Eagle House School

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Eagle House School
Motto Sublimiora Petamus (Aiming High) / Learning For Life
Established 1820[1]
Type Preparatory day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Andrew Barnard - Headmaster [1]
Chair of Governors Howard Veary
Location Crowthorne Road
GU47 8PH
51°21′22″N 0°48′02″W / 51.35619°N 0.80066°W / 51.35619; -0.80066Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 0°48′02″W / 51.35619°N 0.80066°W / 51.35619; -0.80066
Local authority Bracknell Forest
DfE URN 110133 Tables
Students 346 (2011)[1]
Gender Coeducational[1]
Ages 3–13[1]

Gold, Red, Blue

Website eaglehouseschool.com

Eagle House School is a coeducational preparatory school near Sandhurst in Berkshire, England. Founded in 1820, it is one of the country's oldest preparatory schools.


Eagle House was founded in 1820[2] at Brook Green, Hammersmith. In 1860 it moved to a house named Brackenbury's at Wimbledon, then in 1886, after a major fire,[3] moved to its present home at Sandhurst.[4][5] In 1930 a severe outbreak of chicken-pox and measles reduced the school's numbers from twenty-nine to five, but the school soon recovered.[6] The school was purchased by Wellington College in 1968 and shares most of its governors.[7]

Between 1957 and 1962 Nick Drake, later a singer-songwriter, attended the school and became head boy. He was taught French at the school by John Watson, who while still at Eagle House came second in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 with his song Looking High, High, High.[8]

Lieutenant-General Sir John Cowley chaired the school's Governing Body from 1968 to 1976.[9]

Present day[edit]

Originally for boys only, Eagle House now caters for boys and girls between the ages of three and thirteen.[1] It is in the same ownership as Wellington College, forming part of the same registered charitable organization. There is also a Wellington College in China.[10] A majority of pupils continue their secondary education at the College. Before the College went fully coeducational in 2005, most girls left at age 11 for secondary school.

The school releases its own publication titled "The Eagle" regularly which is available to students in hard copies and also on the school's website.


  • 1858: Rev. Edward Huntingford DCL[11]
  • 1882: Rev. Arthur Malan[12]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Daniel Jones, "fonetiks in iŋgliʃ skuːlz: *iːgl haus skuːl, *sændhəːst" [Phonetics in English Schools: Eagle House School, Sandhurst], in Le Maître phonétique (1911) Page 3.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Alex Sharratt, Preparatory Schools 2011 (2011), p. 72: "Eagle House School 5096 (Founded 1820) Headmaster: Mr CEG Taylor BA(Hons), PGCE, appointed: September 2006 / School type: Coeducational Day & Boarding / Boarders from 7 years / Age range of pupils: 3–13 / No. of pupils enrolled as at 1/9/10: 346 / Boys: 212, Girls: 134 / No. of boarders: 60... Teacher/pupil ratio 1:8"
  2. ^ Wendy Bosberry-Scott, ed., John Catt's Preparatory Schools 2010 (2010), p. 34
  3. ^ J. S. Cockburn, H. P. F. King, K. G. T. McDonnell, A History of the county of Middlesex: Volume 5 (1995), p. 375
  4. ^ Country Life, vol. 171 (1982), p. 25: "THE FIRST EAGLE HOUSE SCHOOL, AT BROOK GREEN, HAMMERSMITH, moved to Wimbledon in 1860, and to Sandhurst in 1886..."
  5. ^ Donald P. Leinster-Mackay, The Rise of the English prep school (1984), p. 126
  6. ^ Eagle House Magazine dated Lent Term, 1930
  7. ^ 2009 ISI Inspection Report Archived 2 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b Patrick Humphries, Nick Drake: the biography (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998), p. 22
  9. ^ 'COWLEY, Lt-Gen. Sir John Guise' in Who's Who 1990 (London: A. & C. Black, 1990)
  10. ^ Judy Mott, Independent Schools Yearbook 2011–2012 (2011), p. 951: "Eagle House School is owned by Wellington College and is part of the same charity registration."
  11. ^ Thomas Moore, Nicholas Lee Torré, Cantus hibernici, vol. 2 (1858), p. viii: "Huntingford, Rev. Edward, DCL, Head Master of Eagle House School"
  12. ^ Alfred Hiley, Recapitulatory examples in arithmetic (1882), p. ii
  13. ^ 'BURGE, Stuart', in Who Was Who (A. & C. Black, 1920–2008); online article (subscription site), by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 20 April 2012
  14. ^ 'GARDNER, John Linton', in Who's Who 2012 (London: A. & C. Black, 2012) online article (subscription site), by Oxford University Press, January 2012, accessed 20 April 2012

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