The front of the main house

Sandroyd School is an independent co-educational preparatory school for both day and boarding pupils located on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, near the village of Tollard Royal in Wiltshire. The school is located in the centre of Rushmore Park and is surrounded by playing fields, woods and parkland.[2] Sandroyd School was originally established by the Reverend Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley as a small private coaching establishment for boys hoping to enter Eton College.[3]

Sandroyd School
Rushmore Park

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TypeIndependent school
Day and boarding school
MottoNiti Est Nitere (Latin)
To strive is to shine
FounderRevd. Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley
Department for Education URN126521 Tables
Chairman of the GovernorsR. Thomas
HeadmasterAlastair Speers[1]
Age2 to 13[1]
EnrolmentApprox. 200 [1]
HousesWylye, Nadder, Ebble, Avon
PublicationThe Sandroydian

In the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report carried out in 2014, Sandroyd School was judged as 'excellent' in all nine inspected categories.[4]


Sandroyd School was founded by the Revd. L. H. Wellesley Wesley, at his home, Sandroyd House in Cobham in Surrey in 1888. Wellesley Wesley 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, Hornby then took his place, until his own retirement in 1931. In 1939, the School signed a lease on Rushmore House and the surrounding Rushmore Park, home of the Pitt-Rivers family, lying in the centre of Cranborne Chase on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset. In 1939, with the threat of the Second World War, the school moved there, where it has remained ever since. (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. He also designed an arched gateway for the Park, the drawings for which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In 1995 the school started to accept some day pupils and in 2004 Sandroyd School became coeducational.[6]


Before entry to Sandroyd, all prospective pupils are invited to an assessment morning or afternoon in the year before they are due to start at the school.[7]

List of HeadmastersEdit

1888-1898 Revd L H Wellesley Wesley

1898-1920 Mr C P Wilson

1920-1931 Mr W M Hornby

1931-1955 Mr H ff Ozanne

1955-1963 Mr K B Buckland

1963-1981 Mr D C Howes

1981-1982 Mr T R Reynolds (Acting HM)

1982-1994 Mr D J Cann

1994-1995 Mr T R Reynolds (Acting HM)

1995-2003 Mr M J Hatch

2003-2016 Mr M J S Harris

2016- Mr A B Speers

Former pupilsEdit

See also People educated at Sandroyd School

Former pupils of the school, known as Old Sandroydians, include the playwright Sir Terence Rattigan, former Foreign Secretary and NATO Secretary-General Lord Carrington, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, industrialist Sir Timothy Sainsbury, Professor Michael Dummett, Lord Snowdon and King Peter II of Yugoslavia[8]

The SandroydianEdit

The Sandroydian is the school magazine, published and distributed three times a year. The magazine contains an editorial by the Headmaster, reports by staff and pupils of the many activities, outings and special events which have taken place in the course of the term and full sports results. In addition there is a section reserved for some of the pupils' creative work - art, stories and poetry.

Nursery & Pre-Prep schoolEdit

Sandroyd School has a Pre-Prep and Nursery school known as 'The Walled Garden' (opened in 2004) for children aged 2–7. This was described as 'excellent' in an ISI inspection report of 2014.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Edubase
  2. ^ "Sandroyd School, Salisbury | The Good Schools Guide". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ Sandroyd - History Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Sandroyd School - ISI - Independent Schools Inspectorate". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ The Sunday Magazine (Strahan & Company, 1869), p. 263
  6. ^ "History". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ Sandroyd - FAQs Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  8. ^ Sandroyd - Old Sandroydians Publisher: Sandroyd School, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.
  9. ^ 'The Walled Garden' OFSTED report Publisher: OFSTED. Published: 5 June 2008. Retrieved: 8 January 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 2°04′03″W / 50.96524°N 2.06748°W / 50.96524; -2.06748