Caldicott School

Caldicott Preparatory School is a prep school for boys aged 7–13, in southern Buckinghamshire, England.

Caldicott School
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TypePreparatory school
MottoPer Victoriam Ad Gloriam
(Through victory to glory)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderHeald Jenkins
Department for Education URN110540 Tables
Chairman of the GovernorsMalcolm Swift
HeadmasterJeremy Banks
Staff50 (approx.)
Age7 to 13
Enrolment250 (approx.)
HousesCooper, Jenkins, McArthur & Wood
Colour(s)Cerise and green
Former pupilsOld Caldicotians

About CaldicottEdit

Caldicott Preparatory School was founded in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1904 by James Heald Jenkins who named his school after his new bride, a Miss Theodora Caldicott Ingram. There were just eight boys. In 1938 the school moved to its present site in Farnham Royal in Buckinghamshire, and became a charitable trust in 1968 under the Headmaster at the time Peter Wright. Today there are around 250 boys. The school's governors include past parents, old boys and headmasters of public schools.

According to the school's website, many pupils at Caldicott subsequently win places at major independent schools, such as Eton College, Harrow School, Lancing College, Winchester College, Stowe School, Tonbridge School, Marlborough College, Wellington College, Haileybury College and Radley College.

The original Victorian house remains. New buildings have been created around it to provide more contemporary facilities. In 2004 the Centenary Hall was completed to provide a theatre for drama and music and a venue for functions. Currently underway is construction on a permanent, modern roofing fixture over the swimming pool to provide year-round swimming for the boys.

Although central London is only 20 miles (32 km) away the school has 40 acres (16 ha) of grounds and playing fields. Burnham Beeches, a National Nature Reserve owned by the City of London Corporation is adjacent to the grounds and is often used by pupils. Heathrow Airport is 7 miles (11 km) away.

Recent updatesEdit

The school has undergone developments in recent years, primarily due to the change in Headmaster. In April 2017, Simon Doggart, who was Headmaster of Caldicott for two decades, retired due to ill health, subsequently he died on 23 July 2017 in East Wittering, Chichester, with his family by his side. [1]

He was replaced by acting Head, Theroshene Naidoo, before Jeremy Banks was appointed as the new permanent Headmaster in April 2018.[2] Jeremy Banks was educated in an all boys prep school in Nottingham and also boarded in Uppingham. After attaining a degree in Geography and Education from the University of Warwick, he was appointed as a teacher at Dulwich Prep. After 10 years at Dulwich, he became Deputy Head of Beachborough School in 2006, later becoming Headmaster in 2013. He was successful during his time as Head, with the school gaining record numbers as well as the record for senior school scholarships being broken every year he served as Headmaster. In 2010, Banks completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (Distinction) and is currently a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) as well as Chairman of the Education Committee.[3]

Banks has implemented changes to the school in his time in charge, notably the removal of Saturday school for Years 3-4 and the inclusion of flexi and occasional boarding for boys in Years 3-6. Caldicott has suggested that these changes maintain the tradition of the school, while making it more inclusive for parents and an easier transition for boys.[4]

In Tatler's recent school guide, they cited the new Deputy Head structure (having a separate Deputy Head for pastoral, academic and management) was raising the profile of academics and enhancing wellbeing provision. The guide goes on to mention that Caldicott has a 100% Common Entrance success rate which results in high-profile scholarships for many of the boys.[5]

Awards and CommendationsEdit

In recent years Caldicott has won, and been in contention for, a number of high profile awards across a range of fields.

Some of these include:

  • Independent School of the Year for Sporting Provision (2019).[6]
  • Independent Prep School of the Year (2020 - finalist).[7]
  • Best Head of Prep School - Jeremy Banks (2020).[8]

Further to this, the school's most recent Inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate included the following comments:

“Pupils achieve high standards across the curriculum, and build knowledge and understanding in all areas of learning. This is partly due to the exemplary attitudes of pupils and their overwhelming enthusiasm, as well as excellent teaching and well planned lessons.”

“They [pupils] display a profound sense of awe in the joy of learning and the opportunities that are afforded them across school life. A joy of life permeates the school.”[9]

Core ValuesEdit

The school has a set of five 'core values' used as an anchor to nurture Caldicott boys into well-rounded young men.

