Boys welcomed back to Wilmslow Prep after 52 years

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Wilmslow Prep School, which will this year celebrate its 104th birthday, has announced that it will be introducing boys to the school from September this year, initially into Kindergarten, Reception and Form 1. In subsequent years these boys will progress through the school until the whole school offers a mixed environment.

However, the school remains strongly committed to single sex education and its proven benefits as children develop. With this in mind, the boys and girls will be taught separately for the key core subjects from Form 3, allowing the school to prepare the children for the next stage of their school life – entrance to senior school.

Paul Reynolds, headteacher, said, "More and more of our parents are asking us for a family proposition where their sons and daughters are educated under one roof, particularly as parents' lives have become busier.

"We are delighted to be able to offer them this extended Wilmslow Prep proposition and it goes without saying that we will remain a small, family centred school where the focus is on the needs of each individual child."

Wilmslow Prep first opened its doors in 1909, when the school was located on Grove Street in Wilmslow where the school remained until its move to Grove Avenue in 1912. At this time the school was mixed and it was only in 1961 that the school became all-girls.

In 2009 the school celebrated its centenary with a year of celebrations and at the time welcomed a number of 'old boys' back to the school as well as, of course, many 'old girls'.

Commenting on the move back to a mixed school, chair of governors, Nick Rudgard said, "The school's senior management team and board of governors are constantly looking to the future in our development plans as we seek to deliver an outstanding education and environment for our pupils in a rapidly changing world.

"We are fully aware that as a school we cannot stand still. We have to be both proactive in a highly competitive environment and visionary, always seeking to exceed the needs of our parents.

"The school benefits from a strong tradition of sound financial management and wise investment. It is from this exceptionally strong business base that we are able continually to develop the education provision for the benefit of our pupils, as well as allowing us as a small school to invest in fantastic facilities.

"We are a school that has successfully stayed ahead of market forces and demands, and we firmly believe that the proposed change will enable WPS to continue to go from strength to strength and remain a unique and exceptional school."

Wilmslow Prep, Wilmslow Preparatory School


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Elaine Napier
Friday 15th March 2013 at 4:41 pm
That's not exactly true. My son was the last but one boy to attend the Wilmslow Prep kindergarten which opened in about 1980. There weren't quite enough girls to fill this new venture and so a number of boys attended, though they did not go on into the main school.

So I guess that my son, Giles Watmough, who left in about 1981 and the very last boy called Gregory, whose surname we are, sadly, unable to remember were the last boys at WPS. Mrs Middleton and Mrs Bouch were the Kindergarten teachers then though Mr Tom, the handyman, was a great favourite with some of the boys. Mrs Grant was the headmistress, and Giles' sister followed him to WPS, staying there until the age of 11. It was a unique and exceptional school then too.
Barbara Briggs
Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 12:21 pm
So the pendulum swings back ! As an 'Old Boy', I well remember the new buildings rising at the present Grove Avenue site in the mid 1920's (and the architect later married one of the young teachers), shortly before this small boy and several others started their co-education there under the joint headships of Miss Mead and Miss Barber.
Some of the friendships started there lasted a very long time.