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Mrs C Austin

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Mrs C Austin

Parkside Parent

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Parkside is a very special school with a best in class leadership team, a creative and high energy teaching staff and a unique ethos that nurtures every child. As a family we enjoy a wonderful sense of community at the school and have made many life-long friends. Parkside School is distinctive in that every teacher knows every child's name and caters for their unique needs and personalities.

Mr & Mrs F

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Mr & Mrs F

Parkside Parents

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Parkside is a wonderful, forward thinking, family orientated and traditional prep school. Nurturing with a focus on excellence in education and sporting achievement, we couldn’t have selected a better school to fit our family values.

The passion and kindness of the teaching staff and leadership team shines through in every aspect of school life and can be seen daily through the warmth, enthusiasm and joy they bring to the boys. Being part of Parkside’s community, which is built on fellowship and camaraderie, has enabled our three boys to thrive in a secure environment that they love.

Mrs Dixon

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Mrs Dixon

Parkside Parent

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We have recently moved to Parkside and have had nothing but a positive experience. The number one priority of the school is the boys and this is apparent in all areas, academic progress and development, sporting achievements and the boys’ happiness and wellbeing. We have watched our sons flourish in all aspects of school life at Parkside and that is credit to the fabulous teaching staff but also the overriding culture of the school.

Mr & Mrs G

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Mr & Mrs G

Parkside Parents

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We chose Parkside for our son because we felt the school truly cared for the boys. Our initial feelings couldn't have been more right, Parkside has proved to be the perfect choice for our son who has loved every minute of his time there and has made many lifelong friends.

Mr & Mrs C

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Mr & Mrs C

Parkside Parents

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Parkside has provided an amazing environment for our sons to learn, mature and enjoy school life. The care and commitment by the teachers have seen the boys develop and perform to their best. There is a lovely relaxed, friendly and inclusive atmosphere which has certainly brought the best out of our sons.

Dr JM Cox

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Dr JM Cox

Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

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I am always delighted to accept young men from Parkside as members of the RGS.  I have been very impressed with the academic standards which are being achieved at the School but, more importantly, boys from Parkside are delightful additions to our community.  They are invariably engaging, polite and academically curious, skills which have been established and nurtured at Parkside and which will hold them in very good stead for the future.

James Priory

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James Priory

Headmaster, Tonbridge School

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We were delighted to be able to make three Unconditional Offers to Parkside boys this year. Like the prep school at Parkside, Tonbridge specialises in the education of boys. We are academically selective and Parkside boys are well prepared for the academic rigour here. Similarly, boys from Parkside easily transition to the depth and breadth of co-curricular pursuits at Tonbridge, including music, sport and the creative arts. The intellectual curiosity and enjoyment of these activities is nurtured at Parkside and flourishes at Tonbridge as the boys reach their teens. 35 miles along the M25, we are not that far away either! We very much look forward to developing our relationship with Parkside in the years to come.

Rowena Cole

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Rowena Cole

The Head, St John’s School Leatherhead

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It is always a pleasure to meet boys from Parkside. We want the children who join St John’s to be excited about the journey ahead; we encourage our pupils to be academically aspirational, happy, confident young people who enjoy a rich array of activities, and who are kind, compassionate members of society. Every child brings their own personality and interests to our school - and we celebrate that individuality - but Parkside’s ethos of awakening curiosity, and helping pupils take responsibility for their learning, equips them well to embrace the wealth of opportunities in senior school life at St John’s.

Mr James Dahl

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Mr James Dahl

Master of Wellington College

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Wellington College has been lucky to have had a steady stream of excellent Parkside boys join us over the recent years and we would be more than delighted to see many more! There is an a real passion for learning evident in the boys that we have met but this passion appears to extend beyond the classroom too and hence aligns very closely for what we look for in Wellingtonians. We also note tremendous values in the Parkside boys we have met and this explains the wonderful atmosphere evident in the school whenever we visit.

Mr James Davies

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Mr James Davies

Headmaster, Halliford School

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(Halliford and Parkside) schools share a set of core values that sees us completely committed to seeing each student as an individual and doing everything possible to enable them to flourish and make the most of the many opportunities we are able to offer them. The confidence and maturity they develop in Year 7 and 8 at Parkside greatly contributes to our warm-hearted community at Halliford. Parkside students thoroughly embrace our values of creativity, respect, warm-heartedness, resilience, intellectual curiosity and being exceptional team players. It is no wonder that a number of Parkside boys have been awarded scholarships to join Halliford School. They achieve tremendous academic success at both GCSE and A Level thanks to the tremendous academic grounding they receive at Parkside, and they always fully immerse themselves in our wide variety of co-curricular activities and trips. The boys transition extremely quickly into life at Halliford, and we believe they benefit from our comparable size and ethos. Parkside boys contribute enormously to our school community, and it is our pleasure to celebrate their successes as members of the Halliford family.

