Basic Information & Location
Bilton Grange Preparatory School originally started as a school in 1873. Since 1887, it has moved to its current location in Dunchurch, near Rugby, Warwickshire. The whole campus is about 90 acres; facilities have been continuously constructed since the 1960s. In 1990s, the school changed to co-educational and served students aged 4 to 13.
Being a Preparatory school, except from strict academic demands, its ethos is to allow children developing their full potential and discovering their talents since early ages.
Years 4 to 8 students are generally housed in the Pugin Mansion at the centre of our campus. As a matter of fact, many children would enroll in Bilton Grange for the Upper School, which is Year 7 and 8. The school aims to assist students for successful and productive transition to Senior School, responsibility and leadership is a crucial area to develop on.
Classic and traditional subjects are arranged like Classics, English, French, Geography, History, ICT and Computing, Mathematics, Religious studies, Science. As a consequence, students can be better prepared to the Senior School curriculum.
The school has strong relationships with many excellent schools around the country. Most of the students successfully entered Rugby School. Oundle, Uppingham, Repton, Oakham, Harrow, Eton, Cheltenham College, Stowe and Marlborough are also popular destinations. Scholarships are offered to award remarkable students to Senior Schools. In the year of 2016 to 2017, 18 students were able to receive the rewarding scholarships.
According to 2017 report by Independent School Inspectorate (ISI), the only two criteria to be examined were both graded ‘excellent’. They included the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements, and the quality of the pupils’ personal development. Its curriculum was also commented as presenting the pupils ‘with a substantial breadth of opportunity academically, in the sports, in the arts and in technology’.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
The school fosters a ‘open door’ policy which encourages close partnership between staffs and parents, raising the transparency of students’ time at the school. A full-time school nurse, as with a team of matrons and first aid-trained staff is well prepared to offer help. ISI and Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED) both appreciated the strategies to promote students’ welfare and health.
At Bilton Grange, students can choose full, weekly or flexible boarding. There is one house each for boys and girls. Before officially moving in, the school would arrange a trial boarding, helping students to alleviate concerns.
Extracurricular & personal development
Bilton Grange promotes a range of activities. Students from Year 2 upwards can freely participate clubs and societies. The spacious 90 acres campus also allow various outdoor activities.
Music is an essential part of the school. Bilton Grange believes music contribute a lot on building the character of one and the sense of belongings in a community. It aims to nurture every students to grow in their musical learning. Specialist instrumental teachers deliver over 190 lessons a week, course content including singing and playing various instruments.
Students are also encouraged to develop artistic potentials by participating in lessons and activities lead by specialist teachers. Sculpture, textiles and collage would also be part of students’ experience.