|Type||Other Independent School|
|Motto||Clarior Ex Obscuro (Brighter, out of the darkness)|
|Local authority||West Berkshire|
|Department for Education URN||110140 Tables|
|Head teacher||Sid Inglis|
|Gender||Boys and girls|
|Age||3 to 13|
|Houses||North, South, East and West|
|Colour(s)||Blue, Red, Green and Yellow (respectively)|
Elstree School is an English preparatory school for children aged 3–13 at Woolhampton House in Woolhampton, near Newbury in the English county of Berkshire. The school has announced it is becoming fully co-educational from September 2020.
1848–1938 in Elstree, Hertfordshire
As its name suggests, the school was founded in 1848 in Elstree, Hertfordshire, at Hill House on Elstree Hill, an 18th-century Grade II Listed Building. Today the building is used as Bupa Care Centre.
Since 1938 in Woolhampton, Berkshire
With the approach of the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1938, Elstree School was evacuated to Woolhampton House in the Berkshire village of Woolhampton, and has remained there ever since.
Notable former pupils
- Sir Alexander Robert Badcock (1844–1907), army officer.
- James Blunt, singer-songwriter.
- Edwin Bramall, Baron Bramall (1923-2019), Field Marshal.
- Sandy Wilson (1924–2014), songwriter-lyricist.
- Christopher Bonham-Carter (1907–1975), naval officer.
- Felix Cassel (1869–1953), lawyer.
- Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926), poet, writer, and traveller.
- Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton (1845–1940), engineer.
- Sebastian Faulks (b. 1953), novelist.
- Walter George Headlam (1866–1908), classical scholar and poet.
- J. Bruce Ismay (1862–1937), Managing Director of the White Star Line and survivor of the RMS Titanic.
- Sir Philip Bennet Joubert de la Ferté (1887–1965), Royal Air Force Commander.
- Archibald Campbell [Archie] MacLaren (1871–1944), cricketer.
- John Whitehead (1860–1899), ornithologist and explorer.
- George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934), Anglican priest.
- Danyl Johnson, singer on Series 9 of The X-Factor; dance teacher
- Frederic Meyrick-Jones (1867–1950), taught at the school from 1894–96
- Edgar Stogdon (1870–1951), athlete and cricketer, was headmaster from 1900 to 1903.
- During the autumn term, soccer is the main sport, along with hockey and tennis. During the Lent term, rugby takes over from soccer, and hockey and cross country running continue. During the summer term, cricket is the main school sport, with swimming, athletics, and tennis also popular throughout the term. The school's sports day is the focus of a pupil's summer term.
- Donald P. Leinster-Mackay, The rise of the English prep school, Publisher: Taylor & Francis, 1984, ISBN 0-905273-74-5, ISBN 978-0-905273-74-7, 398 pages (note 32, page 33)
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- "Our History". Elstree School. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
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- Historic England. "Elstree School, Woolhampton House (Grade II*) (1117267)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- [Anon.], ‘Badcock, Sir Alexander Robert (1844–1907)’, rev. *James Falkner, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 18 Sept 2011
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- "Biography" at The Guardian, retrieved 18 Sep 2011
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- David George Hogarth, The life of Charles M. Doughty, Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1928, 216 pages (page 2)
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- Chamberlain, Gethin (31 May 2008). "James Bond: Sebastian Faulks' schoolboy fantasy inspires 007 novel". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
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- J. Gordon Read, ‘Ismay, Joseph Bruce (1862–1937)’, 20school&pg=PT92#v=onepage&q=elstree%20&f=false page])
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- Frances Wilson, How to Survive the Titanic Or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay, Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1-4088-2111-7, ISBN 978-1-4088-2111-4. (Jan 2011 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/34244, accessed 25 Sept 2011
- Michael Down, ‘MacLaren, Archibald Campbell (1871–1944)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 25 Sept 2011
- B. B. Woodward, ‘Whitehead, John (1860–1899)’, rev. V. M. Quirke, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 25 Sept 2011
- J. Venn and J. A. Venn. "Alumni Cantabrigienses: Edgar Stogdon". www.archive.org/Cambridge University Press. p. 49. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
- I. C. M. Sanderson, A history of Elstree School and three generations of the Sanderson family, Publ. Elstree School, 1978 (Privately Published)
- John Eddison, A History of Elstree School, 1979 (mentioned in: Frances Wilson, How to Survive the Titanic Or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay, Chapter 3, Note 10)