Pitsford School – Independent Day school for children aged 3-18, set in the countryside of Northamptonshire.

Welcome

Welcome to Pitsford School and to our Virtual Open Day! Obviously we would much prefer to meet you in person and show you around, however, this gives you the opportunity to still see the school, but from the comfort and safety of your own home! You are welcome to book a call with the Head on the 26th September or even arrange a private visit if you would still like to see us in action.

Pitsford School was founded in 1989 to be an affordable and excellent independent day school, serving the county of Northamptonshire and beyond. Since then, it has remained true to its founding mission but has widened its reach by opening its doors to girls in 1998 and by including a dynamic new Junior school on site.

Although housed in magnificent historic buildings and boasting new, state-of-the-art facilities, Pitsford School is the relationships that are built within it; the bricks and mortar, lovely though they are, are just a shell for the real school which is the interactions between of all its members. Warm, friendly, humane and human, our students and staff work together in an open, energetic and creative way. At Pitsford there is no division between the pastoral and the academic as we educate the whole child, to ensure that they are known, valued for who they are, safe and happy.

Our students are supported to create meaning in their lives and to build connexions of integrity, substance and permanence with those around them, adults and children, and to find their purpose which will inform and guide the story of their lives.

Unashamedly committed to our students securing the best possible grades, we offer a rigorous curriculum which is designed to inspire a love of learning and equip our students to pursue the courses and careers that their talents and passions dictate. More than that, we create curious, committed learners who have the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies, and the confidence, judgement and experience to embrace challenge and change.

Compared to some schools we are relatively new and we love this: not bound by out-of-date traditions, we exist in the present, experiencing the now, authoring our own story and embracing the future, where the greatest days of the school and our students will be lived.

Craig Walker (Headmaster),

Get in Touch

We may not be able to welcome you into school as easily at the moment but we didn’t want that to stop you from looking around. Here are a few shots of the classrooms and outdoor space that we have. Take a look around and get a feel for the school. If you want to talk to the Head we can arrange a video call, just fill in the contact form. Likewise, if you like what you see and want a personal tour then please get in contact and we will arrange a time for you to visit.

View our 360° Virtual Tour

FAQs

How do I register?

You can register your child by simply completing the contact form above and providing payment of £75 per family (if you have more than one child with us, you only pay once). Places can be popular so we recommend that you register early to avoid any disappointment.

Do you do taster days?

Yes, your child is welcome to join us for a day once school reopens, or it is safe to do so. It will give both your son or daughter, and us, the opportunity to experience a typical school day and to get to know each other.

Pupils wishing to attend Sixth form can attend an induction evening, often in the Spring term, with a further opportunity for induction late in the summer term.

What does your entrance assessment involve?

As well as seeing if your child enjoys school life at Pitsford, the taster day also forms part of our assessment for the younger children. Spending time with us allows the teachers the opportunity to complete informal assessments with the KS1 children (Reception – year 2), whilst the older children within the Junior school complete a more formal (but not scary) literacy and numeracy assessment. We would also ask for a report from their previous school.

Assessment in the senior school can also take place on the taster day. Your son or daughter will spend a morning with their peers before completing a computer based (CAT) assessment. This isn’t too onerous and requires no revision or preparation. Given the current climate we are also able to offer this assessment at home as it is online and so once completed, the results will come directly to us.

Most year 7 entrants will attend a specific day in November where they can experience the school before going on to complete the assessment, but individual arrangements can be made throughout the year for any age.

Following a successful visit, assessment and a satisfactory report from the previous school, we will then make a formal offer of a place. To secure this place, a deposit of £600 is paid, which will be reimbursed when the pupil leaves.

Pupils are admitted to the Sixth Form subject to satisfactory attainment and potential, as well as a satisfactory report from the Head of their previous school(s). Our normal minimum requirements for entry into the Sixth Form will be predicted grades of at least six GCSE grades 9-6. In addition a grade 7 will normally be expected in each GCSE subject to be continued at A Level.

After registering, candidates will be invited in for an interview with the Headmaster. The offer of a place is subject to the prospective pupil’s successful interview and achievement of the required GCSE grades.

Do you offer any learning support ( SEN support)

Absolutely, we have specialists in both the Junior and the Senior school who will help with any additional learning needs that are identified. Every child is treated as an individual and so the best way to support those children can vary greatly. As such we always work together with you, your child and any other experts necessary to establish the best learning support programme that works for your child.

Do you offer scholarships?

Two means-tested bursaries are awarded on entry to Year 7 in the Senior School. These are awarded from our limited bursary fund and are based on financial need. However, they also take into account what the individual child may be able to offer the School.

Once awarded, a bursary will usually continue until either the completion of Year 11, or the Upper Sixth, assuming there is no change to the financial circumstances of the family and that satisfactory progress is made by the pupil.

Sixth Form scholarships are available to external candidates in Year 11 who will have achieved at least an average of at least seven grade 6s in mock GCSE examinations, with a grade 7 or above in the subjects wishing to be studied.

These Scholarships are aimed at pupils who show excellence in specific areas: Academic, Art, Music, Science & Engineering (Keith Duckworth Scholarship)

What are your fees and what is included in your fees?

Our fees for 2020-2021

Our Kits (pre-school, ages 3-4) are charged slightly differently depending on the number of sessions that you opt for.

3 days per week*: £ 1,816  4 days per week*: £ 2,372 5 days per week*: £ 2,925

*Please note that lunch is included in the Kits termly fees.

Juniors/Prep

Years Reception – 6 (ages 4-11yrs) : £ 2,917 – £ 4,731

Seniors

Years 7 -13 (ages 11-18 yrs): £5,061

Fees Extras

School Lunches: £304.00

Pupil Personal Accident Insurance: £5.60

Deposit: £600.00

Additional charges will be made for; Exams entry, term-time educational visits, voluntary holiday trips, the voluntary Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, careers counselling by the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) and optional individual tuition for Music, Sport and Speech and Drama.

We are able to offer a Family Discount so where there is already an older brother or sister attending Pitsford School, the following sibling discount off tuition fees is offered:
Second Child: 5%
Third Child: 10%
Fourth Child: 25%

Should you have any queries please contact the Registrar on registrar@pitsfordschool.com or call 01604 880306

Do you have school buses?

Yes we do! We have several bus services running across the county:

  • Kettering via Walgrave,
  • Market Harborough via Brixworth,
  • Northampton Town Centre,
  • Northampton & wider villages (inc Moulton and Weston Favell)

Buses arrive at School in time for 8.40am registration and depart at 5.30pm after extra-curricular activities.

We try to ensure that as many locations are covered by our bus routes as possible in order to help with transportation. The routes are run according to interest and location and current routes are amended at the start of the academic year, as pupils’ requirements change. They are also planned to ensure that collection and deposit points are located in convenient and safe places for your child. Other bus routes will be considered if numbers permit.

Pupils can take single or return journeys and select which days they travel. Pupils must be in Key Stage 2 or above to use the School Bus Network.