Moulsford is a thriving and forward-thinking independent Prep School of 360 boys aged 4 – 13 years. Set in tranquil and picturesque grounds on the banks of the River Thames surrounded by the rolling hills of South Oxfordshire, the school is just 1 hour from central London.
At Moulsford, everything is tailored to how boys learn and play best. Our message is straightforward. We want our boys to receive the broadest possible education, while remembering that they will learn best when happy and settled. Our down-to-earth, family-focussed approach embraces the fact that boys of this age should be having fun at the same time as learning, supported by a cheerful and talented teaching staff.
Top senior schools located nearby
Moulsford prides itself on sending boys to a wide variety of senior schools, finding the best possible option for each individual child and family. In September 2019, 48 boys progressed to 13 schools: Eton, Radley, Marlborough, St Edward’s, Bradfield, Wellington and Stowe for boarding, and Abingdon, Magdalen College School, Cokethorpe, Pangbourne, The Oratory and Shiplake for day schools. Fourteen scholarships were awarded in 2018/19 – 3 Academic, 3 Music, 1 Art, 3 Design Technology, 3 Sport and 1 Drama.
Outstanding extra-curricular programme
The Extra-Curricular Activities programme recently received a complete overhaul, with a new post of Director of Activities created to focus on this vital area. The river offers multiple water-based opportunities including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and paddleboarding. During the Summer Term we had over 80 boys on the river weekly. Other popular choices include coding, photography, circus skills, LAMDA, clay pigeon shooting, climbing and parkour. These activities are largely at no extra cost and also provide parents with wrap around care options.
Moulsford has an enviable sporting reputation, with a number of boys going on to first class sport in later life. Our A to F teams are all equally keen to play and win for their school.
Performing Arts is big news at Moulsford with both the creative and performing arts thriving, with termly opportunities to perform in music and drama.
The Accelerated Reader programme has recently been introduced resulting in reading levels improving across every age group.
Mental wellbeing for both staff and pupils is taken very seriously. An independent and professional counsellor visits Moulsford one day per week and AS (Affective Social) Tracking has been introduced to help identify pupils’ hidden emotional risks and aid appropriate additional pastoral support.
Our small and friendly boarding house is in the heart of the school, and offers flexi and weekly boarding to boys in Year 5 and above, from Monday to Friday (4 nights per week). We try to be as flexible as possible so that you can tailor boarding to suit your own family needs. Normally, boys commit to two consecutive nights or the full four nights per week. We also offer day boarding for boys who need to stay at school until 8pm.
Planning permission has recently been granted for a purpose-built, state of the art Pre-Prep. The building, due for completion in 2021 will be home to a Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
In the meantime, Moulsford’s Pre-Prep is situated in a beautiful, fenced area next to the river, where the boys benefit from a class teacher and teaching assistant in every class. Along with core subjects, boys enjoy specialist teaching in French and Spanish, Music, Games and Swimming.
Moulsford is extremely fortunate to have a Forest School site which boys in the Pre-Prep visit weekly. The sessions are always child-led so every time the boys venture out into the woods it is different: den-building, tree-climbing, building a fire safely or learning how to whittle with a knife.
The Moulsford Parents Association organise a variety of events for parents to enjoy including the Headmaster’s Quiz, Escape Room, Bonfire Night, Christmas Fair and the always sold-out Summer Ball. These events are great fun and underline the importance placed on creating a welcoming community for parents and boys alike.
We offer individual visits by appointment during term time, and hold three Open Days a year in September, February and May. Open Days offer an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster, staff, pupils and current parents. They can be a useful introduction to the school, or an opportunity to bring your son and other family members to familiarise everyone with the surroundings prior to entry the following September, to help confirm your decision.
Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Jill Morrin on 01491 651438 or firstname.lastname@example.org