Ludgrove School for 8-13 Year

Ludgrove is a thriving full boarding school for boys age 8 to 13, which sits in 130 acres of spectacular grounds and it is a magical place to spend five years of childhood. The homely environment provides a wonderful place where boys flourish and realise their potential. As a school, we are unashamedly ambitious for every boy and are proud of our strong academic record. The boys have a wealth of opportunities: a stimulating curriculum, exceptional facilities and a vibrant extracurricular programme with exposure to music, drama, sport and art. We aim to develop the boys’ confidence in a caring supportive environment, where they are valued as individuals and learn to live as a community. Friendships are made for life and the unique Ludgrove spirit allows boys to thrive in an atmosphere of high achievement, happiness, good manners and kindness.


Ludgrove School
RG40 3AB


As a full boarding school, it is vital that boys feel happy, secure and relaxed upstairs. The Houseparents, Mr and Mrs Pinchin-Hughes and Mr and Mrs McKinnel are at the heart of Ludgrove life, and they are responsible for maintaining a happy and calm routine upstairs. Living onsite, they oversee the nightly duty staff and invite year groups to their home for films and hot chocolate. Additionally, our wonderful team of resident matrons takes care of all the boys’ needs upstairs, whether it is helping with baths and showers and the bedtime routine, a clean set of clothes, a lost teddy bear or simply reading a story.


The school is set in beautiful grounds of 130 acres in rural Berkshire, with gardens and woodland in which to play. Its excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings give the boys a wonderful opportunity to develop their interests and talents, use their imagination and, from the start, they are encouraged to involve themselves in a wide variety of activities.

The enviable expanse of playing fields and first class indoor facilities enable all the boys to participate in a large variety of sports and activities. The games programme is full and varied and boys take part in organised games five afternoons a week – principally football, rugby, hockey and cross country in the winter and cricket, athletics, tennis and swimming in the summer.

The sport facilities include extensive playing fields and a wonderful nine-hole golf course. The all-weather Astroturf provides excellent grounds for hockey, cricket and tennis in addition to four hard core tennis courts. Indoor facilities include two squash courts, a sports hall, two Eton fives courts and a magnificent 20 metre indoor swimming pool.

Values & Aims

The principal aims of the school are for boys to grow and develop in a happy caring environment, to explore and expand their potential and to learn to develop an awareness and concern for others around them. We aim to prepare our boys to meet the demanding challenges they will experience at the next stage of their education with confidence and good humour.

Initially, considerable care is taken to see that new boys settle naturally in what to them may seem a strange place, particularly as they will not have experienced boarding before. As a consequence, much emphasis is placed on close relationships being formed between staff and pupils. We consider that during a boy's first year it is most important that he establishes a good rapport with his peers and adults. This, we believe, to be as essential as actual academic success, which will come once a boy has settled into his new community.

At a Glance
Location: Berkshire
Bedrooms: Single and twin bedrooms
Bathrooms: Shared
Internet: Wi-Fi available throughout the college and private computer rooms
Student ages: 8-13
Courses since: 2010