St Faith's School

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St Faith's School
St faiths logo.svg
Motto In fide fiducia
Established 1884
Type Independent preparatory school[1]
Headmaster Nigel Helliwell
Chair of Governors Sir A R Brenton KCMG
Location Trumpington Road
Coordinates: 52°11′18″N 0°07′23″E / 52.1883°N 0.1230°E / 52.1883; 0.1230
Students c. 530
Gender co-educational
Ages 4–13
Houses Bentley, Chaucer, Latham, Newton
Staff 135, Teaching and Support [2]
Alumni Old Fidelians

St Faith's School is an independent preparatory day school on Trumpington Road, Cambridge, England, for boys and girls aged four to thirteen.[1] The present headmaster is Nigel Helliwell,[2] and the school has in excess of five hundred children. St Faith's is part of The Leys School and St Faith's Schools Foundation.


The school was founded by Ralph Shilleto Goodchild, a graduate of Christ’s College, around 1884.[3] It features under that name in Gwen Raverat's autobiographical account of her childhood, Period Piece.[4]

The Leys and St Faith's Foundation share the motto (In fide fiducia) and coat of arms.[5]

Until the 1990s, most classrooms were in converted Victorian houses. Since then, the school has built Ashburton, opened in 1999, a large red brick building. This contains the School Hall, where assemblies and plays take place, two purpose-built, fully equipped science laboratories, and other classrooms. The naming of the school's Ashburton Hall commemorates the evacuation of some of the boarders during the Second World War to the Golden Lion Hotel in Ashburton, on Dartmoor in Devon.[citation needed]

In June 2006, the school opened a new building for Music and Technology, named The Keynes Building in honour of old boys Maynard and Geoffrey Keynes.[citation needed]

In May 2011 a state of the art Sports Centre was opened by Geoffrey Windsor-Lewis, a prominent Old Fidelian.[citation needed]

House system[edit]

House Named after Colour
Bentley Richard Bentley, Master of Trinity College Dark blue
Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer Green
Latham Rev Henry Latham Light blue
Newton Sir Isaac Newton Yellow

Admission, fees and scholarships[edit]

Fees for 2016-17 are between £3,955 and £4,985 a term, depending on age.[6]

An Independent Schools Inspection of St Faith's, in June 2011, reported the following ‘St Faith’s is highly and conspicuously successful in meeting its stated aims, especially those aspiring to achieve high academic standards, and provides an inspiring education and a stimulating curriculum’. Pupils’ achievement is ‘excellent’. Teaching across the school is ‘excellent’, as is pupils’ personal development and cultural and spiritual awareness. Pupils’ social development was also judged ‘outstanding’ with the pastoral support a major strength of the school.[7]

There is an open morning in the Autumn Term. Most admissions are at the ages of 4 and 7, but entry is also possible at other ages, while places are available. For the youngest children, places are offered by The Headmaster after a visit by the parents. From Year 3 onwards, admission to the school follows an assessment and interview.[6]


The school has achieved Eco-Schools' Green Flag status. In 2014, St Faith's were awarded the, much coveted, Ashden Award for its pioneering approach to the teaching of sustainability.[8]

After St Faith's[edit]

In recent years, half or more of the Year 8 leavers have gone on to The Leys School, which reserves places for St Faith's pupils to compete for in Year 6, guaranteeing entry to The Leys in Year 9. The two schools work closely together.

Other schools to which pupils have moved in recent years include Eton College, Felsted School, Framlingham School, The Friends' School, The King's School, Ely, Oakham School, Oundle School, The Perse School, The Stephen Perse Foundation, Rugby School, Uppingham School, St Mary's School, Cambridge, and local maintained schools and other schools in the US and continental Europe.[9] In 2014, a record twenty-eight scholarships were achieved to Senior Schools.

Old Fidelians[edit]

Old Fidelians include John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, the economist, his brother Sir Geoffrey Keynes, surgeon, biographer and bibliographer, and Charlie Darwin, the brother of Gwen Raverat, who wrote about the school in her book Period Piece.[4] They lived at Newnham Grange, now part of Darwin College, Cambridge, and their sister Margaret Darwin married Geoffrey Keynes. So the Darwins and the Keyneses, two important Cambridge families, have close links with St Faith's.


  1. ^ a b St Faith's is a member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).
  2. ^ a b >"Staff". St Faith's. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Trumpington Local History Group (2010). "The History of St Faith's School, Trumpington". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood by Gwen Raverat (Faber & Faber, London, 1952) ISBN 1-904555-12-8 (hardback) ISBN 0-571-06742-5 (paperback)
  5. ^ Charity Commission. The Leys and St Faith's Foundation, registered charity no. 311436. 
  6. ^ a b Admissions page at (accessed 14 October 2016)
  7. ^ Retrieved 28 February 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ [1] at (accessed 14 October 2016)
  9. ^ After St Faith's at (accessed 28 April 2014)
  10. ^ HARTREE, Douglas Rayner in Who Was Who 1897-2006 online (accessed 22 October 2007)
  11. ^ [2] online (Accessed 17 October 2016)
  12. ^ PEARCE-HIGGINS, Rev. Canon John Denis in Who Was Who 1897-2006 online (accessed 22 October 2007)
  13. ^ BROGAN, Prof. (Denis) Hugh (Vercingetorix) in Who's Who 2007 online (accessed 22 October 2007)
  14. ^ Contributors for Ascent at (accessed 22 October 2007)
  15. ^ TANZER, John Brian Camille (His Honour Judge Tanzer) in Who's Who 2007 online (accessed 22 October 2007)
  16. ^ "Jamie Murray lives in the shadow of his record-breaking kid brother Andy... but he's still his biggest fan and desperate to get a British Davis Cup triumph on their CVs". Mail Online. 10 October 2014. 

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