Ripley Court School

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Ripley Court School
Established 1893 (1893)
Type Preparatory school
Headmaster Mr Andrew Gough
Location Rose Lane
GU23 6NE
Coordinates: 51°17′56″N 0°29′24″W / 51.299°N 0.490°W / 51.299; -0.490
DfE number 936/6307
DfE URN 125391 Tables
Students 267 as of January 2016
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–13
Colours Black and Green
Website School website

Ripley Court School is a mixed preparatory school located in the village of Ripley, in the English county of Surrey.[1] It admits pupils from the ages of 3 to 13.

It is divided into three age-groups: the nursery, "Little Court" which caters for ages 4–7, and the remaining school from 8-13.

Children are split into one of four houses: Apaches (Red), Arapahos (Blue), Comanches (Green), or Mohicans (Yellow). Regular house events take place, in which every child is encouraged to participate.

The class sizes are relatively small, as is the teacher:pupil ratio.

Recent leavers have passed their Common Entrance Examination into their desired schools or achieved scholarships to top local schools such as RGS Guildford and St. John's School, Leatherhead.

The school is highly competitive not just academically, but also in sports and music, as demonstrated by the choir's recent victory (March 2010) in the prestigious Godalming Music festival at Charterhouse School.[2]

The school has expansive tree-lined grounds and its own sporting facilities. It also has a rare example of an original ha-ha.

Ripley Court School was founded by Robert May Pearce in 1893[3] in the buildings of Ripley Court, a Queen Anne gentleman's farm house and one-time coaching inn built in 1730.[4]

Although the Grade II listed 19th-century house is still fully functioning, most of the strains of school life are taken by other, newer buildings, such as the new dining hall complex which was completed in 2007. Other notable buildings include the gym, the swimming pool and the Grade I listed barn, which is currently used as a drama studio.

In 1987 the Eric Clapton Cricket XI played the Bunbury Cricket Club at Ripley Court School.[5] The proceeds of the match between these celebrity-studded sides went to charity. In 2003 there was another charity match between the two sides at the same venue. It marked Clapton's "retirement" from cricket.[6]

Former pupils are referred to as Old Courtiers.[7]

Notable Old Courtiers[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Godalming Music Festival
  3. ^ Surrey Mirror (Tuesday, 8 May 1917), p. 3. National Archives, Census Return, 1911 (Class: RG14; Piece: 3053; Schedule Number: 67).
  4. ^ Stage 20: West Hanger to Ripley
  5. ^ 21 Bunbury Memories
  6. ^ Clapton hits right note as he leaves the crease
  7. ^ "The Old Courtiers". Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ National Archives, Census Return, 1901 (RG13; Piece: 600; Folio: 45; Page: 11); Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London), Mechanical Engineering Records, 1847-1930.
  9. ^ A Chronology of Thomas Merton's Life