Aldro School: Godalming, Surrey, UK

Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom

Aldro School: Godalming, Surrey, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


This is the boys boarding school in England! Aldro is a preparatory boarding school in Shackleford, near Godalming, Surrey, England. It caters for about 240 boys between the ages of 7 and 13. The Good Schools Guide called the school an "Extremely popular and successful traditional prep school," also stating "It is a somewhat eccentric world with some delightfully eccentric teachers, and makes a welcome home for boys of every variety."

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 0 55 55
Day School: 0 165 165

Contact school: contact-us


Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

International application fee: 70 GBP

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 5,170 - 7,415

About the school

Long description:

Our aim is to bring out the best in boys - something that is greatly helped by being single sex. Aldro boys move on at 13+ to a wide range of schools including Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Radley, the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Wellington and Winchester. We have an outstanding record of success in winning scholarship awards, both academic and for music, art, sport and all-round abilities.

The school's Christian ethos helps to promote a warm and caring environment; and pupils here have opportunities to pursue a huge range of activities outside the classroom from the conventional - such as sport, music, art and drama - to the exciting that many boys sadly cannot enjoy - such as den-making, shooting, rowing, sailing and fishing. It adds up to a beguiling combination and helps to explain why Aldro boys go on to thrive at their senior schools - and beyond.

Aldro has always enjoyed a strong academic reputation and our boys regularly achieve major scholarships to many top public schools including Charterhouse, Eton, Radley, Wellington and Winchester.

The rich and varied curriculum is stimulating and suitably demanding but, at the same time, flexible enough to suit the ability of each boy. There are two forms in each year group. When the boys approach their final years they are split into three smaller forms focusing on either Common Entrance, or Scholarship papers and specific examinations such as Winchester Entrance.

In small classes and under close supervision, children follow an exceptionally broad curriculum, which offers English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Design Technology, Physical Education and PSHE. Latin is taught from Form 5. A system of credits, stars and squad marks rewards and acknowledges good work, effort and positive behaviour. Our Learning Support Department provides individual help for boys who require strategies to address their particular needs.

Aldro is exceptional in that it has subject specialist teachers throughout the school. It also has superb facilities including a dedicated Art and Design Technology block and ICT suite. The School Librarian is responsible for running the impressive Library, which is well-stocked and has its own computer area. The Sciences are taught in well-equipped laboratories and from Form 6 they are taught as separate subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. With Geography and History we take maximum advantage of our local area for regular field studies and independent research projects are undertaken in subjects such as Religious Education. An important part of Aldro’s education is teaching pupils about the importance of taking responsibility for their own learning, rather than just being ‘spoon-fed’. Senior schools comment on the fact that our boys are exceptionally well-prepared for the demands of the more independent style of learning required at this next stage of schooling.

The majority of boys join Aldro at the age of seven (Form 3). The offer of a place is determined by an entrance test. The Junior Department consists of two Form 3 and Form 4 classes. In these formative years the aim is to provide a smooth transition from the previous school into prep school life at Aldro. In the first year boys are taught by their form teacher for the core subjects English and Maths as well as Activities and Games, so there is considerable daily contact with every boy in the form. Throughout the school, the Form Tutor plays a crucial role in monitoring each boy’s progress both academically and socially, giving him a solid foundation of learning on which to build and providing importance skills and values for the future.

Famous People Who Attended This School

  • Kim Philby, a Soviet spy
  • Toby Stephens, actor, who has played Kim Philby in television drama Cambridge Spies
  • Lord Wakeham, Conservative peer and former Cabinet member in Thatcher & Major governments
  • Alexander Scrimgeour, 1897-1916- Author of SCRIMGEOUR'S SMALL SCRIBBLING DIARY, Midshipman on HMS (?) Invincible, killed in the Battle of Jutland May 31st 1916, aged 19.


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