Welcome from Rob and Lottie

Boys on their bikes in the School grounds
School from above
1st XI cricket team
Juniors climbing in the trees
The Headmaster and his wife

Aysgarth Prep School is a thriving community that provides boys with a homely environment in which to develop their potential. We act as 'parents' to the boys, with the support of a caring and dedicated team. We try to ensure that every boy is looked after and flourishing in every respect, working in partnership with their parents.

Aysgarth aims to provide a broad and balanced education for every pupil, supporting them to make the very most of their potential both in and out of the classroom. Whilst academics are paramount, the School takes great care to ensure that the children have the opportunity to thrive in the fields of sport, music, drama and art. Furthermore, an extensive extracurricular programme allows each child to explore and enjoy activities that fall outside of the normal curriculum, providing further opportunity for them to enjoy themselves whilst developing friendships and building self-confidence.

The Aysgarth values of loving and caring for our neighbours as ourselves, making the most of our talents and being courageous in all that we do run through the very heart of the School as we prepare the children for their senior schools and adult life. The importance of kindness, respect and service to others are central to a child’s journey through Aysgarth.

Aysgarth is very much a boarding school and boys travel from throughout the country and across the world to join the Aysgarth community. The School is very much a home with all boarders living in the main building and strong pastoral care is at the heart of a healthy and happy community. Day boys and Pre-Prep children are welcomed into the community.

With 150 boys (aged 8 to 13 years) in the Prep School and 60 children (aged 3 to 8 years) in the coeducational Pre-Prep, Aysgarth is in extremely good health. Recent projects have seen the opening of a new art and design technology centre, the refurbishment of boarding accommodation and the opening of the Wintersgill pavilion.

Rob and Lottie Morse

About the Prep School


Aysgarth is one of the leading independent Prep Schools for boys aged 3-13 and girls from 3-8 , where we aim to find the best in every child. Our ethos and values develop boys in every respect - to be happy, confident, courteous, independent and ambitious.

As the only all-boys boarding Prep School in the north of Britain, Aysgarth sends more boys to selective schools such as Eton, Harrow, Winchester and Radley than any other school in the north as well as to senior schools nearby.

We aim high! We aim to stretch every boy to make the most of their abilities in small groups, whatever the activity.

Although boarding focused, day boys are also very welcome.

But don't just take our word for it, we were awarded 'Prep School of the Year 2019/20'  and also shortlisted 'Best Head of a Prep School 2017' by Tatler.

About the Pre-Prep


Oak House is the co-educational Nursery and Pre-Preparatory Department of Aysgarth School for children ages 3 to 8 years. Oak House provides a happy, busy environment, where the individuality of every child is recognised, and all children are encouraged and supported to make progress in their own way and in their own time.
It is located alongside the Prep School allowing the Pre-Prep children to take full advantage of the wonderful grounds and facilities at Aysgarth.
The curriculum and the teaching in the Pre-Prep incorporate the best of modern practice, equipment and facilities. We aim to lay sound foundations in literacy and numeracy; to develop an interest in art, music, technology and sport; to teach and demonstrate strong moral values and to ensure that the children enjoy this precious stage of their lives.
Small classes are vital to ensure individual attention so that children can make the most of their potential and talent. Our committed, energetic and enthusiastic staff are able to devote additional time to those children who are experiencing difficulties, whilst providing a myriad of opportunities for those who are keen to progress.
Fundamentally, we understand each parent’s desire for their child to feel happy and secure and consider ourselves extremely fortunate to play a part in the children’s development.

I do hope that you will come and visit us so that you can experience firsthand what makes Oak House so very special. Please contact the Admissions Department  (admissions@aysgarthschool.co.uk) if you would like to arrange a tour.

Pre-Prep in the walled garden