Prestfelde School

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Prestfelde School
Established 1929
Type Independent day and boarding school
Preparatory school
Religion Christian
Head Mrs Fiona Orchard
Chairman of Governors Mr S Hay
Location London Road
Students 300
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–13

Navy Blue, grey and yellow

Former pupils Old Prestfeldians
Affiliation Woodard Corporation

Prestfelde School is an independent co-educational day and boarding preparatory school, located on London Road in Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England, for children between the ages of 3 and 13. There are [February 2017] 300 pupils on roll.

Since 1949, the school has formed part of the Woodard Schools group, founded by the Christian educationalist the Reverend Nathaniel Woodard and as such is affiliated to the largest group of Church of England schools in the country. Originally a school for boys, it diversified during the late 1990s and now has nearly 100 girls.

The school is set in 30 acres (120,000 m2) of grounds on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, close to the Lord Hill column.

Latest inspections[edit]

The latest school inspection by the Independent Schools Council was undertaken in 2015 and the school was rated as Excellent in all areas,[1] and the latest boarding inspection by OFSTED was undertaken in November 2009.[2]

Notable Old Prestfeldians[edit]

  • Flt Lt Eric Lock DSO DFC & Bar, a Battle of Britain RAF pilot born in Bayston Hill in 1919, attended Prestfelde between 1929 and 1933. One of The Few, Lock claimed twenty destroyed and seven probably destroyed enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain (10 July-31 October 1940), ranking him as second for number of victories claimed during the campaign and the highest scoring British-born pilot. He went on to reach a total of twenty-six victories in less than a year, but failed to return from operations in August 1941, at the age of twenty-two. He is remembered today on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.
  • Dave Manby - national champion slalom canoeist


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Coordinates: 52°42′06.49″N 02°43′41.87″W / 52.7018028°N 2.7282972°W / 52.7018028; -2.7282972