Denstone College Preparatory School

Denstone College Preparatory School

Day Staffordshire

Denstone College Preparatory School is an independent prep school for boys and girls aged 2 to 11 in Staffordshire.

Year Founded 1902
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Denstone College Preparatory School has a total of 148 pupils.

Day pupil fees are from £3395 to £4300, per term.

92 Day Boys
(2- 11)
56 Day Girls
(2- 11)

About Denstone College Preparatory School

At Denstone College Preparatory School we understand that you want the very best for your child, so we put your child’s needs at the heart of everything we do.
Denstone Prep School is an independent prep school in Staffordshire which, together with our pre-school, caters for day children between the ages of 2 and 11. We are part of the Woodard Group of Schools, the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales.  We are committed to offering the highest standards of academic education coupled with a supportive and nurturing environment where every individual is encouraged and valued.

For more information please refer to our website



Fees 2019/2020

Registration Fee (Payable on registration and non-refundable)
£50 for Pre-School Only
£100 for Pre-School, Pre-Prep & Main Prep
Acceptance Deposit  (not chargeable for Pre-School pupils)
Pre-School (age 2-3) Early Morning Drop Off - 8.00am - 8.30am £5
Morning Session 8.30am -11.30am*  £20 (per/3 hr session)
Lunch Hour 11.30am -12.40pm   £6.95 (including food)
Afternoon Session  12.40pm - 3.40pm*  £20
Early Years funding is available for 15hr and 30 hrs
Funding up to the term a child turns 5 is also applicable against Reception fees when eligible
Afterschool care is also available from 3.40pm to 6pm and is chargeable per 15 minutes
£8/hr (pro-rated per 15 minutes)
Pre-Prep (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2)
£3,395 per term
Main Prep (Year 3 - Year 6)
£4,300 per term
Sibling Remission
Parents will automatically receive a 5% sibling remission on the eldest child's fees if there are two or more children from the same family attending on a full time basis. Parents will automatically receive a 10% sibling remission on the two eldest children's fees if there are three or more children from the same family attending on a full time basis.

After School Care / Clubs
Main Prep:    No charge for Clubs and Prep Sessions
(excluding clubs marked * on the calendar)
Monday to Friday 16:05 – 18:00
Pre-Prep & Pre-School: (may vary where outside organisations are involved)
£55 - £65 per club per term
Music Lessons:
£205 per instrument per term

Scholarships & Bursaries

At Denstone College Preparatory School we understand there are some children who would benefit from the education provided by an independent school such as ourselves, but whose parents’ circumstances mean that they are unable to afford the fees.

Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor supports families in such circumstances financially via ‘bursaries’. In accordance with the Charities Commission guidelines these awards are made following the completion of a Grant Application Form (GAF) which includes a ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances’. The school will assess all applications and may request a meeting with parents to ensure that the information declared has been correctly interpreted and, therefore, that the assessment has been carried out in a fair and consistent manner.

The percentage of the termly/annual fee will be at the discretion of the Headteacher and Governing Body and will be based upon the information received.

The school will advertise regularly for places in Years Three to Six to be filled. The Awards Panel will decide upon the award of such bursaries.

Admissions Process

Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor is a co-educational preparatory school and nursery for children between the ages of 2 and 11.  We are an inclusive school and operate a non-discriminatory policy on admissions.
This means that admittance to Denstone College Prep School will not be prejudiced by race, colour, religion or sex. No differentiation is made between the admittance of male or female pupils, and there are no fixed numbers for either sex.

Children can join Denstone College Prep School at 2 years through the pre-school or at 4 years through the pre-prep, but they can enter at any age if places are available.

Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor is a non-selective school, which does not require children to sit an entrance test before admission, however, the headmaster may wish to interview older prospective pupils.  The headmaster will also need to meet with children who have special educational needs to assess their requirements and the support the school can provide.

The Headmaster will make final decisions on all pupil admissions based on the availability of places and the school’s ability to be beneficial to the all round education of the child. Once classes are full, we operate a waiting list, with places allocated to siblings of children already at the school, then on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Our admissions procedure is as follows:
Initial contact
Interview visit
Offer of place
Registration and acceptance of place
Visit/Taster day (please note that a Taster session for pre-school age children will only be 1 hour and parents are expected to stay.)
Joining instructions
Induction morning
Reception for new parents



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