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The Very Best Start

The Walled Garden is the home of the Pre-Prep at Sandroyd, open for girls and boys aged 2 – 7 years and offering them their first step into a Sandroyd education.

Location and Facilities

Situated in the original walled garden of the Sandroyd estate, the Pre-Prep building is purpose-built , designed by an architect in 2004, to provide an appropriate space for EYFS and Key Stage 1 learning.  There are a number of adjoining classrooms, allowing children from different year groups to be separated during specific learning tasks, as well as providing opportunities to join together to share learning experiences.


In 2021, we introduced Garden Cottage, which provides additional classroom space, as well as a sleeping room for the younger nursery children, and fantastic outdoor facilities such as a water wall and a sandpit.


Small Class Sizes

Our classes are kept small so that each child has the individual care and attention they need; enabling them to reach their own personal goals.

The Walled Garden Education

Education at Sandroyd can start at The Walled Garden in our Nursery from age two. Children then progress into our Reception class in the September of the academic year in which they turn 5. 

The Walled Garden, Sandroyd Pre-Prep is the home to our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes and is a wonderful start to life at Sandroyd. 

Heading for the Prep School

It is assumed that children who have attended The Walled Garden Pre-Prep will continue their education with Sandroyd into the prep school.

As the Pre-Prep children utilise many areas of the prep school they are familiar with their next step environment. To really embed this throughout the year there are a number of days and events that allows the Year 2 children the opportunity to further experience the Prep school and become more familiar with their new classroom in the Junior Wing.

Although the children will have spent much time in the prep school - during meal times, sports and activities - when they join the prep school in Year 3 they will no longer be taught in The Walled Garden, and instead will move to the main school building.

By starting Sandroyd in The Walled Garden, the transition into the prep school is smooth and provides a consistent education.


A daily home-cooked lunch in the Prep school dining room is provided each day by our fabulous chef. Children are seated in family groups with staff members to promote healthy eating and table manners.

Sandroyd Meal Times

After school care

After-school club is offered in addition to after-school activities. These run each day for Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 and may include an evening meal, should you need your child to attend slightly longer hours. Costs for after-school club are kept to a minimum to ensure that children can access as many as they wish! We charge £5 per session. Sessions are 3.45-4.30, and 4.30-5.20.  The final session 5.20-6.30 includes dinner and is charged at £8.