Expansion to Co-education

Boarding House
Drone photo of the grounds
pupils out the front of school

Aysgarth Prep School, a beacon of academic excellence for boys for nearly 150 years, is delighted to announce its transformative decision to introduce co-education in Years 4–8 from next year. 

The Governors’ decision to expand the co-educational model follows more than 30 years of successful co-education at Aysgarth’s Pre-Prep school, which teaches boys and girls from Nursery to Year 3.

The new Headmaster, Jonathan Anderson, and his wife Hester have extensive experience in prep school education and lead an exceptionally talented team at Aysgarth.  The Governors’ decision was made following feedback from an in-depth 2023 parent survey, which indicated a strong desire for this change within the existing Aysgarth community.

Co-education will not affect Aysgarth’s fundamental principles and ethos: a commitment to providing equal opportunities for collaboration and competition, and to fostering an environment where pupils learn to communicate effectively, disagree respectfully, and develop a broader perspective on diverse views. Aysgarth has earned several accolades, from award-winning pastoral care to excellent academic results, and its strength lies in this long list of trends. Its Prep school is predominantly a boarding school, with Saturday lessons and a daily chapel service, and it sends pupils to more than 20 notable senior schools every year. 

The school is looking forward to its new chapter and the opportunities it brings, continuing a tradition of providing quality education and preparing pupils for future success.

Admissions for girl pupils from September 2024 are now open. Please get in touch with our team at admissions@aysgarthschool.co.uk, where our team will be delighted to answer your questions and help in any way we can.