St Ives pupils are going places...

My daughter knows the teachers in the school and they know her, it is friendly, warm and really knows it's stuff when it comes to child development.

Parent 2016

Really nice nurturing environment, in lovely setting. Most important is how much my daughter loves it there - so much so she often doesn't want to come home!

Parent 2016

My son, like all boys needs to get outside and be physical and the outdoor space at St Ives is an adventure park with lots of space to run and wonderful views, for him to run around in.

Parent 2016

I love St Ives so much because we learn lots and we do lots of sport and Forest School. I really enjoy everything!

Tabitha (age 9)

It is cheerful, enthusiastic, and encouraging every day I come in excited and leave wanting to carry on my lessons! I am so lucky to have this school.

Annie (age 10)

I love St Ives because of the grounds, the beautiful view and lessons.

Sophie (age 8)

St Ives School is a very smiley place and everyone is happy to come to school every day.


Pupils achievements and the quality of their learning are excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report, 2015

I try to savour my days at St Ives as they are best school days I will ever have.


St Ives is a really exciting place to be, with so many fun activities and extra-curricular clubs so you’re never left out.


If I had to sum up St Ives in one word it would be AMAZING!


St Ives is caring and supportive, we are like a big family.


St Ives may look small but actually it is exploding with education excitement and fun, all of the teachers are inspiring in each and every lesson.


St Ives is a school which is full of opportunities to achieve great things.



Participation in sports is embraced whole-heartedly at St Ives from Reception upwards.

We believe that regular sporting participation is not only vital for good health and general well-being but also instils an early awareness of the need for and active lifestyle in later life. Additionally, it helps to develop an appreciation of team spirit, fair play and builds self-confidence and achievement as well as an awareness of self. 

Over the years St Ives has developed an excellent reputation for competitive sports amongst our peers, and we pride ourselves on the sporting achievements of our pupils.  We encourage everyone to join in, take part in matches and make every effort to provide opportunities for them to represent the school.

We are fortunate enough to have three full size tennis and netball courts, athletics track, cross country circuit, mini hockey pitch and a large gymnastics hall on site. That is not the limit of our options though and additionally have free access to a full-sized swimming pool that our pupils use year round, as well as a climbing wall that pushes pupils to challenge themselves without the support of a team around them, building resourcefulness, self-reliance and independence.

Sport plays an important role at St Ives. All PE lessons are taken by a PE specialist. 

The pre prep have 1.5 hours of PE a week including half an hour swimming lesson and all senior school pupils have 2.5 hours of PE a week including a swimming lessons each week throughout the year.

They play netball, hockey, pop lacross, swimming, fitness, gymnastics, rounders, cross country, dance, and tennis. 

All of the pupils compete for the school in inter-school matches as well as entering IAPS tournaments and Surrey tournaments.

As part of the house system, the pupils have inter-house competitions for netball, hockey, swimming, cross country and rounders as well as sports day.  This gives each student an opportunity to take part and build a competitive yet friendly atmosphere.

The school teams play on a regular basis against other local schools and play nearly every week. 

There are lunchtime clubs during the week where the pupils have an extra opportunity to play sport. 

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