Anselm’s named Prep School of the Year 2021

Anselm’s Preparatory School, Bakewell has been crowned Prep School of the Year at the Tatler Schools Awards Ceremony 2021.

The prestigious title was awarded after Tatler examined nominations for hundreds of UK prep schools, from a variety of sources, including public votes. From this, winners are handpicked from a carefully created shortlist, overseen by an expert panel of judges.

The award is in recognition of S. Anselm’s achievements as it goes from strength to strength as a leading preparatory school in the heart of Derbyshire. Committed to a blend of tradition and innovation, the school was applauded its tireless approach to ensuring no child was left behind during lockdown; with live online lessons, one-to-one sessions and the delivery of a full syllabus throughout what was a challenging time for so many.  Recent initiatives include a remodelled and expanded boarding house, a delightful redesigned Pre-Prep area and the introduction of an end-of-day daily reading session for all children to boost learning and mental wellbeing, as well as encouraging a life-long love of books.

Head Teacher, Frank Thompson, said, “Clearly this is wonderful news for S. Anselm’s School and a much-deserved reward for the outstanding work of all members of staff. It is the expertise, strength and dedication of our team, working together so effectively with a shared vision, that has led to the school’s considerable success in recent times. Every colleague has contributed to this fantastic achievement. I would like to also thank our pupils, parents and our Board of Governors, as their ongoing loyalty, commitment and support, has made S. Anselm’s the wonderful family it is today.”

Opened in 1888, S. Anselm’s is one of the country’s leading independent prep schools for children from nursery to 13 years. It offers both full and flexible boarding alongside day pupils living locally. The school prepares children for life and not just the next academic step.  Its greatest asset is its staff who are inspirational role models through whom children learn in a fun environment the lifelong values of honesty and integrity whilst developing their all important self-confidence. 

Anselm’s welcomes children of all academic abilities. It has an outstanding academic record with 100% Common Entrance success and an impressive list of scholarships to all the top UK public schools.   Situated in 18 acres of scenic Peak District countryside, the school enjoys superb facilities for sports, music and drama alongside the teaching classrooms. 

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