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Sunningdale School

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Established  1874
Headmaster  Mr. T.A.C.N. Dawson
Founder  Canon William Girdlestone
Religion  Church of England
Phone  +44 1344 620159
Founded  1874
Type  Independent preparatory school Day and boarding school
Chair  Nick Dawson & Tim Dawson
Location  Dry Arch Road Sunningdale Berkshire SL5 9PY England
Address  Dry Arch Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 9PY, UK

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Sunningdale School is a family-run boys' preparatory independent boarding school of around 100 pupils, situated in Sunningdale in Berkshire, close to London, England.


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Sunningdale School is a small school that seeks to educate its pupils in a range of subjects and disciplines, and to encourage them to take the Common Entrance Examination for entry to senior independent boarding schools. In previous decades, many former pupils have gone on to some of Britain's independent schools, including Eton College, Harrow School, Radley College, Winchester College, Canford School, Marlborough College, Wellington College and Charterhouse.

Founded in 1874 by Canon William Girdlestone, it stands in 25 acres (10 ha) of gardens and grounds. He was later joined by his son, Mr Girdlestone, who helped run the school for the next quarter of a century. By 1900, when the school was sold to the next headmaster, Mr Crabtree (1900–33), the pupils numbered 27. Since its foundation, the school has had only seven heads.

The school was the subject of a BBC television documentary, Britain's Youngest Boarders, first broadcast in September 2010.


The school has its own chapel, and a house in Normandy, France to which each boy goes for a week three times during his time at Sunningdale. The school's major sports are football, rugby union and cricket in the Michaelmas, Lent and summer terms respectively. Boys also play tennis, squash, Eton Fives, basketball, indoor hockey, golf and table tennis against other schools. Fives has been played at Sunningdale since at least 1892 and the school has 3 courts on site. They also compete in athletics, cross-country, fencing, judo and air rifle shooting. There is a heated indoor swimming pool which means that the boys can swim all year round. The sports hall includes two full-length cricket nets and an air rifle range. There is also a 7-hole golf course in the grounds. Boys can also ride and do clay pigeon shooting and in their last term they do an outward bound course on Dartmoor. Indoor activities include chess, model railway, cooking, bridge, snooker, Scottish dancing, drama, model making and board games.

Former pupils

Former pupils of Sunningdale School include:

  • Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1951–1955 and 1940–1945
  • Henry Blofeld, BBC cricket commentator
  • Michael Bowes-Lyon, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
  • Sir Henry Cecil, horse racing trainer
  • Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire
  • John Crichton, Viscount Crichton, property consultant
  • Henry Field, US anthropologist who documented Iraq's Marsh Arabs
  • Francis Fulford, TV personality, reality star of The F***ing Fulfords
  • Bamber Gascoigne, British television presenter and author
  • Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, the former richest aristocrat in the UK
  • Carey Harrison, novelist and dramatist
  • Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol
  • Bernard Heywood, Church of England bishop
  • Nick Hurd, Government Minister
  • Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of the Queen and member of the Royal Family
  • William Kinghan, unionist politician, High Sheriff of Down, 1924
  • Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and BBC radio presenter
  • Ferdinand Mount, writer and novelist
  • Ian Ogilvy, actor
  • Stephen Powys, 6th Baron Lilford
  • References

    Sunningdale School Wikipedia

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