Welcome to the St Andrews School website.
Our Nursery provision is open.
Our school site is closed to pupils, but children who come under the critical worker or vulnerable rules are being looked after at our partner school, Rushmoor, on Shakespeare Road.
We are providing a timetable of remote lessons which is age appropriate to our pupils. Those in Reception class and Key Stage One are participating in a wide variety of lessons, but have more breaks away from their screens than our older pupils. Key Stage Two up to Sixth Form are following their normal timetable.
Morning registration starts at 8.45 a.m. and the 'live' lessons are provided by their teachers using Microsoft Teams. Feedback is constantly available from the teacher throughout the lesson and work is uploaded for marking. Even PE and Games lessons are being provided. Our teachers are certainly thinking outside the box.
Our Special Needs Department are also on hand to provide one-to-one support and we have our School Counsellor available to anybody who needs reassurance throughout the lockdown period.
Parent consultation meetings are still taking place; assemblies are still taking place; progress reports will still be issued. Whilst the benefits of the classroom can never be replaced, our virtual learning provision received high praise during the first lockdown and attracted people to our schools and we have improved it further for this lockdown. We are confident that our remote provision is allowing our pupils to make progress despite the restrictions in place.
The health, safety and wellbeing of everybody coming onto the site is our priority. Communication has been key throughout the lockdown periods and we have held live remote meetings with parents to reassure them of what we are doing in terms of Covid-19. Our pupils and their families were provided with a detailed plan containing all the information about our Covid-19 procedures and we update our policies and risk assessments when new developments arise.
Throughout the pandemic we have been pleased by the really positive attitudes, which allows our pupils to thrive.
Planning to visit?
Our partner school, Rushmoor, remains open to both Rushmoor and St Andrew's pupils who come under the Government's guidance for critical worker and vulnerable children. Secondary aged pupils from this group have received lateral flow testing.
Staff have been participating in the lateral flow testing on a weekly basis.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, parents are not allowed to enter the site unless there is an emergency and invited to do so by a member of the school staff.
Any visitor must wear a facemask, use the hand sanitiser supplied and maintain social distancing. We will also carry out a temperature check on any visitor.
Our pupils and their families have been wonderful throughout the pandemic and we would like to say a huge thank you to them for being so respectful of our enhanced health and safety measures and for adapting so well to our remote provision.
Investing in the future
In September 2013 St Andrew’s School and Rushmoor School formed an alliance. They now work under the guidance of one Governing Body under the leadership of one Principal.
Across the St Andrew’s and Rushmoor Alliance, in recent years we have received national recognition from The Independent Schools Association in the following categories:-
Winner – Award for outstanding provision for learning support.
Winner – Award for outstanding provision in sport.
Winner – Award for excellence and innovation in early years provision.
Winner – Award for financial innovation.
We have also been a finalist for the ‘Award for Excellence’.
We have purchased a 40 acre site and are now actively planning for our formal merger and move to a modern, purpose-built educational setting.
We are very pleased to be investing in the future. Our new site will provide classrooms offering stunning views across the Ouse Valley. The new facilities will help to ensure our pupils thrive in the STEM subjects and the countryside location will be the perfect setting for a Forest School and outside amphitheatre.
Our reputation for providing outstanding sports provision for all abilities means we will make good use of the additional space to provide enviable sporting opportunities. We will also continue to invest strongly in performing arts and the creative design arts to ensure these important subjects are accessible for all our pupils.
Planning the new site is an exciting opportunity to build on our strong ethos. With 230 years of providing excellent education and pastoral support across both schools, we know the importance of meeting each child’s individual needs. The formal merger and move to the new site will ensure we can continue to meet those needs long into the future.
Founded in 1896 St Andrew’s is a small Independent School with a co-educational Nursery and Junior School and a girls’ Senior School. St Andrew’s provides an education for the whole child, combining traditional values with the best of current practice.
St Andrew’s has flourished by providing a nurturing environment in which each child's talents are found and encouraged. Each pupil’s individuality is highly valued, fostered and developed. Pastoral care is outstanding.
Small classes are the key to success for each girl or boy in developing new skills and achieving her or his full potential. Pupils are expected to work hard, but we also know the value of fun and relaxation and pupils have many opportunities to take part in a wide range of extra activities.
St Andrew’s is a small school with high expectations and big ambitions for your child. We hope you find this website useful and of interest in finding the right educational setting for your son or daughter. It can be no substitute, however, for a personal visit to the school, giving an insight into school life and the unique ethos of St Andrew's. Please contact the Admissions Secretary to arrange a personal tour with the Principal.
We appreciate the importance you attach to selecting the best independent school for your son or daughter; childhood is something which can be experienced only once. With this in mind, and the belief that children learn best when they feel happy and secure, we aim to develop in our pupils a lifelong interest in learning - one which encompasses the full range of intellectual, cultural, artistic and sporting achievements of our society.
In line with Charity Commission requirements we offer bursaries and scholarships at both Rushmoor and St Andrews. New applications are welcome at both schools for the next academic year. Bursaries are means-tested whilst scholarships are awarded for sports/arts/academic.
St Andrew’s was established in 1896 and has a strong reputation within Bedfordshire for providing excellent education and care for its pupils.
PTFA FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Supporting the school
The PTFA exists as the social and fund-raising arm of the school's activities. We organise different social events throughout the year, trying to involve as many children and parents as possible in events such as fetes, feature evenings, sporting events etc. In the spring term of 2016 the decision was made to formally merge the St Andrew's and Rushmoor PTFA's into one group who have responsibility for organising joint and separate events for the schools partnership.
We are a group of volunteers looking to be innovative and find new ways to support the children at both schools.
Please contact the school office staff if you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help in one of our events. Your support would be very welcome.