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'Best in Berkshire' - an impressive 11 consecutive years and counting..!

Ranked number 34 in the UK and No.1 in the West Berkshire area

Ranked 'Best in Berkshire': We are thrilled to announce that Waverley has achieved another excellent ranking in the National Prep School league tables. The school is now ranked 'Best in Berkshire' being the only school in Berkshire to have consistently appeared in the Times Top 100 rankings for 11 consecutive years. Our ranking is based on the most recently issued league tables - published in December 2021/January 2022. 

The Sunday Times published its annual ranking of Prep and Junior Schools on 8th December 2021 and Waverley yet again featured high in the rankings, in 34th place. We are thrilled  that Waverley has jumped 21 places since last year's ranking. We are also delighted that the latest ranking is based on 3 years of the results of academic performance across the last 3 years - meaning that Waverley's impressive academic performance is not a one-off! This result confirms Waverley as the Best Prep School in Berkshire. Waverley has also jumped one place to 4th in the Home Counties. 

34th in the UK out of 2,026 Prep Schools:

We are also delighted to share the news that Waverley has placed 34th this year. Rankings are based on the academic performance of our Year 6 cohort. There are 2,026 Prep Schools and over 18,000 junior schools in the UK. 

Top in the Wokingham Reading and Newbury Area:

Waverley is thrilled that we are currently ranked number 1 in the Wokingham, Reading and Newbury area based on the national school league tables of both independent Prep Schools and State Primary Schools - a total of over 20,000 schools.


Our Ethos: Our school is a modern school which is a combination of traditional and modern teaching methods.  We are also proud to maintain single form entry with an average of only 21 in each year. We strongly believe that this combination is the best way of ensuring that all our pupils realise their full potential. We are proud to see that this ethos consistently produces proven results as demonstrated in our Times ranking and also in the knowledge that last year, all our Year 6 pupils were offered a place at their chosen Secondary School.


The results of our Year Six pupils are ranked against other Prep schools, both single sex and also highly selective, and reflect high achievement at "Level Five" which is in excess of national expectations for this age group.

Although not considered by the Times Top 100 Prep Schools, our results at Level Six were also outstanding and show the stretch and challenge our pupils are able to undertake as part of our innovative curriculum.

We are very proud of the achievements of this cohort and wish them continuing success at their new schools.

Updated January 2022