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Why choose Waverley Prep School? - 10 quick facts

Waverley is an independent, co-educational school in Finchampstead, Wokingham, offering education for children from 3 months to 11 years. 



1. Our Ranking

Ranked 33rd in the UK by The Times and 'Best in Berkshire’ for the last 12 years based on Waverley's academic results out of over 20,000 Prep and State Primary Schools. Read more here about our rankings. (Ranking updated January 2023).

2. An impressive range of Secondary School offers

Pupils from Waverley achieve places at a range of local and nationally renowned Secondary Schools, including Wellington College, Reading Blue Coat, Bradfield College, Reading Boys Grammar, Kendrick Girls Grammar in Reading, and many more. We pride ourselves that over 91% of our most recent Year 6 graduates achieved places at their preferred school. Many pupils also achieve scholarships to their preferred school for a range of academic, art, music and sports talents. Read more here

3. Small class sizes

An average of 21 pupils per class, with single form entry (one class per year group). 

4. An individually tailored education

This includes all children receiving 50 minutes per day of high-quality phonics and reading tuition in groups of 4 per teacher via our Read Write Inc system. 

5. Inspected as 'Double Excellent'

Waverley has been rated 'Excellent' in all areas of our recent school inspection (February 2022) by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). This is the highest possible grading. Read more here.

6. A parent-friendly fee structure

Our fee structure charges core school fees and Breakfast/After School Club separately. This means that you only pay for the wrap-around care that you use. 

7. Waverley provides a warm, nurturing environment with a family feel

All staff know every pupil by first name and every pupil knows each other. We are a happy family.

8. An education combining traditional and modern teaching methods

We also place a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and sports. We punch well above our weight in sports for a small school and have recently reached the national ISA (Independent Schools Association) finals in both football and athletics.

9. Every pupil in Year 3-6 is given their own personal Chromebook

This is funded entirely by the school, for use at home and at school and is theirs for their entire education at Waverley. Read more here.

10. Wrap-around care 51 weeks per year, from 07:30hrs - 18:00hrs weekdays

Provided through Waverley's own Breakfast Club, After-School Club and Holiday Club - managed by Waverley staff for consistency and depth of care. Hassle-free and stress-free for working parents with ad hoc sessions always available.


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