St Andrew’s Prep - Opportunity, choice, discovery and space - all in one stunning location.

The Eastbourne school, St Andrew’s Prepset in 12 acres of beautiful green space nestled at the foot of the Downs, only moments from the beach, offers pupils the chance to do it all.

These are the most wonderful years of childhood, we only get one shot at it and want to give these children every opportunity to try it all,” explained Headmaster Gareth Jones.” We give them the time and space to try it all and at the end we hope they will feel genuinely comfortable on all the different stages – be it in a classroom, on a sports field, on a theatrical stage or in a concert.

“You’re only a child once and we help them make the most of it so they have a fulfilling childhood. The children who gain the most from St Andrew’s are ones who throw themselves into school life, who try everything and enjoy it.”

After-school activities and optional Saturday morning activities ensure children learn far more than the key academic subjects. Golf, hockey, shooting, drama, fencing, rocket making, pottery, mountain biking and textiles are just a few things designed to inspire the enthusiastic youngsters. Piglet’s Pantry cookery club is always oversubscribed. St Andrew’s even has its own Scout, Cubs,  Beavers,  Brownie and Rainbow groups.

Home to 360+ pupils from 9 months to 13 years, St Andrew’s is a non-selective co-educational school whose lively, charming pupils are recognisable by their striking burgundy and green striped blazers.  Most are day pupils, but 20 to 30 boarders live at the heart of the school with space for a further 10 flexi boarders, a facility used by a huge number of children over the course of a year.

A unique feature of St Andrew’s is Forest and Beach schools – inspired outdoor learning complementing what the pupils are studying in the classroom.

Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils revel in Forest School once a week. An idyllic setting with diverse wildlife, pond dipping and fire circle where children gather over hot chocolate and marshmallows. In Years 3 and 4 they go to Beach School where the sea is used to inspire writing, pebbles are used for art and the shoreline is just waiting to be explored.

St Andrew’s is about including everyone in everything, whatever their ability or strength. Every child is on a sports team, not just the elite, every child can be in a drama production, everybody takes part in music and the vast majority play an instrument.

A really strong sporting pedigree is aimed at building confidence, nurturing teamwork, camaraderie, competition and fitness. Boys play football, rugby, hockey and cricket. Girls play netball, hockey and rounders.  All pupils take part in athletics, swimming, and tennis and have the option of shooting on the school’s own rifle range.

Music features strongly – choirs, wind band, rock band, orchestra and a whole range of musical ensembles cater to every taste. There are 14 music teachers visiting during the course of a week. The joy of distinctly different children coming together as a rock band shows just how inclusive music can be.

St Andrew’s operates a house system so that children do things for themselves but also for the greater good of their house. Nurturing and celebrating the individual whilst promoting teamwork. School is always aiming for children to be confident but not arrogant, to be appreciative of the opportunities they’ve been given and to value those opportunities, to be at ease within themselves.

Good manners and a real sense of right and wrong are evident – happy pupils say hello, hold doors open and interact comfortably with both their peers and elders.

A beautiful late Victorian chapel lies at the heart of the school and is used weekly for assemblies and chapel. Pupils are brought up understanding a Christian culture but St Andrew’s welcomes children of all faiths. Tucked away beside it is the tranquil Memory Garden where pupils can take time to reflect, think and relax.

Founded in 1877 the school is proud of its heritage but always looking to the future – there are currently plans for a brand new sports hall and dance studio.

St Andrew’s most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report summed it up perfectly – outstanding.

Note from the Head

A very warm welcome to St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne.

This page will give you a glimpse of the education, challenges and opportunities that the school can offer your child. We passionately believe that prep school education is about opening doors to young minds so that they can gain the experiences and learning to become kind and confident children who leave us comfortable to perform in so many different arenas. We are proud of the space, history, facilities and staff of the school, but most of all it is the children who define us and are the school’s heartbeat. Please come and visit us to gain a real sense of the energy, the happiness and the engagement in learning, of all our children.

I very much look forward to meeting you and your children at St Andrew’s and having the opportunity to show you our wonderful school.

Gareth Jones

To arrange a visit to St Andrew’s Prep, please call 01323 733203


"I was impressed by the informal and yet traditional approach that I picked up on that initial visit…I have always found that the school had such a lovely atmosphere achieving the correct balance between work and play. My children have each developed into well-rounded individuals, ready to embark on the next phase of their education"
Past parent

"Beach School is fantastic! It is my favourite lesson of the week. Once my feet got stuck in the wet sand and I had to be pulled out by the teachers. My boots came off and I had to be carried to the dry sand. It was really funny!"
Year 4 pupil

"I love it here because I can try so many different things – last week I finished my rocket in Rocket Club."
Year 7 pupil

School news

14th Feb 2019
St Andrew’s Prep hosted its hugely successful inaugural mini rugby festival with 19 club teams aged U10 and U11 from across the county committing to play. St Andrew’s Prep hosted its inaugural mini rugby festival last weekend with 19 club teams aged U10 and U11 from across the county ... more
1st Feb 2019
Top St Andrew’s Prep swimming pupils Armani Tanna and Kirsty Williams were fortunate to receive one-to-one training tips from GBR Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers, Joe Roebuck and Amy Smith last week. Top St Andrew’s Prep swimming pupils Armani Tanna and Kirsty Williams were fortunate to ... more
25th Jan 2019
Congratulations to St Andrew's Prep pupils, Sophie Fellows and Ella Panayiotou, who have been selected for the Sussex Under 13A hockey team. Congratulations to St Andrew's Prep pupils Sophie Fellows and Ella Panayiotou who have been selected for the Sussex Under 13A hockey team from an ... more
25th Jan 2019
The St Andrew's Prep Colts A football team has qualified for the U11 ISFA National Football Finals. Congratulations to the St Andrew's Prep Colts A football team which has qualified for the U11 ISFA National Football Finals. The boys were runners-up in the regional tournament back in October ... more
22nd Jan 2019
St Andrew’s Prep’s Nelly Bathard-Smith placed in top eight trumpeters for her age category St Andrew’s Prep’s Nelly Bathard-Smith has been accepted into the National Children’s Orchestra ‘squad’ for 2019. Nelly, 11, has secured her place in the Regional Orchestra and is reserve for the ... more
4th Jan 2019
The St Andrews Prep U13 table tennis team claimed the Sussex Team championships played at Willingdon Community School on Monday 10 December. The boys played with passion and skill only dropping one game to win convincingly and claim the title. They now advance to the zone finals to represent ... more
4th Jan 2019
St Andrew’s Prep experienced some West End magic in the lead up to Christmas as the whole school was treated to a surprise performance of that well known pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Legends, by its amazing staff including all of the Senior Management Team. There were many ... more
19th Mar 2018
St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to report that it has met all standards in its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Compliance Inspection and also that it has achieved ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible rating, in all five categories of the Early Years Aged (0-2) Inspection, ... more
8th Dec 2016
It was perfect blue skies for St Andrew’s Day last week as the whole school, from Nursery to Year 8, joined together for fun, laughter and celebrations of the school’s namesake. The Pre-Prep hat parade kicked off the proceedings. The children were applauded as they paraded down the Long ... more

School details

Address: Meads, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7RP
Phone: +44 (0)1323 733203
Head: Gareth Jones BA MEd PGCE
Founded: 1877
Pupils: 212 boys, 162 girls
Ages: 1 - 13
Prospectus: Request a Prospectus


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