Sandroyd School

Sandroyd School is an independent co-educational preparatory school for day and boarding pupils aged 2 to 13 in the south of Wiltshire, England. The school's main building is Rushmore House, a 19th-century country house which is surrounded by the Rushmore Estate, now playing fields, woods and parkland.[2] Sandroyd School was originally established by Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley as a small private coaching establishment for boys hoping to enter Eton College.

Sandroyd School
Sandroyd School front.jpg
Main building
Rushmore Park

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Coordinates50°57′54″N 2°04′02″W / 50.9650°N 2.0673°W / 50.9650; -2.0673Coordinates: 50°57′54″N 2°04′02″W / 50.9650°N 2.0673°W / 50.9650; -2.0673
TypeIndependent school
Day and boarding school
MottoNiti Est Nitere (Latin)
To strive is to shine
FounderLouis Herbert Wellesley Wesley
Department for Education URN126521 Tables
Chairman of the GovernorsRhodri Thomas
HeadmasterAlastair Speers[1]
Age2 to 13[1]
EnrolmentApprox. 230 [1]
HousesWylye, Nadder, Ebble, Avon
PublicationThe Sandroydian Edit this at Wikidata

In the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report carried out in 2014, Sandroyd School was judged as 'excellent' in all nine inspected categories.[3]


The school is in the south of Berwick St John parish, near the village of Tollard Royal and the county border with Dorset.


Sandroyd School was founded as a school for boys by L. H. Wellesley Wesley at his home, Sandroyd House in Cobham, Surrey in 1888.[4] He was a great-grandson of Charles Wesley.[5] From 1898 the school was governed by two men, until then assistant masters at Elstree School: Charles Plumpton Wilson (1859–1938) and William Meysey Hornby (1870–1955), who took over from Wesley that year, as Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster respectively. Wilson retired in 1920 and Hornby took his place, until his own retirement in 1931.

In 1939, in anticipation of the Second World War, the school moved to Rushmore House, home of the Pitt-Rivers family. The house lies in the centre of Cranborne Chase on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset. A link between the two sites is that Sandroyd House was built in 1860 for the pre-Raphaelite painter John Roddam Spencer Stanhope by the architect Philip Webb (1831–1915), the friend of William Morris, and it was Webb who remodelled the interior of Rushmore for General Pitt Rivers twenty years later.[6]

In the 1960s the school purchased the freehold of the school site.[6] In 1995 the school started to accept day pupils, and in 2004 it became coeducational.[4]

Nursery and pre-prep schoolEdit

Sandroyd School has a pre-prep and nursery school known as the Walled Garden, opened in 2004, for children aged two to seven. This was described as 'excellent' in an ISI inspection report of 2014.[7]

List of headmastersEdit

  • 1888–1898: L. H. Wellesley Wesley
  • 1898–1920: C. P. Wilson
  • 1920–1931: W. M. Hornby
  • 1931–1955: H. ff. Ozanne
  • 1955–1963: K. B. Buckland
  • 1963–1981: D. C. Howes
  • 1981–1982: T. R. Reynolds (acting)
  • 1982–1994: D. J. Cann
  • 1994–1995: T. R. Reynolds (acting)
  • 1995–2003: M. J. Hatch
  • 2003–2016: M. J. S. Harris
  • 2016–: A. B. Speers

Old SandroydiansEdit

See also People educated at Sandroyd School

Former pupils, known as Old Sandroydians, include:


  1. ^ a b c Edubase
  2. ^ "Sandroyd School, Salisbury". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Sandroyd School – ISI – Independent Schools Inspectorate". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Sandroyd - 1888 to Present Day". Sandroyd School. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  5. ^ The Sunday Magazine (Strahan & Company, 1869), p. 263
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Rushmore Park (1000542)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  7. ^ 'The Walled Garden' OFSTED report Publisher: OFSTED. Published: 5 June 2008. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Sandroyd – Old Sandroydians at, Retrieved: 8 January 2013

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