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Waverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

Best in Berkshire - Consistently ranked in
The Times Top 100 for the past 12 years

Ranked 33rd in the UK
out of over 20,000 Primary & Prep schools

Waverly Rankings

Welcome toWaverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

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Ranked 33rd in the UK and inspected as 'Excellent', Waverley is the top independent Prep and Pre-Prep School in Berkshire.  A co-educational private school for children aged 3 months to 11 years, we offer exceptional academic performance in a warm, nurturing, family-friendly environment. Waverley's small class sizes and single form entry (one class per year group) provide a superb individual education for every child. Waverley is also ranked 'Best in Berkshire', being the only school to have appeared in The Times Top 100 consistently for the past 12 years. Rankings are based on the academic results of our Year 6 pupils. 

WAVERLEY PREP SCHOOL HAS FINAL PLACES AVAILABLE FOR RECEPTION 2024 and limited availability for starting school in Reception 2025 and 2026. To visit Waverley School and Nursery we offer all prospective parents a 1-2-1 physical or virtual tour. Please contact our Admissions Dept via admissions@waverleyschool.co.uk, call 0118 973 1121 or WhatsApp, text or call 07768 708743 for more information.

Year 6 pupils move on to the Senior School of their choice, many with multiple offers from a range of top independent and grammar schools. Often our Year 6 pupils are offered scholarships to their chosen secondary school with our grammar school results also being outstanding each year. We feel our results are testament to the combination of modern and traditional teaching methods, small class sizes, single form entry and a warm, caring environment where children thrive. Read 'Why Choose Waverley - 10 Quick Facts' here

The priority at Waverley is to challenge every pupil to achieve academic excellence. We recognise that only happy children, who feel supported and confident, learn to the best of their ability. Our ethos at Waverley is to nurture potential, by providing a first-class education in a pastorally rich environment. Our curriculum is broad and rich, and children are encouraged to embrace opportunities to strive for excellence. 

The school and Nursery places great emphasis on outdoor learning, sports and wellbeing. We also offer full wrap-around care for all our pupils 51 weeks a year, 5 days a week, 7.30am-6pm via our Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club, all managed by our own in-house Waverley Extended Hours Team. 'Waverley is more than a school, it is a community, a family', says one parent. 




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‘Quietly brilliant...’
‘A superior all-round option...’
‘Outstanding academic results...’

Parents say about The pre-prep School

Year 4 Parent

We just wish we'd found Waverley earlier...

Waverley is a lovely, nurturing school that helped our daughter regain her confidence and enjoy school again. Would highly recommend .

Parents say about The  Prep school

Year 6 Mum

We joined halfway through school but our son felt like he had always been there.

Waverley has a wonderfully caring ethos and values. This secure platform allowed our son to fully focus on his studies in what is an unapologetically faster paced Year 5 and 6.

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