art on the walls, through to the ever-flourishing characters and minds of our pupils, here and beyond their time at St Christopher’s.


  • Head Sandrine Paillasse
  • Sandrine Paillasse
  • Age range 4 - 11
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational

Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries are awarded to families whose financial circumstances mean they would not otherwise be able to attend St Christopher’s. The school welcomes applications for bursaries on entry at Reception, Year 1 or at any other occasional entry at the School’s discretion. Bursaries are also considered for existing pupils where their family’s financial circumstances have changed.

Bursary funds are limited and those judged likely to gain most from the educational provision will be considered as a priority. Parents and guardians must complete a declaration of their income, assets and expenditure with supporting documentation and this will be reviewed as part of the assessment. The assessment will include a home visit from the school’s appointed representatives.

Following receipt of the independent report, recommendations will be made to the governing body and decisions will be communicated by letter from the Bursar at the same time that school places are awarded. Once a bursary award has been made, it will be subject to annual review.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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