Papplewick School

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Established 1947
Type Independent preparatory day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Tom Bunbury
Chair of Governors Brig ARE Hutchinson
Location Windsor Road
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
DfE number 868/6000
Students 200~
Gender Boys
Ages 6–13
Former pupils Old Papplewickians

Papplewick School is a non-selective independent day and boarding preparatory school for boys aged 6–13 (Years 2-8) in Ascot, England. It occupies a 15-acre semi-rural campus across from Ascot Racecourse.


It was founded in 1947 as a small boys' school and grew under long-serving headmaster Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen.[1] The school became a charitable trust in 1964 under a board of governors. Extensive additions to the accommodation were carried out in 1998 under a building programme which included a sports hall, music school and two technology suites.


All boys generally take English, Maths, Science, French, Classics, History, Geography, Divinity, Design & Technology, ICT and PE. Common Entrance Exam prep begins in Year 7.

Many leavers often go on to other nearby independent schools such as Eton College, Wellington College and The Oratory School as well as Harrow School, Charterhouse School and Winchester College.[2]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Sport is an important aspect of school life and a wide range of sports are available. The main sports are football (Michaelmas term), rugby (Lent term) and cricket (Summer Term). Besides the main sports, boys may represent the school in squash, swimming, cross-country, hockey, polo, shooting, table tennis, and chess. The cricket and football teams regularly tour abroad during the holidays.[3]

Thursday afternoons are generally devoted to extracurricular activities. Activities available range from interest clubs, music, riding, drama and chess.[4] Drama productions are often co-organised with nearby independent schools.


Approximately half the boys are boarders. Weekly and full boarding are available to boys aged 10 (Year 6) and above, although many younger boys may boarder on a flexible basis. They are grouped by years and looked after by three sets of "houseparents" per year group.[5] The boarding programme was rated "outstanding" by Ofsted in its 2011 social care inspection.[6]


  • [1950 - 1979] Peter Merrick Knatchbull-Hugessen ( 5 June 1915 - 7 February 2008)[7]
  • [ - present] Tom Bunbury[8]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Merrick Knatchbull-Hugessen.
  2. ^ Common Entrance Destinations
  3. ^ Sport
  4. ^ Activities
  5. ^ Boarding / Day Boys
  6. ^ Ofsted Inspection Report. March 2011
  7. ^ "Capt. Peter Merrick Knatchbull-Hugessen". Stanford University. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Papplewick School From the Headmaster". Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Old Papplewickian". Issue No.6, 2006. p. 9.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[third-party source needed]
  10. ^ The Old Papplewickian, Issue No.12, 2012[third-party source needed]
  11. ^ Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden, Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua, The Daily Telegraph, 14 April 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°25′16″N 0°40′41″W / 51.421°N 0.678°W / 51.421; -0.678