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Tatler UK Prep School of the Year 2017-2018

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What does it mean to be awarded the title of the ‘Tatler UK Prep School of the Year (2017/18)’?

The Tatler produce various Guides and their one for Independent Schools is ‘the’ Guide to be in and ‘the’ one to win. There are just under 700 Prep Schools in the UK and the Tatler only select about 100 to be listed in their Guide.  The selection process is lengthy and rigorous. It involves intense scrutiny of our “offer”, an extended visit to the school to meet staff and children and significant research behind the scenes; including talking to parents, alumni and a selection of the senior schools our children move on to. It has nothing to do with paying for advertising and, unlike some other Guides, there is no “fee” for inclusion.  It is an excitement and honour to be included.

At the start of the current academic year, the Headmaster went up to the  Landmark Hotel for the Awards ceremony. The Ballroom was packed with ‘the great and the good’ of the sector, each hoping their school would be singled out. These awards are the most prestigious ones for Independent Schools and  Saint Ronan’s was named as The Best UK Prep School in the UK for 2017/18. Runners up were:  Dulwich Prep (London), Godstowe School (Bucks), Old Buckenham Hall (Suffolk) and Pinewood School (Wiltshire):

‘Mudslides and magic, peacocks and piglets, Phew, It’s Friday mindfulness sessions and campanology club – they do things just that bit differently at Saint Ronan’s, delivering a first-class education with dollops of humour and eccentricity. Pupils win scholarships to Eton, Benenden and Sevenoaks, play for county cricket and netball teams and win national medals for javelin, judo and skiing. Around 75 per cent play an instrument….’

Whilst we delight in the success of the School in terms of academic achievement and our excellent Art, DT, Drama, Music and Sports Departments, what we love most is that we are not dull and really do ‘do things differently’. We are a family school and want a child’s Prep School years to be happy and magical, as well as bursting with opportunities for them to excel.

Please email Emma on  to request a prospectus or arrange a visit.

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