Aberdour School

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Coordinates: 51°18′40″N 0°12′54″W / 51.311°N 0.215°W / 51.311; -0.215

Aberdour School

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KT20 6AJ

TypePrep School
Motto"Floret Qui Laborat"[2]
Local authoritySurrey
Department for Education URNEY337953 Tables
Head teacherSimon Collins
Age2 to 13
Enrolment300 (Approx.)
Colour(s)Template:Color red green     

Aberdour School, founded in 1933, is a co-educational preparatory school for ages 2–13 in Burgh Heath (near Banstead), Surrey, England. It is a nursery department, pre-preparatory school and preparatory school,[3] and covers 14 acres (57,000 m2), 10 of which are playing fields.


Aberdour was founded in 1933 by R.M.D Grange as a boys' boarding school.[4] In 1994 it became a co-educational school and its first intake of girls was welcomed with the newly opened nursery.[3]

In 1971 Aberdour School became an educational charitable trust and is now administered by a board of governors.[5]


2010, Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bill Bryson Science Prize.[6][7]

2010, TES Independent School Awards, Head of the Year - Winner[8]

2013, TES Independent School Awards, Outstanding Financial/Commercial Initiative - Winner


  • Richard Grange (1933–1981)
  • Alan Barraclough (1981–2002)
  • Dr Gerard Silverlock (2002–2006)
  • Simon Collins (2006–present)[8]


Every student is placed into a house at Aberdour. Each house has about 60 girls and boys, and every house appoints pupils to take on the roles of Head of House, Head of Girls Games, and Head of Boys Games for one term at a time.

House Name Colours

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  1. ^ "ABERDOUR SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL TRUST 00998221". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  2. ^ (Latin for "He who works, flourishes")This literally translates as "those that suffer, flourish".
  3. ^ a b "Banstead History Research Group - Banstead Schools". Banstead History Research Group. Retrieved 2 May 2012. ... in 1994 Aberdour School became coeducational and opened a pre-preparatory section, and then a nursery to start at 3 years old.
  4. ^ Aberdour School Website Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Charity Commission. Aberdour School, registered charity no. 312033.
  6. ^ "Attain Magazine - Aberdour School Wins Science Prize". Attain Magazine. 2 November 2010. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2012. On Wednesday 20th October Hannah Taylor, Thomas Earl, Lucy Upot and Charlotte Norris went to the Houses of Parliament to collect their prize as winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bill Bryson Science Prize.
  7. ^ "Crispin Blunt - REIGATE MP JOINS LOCAL WINNERS OF BILL BRYSON SCIENCE PRIZE". Crispin Blunt. Retrieved 2 May 2012. Reigate MP Crispin Blunt today joined four pupils from Aberdour School at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons. Bill Bryson, author and broadcaster, presented the Bill Bryson Science Prize to Hannah Taylor, Thomas Earl, Lucy Upot and Charlotte Norris of Aberdour School, Tadworth. The pupils from Aberdour beat entries from across the UK to win first prize.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Interview - Independent School Head of the Year 2011 - AMC News - Anthony Millard Consulting". Anthony Millard Consulting. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. Simon Collins was awarded the title of ‘Independent School Head of the Year’, a UK national award that covers both senior and junior independent schools. He was appointed Headmaster of Aberdour School five years ago and since then has doubled the pupil intake.
  9. ^ "Simon Thomas - Biography & Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 3 May 2012. Simon was born on 26th January 1973 in Cromer, Norfolk but grew up in Surrey where he went to Aberdour School in Tadworth and St John’s School in Leatherhead. Following his school career, he went to Birmingham University where he graduated with a degree in History.
  10. ^ a b Robertson, Peter (27 May 2010). "Jeremy Vine: Me and my school photo". Mail Online. Retrieved 2 May 2012. Tim is two years my junior, but we both went from Lynton to Aberdour School in Burgh Heath at the age of seven, and then, at 13, on to Epsom College.

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