Mrs C Austin

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Mrs C Austin

Parkside Parent

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Parkside is a very special school with a best in class leadership team, a creative and high energy teaching staff and a unique ethos that nurtures every child. As a family we enjoy a wonderful sense of community at the school and have made many life-long friends. Parkside School is distinctive in that every teacher knows every child's name and caters for their unique needs and personalities.

Mr & Mrs F

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Mr & Mrs F

Parkside Parents

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Parkside is a wonderful, forward thinking, family orientated and traditional prep school. Nurturing with a focus on excellence in education and sporting achievement, we couldn’t have selected a better school to fit our family values.

The passion and kindness of the teaching staff and leadership team shines through in every aspect of school life and can be seen daily through the warmth, enthusiasm and joy they bring to the boys. Being part of Parkside’s community, which is built on fellowship and camaraderie, has enabled our three boys to thrive in a secure environment that they love.

Mrs Dixon

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Mrs Dixon

Parkside Parent

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We have recently moved to Parkside and have had nothing but a positive experience. The number one priority of the school is the boys and this is apparent in all areas, academic progress and development, sporting achievements and the boys’ happiness and wellbeing. We have watched our sons flourish in all aspects of school life at Parkside and that is credit to the fabulous teaching staff but also the overriding culture of the school.

Mr & Mrs G

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Mr & Mrs G

Parkside Parents

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We chose Parkside for our son because we felt the school truly cared for the boys. Our initial feelings couldn't have been more right, Parkside has proved to be the perfect choice for our son who has loved every minute of his time there and has made many lifelong friends.

Mr & Mrs C

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Mr & Mrs C

Parkside Parents

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Parkside has provided an amazing environment for our sons to learn, mature and enjoy school life. The care and commitment by the teachers have seen the boys develop and perform to their best. There is a lovely relaxed, friendly and inclusive atmosphere which has certainly brought the best out of our sons.

Dr JM Cox

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Dr JM Cox

Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Read More

I am always delighted to accept young men from Parkside as members of the RGS.  I have been very impressed with the academic standards which are being achieved at the School but, more importantly, boys from Parkside are delightful additions to our community.  They are invariably engaging, polite and academically curious, skills which have been established and nurtured at Parkside and which will hold them in very good stead for the future.

James Priory

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James Priory

Headmaster, Tonbridge School

Read More

We were delighted to be able to make three Unconditional Offers to Parkside boys this year. Like the prep school at Parkside, Tonbridge specialises in the education of boys. We are academically selective and Parkside boys are well prepared for the academic rigour here. Similarly, boys from Parkside easily transition to the depth and breadth of co-curricular pursuits at Tonbridge, including music, sport and the creative arts. The intellectual curiosity and enjoyment of these activities is nurtured at Parkside and flourishes at Tonbridge as the boys reach their teens. 35 miles along the M25, we are not that far away either! We very much look forward to developing our relationship with Parkside in the years to come.

Rowena Cole

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Rowena Cole

The Head, St John’s School Leatherhead

Read More

It is always a pleasure to meet boys from Parkside. We want the children who join St John’s to be excited about the journey ahead; we encourage our pupils to be academically aspirational, happy, confident young people who enjoy a rich array of activities, and who are kind, compassionate members of society. Every child brings their own personality and interests to our school - and we celebrate that individuality - but Parkside’s ethos of awakening curiosity, and helping pupils take responsibility for their learning, equips them well to embrace the wealth of opportunities in senior school life at St John’s.

Mr James Dahl

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Mr James Dahl

Master of Wellington College

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Wellington College has been lucky to have had a steady stream of excellent Parkside boys join us over the recent years and we would be more than delighted to see many more! There is an a real passion for learning evident in the boys that we have met but this passion appears to extend beyond the classroom too and hence aligns very closely for what we look for in Wellingtonians. We also note tremendous values in the Parkside boys we have met and this explains the wonderful atmosphere evident in the school whenever we visit.

Mr James Davies

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Mr James Davies

Headmaster, Halliford School

Read More

(Halliford and Parkside) schools share a set of core values that sees us completely committed to seeing each student as an individual and doing everything possible to enable them to flourish and make the most of the many opportunities we are able to offer them. The confidence and maturity they develop in Year 7 and 8 at Parkside greatly contributes to our warm-hearted community at Halliford. Parkside students thoroughly embrace our values of creativity, respect, warm-heartedness, resilience, intellectual curiosity and being exceptional team players. It is no wonder that a number of Parkside boys have been awarded scholarships to join Halliford School. They achieve tremendous academic success at both GCSE and A Level thanks to the tremendous academic grounding they receive at Parkside, and they always fully immerse themselves in our wide variety of co-curricular activities and trips. The boys transition extremely quickly into life at Halliford, and we believe they benefit from our comparable size and ethos. Parkside boys contribute enormously to our school community, and it is our pleasure to celebrate their successes as members of the Halliford family.

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Parkside Pussdogs

Parkside Pussdog sessions are full of fun and exploration and are a wonderful introduction to life in Pre Prep. These themed weekly sessions are designed to help your child with their transition from Pre-school to Reception.

