St Aubyn's School

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Not to be confused with St Aubyns School.
St Aubyn's School
Motto Fortiter Fideliter Feliciter ("Bravely, Faithfully, Happily")
Established 1884
Type Independent Preparatory
Head Leonard Blom
Founder James Crump
Location Bunces Lane
Woodford Green
Coordinates: 51°36′11″N 0°01′00″E / 51.603°N 0.0167°E / 51.603; 0.0167
Local authority Redbridge
Staff 100 (full time and part time)
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–13
Houses York, Hayton, School and Grove
Colours Blue, Yellow, Red and Green

St Aubyn's School is a co-educational, independent, preparatory school, situated in Woodford Green, England, with around 500 pupils aged between 3 and 13.


The school was founded by James Crump. It began in 1884 as a boys' day and boarding preparatory school opposite Bancroft's School in Woodford Wells, moving to Broomhill Walk in 1893.

St Aubyn's boys, 1890s

Since 1923 the school has been situated on Bunces Lane, where its main building was once a large private town house called Pyrmont Villa, which later extended into the adjoining parklands. During the Second World War, the school was taken over by the army and the field was used as an army parade ground, during which time the school decamped to Cumberland. The school became a charitable trust in 1975, and became co-educational in 1995.

Performing Arts[edit]

The school has a strong commitment to dance, drama and music. It has been awarded the Artsmark Silver award by the Arts Council.[1] There are regular plays, performances and concerts by children of all ages.

Cadet Corps[edit]

St Aubyn's is the only preparatory school in the UK to have a Cadet Corps. They parade once a week, and as well as their annual camp, meet on numerous weekends to work on Fieldcraft, Navigation, Skill at Arms, Signals, Campcraft and Leadership.