Our Mission Statement

Clayesmore supports and challenges every pupil to fulfil their potential and contribute to the world with confidence, ambition and compassion.

Introducing Clayesmore…

Clayesmore is a school for all your children.

It’s a school for your academic child, your sporty child, your artistic or musical child and your child that needs to be encouraged and given the support needed to shine. We are renowned for our warm, family feel but we are ambitious  –  for your child and for our school community. We are confident in the steps we take to ensure every one of our pupils, from Nursery to Sixth Form, reaches their fullest potential, with the aim they leave Clayesmore with the brightest possible path ahead of them.

Our Prep and Senior Schools share the same beautiful, well-equipped site which makes it possible for children of all ages (2 to 18 years) to attend school together. Our day and boarding pupils make up our House system and share study and relaxation spaces, without segregation. We are large enough to be competitive amongst other schools and to offer a wide-ranging curriculum and a breadth of inspiring activities, yet small enough to foster a family feel, characterised by warmth, selflessness, strong relationships and positive regard for everybody.  

While strong academic foundations are core to Clayesmore’s educational philosophy, we prioritise building our pupils’ confidence to allow them to learn at their own pace. We know,  that whatever their starting point, our pupils reach beyond themselves, in a balanced and natural way, to seize opportunities and to soar to heights they may not have imagined. Our ethos is all about deeper learning and active thinking skills. Teachers take time to understand every boy and every girl, and are experts in supporting different learning requirements with different ways of learning.

Situated near Blandford Forum, Dorset, we are members of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

Founded by Alexander Devine in 1896 in Enfield, Middlesex, the school had homes in Pangbourne, Berkshire and  Winchester, Hampshire, before we settled in Iwerne Minster in the summer term of 1933. In 1974, it was joined by Clayesmore Preparatory School, originally Charlton Marshall School, which had been founded in 1929 by R.A.L. Everett. In the following year the school became co-educational.

Clayesmore is a school where each child is known, and noticed, and all our pupils flourish. We are a school with ambition, confidence and compassion.


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