Sandroyd School

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Sandroyd School
Motto Niti Est Nitere (Latin)
To strive is to shine
Established 1888
Type Independent school
Day and boarding school
Head Master M. J. S. Harris
Chairman of the Governors R. Thomas
Founder Revd. Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley
Location Rushmore Park
Tollard Royal
Students 220 (approx.)
Ages 3–13
Houses Wylye, Nadder, Ebble, Avon
Publication The Sandroydian
Website Sandroyd School

Sandroyd School is an independent co-educational preparatory school for both day and boarding pupils in Rushmore Park, near the village of Tollard Royal in Wiltshire.

Sandroyd School was originally established by the Reverend Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley as a small private coaching establishment for boys hoping to enter Eton College.[1]


Sandroyd School was founded by the Revd. L. H. Wellesley Wesley, at his home, Sandroyd House in Cobham in Surrey (now the home of Reed's School) in 1888, although as the Times Digital Archive reveals, he had been tutoring boys there ad hoc at least since 1882. Wellesley Wesley was a great-grandson of Charles Wesley.[2] There appears no truth in the statement previously included in this entry and thereby widely distributed on the Internet that Sandroyd School was founded in East London. This confusion arose because the school now occupying Sandroyd's original premises (Reed's School, q.v.) was indeed "founded in London's East End." From 1898 the school owed its further development, and success, to two able men, until then assistant masters at Elstree School, Charles Plumpton Wilson [1859 - 1938] and William Meysey Hornby [1870 - 1955] who took over from Wesley that year, as Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster respectively. Wilson retired in 1920, Hornby then took his place, until his own retirement in 1931. In 1939, the School signed a lease on Rushmore House and the surrounding Rushmore Park, home of the Pitt-Rivers family, lying in the centre of Cranborne Chase on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset. In 1939, with the threat of the Second World War, the school moved there, where it has remained ever since. A curious link between the two sites is that Sandroyd House was built in 1860 for the Pre-Raphaelite painter Spencer Stanhope by the architect Philip Webb (1831-1915), the friend of William Morris, and it was Webb who remodelled the interior of Rushmore for General Pitt-Rivers twenty years later. He also designed an arched gateway for the Park, the drawings for which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Before entry to Sandroyd, all prospective pupils are invited to an assessment morning or afternoon in the year before they are due to start at the school. The children are given a verbal reasoning test, are asked to write a story and also do some reading, enabling the school to identify each child's strengths and weaknesses. The Headmaster then writes to parents with a letter explaining how their child has coped.[3]

Former pupils[edit]

See also People educated at Sandroyd School

Former pupils of the school, known as Old Sandroydians, include the playwright Sir Terence Rattigan, former Foreign Secretary and NATO Secretary-General Lord Carrington, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, industrialist Sir Timothy Sainsbury, Professor Michael Dummett, Lord Snowdon and King Peter II of Yugoslavia[4]

The Sandroydian[edit]

The Sandroydian is the school magazine, published and distributed three times a year. The magazine contains an editorial by the Headmaster, reports by staff and pupils of the many activities, outings and special events which have taken place in the course of the term and full sports results. In addition there is a section reserved for some of the pupils' creative work - art, stories and poetry.

Nursery school[edit]

Sandroyd School has a nursery school known as 'The Walled Garden' (opened in 2004) for children aged 3–7. This was described as 'outstanding' in an Ofsted report of 2008.[5]


  1. ^ Sandroyd - History Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  2. ^ The Sunday Magazine (Strahan & Company, 1869), p. 263
  3. ^ Sandroyd - FAQs Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ Sandroyd - Old Sandroydians Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  5. ^ 'The Walled Garden' OFSTED report Publisher: OFSTED. Published: 5 June 2008. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 2°04′03″W / 50.96524°N 2.06748°W / 50.96524; -2.06748