Priory Preparatory School

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The Priory School
The Priory School, Banstead
Motto "Olim Meminisse Iuvabit" (Latin for "Perhaps someday it will help to remember")
Established 1921
Type Preparatory School
Headmaster Mr Graham Malcolm B.Ed, M.A., F.R.S.A.
Founder Charles S Poole

Bolters Lane

Coordinates: 51°19′21″N 0°12′22″W / 51.3225°N 0.2062°W / 51.3225; -0.2062
Staff 35
Students 180 (Approx)
Gender Boys
Ages 2–13
Houses St.Andrew, St.David and St.George
Publication Priory Post

Priory Preparatory School is a preparatory school in Banstead, Surrey, England, for boys aged two to thirteen years.[1] The school is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS)[2] and of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).[3] It was founded in 1921, and moved to its current location in 1936. It is a charitable trust[4] It will close in 2017 and current pupils will move to the new Banstead Preparatory School[5]


The main building, known as the Red House, was built in 1885 and given as a wedding present to Herbert Edgar Reid (and his wife) by his father-in-law.[6]

The Priory School was founded in 1921 within Sydenham, County of London by Charles S. Poole and was called as such because it occupied an old building that had been a priory. It actually came to the Red House in 1936.[7][8]

The school originally catered for both boys and girls up to the age of twelve, but after the move to Banstead it eventually became an all-boys preparatory school.[6] The task of changing the school to an all-boys school fell to John Skinner, who was given this task when he first came to the Red House at Priory in 1938.[7]

The Priory was one of the schools in Banstead that remained open throughout World War II. On 17 November 1940, the school was extensively damaged by fire resulting from High Explosive incendiary bombs which hit the top floor of the Red House.[6][8] The damage to the school was so severe that repairs could not be carried out until after the wars end, because of the fire damage the number of pupils dropped dramatically and in 1944 the school only had eighteen pupils, during this period the school was only able to operate on half days, with lessons being held in the cellar of the Red House.[8]


  • Mr. Charles S. Poole (1921–1951)
  • Mr. John Skinner (1951–1980)
  • Mr. John Saunders-Griffiths (1980–1990)
  • Mr. Ian R Chapman (1990–2000)
  • Mr. Graham Malcolm (2000–Present)[7]
Priory School, February 2009


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