Parkside aims to develop the whole child through the care, guidance and support of all staff members and the building of close links in a three way partnership between school, pupil and the home. Parkside encourages pupils to explore, discover and develop their particular skills and talents to the full whether in the academic field, sport, art or music and to find the fulfilment and self-esteem necessary to enhance their lives. The school aims to develop the values of respect, tolerance and compassion whilst encouraging self-reliance and independence. Parkside prepares pupils for their future schools and life in the wider world by developing them as well-rounded individuals, comfortable with their peers, elders and themselves, able to appreciate their talents, eager to realise their potential and confident in meeting new challenges.
The school originates from a charitable trust established in 1879 which, following several changes of location moved to Stoke d’Abernon in 1979. The school operates as a Preparatory School for day pupils.
The school welcomes pupils from all backgrounds. Boys who move to Pre Prep from Nursery do so automatically. Where boys join at a later stage, the school’s admissions policy is not academically selective and there is a wide cross-section of academic ability. Boys are, however, tested to determine whether or not they will be able to follow the curriculum successfully and previous school reports may be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.
The school operates no religious restrictions and there is no geographical restriction. In practice, pupils at the School are drawn from within a radius of approximately 20 miles.
Although there are no gender restrictions in the Charitable Objects, the school in practice is only open to boys. The Nursery is Co-educational.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Parents are given regular information about their children’s social, academic and sporting progress through Parents evenings and through end of term mark reading and full School Reports.
All pupils have a Form Teacher and from Year 5 are placed in Sets for English and Maths according to their learning speed and ability.