St Aubyn's School

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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
England 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. It is formed into three companies. Blue Coy cater for Year 4 and 5, Training Coy, Years 6-8 and Junior Coy for cadets who pass their 1 star training. 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.

The Comenius Programme[edit]

The Comenius programme founded by the European Union connects St Aubyn's School to schools in the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Turkey. This has included school exchanges and performances. The school started to take part in the Comenius scheme in 2007 and received the British Council's International School Award in 2008, in a ceremony hosted by George Alagaya in London.[2]


The report of the Independent Schools Inspectorate concludes as follows: ‘St Aubyn’s very successfully achieves its aims to provide a safe learning environment for all its pupils, including the EYFS and enables them to become self confident enquiring learners who are sociable and responsible, as well as being tolerant and responsive to each others talents and needs. Its many outstanding aspects include pupils’ personal development particularly their cultural development and the leadership training they receive in Years 7 and 8. Pupils’ relationships with their peers and teachers result in happy confident boys and girls throughout the school, who settle to work quickly and generally behave well. Links with parents and the community are outstanding as is the range of extra- curricular activities. Assessment and the provision for different academic needs is also exceptionally effective. These high standards also apply to the pre-prep. They are made possible by the committed and highly experienced leadership of the head and management team and the hard work and dedication of all staff. St Aubyn’s is a truly happy multi-cultural community.’ (February 2009).[3]