Meet the Headmaster

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.

We are spoilt with our location of 110 beautiful acres, and enviable history and reputation 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 education journey. The school prides itself on its family atmosphere. I live on-site with my wife Jess, three children and four dogs!


I hope you enjoy exploring the website and that you decide to put your wellies in the car and arrange a visit. I look forward to meeting you.
Chris Hattam, Headmaster


Mr and Mrs Hattam with their children Rosie, Charlie and Eliza

Why The Elms?

A truly inspirational setting and start to life

We have a genuine investment in childhood where the wellbeing of the child is central to everything we do. We celebrate their diversity and provide a truly inspirational start in life. Due to the size and nature of the school we enjoy the extended family feeling and the small class sizes allow us to provide a tailored experience for every child.

Our children are encouraged to aim to be the best they can be and to test themselves. The ‘can do’ attitude is inbuilt in children who are at The Elms. Character is forged in the furnace of failure; our children are not afraid of it as they understand that we learn most when things go wrong. We encourage each other and revel in each other’s joy. We are a rural school, but don’t let this fool you into thinking that we are anything less than aspirational, driven and competitive. Our children are fiercely proud and loyal, be it on the stage, sports field or in the classroom. Our school farm and equine centre help to ensure our children are grounded and rounded. Whilst we deliver a personalised journey the children understand that they are key players in the community and that each of us has a role to play.

Meet the pupils

In this film, last year’s Head boy and Head girl will give you an idea of what being at The Elms is like and what they love most about their wonderful school.

Angus and Emily, previous Head boy and Head girl

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Alumni Community

We aim to develop and foster a lifelong relationship between the School and its past pupils and staff.

Past Pupil

“I loved being a pupil at The Elms! It is the best school I could have hoped to attend. It set me up for life, got me a scholarship to my chosen senior school and I made friends with people who I am still in touch with now.”