Setting and Facilities

The school is set in beautiful grounds of 130 acres in rural Berkshire, with gardens and woodland in which to play. The boys are free to build dens and camps in the woods and many choose to grow their own flowers and vegetables in small, shared gardens. The new ‘Monkey House’, a gigantic climbing frame and tree house built high in the trees, is also a popular place at weekends and break time. The school's excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings give the boys a wonderful opportunity to develop their interests and talents, use their imagination and, from the start, they are encouraged to involve themselves in a wide variety of activities. The school has a rolling programme of modernisation and updating. The classrooms are spacious and well resourced with multimedia equipment and networked computers, as well as the more traditional teaching equipment. The dormitories and upstairs boarding facilities are continuously refurbished and maintained.

The sport facilities include extensive playing fields and a wonderful nine-hole golf course. The all-weather Astroturf provides excellent grounds for hockey, cricket and tennis in addition to four hard core tennis courts. Indoor facilities include two squash courts, a sports hall, two Eton fives courts and a magnificent 20 metre indoor swimming pool.

Many boys are involved in a number of drama productions and concerts throughout the academic year. The exciting development of the new theatre, completed in 2014, gives the boys an excellent environment in which they are able to develop their performance skills. Creativity is also found in the dynamic art, carpentry, design and ceramics departments; the boys’ work is often exhibited at open days and other events.

The private chapel is at the heart of the school and reflects the importance of the Christian faith and values explored within the school. We hold a chapel service on Sunday mornings, during which the chapel choir will sing an anthem, senior boys read the lessons and a visiting preacher will often talk to the boys. We have close links with the local Catholic church, which some of our boys attend on Sundays. Special chapel services are held to mark important occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and Harvest Festival and our carol service is held on the last day of the Michaelmas term. Junior and senior chapel services are held weekly and Monday morning assemblies involve boys performing a short musical piece and reading prayers.