Claremont Independent School, East Sussex, UK

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Claremont is a thriving, co-educational day and boarding school for children from the age of one to eighteen. The Nursery, Pre-Prep and Preparatory School was established in St Leonards-on-Sea in 1925 in beautiful 100 acre grounds, while the Senior School and Sixth Form at Bodiam developed more recently in response to the success of the Prep School.

Rated Outstanding in its recent Ofsted report, there are approximately 600 pupils at the school, including fifty boarders, located across two magnificent sites in St Leonards-on-Sea and Bodiam. This one of the best boarding schools in England prides itself on the inspirational quality of its teaching staff which creates a dynamic learning environment in which all pupils make rapid progress.

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7 days boarding: 

9,800 per term

About the school

Claremont Preparatory School is an independent day school for boys and girls, aged 4 to 13 years. Many pupils join directly from our own Nursery School which is located on the same site and caters for children from 12 months old.

The school was originally founded in Hove, in 1925, but moved to its current site in St Leonards-on-Sea in 1945 when it amalgamated with Langley Place School. The building, a magnificent Norman Shaw designed mansion house, was built in 1880s for the Ebden family and was originally named Baldslow Place.

Claremont Senior School, founded in 2011, is a quite remarkable school, unbridled by the past, highly progressive and forward thinking, yet built upon a foundation of traditional values, considerable experience and a pro-active, common-sense attitude.

This top UK boarding school has outstanding facilities at the three sites in Bodiam, St. Leonards-On-Sea and Battle. This enables the school to provide much of its extensive co-curricular and extracurricular programme without the need for off-site travel. The three sites comprise approximately 120 acres, including a newly-refurbished boarding house, a modern purpose-designed Sixth Form Centre, various pitches, school buildings, sporting facilities, recreational area and woodland. The building themselves comprise new Science laboratories, ICT suites, design technology workshop, two multi-purpose halls, a drama and dance studio and a fully equipped, purpose-built theatre.

Classroom Facilities

The Preparatory School is accommodated in a magnificent Norman Shaw designed mansion house that was built in 1888. This building houses the library, chapel, art room, music and French departments, plus the School Office. It has been extended to provide classrooms for the Pre-Preparatory department on the lower floor, and specialist subject teaching facilities for the Preparatory School on the upper floor. These include a modern IT suite and well-equipped science laboratories.

Theatre/Drama Hall Facilities – Perfect for a Party!

There are 2 purpose built theatres and assembly halls. These are used throughout the year for concerts, plays and other events. These also have catering facilities, ideal for any event.

Furthermore, the school owns its own study centre in St Omer in Northern France, which provides a platform for pupils to practise their French and experience the local culture. The centre is situated in the heart of this historic town. It is 35 minutes from the Eurotunnel terminal. Students benefit from regular visits there as part of their French language studies.

Claremont has two boarding houses, each with its own unique character but both offering safe, comfortable and structured accommodation. Both houses have been located off campus and benefit from large common rooms and have gardens and grounds extending to over 2 hectares.

Fitted out to the highest standards and with space for some for some 45 students, Pyke House is situated in the historic town of Battle, adjacent to the English Heritage site of the Battle of Hastings and just a five minute walk from Battle railway station. Clyde House is new boarding house and is located just a couple of minutes’ drive from the Prep School. Sleeping up to 60 students, this house offers many single rooms and a high proportion of en suite facilities. Its large garden, spacious rooms and excellent communal areas provide our students with the perfect home-from-home.

Some of the main features of boarding at Claremont School are as follows:

-Male and female boarding for UK and overseas students from the age of 11 to 18 years of age

-110 boarding places, segregated to accommodate both male and female students

– International students to represent no more than 10% of the entire student roll

-English as the common language both in the boarding house and at school

-The high standard of accommodation is an important consideration for students

-Many organised extra-curricular activities for all pupils but optional for Sixth Formers.

– Separate common rooms for Juniors and Seniors

– Wi-Fi throughout the boarding houses and in every room, with controls set by the school to forbid access to inappropriate sites

-There are large, well-equipped common rooms with large screen TVs in both houses, together with games consoles, pool tables and other leisure activities.

– Breakfast and Dinner are served at the boarding houses by our own catering team

-Highly-experienced residential and non-residential staff manage both houses

– Excellent medical provision at both houses, including sick bays and isolation facilities

-Weekend use of the extensive school facilities including swimming pool, sport centre, gym, music facilities and theatre

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Academic life

Study Options for Overseas Students

GCSE- 2 year course (age14 -16)

GCSE-1 year course (subject to certain conditions)

AS Level- 1 year course (age 16 – 18)

A Level – 2 year course (age 16 – 18)

EAL (English Language support )

Pre – A Level Foundation – Year 11 (age 15-16)

3 year A-Level course

Claremont Senior School provides students with a truly superb academic foundation, supported by exceptional teaching staff. Year 9 is focused on providing the academic foundation that prepares students for the examination years of 10 to 13. Small classes, close tutoring, unparalleled access to help and support from a hugely talented teaching staff, all working within a smaller school setting, allows for academic focus of the highest order. A full and comprehensive range of GCSE subjects are on offer, all of which are continued into the Sixth Form programme and supplemented by a wide range of additional A Level subjects.

The study of A levels is the central pillar of Claremont’s academic life in the Sixth Form. Portfolio of subjects covers traditional subject areas (Science, Humanities and Creative Arts) while also opening up new avenues for sixth form study (Psychology, Government & Politics, Economics).

Sport and culture

The full range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities that the school has to offer. Sort of physical activity programme, from team sports such as Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Hockey to minor sports such as Table Tennis, Basketball and Swimming. For those less inclined to organised sport there is an extensive fitness and strength & conditioning programme available along with use of a fully equipped gym. 

The Football Academy accepts students from the age of 5: it is an opportunity not only to undergo a general academic program during secondary school, but also to learn how to play football professionally – perhaps making it your profession. Today, the Academy is run and run by Jim Colson: he worked with players in the clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton, Crystal Palace, European football teams.

Each student is determined by individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, from which a unique plan of classes and training is created. International and national tournaments, friendly games and matches are constantly held, and the main gameplay is at the level of the Premier League. The children are constantly cooperating with professional scouts: they closely follow the successes and achievements of each student, help him to move to the next level, reveal the secrets of a successful career.

Sports facilities include a brand new indoor Sports Hall, 50 acres of grass pitches for almost every sport, a six-lane indoor heated swimming pool and a similar outdoor facility, a floodlit Astroturf pitch, a running track, tennis and netball courts and use of world class equestrian facilities.

Students also are able to access a range of other activities such as debating, academic enrichment, art, photography and performing arts. 

Location Description

Ashford International 17.5 miles

London Biggin Hill Airport Bromley 31.6 miles

London Gatwick Airport 32 miles

Nr. Robertsbridge Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5UJ

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