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."
Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling
International application fee: 70 GBP
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: 22 245 GBP
About the school
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
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
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.