Great Walstead School

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Great Walstead School
Established 1925[1]
Type Preparatory School[2]
Religion Christian
Location Lindfield
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 2QL
51°00′25″N 0°03′17″W / 51.00686°N 0.05486°W / 51.00686; -0.05486Coordinates: 51°00′25″N 0°03′17″W / 51.00686°N 0.05486°W / 51.00686; -0.05486
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 126135
Students 446
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–13
  • Carey
  • Grenfell
  • Livingstone
  • Mowll
Colours pink, blue and white

Great Walstead School is a day and weekly boarding school for girls and boys between the ages of 2½ and 13 years with a Christian ethos.[3] It has some 400 children in the school's Nursery, Pre-Prep and Main School departments. Academic, music, sports and drama scholarships are available. The school is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

The school is set in 265 acres (1.07 km2) of grounds just a mile and a half from the village of Lindfield, West Sussex in the countryside and has extensive playing fields and woodlands.


The school was founded in 1925 by Robert James Mowll (1895–1963),[4][5] the last Baron Mowll of the Cinque Ports. It was originally situated at Enfield, north London and known as Kilvinton Hall school. The school was moved to its current location in 1927 and was renamed Great Walstead school. Headmasters since Mr Mowll have been Gordon Parke (1960),[6] Nick Bawtree (1986), Hugh Lowries (1991), the Reverend Jeremy Sykes (2006) and Colin Baty (2010).


The sports that take place are

Term Boys Girls
Autumn Football and Rugby union Netball and Hockey
Easter Rugby and Hockey Netball and Hockey
Summer Cricket, Athletics and Tennis Rounders, Athletics and Tennis


Each pupil belongs to one of the four houses for whom they compete in various sporting activities and academically. Pupils have a house assembly once a week.

House Colour
Carey Yellow
Grenfell Green
Livingstone Blue/Black
Mowll Red


In 2003, a staff member was detained under Operation Ore.[7][8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Leinster-Mackay, Donald (15 November 1984). The Rise of the English Prep School. Falmer Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-0905273747. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Schaeffer, John; Schaeffer, Frank (24 November 2003). Keeping Faith: A Father-son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps (Reprint ed.). Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc. p. 8. ISBN 978-0786713080. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Walstead School - Schools and Local Statistics". Department for Education. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Williams, Barrie (32 August 2010). Somebody Had to Do it: The Story of Notorious "Union Buster" Christopher Pole-Carew. AuthorHouse. p. 8. ISBN 978-1452029528. Retrieved 29 April 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Coggan, Donald (1934). Christ and the colleges: a history of the inter-varsity fellowship. p. 47. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Schaeffer, Frank (2 October 2008). Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. Da Capo Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-0306817502. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Teacher resigns after child porn arrest". The Guardian. 15 January 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2012. A teacher at an independent secondary school has resigned following his arrest for involvement in child pornography on the internet. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Mike (27 July 2007). "Matthew Kelly held over child sex". The Sun. Retrieved 29 April 2012. A PREP school teacher has been arrested in the child porn crackdown. 

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