About Us

Sunningdale School is a family run boys’ prep school of 110 pupils in Berkshire. Founded in 1874 it stands in 25 acres of mature gardens and grounds. The school is excellently situated just 45 minutes from London, 20 minutes from Heathrow and 15 minutes from the M3, M4 and M25 Motorways.

Sunningdale’s aim is to provide a happy and supportive environment in which boys can prosper both as individuals and as members of the school community. We also aim to prepare boys both academically and socially for life at public school. Our record at Common Entrance is outstanding and boys from Sunningdale regularly gain scholarships to top public schools.

The school has its own chapel. It also has a house in Normandy to which each boy goes for a week three times during his time at Sunningdale.


Sunningdale is a traditional boarding prep school but we are always looking to the future. We aim to instil traditional values of good manners, hard work, involvement in school life and kindness in all the boys.

We encourage the boys to develop six key qualities:

  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Resilience
  • Self-discipline
  • Zest for life

We believe that these qualities set the foundation for a happy and successful life.

For every boy at the school, we want to find the things they love, their ‘spark’. We want to help them develop their strengths and be the best that they can be. This builds confidence and encourages them to try new things without fearing failure.

Good teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do. We want the boys to be enthusiastic about their learning, actively participate in the lessons, ask questions and develop a lifelong love of learning.

We firmly believe that outstanding extra-curricular provision is an essential part of a child’s education. We are committed to offering the boys a wide range of opportunities in sport, music, art, drama and other fields. We also aim to include all the boys in as much as possible, thereby ensuring that every boy has the chance to shine.

We believe that children should develop a happy way of being together, that their self-respect leads to a respect for the rights and needs of other children and adults from their own culture and other cultures.

We aim to do this in the context of a warm and welcoming Christian ethos so that all will develop strong Christian values.