Prep School

The Prep School is housed in the main mansion where the former reception rooms and bedrooms of the ‘old house’ have been converted to classrooms or dormitories.

Children join the Prep School in Year 3 and progress through the school in year groups. Teaching in Year 3 is largely form-based, with setting first being introduced in Year 4. The scope of the setting is increased in the later years.

The majority of the children leave at 13+ and the school has a very good record in preparing children for their Common Entrance and Scholarship exams, as well as the Cranbrook assessment.

The curriculum is broad, balanced and demanding. As an independent school, we are not bound slavishly to the National Curriculum but aim for the high standards set out in the syllabi published by the Independent Schools Examination Board. An overview of the curriculum is provided in the annual Courses Guide.We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

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Prep School Information

The School Day

The day begins at 8:30am, with a Form Tutor period. Children have the opportunity to prepare for the day ahead, while Tutors can give out notices and lend helping hands. On Mondays and Fridays, an extended tutor period continues until the first lesson begins at 8:50 am. On Tuesdays there are assemblies and on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Chapel services.

Morning lessons run from 8:50am until 1:05 pm, with a break and an opportunity for a snack, drink, and some fresh air between 10:45 and 11:05 am. ‘Big Break’ encompasses lunch and extra-curricular activities.. Academic, sports, drama and music activities rotate, depending on the day of the week.

Afternoon lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays run from 4pm to 5:15 pm while, on Wednesday afternoons, the Senior teams’ sports matches take place and the Junior years take part in their clubs. The day finishes at 5:15 pm, unless children choose to stay for Prep, in which case they stay until 6pm or 6:30pm.

School Times
 – Children arrive
 – Pick up
 – Pick up for those in Years 5-8 who have stayed for Prep


Boarding at Saint Ronan’s is very well-established, having been part of the School for some 130 years!

We aim to provide a secure, friendly and family-style environment for the children. The incomparable setting of the house and grounds, as well as the community spirit that boarding engenders, provide a wonderful opportunity for children. This may be because they are wanting to gain experience for full boarding at a later date or that they simply want a chance to be with their friends overnight and have some fun.

Boarding is available from Monday night through to Thursday night, for all pupils from Year 5 upwards. Pupils in Year 4 are invited to board on Wednesday nights.

The children are looked after by Mr Fox, who lives in the school house with his wife, young family and Bramble the dog! He is assisted by a number of the teaching staff, a live-in gap student and the resident matron, M’Julie. This extended family is on hand to give care and support and to ensure that the pupils enjoy their boarding experience.

Every night the children meet for supper at 6.30pm before heading off to play. Supervised activities are on offer, or the children can enjoy having some free time. At 8pm the children wind down by showering and getting into their pyjamas. Healthy snacks are on offer and they watch TV, play table football or chat about the day. Bed times vary from 8.30pm-9pm, depending on age.

Boarding Inspection

The boarding provision is regularly inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The most recent inspection took place in October 2013, where the quality of boarding was judged to be ‘excellent’.


We love our Chapel and take joy in our services, which are held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings each week. We also meet for two or three Friday Evensongs.

The Chapel is one of the only vestiges left of the original building in Worthing. It was dismantled there and reassembled – brick by brick – where it stands today. In 2014, Old Ronians paid for the Chapel Corridor to be redesigned and created a memorial garden to Old Ronians who were killed in the two World Wars.

With the exception of the Carol Service, which takes place at Benenden Church, virtually all other services are held in the school’s Chapel.

Our visiting Chaplain is Father Iori Price; David Force (our Director of Music) is the Organist and Choir Master and Emma TV is the Verger!

Music plays a prominent part in the life of the Chapel. We love to sing together, have an exceptional Chapel Choir and enjoy the beauty of hearing the children singing solos or playing instrumental pieces. The children in Year 8 all read in Chapel at least once during the Academic year.

Chapel is, and will remain, a much-loved and a very special place in the school. It embodies all that is best about our pastoral approach and what really matters in life.

Tongswood House

Saint Ronan’s is set in the 249 acre Tongswood estate. This estate proudly boasts some of the most picturesque Wealden countryside and is, without doubt, a very adventurous place to be young. The centre-piece of the estate is the imposing and impressive Tongswood House, a rambling Victorian mansion which is listed because of its architectural and local historical significance. The Prep School is based in the main mansion, where the former reception rooms and bedrooms of the ‘old house’ have been converted into classrooms or dormitories.

The Pre-Prep and Music departments are housed in the purpose-built Harris Building. Our sports centre, The Founder’s Hall, was opened in 2010 and an Astro added in 2015. The Nursery and Science laboratories are in the elegant Stable Block and the former ‘Power House’, historically used for generating electricity, has been converted to provide an extensive centre for DT and Art. The Children’s Farm, sited in the Old Orchard, is much enjoyed, as is the Forest School in Tongswood itself.


There are too many clubs to list here, so we have put them on their own page which can be found here:


Our Prep School curriculum can be found here:

Prep School Staff

All Staff