  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Humour

In recent years these values have come to the forefront, as seen by their #Caldicould campaign. On the school website they also state that these words are used as an inspiration and an anchor, ensuring everything they do is in the best interest of the boys. This goes hand in hand with the school's focus on developing sound character, and well roundedness in the their pupils, rather than solely relying on strong academic results.[10]

Historic Sex AbuseEdit

On 30 September 2008 the school was the subject of a feature documentary, Chosen, transmitted on More4 as part of the "Real Stories" strand, about the sexual abuse that went on at the school during the late 1960s and early 1970s.[11] The headmaster Peter Wright was active in this, as well as a number of other teachers, targeting boys good at sports and, to a lesser extent, in the choir. In The Guardian published on the same day, a former parent alleged that Lord Justice Scott Baker, former chairman of the board of Governors, and Headmaster Simon Doggart mishandled a case of alleged sexual abuse of their son by a teacher in the early 2000s.[12]

Martin Carson was dismissed for sexual abuse of a pupil in 1972, and went on to teach at Chelmsford Hall School in Eastbourne, eventually becoming involved in the founding of the Harrodian School which was his last employment in education. In 2003 following the Channel 4 broadcast of an interview with two victims, he was arrested and charged, and pleaded guilty to charges assault and possessing indecent images of children in 2003.[13]

On 4 December 2011, Peter Wright and Hugh Henry, another teacher, were charged with child sex offences alleged to have taken place between 1959 and 1970. For Henry, the charges cover his period at Gayhurst School as well as at Caldicott. They appeared in court in Aylesbury on 21 December 2011 charged with a total of 35 offences against 12 pupils.[14][15] This was the second time that Peter Wright had been charged for child abuse offences; the first time, in 2003, the judge awarded a stay of proceedings predicated upon the passage of time since the offences were allegedly committed.[16]

Hugh Henry was found guilty of 11 counts of indecency, and two of gross indecency, towards a child, and pleaded guilty. He was killed by a train shortly before he was due to return to court for sentencing, his death a presumed suicide.[17]

On 18 December 2013 Peter Wright was convicted of sexually assaulting five pupils aged eight to 13 at Caldicott between 1959 and 1970.[18] Wright was sentenced to 8 years' imprisonment on 6 February 2014.[19]

Thames Valley Police on 1 May 2012 charged another former teacher, John Addrison,[20] with sexual offences committed against children at the school between 1979 and 1981. Addrison was subsequently further charged[21] with child sex offences committed at Moor Park School near Ludlow, Shropshire, between 1985 and 1988. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years' prison but wasn't fined.

A further ex teacher, David Geddes, was also charged in November 2012, with four charges for offences against 3 school-children between 1975 and 1977.[22][23]

Under ex-headmaster Simon Doggart, another incident of alleged child sexual abuse was reported; the headmaster and the chairman of the board of governors, Lord Justice Scott Baker, suspended the teacher (who did not return).[12]


Each pupil in the school is a member of one of four houses. These are:

  • Cooper: named after John Shewell Cooper, the School's fourth headmaster.  
  • Jenkins: named after Heald Jenkins, the founder and first headmaster.  
  • McArthur: named after Harry McArthur, an influential Leys parent who aided the School financially.  
  • Wood: named after F. Gordon Wood, the third headmaster of the School.  

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ "Headmaster's Biography | Caldicott". Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Headmaster's Biography | Caldicott". Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Caldicott School on Instagram: "Changes to Saturday School are underway as of next September. Since we completed a major school survey in the summer of 2018, we have…"". Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Caldicott School". Tatler. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Caldicott is named Independent School of the Year for Sporting Achievement". Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Independent School of the Year Finalists 2020". Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  8. ^ Tatler. "Winners of the Tatler Schools Awards". Tatler. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Caldicott School :: Independent Schools Inspectorate". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  10. ^ "The Caldicott Way | Caldicott". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Chosen". Retrieved 6 February 2014. Chosen won the 2009 BAFTA for Best Single Documentary
  12. ^ a b Evans, Rob (30 September 2008). "Silence in school". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Ex-prep school teacher jailed for child abuse". The Daily Telegraph. London. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Two ex-teachers charged over 50-year-old sex offences". BBC. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Two men charged with sexual offences against former pupils". CPS News Brief. Crown Prosecution Service. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Hansard 17 December 2007 Column 1108W". Hansard. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
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  18. ^ "Ex-prep school headteacher convicted of child sex offences". The Guardian. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Nick Clegg's ex-headmaster jailed for abusing boys". BBC News. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Man charged in connection with sex offences – Buckinghamshire". Thames Valley Police. 1 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  21. ^ "Man charged with sex offences – Buckinghamshire". Thames Valley Police. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Man to face trial for child sex offences". CPS Thames and Chiltern News. Crown Prosecution Service. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Man on Caldicott Preparatory School sex abuse charges". BBC News Beds, Herts and Bucks. BBC. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°33′04″N 0°37′15″W / 51.55111°N 0.62083°W / 51.55111; -0.62083