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Colston Bassett Preparatory School  |  School Lane, Colston Bassett, Nottingham NG12 3FD

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"Our son attended a great local state school for half a term –we had compared league tables, met Head Teachers and we thought we had found the best option available to us. How wrong we were!

The short time in the school we had chosen left our son mostly un-challenged and slightly bemused. We had heard great things about Colston Bassett School and decided to go and have a look. Initially we may secretly have had reservations that being a small school, our son might be disadvantaged by his peer groups size or that changing mid term might leave him floundering. Surely now he had started elsewhere it might be better to let him continue? Teachers and School Directors alike listened to our concerns and explained the benefits of their personalized approach and bespoke education. By the end of our visit our son solved it all for us anyway by asking “How soon could he come to Colston Bassett?” It’s simply that kind of place.  We made our decision almost on the spot to “switch”. We’ve never looked back.

The modest group size and high ratio of teacher to child has helped him flourish. It’s not just the numbers though - our son now has what we feel is an idyllic school life from both and educational and experiential viewpoint. The teachers not only make learning enjoyable they also have the desire to work on all those other valuable areas of development such as good social skills. They walk in open countryside, they take time to sit and discuss things they’ve seen and more than anything they have fun together.

Our son is enjoying learning, is taking pride in himself and his achievements and is happier than we could ever have hoped for. If you want school to really be the best days of your child's life we highly recommend you look at what Colston Bassett are offering - traditional values, innovative teaching methods, bespoke development and the opportunity for parents to be intrinsically involved in how the school moves forward.

Our final point is that we volunteered to provide these views as we want Colston School to continue to blossom - we think other parents should look on this as a viable alternative for their children. We promise them they’ll be starting out on a journey that will surprise and delight them in a way they are simply not expecting – providing a unique experience for the adults and children alike! "

Amanda Kennett

“A lovely school with a real family feel. The teacher: pupil ratio is one of its greatest strengths. Our son has achieved above average results academically as well as flourishing in a variety of sports thanks to Mr Fairclough who runs an excellent multi sports programme as well as easter and summer sports camps where professional athletes train and inspire the children. Couldn't have wished for a better start to our child's education.”

Simon Scruton

“Totally impressed with the range of opportunity and level of support our children receive at Colston Bassett. It's a brilliant school !”

Adam Brooks

“We chose Colston Bassett Prep School for our daughter because we were concerned about class sizes at our local primary school (over 30) and how this would impact on the amount of quality individual attention the teachers could spend with each child. If you consider the length of a lesson, the time devoted to explaining the lesson to the children and then time spent dealing with poor or unruly behaviour in a class of over 30 children, you could legitimately expect your child to perhaps receive a minute of the teacher’s time, at best, if you were lucky. Our daughter started school as a very shy and quiet child, keen to please and to learn. We were therefore extremely concerned that she would just disappear into the mist in a large class and receive minimal individual attention from the class teacher.

Colston Bassett deliberately has small class sizes to ensure that each and every child receives the attention he/she needs to fully understand each lesson and to make progress. In addition, because it’s an independent school the teachers can be more creative and spontaneous with their lesson planning and provide the children with a varied and interesting curriculum and school day.

The quality of the teaching is outstanding and the school is extremely well-managed. This is evident from the results achieved by the school and its recent Ofsted report. Our own very happy daughter is no longer shy (or especially quiet!), is now brimming with confidence and is streets ahead of the age-appropriate work (as the class sizes are small the teachers can tailor work to each child) and she can’t get to school fast enough in the mornings. The school is also located in wonderful surroundings; it also focuses on sports and enables children to try different activities that they might not otherwise try. It therefore offers children so much: high-quality teaching, beautiful surroundings, sports expertise and, of course, pastoral care.

I would therefore wholeheartedly recommend Colston Basset Prep School; it is a truly magical school, loved by the children and parents alike.”

Sheila Greaves

“Colston Bassett School is a unique and happy school! My twin boys love going to school every morning and are developing such an interest in learning, that i could not ask for more. Our boys have distinctly different personalities thus it was important to us, when choosing a school, that both would be catered for. Colston Bassett has exceeded our expectations in this area as each of them have been encouraged to be independent and find out their own interests and friendships within a supportive and caring environment. The open plan nature of the school encourages friendships across the year groups, as well as providing younger children with positive role models for work and for play. One of my boys is very shy and daunted by large groups of people. It has been wonderful to watch him come out of his shell and achieve things he may not have done in a larger school. In Year 1 he proudly got on the stage and participated in the Christmas play, followed by voluntarily participating in the pupil-run talent show later that year. I believe this has all been down to the school's patient approach, working with him at his pace and gradually helping him to develop his own sense of self confidence. I also appreciate the emphasis on cross curricular activity and an involvement in community matters. My children thoroughly enjoyed the recent 'India Week,' learning about a range of subjects from food to dancing, with guest speakers from local businesses coming in. They enjoy regular visits to places of interest and are also involved in school fundraising for their chosen charities through participation in a whole range of sponsored activities and craft sales. I believe this fosters a real community spirit, whilst at the same time giving them opportunities to learn about the wider world. In short, i'd thoroughly recommend Colston Bassett School and would encourage you to visit and chat with the staff, children and parents to see for yourselves.”

