St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Prep School of the Year and Pre-Prep School of the Year in the prestigious Independent School of the Year (ISOTY) 2021 Awards.

The aim of the awards, introduced by Independent School Parent (ISP) is to celebrate all that pupils, staff and wider school communities have achieved during the 2020-21 academic year, both in terms of the battle against COVID and the core task of preparing pupils for life in a challenging and demanding world.

St Andrew’s Prep’s shortlisting in both categories demonstrates the rich and rewarding experience our pupils receive on a daily basis as our staff meet their educational, emotional and societal needs. Via remote-learning or on-site teaching, using innovative and creative methods, the school’s focus has always been on developing and looking after the whole child, cementing the schools’ aims and values to equip the children to lead happy, fulfilled and successful lives in a safe and healthy environment.

Headmaster, Gareth Jones said, “I am absolutely delighted that St Andrew’s Prep has been shortlisted not once but twice in this year’s ISOTY awards – it’s a very real reflection of all the hard work carried out by our pupils and staff across all areas of the school in what has been a challenging year for all. Despite everything, our pupils have continued to be fulfilled and engaged whether on-site, in the classroom, on the field, on stage or at home. During lockdown, our fundamental aim remained the same: to provide a broad education with academic and extra-curricular opportunities so that every pupil could continue to lead a happy and enriched life. It was challenging but I feel we delivered, creatively and inventively, in school and at home.”

One happy parent commented, “This nomination is so well-deserved. Our children span the Pre-Prep and Prep school, and they really do receive the individual care and attention that we were looking for when searching for the right school. They are well looked after, happy and achieving. No parent could ask for more than that.”

ISOTY received a record number of nominations with hundreds of schools from across the country submitting entries across the full award categories. Finalists are to be revealed on 7 September and winners on a date to be confirmed in October.

St Andrew’s Prep is a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 9 months – 13 years in Eastbourne a two minute walk from the sea on the south coast of England. Offering a superb education and some of the best prep school facilities in the country, the school is included in the Good Schools Guide and The Prep School Guide and the school’s headmaster is Gareth Jones.