Who is Pussdog?

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Pussdog is our School Mascot, who is part pussy cat and part dog and can be seen living in the shield of our logo. Parkside Pussdogs is made up of our current Pre-schoolers and our specialist Reception and Early Years teachers. Their sessions offer a taster of life in Reception class.

 

What are Parkside Pussdog Sessions?

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Parkside Pussdog weekly sessions are stimulating, friendly and fun, where a curiosity and passion for learning is inspired and nurtured. Your son will enjoy hands-on activities including arts and crafts, messy play, science, sport, drama and music, swimming and much more. All six sessions follow a continuation of the Early Years Curriculum, which concludes at the end of the Reception year.

Your son will join our current Pre-school children (Owls) at their weekly Taster sessions and each session will have a different theme. This will give a good overview of life in our Pre Prep department, which was rated “excellent” by the Independent School Inspectorate.

Themes for the sessions :

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Forest School Sport      IT / Science  Arts & Crafts 

Drama & Performing Arts

Swimming   

 

Why come along?

Who runs them?

The sessions are led by our experienced Early Years team within our Pre Prep Department; in the Reception classrooms, Library and break out area. Forest school will be outdoors in parts of our 45 acres of grounds, swimming will be in our 20 metre on site swimming pool (cpmplete with floats and swimming aids) and playtime takes place in the Pre Prep adventure playground. Each week will introduce a new theme hosted by our specialist teachers to give them a taster of the EYFS curriculum and teaching styles at Parkside School. 

Meet the Team

Mrs Madeline McMurdo - Deputy Head & Head of Pre Prep

Madeline McMurdo

 

 

Mrs McMurdo joined Parkside School in 2005 and has extensive professional and personal experience of our School (both of her boys attended). With a specialist interest in Early Years Foundation Stage, she also oversees the running of the whole School as Deputy Head. Mrs McMurdo has a wonderful relationship with Parkside families, loves to travel, keep fit and spending time in the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Mrs Manwaring - Head of Reception Class

Jackie Mainwaring

 

Mrs Manwaring has worked at Parkside for 3 years. She has spent all of this time as a Reception Teacher and is exceptional with helping children to settle to their new environment and preparing them for the next step in their school journey. Mrs Manwaring loves the performing arts, animals and reading thrillers!

 

Miss Phoebe Janssen - Reception Teaching Assistant

Phoebe Janssen

 

Phoebe is the Reception class Teaching Assistant and is currently studying for her PGCE. She started working in Parkside's Nursery 5 years ago and then moved up to Reception and adores working with the children there.  Phoebe knows Parkside and the children extremely well and loves to go shopping, listen to music and spend time with her friends and family.

 

Mr Dan Leek - Director of Sport

Dan Leek

Mr Leek joined us in 2022 and teaches sport throughout the School; from Nursery to Year 8. He has been teaching sport in schools for many years, following a career as a professional rugby player (Wasps). Mr Leek is passionate about developing strong values of sportsmanship and a positive attitude towards sport for life. He is a firm believer that sport should be at the heart of the School's curriculum and this should start from Nursery upwards. Mr Leek teaches Parkside children from Nursery to Year 8.

 

Mr Ryan Twomey - Head of Performing Arts

Ryan Twomey

 

Mr Twomey started at Parkside in 2014 and teaches Performing Arts throughout the School from Reception to Year 8. With his passion for music, dance and drama, he organises and delivers productions every term throughout the academic year representing each Year Group. Mr Twomey also runs our popular drama group during the holidays, 'Drama Kings'.

 

Mr Sam Grace - Forest School Teacher

Sam Grace

Mr Grace joined Parkside in 2003 and is passionate about the great outdoors. He teaches Forest School to the younger Year Groups; Nursery to Year 4. Mr Grace is also Head of Art and often combines the two; teaching the boys about using nature in art, wood working and creativity within the forest. Mr Grace and the boys can often be seen within the 45 acres of grounds building dens and making fires.

 

Mr Luff - Head of Swimming

Steve Luff

 

Mr Luff has worked at Parkside School for 21 years, teaching swimming as part of our curriculum, as well as teaching after school swimming clubs. He teaches all of the children from Nursery to Year 8, focussing on learning the different strokes of swimming, training for stamina, preparation for galas and other water based fixtures such as water polo. Not only is this an important life skill, but also many Parkside boys have continued their swimming to a competitive level. Mr Luff trains our elite swimming team as well as nurturing the love for this important sport. 

 

 

 

 

Mr Alex Gainer - Head of IT & Mr Will Davies - Head of Science

When do the Parkside Pussdogs have their sessions?

Who are the sessions for?

How much do they cost?

Sessions cost £10 per session or £50 for all 6 sessions. However, if you have registered your son to start at Parkside School, the sessions are free of charge.

This includes all materials, resources as well as a snack and drink.

To book, please fill in the form below or e-mail our Registrar, Mrs Lindre Scott or call us on the number below.

01932 862749

 

 

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