Virtual Open Day
Welcome to our Virtual Open Day
Whilst we are currently unable to run our usual onsite Open Days, we hope that our Virtual Open Day page will give you an insight into our wonderful school, showcasing its friendly, happy and nurturing environment as well as its beautiful grounds.
We warmly invite you to watch our school videos where you will hear from the Headmaster, Mr Petty, one of our Joint Acting Head of Lower School, Miss Charlotte Dutton and the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Julie Bradley who will be delighted to provide any further information or answer any questions you may have about the applications process.
In addition to the videos, you will also be able to see our stunning range of facilities via our interactive map.
Our admissions process continues to operate as usual and we are continuing to welcome applications for this term and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Bradley on 01279 429910 or by emailing email@example.com with any enquiries or if you would like to arrange a meeting (virtual meetings can also be accommodated).
We are running a Virtual Open Day specifically for parents of prospective pupils of Reception to Year 2 age on Thursday 5th November. One to one video meetings with our lower school members of staff can be booked by filling out the following form. We’re very happy to answer any questions you may have.
Saint Nicholas School Interactive Map
All pupils from Reception to Year 10 enjoy weekly swimming lessons in our heated outdoor pool throughout the summer term and also in the first half of the Autumn term (except Reception pupils).
The Lady Moira Swire Theatre was opened in 2009 and is regularly used by all year groups for whole school assemblies, drama, dance and visiting productions as well as our popular annual plays, musicals and Nativities. Promoting creativity and developing confidence, music and drama are key components of the curriculum offered at Saint Nicholas.
Little Saints Pre-School
Our Pre-school welcomes children from 2.5 years of age until they start Reception. All pre-school pupils also make use of the school’s superb specialist facilities including the sports hall, theatre and the extensive grounds. The dedicated outdoor learning spaces are a real strength of our provision and we recognise the importance of these areas to enrich our children’s experiences.
The Jubilee building houses the Year 3-5 classrooms, the junior ICT suite, the junior art room and links through to the sports hall and changing rooms.
We have high aspirations for all of our pupils; most of whom work beyond age related expectations and thrive on the breadth we offer across the curriculum. Our excellent Lower School staff are supported by a team of specialist teachers who deliver physical education, music, drama and French to all pupils from Reception to Year 5.
Sport plays an important role within the personal development of our pupils and we are fortunate to have a number of fantastic sports facilities, including a bright and modern sports hall together with a dedicated team of PE specialists providing the opportunity for every Saint Nicholas boy and girl to reach their full sporting potential.
Our ethos is one of participation and enjoyment and we ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to participate and excel in a range of sporting activities. Regular fixtures take place with both maintained and independent schools and excellent relationships with local sports clubs ensure that we are able to stretch and challenge our most able performers.
The school’s fourteen acre site provides a wonderful setting for extensive facilities which include our sports fields which allows children to participate in a number of field-based sports, including rugby, football, cricket, athletics and rounders.
Our infants block, also referred to the Margaret Jones building, houses our Reception and Key Stage 1 classrooms, the junior library, and the Head of lower school’s office.
Building on the bright start pupils have made in pre-school, we continue to place great value on learning which is fun and engaging but which also ensures challenge and a breadth of opportunity from an early age.
Our excellent lower school staff are supported by a team of specialist teachers who deliver physical education, music, drama and French to all pupils from Reception.
The infants have a well-equipped play area complete with pirate ship, climbing apparatus and equipment which promotes creative, imaginative and fun learning through play. Learning and laughter are both essential parts of the school day here at Saint Nicholas.
The Old Stables
The Old Stables are soon to be undergoing a refurbishment programme and will house a private nursery for babies aged from 6 weeks old.
Our adventure playground was opened in 2018 and has been a very welcome addition to our range of outdoor facilities, and has proved very popular with the Key Stage 2 children at playtimes.
The Swire building houses science, computing, art, DT, history and geography.
We seek to nurture independent learners who are confident in the use of new technology and have the skills and creativity necessary to access knowledge, develop understanding and to improve their problem solving abilities.
There are exceptional talents within the school, producing work of high quality; equally there are the large numbers of children who simply love the creative subjects and the opportunities for expression that they afford.
Tennis & Netball Courts
Our tennis and netball courts have been recently resurfaced and have also been fitted with new LED flood lighting.
The muddy area is a firm favourite with the younger pupils, allowing them to drive their own learning and to develop their self-confidence in an environment which promotes challenge and discovery.
Hillingdon house was originally built around 1907 as a family hunting lodge and the school moved to this beautiful Edwardian building in 1977. It now houses the main reception, Mountbatten Hall, classrooms for English, maths, languages and food technology, learning support and wellbeing, the Headmaster’s office, finance office and the staff room.
Our eco area is popular with children of all ages. It is also the location of our weekly after school eco club.