Chafyn Grove School

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Coordinates: 51°04′30″N 1°47′02″W / 51.075°N 1.784°W / 51.075; -1.784

Chafyn Grove School
33 Bourne Avenue

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TypeIndependent, day and boarding, preparatory school
MottoUt Sibi Sic Alteri
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderW. C. Bird
Head teacherSimon Head
Age3 to 13
Enrolment197[1] (2023) Edit this at Wikidata

Chafyn Grove School is an independent co-educational day and boarding preparatory school situated on the edge of the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, in England's West Country. Founded in 1879 by Mr. W. C. Bird as an all-boys' school, it became Chafyn Grove School in 1916, when it was renamed after its first benefactress, Julia Chafyn Grove.


Salisbury School for Boys was built in 1879 by Mr W. C. Bird. In 1889 the Reverend J. C. Alcock bought the school, which at this time catered for 11- to 18-year-old boys.

In 1897, Julia Chafyn Grove of Zeals House near Mere in Wiltshire died. She was a great supporter of her community, having paid for a school at Mere in 1899;[2] she endowed a ward at Salisbury Hospital and gave an organ to Salisbury Cathedral.[3] In her will, she left £5,000 to assist education in the city of Salisbury, and in particular to provide a school which would take the place of the Elizabethan grammar school endowment which Salisbury formerly had. It was decided to use this money to buy Mr Alcock’s school, which was then converted into a charitable trust, and the buildings greatly enlarged. The following year, 1898, the new wing was officially opened by Bishop Wordsworth.

1916, the Governors invited Mr H.L Whytehead to become Headmaster. He transformed the school into a preparatory school and renamed it Chafyn Grove to commemorate its first benefactress.

Two former Deputy Headmasters have served as Chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools: Andy Falconer in 2010/11 and Eddy Newton in 2013/14.


Chafyn Grove School is on the northeastern edge of Salisbury within 12 acres (4.9 ha) of land. The site has an AstroTurf field, a sports hall, a swimming pool, extensive playing fields and an adventure playground.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Chafyn Grove School". Independent Schools Council. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  2. ^ Historic England. "School: The Grove Building (1130753)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Zeals". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Alister E. McGrath, Dawkins' God: From The Selfish Gene to The God Delusion (2015), p. 33
  5. ^ Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Simon Fanshawe, writer and broadcaster Publisher: The Independent. Published: 11 May 2006. Retrieved: 18 August 2013.
  6. ^ James Holland, Heroes: The Greatest Generation and the Second World War (2010), p. 4: "...born 27 June 1970, educated Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury; King's School, Bruton..."
  7. ^ 'HOLLAND, Thomas (born 5 Jan. 1968)' in Who's Who 2013

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