Pre-Prep School: Reception to Year 2 (Ages 5 – 7)

I have always believed that the first years of education are the most fundamental. These are the years when we can help to instil a love for learning in a child. To be a part of their education at this stage is an enormous honour but also a great responsibility. It is up to us to create the perfect environment for learning.

This is not just about the physical environment, although Clayesmore and its glorious grounds are certainly unrivalled, but more importantly it is about the people. All children, and especially the very young, deserve to be surrounded by adults who truly care, who have a unanimous passion to provide the best possible opportunities for each and every child in a safe, caring and happy environment. In achieving this, Clayesmore excels.

My children joined Clayesmore before I did. We chose the Nursery and Pre-Prep School because from the moment we arrived in these stunning grounds and met the staff, we knew this was a truly magical place for a child to be. Coming from London, I thought I had found a rural paradise! Ten years on, I now have the first–hand experience to say that we made the best decision. Every child here is celebrated for who they are. There is no “one size fits all” approach and each child is nurtured and educated in a way that is right for them. As a result, children move on to the next stages of their education confident, happy and successful, knowing that they are appreciated for their own unique abilities and prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

In the Pre-Prep School, we believe in creating a place of great happiness, where learning is creative and fun, and children are encouraged to work at their own pace. Our staff are a very committed team of individuals with boundless knowledge of young children. We all come from different walks of life, and bring a multitude of experiences with us, but the thing that unites us all is our clear love of being with, and working with, young children. We have a passion that the early years of education should be the happiest and most fruitful they can be.

Clayesmore Pre-Prep School and Nursery is a very special place which we as a staff, work very hard to achieve, but don’t take our word for it, come and visit us and experience it for yourselves. We very much look forward to meeting you and your children.

Mrs Charlotte Townsend
Head of Pre-Prep



Private pre-prep school Dorset


Private pre-prep and nursery school