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Waverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

Why choose us - 10 quick facts

Waverley is an independent, co-educational school in Finchampstead, Wokingham, offering education for children from 3 months to 11 years. 



1. Our Ranking

Ranked 33rd in the UK by The Times and 'Best in Berkshire’ for the last 12 years based on Waverley's academic results out of over 20,000 Prep and State Primary Schools. Read more here about our rankings. (Ranking updated January 2023).

2. An impressive range of Secondary School offers

Pupils from Waverley achieve places at a range of local and nationally renowned Secondary Schools, including Wellington College, Reading Blue Coat, Bradfield College, Reading Boys Grammar, Kendrick Girls Grammar in Reading, and many more. We pride ourselves that over 91% of our most recent Year 6 graduates achieved places at their preferred school. Many pupils also achieve scholarships to their preferred school for a range of academic, art, music and sports talents. Read more here

3. 78% of our pupils  work at 'Greater Depth'

78% of Waverley’s most recent Year 6 graduates (July 2023 leavers) achieved the highest grade of ‘Greater Depth’ in their reading, writing and maths SATS papers. This figure compares with the national average of only 8%.

4. An individually tailored education

Our curriculum includes all children receiving 50 minutes per day of high-quality phonics and reading tuition in groups of 4 pupils per teacher via our Read Write Inc system. 

5. Top Marks in our ISI Inspection and an 'Outstanding' Nursery

Waverley consistently inspected as an excellent school. The school was rated 'Excellent' in all areas of our school inspection (February 2022) by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and then achieved 100% compliance and 'Top Marks' in our most recent ISI inspection in February 2024. These are the highest possible gradings achievable. Our Nursery was inspected as 'Outstanding' in our 2024 inspection. Read more here.

6. A parent-friendly fee structure

Our fee structure charges core school fees and Breakfast/After School Club separately. This means that you only pay for the wrap-around care that you use. 

7. Small class sizes in a warm, nurturing environment with a family feel

We have an average class size of 21 pupils and our school is single-form entry (one class per year group). All staff know every pupil by first name and all pupils from all years know each other and play together. We are a happy family!

8. An education combining traditional and modern teaching methods

We also place a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and sports. We punch well above our weight in sports for a small school and have recently reached the national ISA (Independent Schools Association) finals in both football and athletics.

9. Every pupil in Year 3-6 is given their own personal Chromebook

This is funded entirely by the school, for use at home and at school and is theirs for their entire education at Waverley. Read more here.

10. Wrap-around care 51 weeks per year, from 07:30hrs - 18:00hrs every weekday

Provided through Waverley's own Breakfast Club, After-School Club and Holiday Club - managed by Waverley staff for consistency and depth of care. Hassle-free and stress-free for working parents with ad hoc sessions always available.


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