Sunningdale School

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Sunningdale School
Sunningdale School logo.svg
Established 1874
Type Independent preparatory school
Day and boarding school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr. T.A.C.N. Dawson
Chair Nick Dawson & Tim Dawson
Founder Canon William Girdlestone
Location Dry Arch Road
England Coordinates: 51°23′38″N 0°38′28″W / 51.394°N 0.641°W / 51.394; -0.641
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
DfE number 868/6007
Students 100~
Gender Boys
Ages 7–13
Colours ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     (school)
Publication Sunningdale E-Newsletter
Website Sunningdale School

Sunningdale School is a family-run boys' preparatory independent boarding school of around 100 pupils, situated in Sunningdale in Berkshire, close to London, England.Though there is another school called Sunningdale Public School for grades 1-8 in Ontario,Canada


Sunningdale School is a small school that seeks to educate its pupils in a wide range of subjects and disciplines, and to encourage them to take the Common Entrance Examination for entry to senior independent boarding schools. In previous decades, many former pupils have gone on to some of Britain's independent schools, including Eton College, Harrow School, Radley College, Winchester College, Canford School, Marlborough College, Wellington College and Charterhouse.

Founded in 1874 by Canon William Girdlestone, it stands in 25 acres (10 ha) of gardens and grounds. He was later joined by his son, Mr Girdlestone, who helped run the school for the next quarter of a century. By 1900, when the school was sold to the next headmaster, Mr Crabtree (1900–33), the pupils numbered twenty-seven. Since its foundation, the school has had only seven heads.

The school was the subject of a BBC television documentary, Britain's Youngest Boarders, first broadcast in September 2010.[1]


The school has its own chapel, and a house in Normandy, France to which each boy goes for a week three times during his time at Sunningdale. The school's major sports are football, rugby union and cricket in the Michaelmas, Lent and summer terms respectively. Boys also play tennis, squash, Eton Fives, basketball, indoor hockey, golf and table tennis against other schools. Fives has been played at Sunningdale since at least 1892 and the school has 3 courts on site. They also compete in athletics, cross-country, fencing, judo and air rifle shooting. There is a heated indoor swimming pool which means that the boys can swim all year round. The sports hall includes two full-length cricket nets and an air rifle range. There is also a 7-hole golf course in the grounds. Boys can also ride and do clay pigeon shooting and in their last term they do an outward bound course on Dartmoor. Indoor activities include chess, model railway, cooking, bridge, snooker, Scottish dancing, drama, model making and board games.

Former pupils[edit]

Former pupils of Sunningdale School include:

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