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Welcome Back!

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We are delighted to welcome you all back for the start of what is sure to be a busy and happy Autumn Term at Pinewood. We extend a particular welcome to all our new pupils and members of staff.

New staff joining us this term are:

Mr Jack Chatfield – Head of TPE, History teacher and Form Tutor to 7C

Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe-Tarren – Learning Skills

Mr Alex Newcome – Teacher of Science and TPE, Form Tutor to 7N

Miss Emma Stevens – Teacher of Science and History, Form Tutor to 5S

Mrs Camilla Walter – School Nurse

Theo Taylor – Gap Student


Healthy Eating at Pinewood

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The Lower School Council decided that they would like to help promote healthy eating at Pinewood, so they came up with a ‘Healthy Eating Competition’. Children in Years 3 and 4 were asked to design a healthy meal focusing on the three main food groups: proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates. The winning meal would then be served to the children and staff at Pinewood. We had lots of exciting and tasty looking entries and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Congratulations go to Isabella for her honey mustard chicken main course, Freddie for his frozen yoghurt in a cone for pudding and Bessie’s delicious banana muffin (for Little Tea), which were all served to the whole school this week to much enthusiasm.

The following children were also awarded with highly commended places for their huge effort and presentation: Isla, Ashwin and Zara. Well done everyone!

Pinewood is EXCELLENT!


We are celebrating the excellent results from our recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection which took place just before the Easter break.

Three overall judgements were given in the inspection:

  1. The school was deemed fully compliant
  2. The quality of the pupil’s academic and other achievements – Excellent
  3. The quality of the pupil’s personal development the school – Excellent

Headmaster, Philip Hoyland said:

“Overall we could not be more delighted with the report and credit goes to all of the Pinewood community for their outstanding commitment, dedication and excellence which enabled us to achieve this report. I was particularly pleased that the report highlighted the attention we give to developing children’s resilience, self-awareness and confidence, so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education and beyond.  Outside of just providing the children with an all-round solid and enjoyable education, we want to ensure that we are equipping them well for any situation they may face later in life.”

The report talks of the excellent attitude that the children have towards learning, and credits this to the variety of teaching methods employed and the overarching ethos of encouraging and celebrating all endeavour.

It also identified how the strong foundations in pupils’ learning laid down in the Early Years pave the way for continued success throughout the school.

Director of Education and Head of Pre-Prep, Ruth Hall said:

“Deciding at what point to invest in your child’s education is something parents often wrestle with and obviously there are many considerations that need to be taken into account.  That said, we were delighted that the ISI recognised the value of the Pre-Prep education here at Pinewood and felt that the support, structure and syllabus that we teach, really does contribute to their success higher up in the school and indeed later in life.”

The comprehensive enrichment programme at Pinewood was also credited for undoubtedly aiding pupils’ learning.   No one pupil is treated the same and ‘the school fully meets its aim to release the potential of every pupil by developing character, curiosity, learning and skills’.

To read the full inspection report, please click here.

Tatler Runner-Up Prep School of the Year

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We are delighted to be awarded Runner-Up Prep School of the Year by the Tatler Schools Guide.

“‘Pinewood is different from other schools,’ says head Philip Hoyland. It’s less cash-and-cashmere than some – ‘A smiley greeting says more than a tucked-in shirt,’ the school tells us. Most pupils live within 40 minutes of the place, with a tiny handful of Londoners. Boarding (from Year 5) is weekly and flexi. There’s strong emphasis on the great outdoors – there are the famous Pinewood Adventure weekends, and masses of sport (three-ball football, anyone?). Leavers bagged 22 scholarships to senior schools last year, and there are close ties with Cheltenham and Marlborough. Mr Hoyland is old school in the best possible sense. Ask him to tell you his elephant-in-a-cage analogy – we don’t have space to share it here, but it’s a neat encapsulation of the school’s mission to give pupils the confidence to push boundaries without breaking them.”

Welcome back!

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Welcome back to the start of another busy year at Pinewood! We welcome, in particular, all our new pupils and new members of staff:

Bryce Hewitt-Boorman – Head of English

Lucy Llewellyn – Middle School Teaching Assistant

Sarah Martyn-Fisher – Science

Harry Roberts-James – Pre-Prep Teacher

Alex Tipping – School Nurse

Libby Rowe – Gap Assistant Matron

Gap Students: Emily Acheson-Gray, Henry Brown and Benjamin Powell

Year 8 Scholars Shadow A Teacher

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Our Year 8 Academic Scholars spent this morning shadowing a teacher in a subject (or subjects) of their choosing. They chose subjects ranging from Science to French to Art. Canford scholar Darci, for example, worked with Mrs Harrison in the Junior Art Room and did a fantastic job teaching the Year 3s how to draw a cartoon centurion.

Pinewood Cycle Train

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The first ever Pinewood Cycle Train set off to school this morning. Starting in Foxhill and picking up in Hinton Parva on the way, the 4.5 mile route took them across fields, on tracks and finishing by coming up Pot Lid Lane to the school. Several children, members of staff and a parent took part and arrived at school in plenty of time for registration. What a great way to start the day – not to mention the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike!

If you would like your child to take part in the cycle train please contact

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

Welcome Back!

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Happy New Year! We welcome you all back for the start of the Spring Term and look forward to a busy and successful term. We welcome in particular our new pupils and the following new members of staff:

Mrs Emily Miller – Headmaster’s PA & Registrar

Mrs Nicky Dingle – Marketing & Alumni Administrator

We also welcome our new Australian Gap Students for 2017: Shanna Brumby (Gap Matron), Mia Purvis and Anna Waters, who are joined by Fergus Connolly for this term and next, as well as Sam Carlisle, who stays with us till the end of the Summer Term.