Papplewick School

Papplewick School is a non-selective independent day and boarding preparatory school for boys aged 6–13 (Years 2–8) in Ascot, England. It occupies a 15-acre semi-rural campus across from Ascot Racecourse.

Papplewick School
Windsor Road


TypeIndependent preparatory day and boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Local authorityWindsor and Maidenhead
Chair of GovernorsBrig ARE Hutchinson
HeadmasterTom Bunbury
Age6 to 13
Former pupilsOld Papplewickians


It was founded in 1947 as a small boys' school and grew under long-serving headmaster Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen.[1] The school became a charitable trust in 1964 under a board of governors. Extensive additions to the accommodation were carried out in 1998 under a building programme which included a sports hall, music school and two technology suites.


All boys generally take English, Maths, Science, French, Classics, History, Geography, Divinity, Design & Technology (DT), Art, ICT, PE and Reasoning Common Entrance Exam prep begins in Year 7.

Many leavers often go on to other nearby independent schools such as Eton College, Harrow School, and Winchester College.[2]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

Sport is an important aspect of school life and a wide range of sports are available. The main sports are football (Michaelmas Term), rugby (Lent Term) and cricket (Summer Term). Besides the main sports, boys may represent the school in squash, swimming, cross-country, hockey, polo, shooting, table tennis, and chess. The cricket and football teams regularly tour abroad during the holidays.[3] Papplewick is also home to the youngest antiquarian booksellers in the world and now members of the PBFA, the Bibliomaniacs.

Thursday afternoons are generally devoted to extracurricular activities. Activities available range from interest clubs, music, riding, drama and chess.[4]


About half of the boys in the school are boarders. Weekly boarders go home at the week-end, full boarders usually only in school holidays and at half-terms. Boys aged 11 (Year 6) and above must be either full or weekly boarders, while many younger boys board on a flexible basis. They are grouped by years and looked after by three sets of "houseparents" per year group.[5] The boarding programme was rated "outstanding" by Ofsted in its 2011 social care inspection.[6]


  • 1950–1979: Peter Merrick Knatchbull-Hugessen ( 5 June 1915 – 7 February 2008)[7]
  • Stuart Morris 1981-1989
  • 2008 – present: Tom Bunbury[8]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "Person Page". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Papplewick School Senior School Destinations". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Papplewick School Sport". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Papplewick School Activities". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Papplewick School Boarding / Day Boys". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Papplewick School : OFSTED Report" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Capt. Peter Merrick Knatchbull-Hugessen". Stanford University. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Papplewick School From the Headmaster". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Old Papplewickian" (PDF). 2006. p. 9. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ "The Old Papplewickian" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  11. ^ Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden, Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua, The Daily Telegraph, 14 April 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°25′16″N 0°40′41″W / 51.421°N 0.678°W / 51.421; -0.678