Daneshill School

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Daneshill School
Daneshill School Crest.jpg
Established 1950
Type Independent school
Headmaster Simon Spencer CertEd DipPhysEd
Deputy Heads

Mrs S Dixon BA Hons PGCE Deputy Head (Senior Mistress)
Miss R Swyer BSc Hons PGCE Deputy Head (Academic)

Mr A Webster BSE PGCE Deputy Head (Senior Master)
Location Stratfield Turgis
RG27 0AR
Coordinates: 51°19′59″N 0°59′19″W / 51.3331°N 0.98852°W / 51.3331; -0.98852
Staff 50 (approx)
Students 250 (approx)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2½–13
Houses 4

Blue, red,

Publication Daneshill Diary [1]
Website www.daneshillprepschool.com

Daneshill School is an IAPS coeducational preparatory school located in rural Hampshire for pupils aged 2½ to 13 years old. It has a roll of approximately 250 children. It is non-denominational but religious education and daily morning prayers are Church of England in their approach.


The school was founded in 1950 under the name St Salvator's. It moved to the Lutyens-designed Daneshill House in 1954 and was formally renamed Daneshill School. The school moved again in 1973, this time to Dogmersfield Park, near Odiham which is the current site of the Four Seasons Hotel. Bylands was then acquired from the Duke of Wellington's Estate and remains the home of the school to date.

Administratively the school is divided into Nursery (2½ to 4 years old), Pre-Preparatory (4 to 7 years old) and Preparatory (7 to 13 years old).

Some pupils have gained Scholarships and Exhibitions to Public Schools. On average there are 12 pupils to every teacher; in addition the Pre-Prep is staffed with classroom assistants.

Recent developments[edit]

The school has introduced a 13+ programme. The 2011 interim inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate resulted in four recommendations for further improvement [2]. The Tatler Schools Guide 2011 recognised the school's success in nurturing future head boys and head girls in leading senior schools [3].

House system[edit]

The house system offers a competitive basis for sports and academic achievement. Pupils are placed into one of four houses from Year 3 upwards:

House Colour
Calthorpe Red
Wellesley Blue
Nightingale Yellow
Austen Green

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ David Banks, Sarah Ferguson, the royal redhead (Dillon Press, 1987), p. 14: "From Daneshill School, she went to a private girls' boarding school called Hurst Lodge."

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