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15th in the UK and 'Best in Berkshire'


Ranked 15th in the UK out of over 20,000 schools

We are thrilled to share that Waverley Preparatory School has once again achieved an excellent ranking in the National Prep School league tables published recently by the Department for Education (July 2024). Waverley is now ranked 15th in the UK, an incredible leap from 33rd last year. This ranking is out of over 20,000 schools and is based on the academic results of our Year 6 pupils.


Ranked 'Best in Berkshire' for the past 13 years

The school continues to be ranked 'Best in Berkshire' being the only school in Berkshire to have consistently appeared in the Top 100 rankings for 13 consecutive years (and counting!).  

 No.1 in the Wokingham, Reading and Newbury Area

Waverley is thrilled that we remain the top ranked primary and Prep School in the Wokingham, Reading and Newbury area.

How the rankings are calculated

Our ranking is based on the academic performance of our Year 6 pupils - using their SATS results. The Department for Education has calculated the July 2024 rankings using the 2023 SATS results of all Year 6 Prep and primary schools in the UK. There are 2,026 Prep Schools and over 18,000 junior schools in the UK - meaning that Waverley's impressive ranking of 15th is out of a total of over 20,000 schools. 

The Waverley SAT scores from last year are particularly impressive with:


  • 65% of Waverley pupils achieving the highest grade in Reading.
  • 85% of Waverley pupils achieving the highest grade in Punctuation and Spelling.
  • 75% of Waverley pupils achieving the highest grade in Mathematics.


The results of our Year Six pupils are ranked against other Prep schools, both single sex and also selective, and reflect high achievement at "Level Five" which is in excess of national expectations for this age group.

The new ranking of 15th is the second highest ranking in the school’s history and is only 4 places short of the previous best ranking of 11th which was set over a decade ago. The rankings are normally distributed by The Times newspaper each year – however, this year the league tables have been distributed directly by the Department for Education.

Our Ethos

Our school is a modern school which is a combination of traditional and modern teaching methods.  We are also proud to maintain single form entry with an average of only 21 in each year. We strongly believe that this combination is the best way of ensuring that all our pupils realise their full potential. We are proud to see that this ethos consistently produces proven results as demonstrated in our Times ranking and also in the knowledge that last year, all our Year 6 pupils were offered a place at their chosen Secondary School.


Updated July 2024