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Tatler Runner-Up Prep School of the Year

Tatler Schools Guide

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.