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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.

Jay Piggot

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Jay Piggot

Headmaster, Epsom College

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Good schools are about the creation of community and the personal growth of all, both pupils and staff, who inhabit them. Over years 7 and 8 at Parkside, the boys are offered leadership opportunities and a nurturing environment for them to mature and development both in the classroom and across the rich co-curricular programme. This approach aligns seamlessly with an education at Epsom College, and we rejoice in the opportunity to welcome Parkside boys into our community in the future.

Rowena Cole

09

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

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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

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.

Jay Piggot

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Jay Piggot

Headmaster, Epsom College

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Good schools are about the creation of community and the personal growth of all, both pupils and staff, who inhabit them. Over years 7 and 8 at Parkside, the boys are offered leadership opportunities and a nurturing environment for them to mature and development both in the classroom and across the rich co-curricular programme. This approach aligns seamlessly with an education at Epsom College, and we rejoice in the opportunity to welcome Parkside boys into our community in the future.

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

10

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

11

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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School Committees

We value and encourage our pupils’ voices and as such, provide opportunities to contribute to the tapestry of decision making within the School – which ultimately, they benefit from.

With active and over-subscribed committees including School Council, Eco Committee and Food Committee, pupils from Years 1 – 8 work together to effectively drive change;. All School Committees are led by the pupils, for the pupils.

Each School Council is elected at the start of the term, which gives the boys the chance to develop their appreciation and understanding of British values, such as practising democracy. 

Our School Council members are elected by their class to represent the views of their peers in order to continuously improve the school. Each term, every class elects a representative to be their Form Representative.

School Council members are elected from Year 1 to Year 8 so there is a wide breadth of opinions expressed from all areas and year groups in the School. The meetings take place monthly, and they offer and opportunity to discuss ideas and issues which have been raised during form time.

The boys have implemented much change and improvement in the School. They have chosen clubs which they would like to have on offer to add to the Extracurricular Programme such as: the School newspaper club and the fishing club. They have also suggested lunchtime activities and equipment be added, such as basketballs, footballs and rugby balls.

The School Council also devised a rota for boys to use the Sports Hall to play on the basketball court, which was very successful. 

There is excellent communication between the class representatives and their form. Each School Councillor feeds back to their form, which gives them public speaking practise. They feedback information that was discussed at the meeting but also use this time to gain their class's view points and opinions to bring to future meetings.

Years 7&8 are at the heart of our School Council, developing their leadership skills through chairing and minuting School Council meetings. This gives them more confidence and understanding of chairing a successful meeting in the wider world. Our school council is filled with passionate boys who are forward thinking and are devoted to improving our school and fulfilling our school mantra 'make it happen'. 


 

Food Committee

Food committee2

The Food Committee is instrumental in improving the food across the School. It provides boys with the opportunity to talk directly to our chef to discuss the ideas and opinions that they bring from their peers. Changes have included having more fresh fruit, the introduction of sauces, themed lunches, a greater variety of snacks, alternating roast of the week, more barbecues, having more side dish options larger portion sizes and more vegetarian alternatives. Additionally, the boys have made excellent suggestions to the clearing away systems, which have helped to make meal times run more smoothly. Food is an important feature of their day and so it is only right that they are part of the decision-making process, whilst also considering the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Eco Committee

Eco committee

Parkside's Eco Committee is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to be responsible for carrying out environmental reviews and preparing action plans that the whole School can engage in. We hold regular meetings, at least twice per term, where we discuss and debate ways in which the school can be more environmentally friendly. Minutes are taken from the meetings and the boy's ideas and concerns are reviewed and discussed so that we can find realistic ways in which the boy's suggestions can be implemented within the school. We are currently looking at creating a roof top garden above the Crescent Block, and with each meeting comes new and exciting ideas like this from boys who have a real passion for saving the planet.

Digital Leaders Committee

Digital leaders committee

Every term each form (Years 3-8) choose one pupil to be the form’s Digital Leader. Their role involves helping other students in their class with technology and sometimes even their teacher! They meet twice a term formally to learn new digital skills, plan assemblies and create resources to share with their fellow pupils. There is a strong emphasis on promoting internet safety across the school. The children also sometimes help test out new apps and kit.

The Digital Leaders meetings provide a place for some of the 'techiest' boys in each year to talk through the use technology at Parkside. The boys come up with ideas to improve how we use digital tools in the School and suggest ways these can take effect. 

This term we have been focusing on IT security. The Digital Leaders came up with a very clever new system which will see all boys having a more secure password for their School account and emails. 

In a year where remote learning has been very important, the boys evaluated the Parkside remote learning experience and came up with suggestions to improve it if we need to use it again in the future.

Being a Digital Leader gives the boys a chance to enhance their all-round digital skills and show the ways they can use these new skills to help everyone in the School community.

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