Walking through the gates of The Elms was, for me, like stepping back into the childhood I remember. The boys and girls were enjoying their surroundings, laughing and running about, with not a soul looking at a screen.  They were simply enjoying their time with friends who will doubtless be friends for life, such are the bonds made during these formative experiences.

We are spoilt with our location, 110 beautiful acres, which lends itself to our traditional education. Our farm and equine facilities are fantastic, even acting as academic resources disguised as adventure and intrigue. Children are given the confidence to try everything, with the only failure being not having a go. A deep belief in our boarding environment is built on strong pastoral foundations. This gives all our pupils, be they day, flexi or full boarders, a wonderful advantage as they head into the next stage of their educational journey.

Our values and ethos are strong and evident. Respectful and caring whilst competitive and driven, compassionate and excited by life are how our children are described by those lucky enough to receive them at the many senior schools they go on to. Our dedicated community knows each child as an individual. This enables all the children  to flourish, following their own ideas and dreams, exploring and reaching their potential.

The Elms is an exciting place for us all to be. Those fortunate enough to care for our boys and girls see them grow from the Montessori start to the end goal of leaving as a well-rounded, confident and happy young person, ready and prepared for the next step of the adventure.

I hope you enjoy exploring the website and that you will put your wellies in the car and come to visit us. I look forward to meeting you.


Chris Hattam