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Welcome to Denstone College Preparatory School and Nursery at Smallwood Manor

– a leading independent prep school located in Staffordshire

At Denstone College Preparatory School we understand that you want the very best for your child, so we put your child’s needs at the heart of everything we do.

Denstone Prep School is an independent prep school in Staffordshire which, together with our nursery, caters for day children between the ages of 3 and 11. We are part of the Woodard Group of Schools, the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales.  We are committed to offering the highest standards of academic education coupled with a supportive and nurturing environment where every individual is encouraged and valued.

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A Different Start to the Day

We have been conducting an experiment over the past two Tuesdays, either side of half term. When the children arrive in the morning they have the option of coming into the School Room instead of the Dining Hall. The lights are off here, curtains are closed, peaceful music is playing and there are bean bags more »


Educational Excellence

We work hard to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, encompassing the traditional academic subjects of maths, English, French and science, as well as art, drama, music and sport.  Not only is this tailored to meet each pupil’s ability, but our class sizes are small, ensuring that every child gets the one-to-one attention needed to reach his or her full potential.

We are OFSTED registered and have been rated good and often excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) which rates independent preparatory schools in Staffordshire and across the UK. What is more, many of our pupils go on to receive scholarships for their chosen senior schools.

Modern Methods with Traditional Values

We adopt proven modern teaching methods and combine these with the traditional Christian values of good manners, respect and responsible behaviour to provide all our pupils with a dynamic learning environment.  This ensures that our pupils are well rounded individuals who thrive both academically and socially and are equipped to deal with any situation both in and out of school.

“Pupils are successful in gaining entry to local selective senior schools, with a significant number being awarded scholarships.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate report 2011.

Beautiful Surroundings; Excellent Facilities

Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor is an inspirational place where young lives blossom. Our prep school classrooms are based in the old manor house, surrounded by landscaped gardens, woodland and extensive sports fields. This is complemented by a pool, gym, stage, spacious art block, ICT suite, library, wildlife garden, music block and Chapel.

For younger pupils, Denstone Prep School’s award-winning nursery and pre-prep facilities are situated in the quadrangle: a totally enclosed unit designed to encourage learning through play.

There are also plenty of outdoor play areas, including a living willow area, woodland, and adventure playground.


Come and take a look around

When looking to educate your child at an independent prep school in Staffordshire we understand that it is important to find the right place: one that combines excellent standards of education with an environment where they can thrive.  That is why we encourage parents to come to one of our open days, where they can meet our staff, existing pupils and their parents and take a look around the school and grounds. Alternatively, if you prefer, you are more than welcome to come along for a cup of tea and a chat before having a personal tour.


Jerry Gear, Headmaster

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