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Waverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

Best in Berkshire - Consistently ranked in
The Times Top 100 for the past 12 years

Ranked 33rd in the UK
out of over 20,000 Primary & Prep schools
Nursery inspected as 'Outstanding'

Waverly Rankings

Welcome toWaverley Preparatory School and Day Nursery

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Ranked Best in Berkshire and 33rd in the UK. Waverley is the top independent Prep and Pre-Prep School in Berkshire.  A co-educational private school for children aged 3 months to 11 years, we offer exceptional academic performance in a warm, nurturing, family-friendly environment. Waverley's small class sizes and single form entry (one class per year group) provide a superb individual education for every child. Inspected as 'Excellent', Waverley is the only school to have appeared in The Times Top 100 consistently for the past 12 years. Of our most recent Year 6 graduates, 78% achieved the highest grade of 'Greater Depth' in their reading, writing and maths SATS papers (compared to the national average of 8%). 

Applying for a place at Waverley. Our Prep School now has final places available for Reception 2025 and very limited availability for starting school in Reception 2026. We offer all prospective parents a 1-2-1 tour. Contact our Admissions Dept at admissions@waverleyschool.co.uk or call 0118 973 1121.

Celebrating Pupil Achievements


Congratulations to


in Year 6

For Achieving

Gold and Silver medals in the ISA National Athletics Finals for High Jump and 600mts

We are enormously proud of Noah who won gold and silver last week, adding to his growing collection of athletics medals! Noah competed in the ISA (Independent Schools Association) National Athletics Finals in Birmingham. He was just pipped at the post in the 600mts but we are super excited to see how his athletics talent has really excelled in the last couple of years at Waverley, competing not only in our local inter-school sports fixtures but also in regional and national competitions. Noah has proved himself to be a wonderful all-round sportsman, has developed a superbly positive attitude to his training and competitive edge and has now achieved a scholarship to his chosen Senior School of Bradfield College. We can't wait to watch you in the Olympics Noah!  

Outstanding pass rate for selective grammar and independent senior schools. Our Year 6 pupils move on to an impressive range of secondary schools with Waverley's focus being that children move on to the right secondary school for them. 92% of our Year 6 pupils achieve a place at their first-choice senior school. Many of our Year 6's receive multiple offers from a range of top independent and grammar schools, including  scholarships to their chosen secondary school (read more here). Our results are testament to the combination of modern and traditional teaching methods, small class sizes, single form entry and a warm, caring environment where children thrive. Read 'Why Choose Waverley - 10 Quick Facts' here

A happy, nurturing, family-feel school with a broad, rich curriculum. The priority at Waverley is to challenge every pupil to achieve academic excellence. We recognise that only happy children, who feel supported and confident, learn to the best of their ability. Our ethos at Waverley is to nurture potential, by providing a first-class education in a pastorally rich environment. Our children are encouraged to embrace opportunities to strive for excellence. 

Full wrap-around care, 51 weeks a year. The school and Nursery places great emphasis on outdoor learning, sports and wellbeing. We offer wrap-around care for all our pupils 51 weeks a year, 5 days a week, 7.30am-6pm via our Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club, all managed by our own in-house Waverley Extended Hours Team. 'Waverley is more than a school, it is a community, a family', says one parent. 





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‘Quietly brilliant...’
‘A superior all-round option...’
‘Outstanding academic results...’

Waverley in Numbers

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    Ranked 33rd in the UK of 20,000 primary and prep schools

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    Top marks in our ISI inspection

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    Of our Year 6 leavers achieve a place at their 1st choice secondary school

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    Of our pupils working at 'Greater Depth' compared to the national average of 8%

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    Ranked 'Best in Berskhire' by the The Times Top 100 consistently for 12 years

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    Pass rate for grammar schoools (11+ exam)

Parents say about The pre-prep School

Year 4 Parent

We just wish we'd found Waverley earlier...

Waverley is a lovely, nurturing school that helped our daughter regain her confidence and enjoy school again. Would highly recommend .

Parents say about The  Prep school

Year 6 Mum

We joined halfway through school but our son felt like he had always been there.

Waverley has a wonderfully caring ethos and values. This secure platform allowed our son to fully focus on his studies in what is an unapologetically faster paced Year 5 and 6.

Parents say about The pre-prep School

Year 2 Parent

Our son loves the school...

We call our son 'Mr Waverley' because he loves the school so much!

Parents say about The  Prep school

Year 6 Mum

Waverley is a fantastic school!

All three of our children have been supported and encouraged to achieve in all areas of the school community which has stayed with them to guide them into secondary school. We are incredibly grateful and privileged that Waverley has, and continues to be, part of  our lives for over 10 years. Thank you. 

isi inspectors say about The School (2024)

Pupils' social /economic education & contribution to society

Leaders support pupils' preparation  for next steps through an engaging approach to target setting and preparation for senior school.

A programme of visiting speakers helps pupils to understand the wider world. For example, police officers speak to Year 6 about how to keep safe in the community and online. 

isi inspectors say about The  school (2024)

Leadership and management, and governance

The Proprietor and Board of Governors provide governance and are well informed about the school's work and performance through regular reports, school visits and committee and Board meetings with senior leaders. 

Governors regularly review the content and implementation of policies to ensure the school operates in line with current legislation. 

isi inspectors say about The School (2024)

Pupils' physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing

Leaders ensure that pupils respect the diversity of the pupil body and share in their peers' celebrations of other cultures.

The 'Waverley Way' encapsulates the values of the school and is embedded in pupils' attitudes. 

isi inspectors say about The  school (2024)

Quality of education, training and recreation

Pupils develop high levels of self-understanding and self-awareness of their learning through the encouraging and supportive ethos in the school. 

The warm and trusting relationships between pupils and their teachers support pupils to be self-motivated and interested in their work. As a result, pupils' self-esteem develops increasingly as they make progress.

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Holiday Club 2024

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