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St Andrew's School, Pangbourne

Coordinates: 51°27′56″N 1°08′00″W / 51.465634°N 1.133214°W / 51.465634; -1.133214
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St Andrew's School, Berkshire
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Coordinates51°27′56″N 1°08′00″W / 51.465634°N 1.133214°W / 51.465634; -1.133214
TypePrivate preparatory school
Day and boarding
MottoAltiora Petimus
(Latin: "We seek higher things")
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderR. W. Robertson-Glasgow
HeadmasterEd Graham
Age2[1] to 13
Colour(s)Green, Black and white    
PublicationThe Chronicle
Former pupilsOSAs

St Andrew's School is an independent preparatory school in the hamlet of Buckhold, near Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. Together with its 'Pre-Prep – Early Years' department, the school educates girls and boys aged between three and thirteen. In 2011, there were 266 children at the school, of whom 155 were boys and 111 were girls. The school has a Christian ethos, and its chapel services are reported to be "broadly Anglican in style". The most important religious event of the school year is the Advent Carol Service, which because of the numbers attending is held not at the school but in the larger chapel of nearby Bradfield College.

Scholarships are awarded to some children above the age of eleven, based on merit. St Andrew's has a School Council to involve its children in decisions affecting them.

In March 2011 an Independent Schools Inspectorate report endorsed the school's success.[2]


The school was founded in 1934 as a boarding school for boys, and consisted of just two staff and eight boys.[3] Historically, as the school grew, boys would leave to go onto schools such as Eton, Harrow and Winchester, however its ties with these schools slowly deteriorated after it first admitted girls in 1971, going on to become fully co-educational.[2] The school's main building, a listed Victorian Gothic country house called Buckhold, which was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1885 for Herbert Watney, is set in fifty-four acres of woods and playing fields.[2]

Catherine, Princess of Wales[edit]

The school's most famous alumna is Catherine "Kate" Middleton. Following her family's return to Berkshire from Amman when she was four years old, Middleton was enrolled at St Andrew's, and she boarded part-weekly at the school in her later years.[4] It was at this school in 1991 that Middleton first saw her future husband, Prince William, when he was part of a Ludgrove School hockey team that came to play a match at Middleton's school.[5]

The school today[edit]

The school has just under 300 pupils. It is co-educational. Its facilities include boarding houses, three science laboratories, music school, art studio and carpentry workshop, and a chapel. Sporting facilities include a 25-metre pool, all-weather astro playing field, sports hall, climbing wall, 9 hole golf course, 3 tennis courts (including one grass court) and rugby/football/cricket/lacrosse pitches.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former students of the school are called "Old St Andrew's", and there is an OSA Association.[6]

Notable staff[edit]


  • 1934 – 1954: R. W. Robertson-Glasgow
  • 1934 – 1945: Bill Ward-Clark
  • 1945 – 1975: Jack Llewellyn-Smith
  • 1952 – 1970: Rodney Stebbing
  • 1949 – 1952: Bill Berkley
  • 1975(?)- 1985: Bill Philipps
  • 1985 – 1995: Bob Acheson
  • 1995 – 2009: Jeremy Snow
  • 2009 – 2015: Dr David Livingstone
  • 2015 – 2021: Jonathan R. Bartlett
  • 2021–Present: Edward Graham


  1. ^ "St Andrew's School - GOV.UK". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c ISI Report, March 2011, online
  3. ^ Donald P. Leinster-Mackay, The Rise of the English Prep School (1984), p. 340
  4. ^ "Duchess of Cambridge returns to St Andrew's School". BBC. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  5. ^ Daily Telegraph Reporter, Kate Middleton 'first laid eyes on Prince William as a 10-year-old schoolgirl' dated 27 November 2010 at
  6. ^ OSA page of St Andrew's School web site
  7. ^ LIDDELL HART, Adrian John (1922–1991) at Retrieved 3 May 2011
  8. ^ Harold Bloom, John le Carré (Chelsea House, 1987), p. 165
  9. ^ St Andrew's Celebrates the Royal Wedding at
  10. ^ Julian Knight, The Royal Wedding for Dummies (2011), p. 10
  11. ^ Stacy, Danielle (6 February 2020). "Duchess Kate's former teachers reveal what she was really like at school". Hello!. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  12. ^ Nick Curtis, Everything you never knew about Pippa Middleton dated 10 May 2011 at Retrieved 29 April 2012
  13. ^ Middleton, Pippa. "Pippa Middleton's favourite mascarpone and rocket penne recipe". UK Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2013 to 29 March 2014. Archived from the original on 18 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  14. ^ Patrick W. Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (Debrett's Peerage Ltd., 1980), p. 200: "William Anthony Nugent, 13th Earl... Assist. Master, St Andrew's Sch., Pangbourne".

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