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Clayesmore Preparatory School
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Clayesmore Preparatory School Blandford Forum, Dorset Visit
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
150 pupils, ages 7-13
Day and Boarding

Clayesmore Preparatory School

Our View

Housed in a turreted mansion between Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury, Clayesmore Prep shares the same gloriously rural surroundings as the senior. Its dedicated facilities are topped up with the bonuses of the main school’s large sports centre, full-sized Astroturf, dance studio, theatre and chapel. There is a real emphasis on older pupils mentoring and supporting younger ones. 

The academics are top-notch and there’s a family vibe (the school is small, which helps, and around 70 board) where everyone works at a level that suits their capabilities. From Year 5, children are taught entirely by subject specialists; the top sets in Years 7 and 8 learn Latin. Plus there are lots of opportunities for pupils to stretch themselves by transferring thinking skills to extracurricular through activities such as the UK Maths Challenge, Model United Nations, coding and cryptography. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, and around 90 per cent stay on at 13+.
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Exterior image of Clayesmore school
Two smiley girls in blue t-shirts
Teacher in white top and blue shorts taking a swimming lesson
Boys in blue t-shirts and maroon aprons cooking
Pupils in wetsuits on inflatables in the water
Drama students in full costume
  • Senior school destinations

    Senior school destinations

    Over 95% of pupils move up into Clayesmore Senior School.

  • Scholarships for senior schools


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    Sport8 Clayesmore School
    Art4 Clayesmore School
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  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 1£2,675
    Year 2£2,675
    Year 3£4,498
    Year 4£4,845
    Year 5£5,750
    Year 6£5,750
    Year 7£5,750
    Year 8 £5,750
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 1-
    Year 2-
    Year 3 £8,708
    Year 4 £8,708
    Year 5 £8,708
    Year 6£8,708
    Year 7£8,708
    Year 8 £8,708

    Clayesmore offers means-tested bursarial support to students entering the school at any point, as well as to current students whose financial situations may have changed. These awards are assessed individually, are subject to a full financial history and are reviewed annually.
    The school also offers a School Service Award to children of serving members of the Armed Forces, granting partial fee remission. For more information about both funds please see the school’s website, or contact the Director of Finance and Operations to request more information:

    Director of Finance and Operations: Mrs A Hughes

    Bursary contact:
    Director of Finance & Operations Mrs Nina Bailey Phinn
  • SEND

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    Dyslexia support, minimal ADHD/ASD, full time medical nurses in the health centre.

    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) provides SEN support, an onsite medical centre for all health concerns, reasonable adjustments for physical disabilities.

    This school currently provides the following support for pupils' mental health needs
    All teachers and matrons provide pastoral support and there is an Assistant Head Prep Pastoral, for more serious concerns a school counsellor is available via the medical centre. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their mental health issues with staff or nurses.

    Co-ordinator: Anna Coombes
  • Transport links

    School Transport
    School daily bus network

    Public Transport
    Nearest mainline train station: Gillingham Dorset
    Journey time to London by train: 130 minutes
    Nearest international airport: Bournemouth (24 miles)

School Updates

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Clayesmore Preparatory School is
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Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8PH

01747 811707


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