Alex Appleby

" We have had a wonderful year thus far and it is far from finished yet. We cannot thank all of you and the staff in particular enough for the wonderful way the school operates and the excellent teaching James has had. James is very happy here, has felt very included and so have we. I am only sorry we didn't know about you sooner."


 Julie Warburton

"Entrusting our precious son his first school was a big deal for us as I am sure it is for all parents. We explored all aspects of what the local schools had to offer both state and independent. It is a very difficult thing to judge. Will he be stretched, cared for, encouraged, disciplined as we would do it? What will his peer group be like, will he fit in? All this is very difficult to form a view on from a school visit, a chat with the teachers and, perhaps a tester day.

Colston Bassett met most of our expectations from one visit. Our main concern was that it was small school. From our first visit, however, one thing was clear: it had a great “feel” and that influenced our decision to send our son.

Since making that decision we haven’t looked back. Our son has progressed in leaps and bounds both academically and socially. The parent group and peer group at school are great. It is a supportive network when you want it. He has made some good friends and he has fitted in extremely well. The size of the school is a strength. The pupil teacher ratio is perfect and the staff understand our son very well. His curriculum is tailored accordingly. The head is very forward thinking and she and her team are all very responsive to our questions and are always available for feedback. Importantly for us, they respond to our feedback in a constructive way.Our son enjoys the after school clubs and his music and sport are coming along well.

We cannot praise Colston Bassett School enough. Our biggest worry now is how we can find a secondary school that will measure up to where he is now!"

David and Lesley Spencer

“Our daughter joined Colston Bassett School in Year 3, and has now almost completed her first year at the school.  This was a very difficult decision for us to make as she was settled at the village school that she attended, yet she lacked self-belief and her confidence was very low when it came to academic subjects.We could not have asked for a better transition, from day one she walked into Colston Bassett school happy and eager to return, her confidence blossomed and she is finally making progress.

A huge part of her continued success at the school is that the teachers know exactly where her strengths and weaknesses lie, and can help her on a one to one basis and in the small groups that the school offers.

This has been the best decision we made for our daughters education, (she agrees with us), and it is lovely to see her confidence building and as a result her keenness to learn and succeed grow.

Thank you very much to Mrs O’Dell, her teaching team, and to all the lovely children and like-minded parents, for adding even more value to such a wonderful, nurturing environment.”

Lee & Sophie Cottingham

“We have three children at Colston Bassett Preparatory School. Our eldest has come through the ranks from Reception to Yr 6 and I can genuinely say that she has had a wonderful, enriching, life-affirming experience at this primary school. The other two are following suit and I am humbled by the dedication of the teaching staff in their endeavour to understand the needs of each individual child. There is a true nurturing instinct amongst the teachers who provide the children with a wide range of creative and stimulating experiences to equip them for the future. My children are doing very well and are truly happy at school. They have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and deviate from the National curriculum when it is felt that the children would benefit. This has provided them with a relaxed but holistic learning environment which I believe has improved their overall understanding of life

Two of our children have dyslexia but it pales into the background due to the approach of the school and the support that is available. My eldest recently passed both the 11+ and Oakham Independent School entrance examination and I feel that the attention given to problem solving and transferrable skills at the school played a major part in her success.

Thank you Colston Bassett School for doing a fabulous job for the children….it is a relief to know that your children are happy and are enjoying the best of life’s opportunities.”

Kate Rice

“We could not have made a better choice of school for our daughter than Colston Bassett Preparatory School, it has been the most wonderful start to formal education for our daughter and we have watched her flourish and grow both academically and socially. Our daughter is happy, confident and self assured and thoroughly enjoys being in a school where all ages mix together.

Right from the start the integration process of moving up from nursery to school was carefully planned, and over half a term it settled our daughter in gradually and confidently before starting the school year.  

This small, warm and caring school has a team of excellent teachers who in the small classes are able to give children the full attention that each one needs. This allows children to progress at their own pace and potential and in a way that would not be possible in big classes.

Our daughter comes home each day brimming with enthusiasm for what she has learnt that day across a wide range of subjects. We are continually impressed at the level of knowledge and understanding she has of different concepts. Our daughter thoroughly enjoys taking part in the additional activities of the nativity play, dance classes, summer concert and engaging school trips as well as extracurricular activities.

It is without doubt the best decision we could have made for our daughter’s education, and we are confident that Colston Bassett Preparatory School will continue to support our daughter in the years to come.”

Helen and Andrew Cooney

“Faced with the prospect of our daughter moving into a joint year 2/3 class of 34 we knew that would not suit her learning style, so we enrolled her at Colston Bassett.

The results were almost immediate and dramatic in her positive development in all areas of her skills

With a class size of 10 (the largest year group in the school!) she very quickly settled in and revelled in the challenge of learning. Positive (meaningful and focussed) feedback from the teaching staff has enabled her to conquer her previously nervous approach to problem solving.

Daily physical activity is an added bonus and the camaraderie amongst all the years is obvious out of school too.

In short we feel we have given our child the best possible environment to realise her potential.”

Jon & Belinda Bailey-Cowen