Welcome from the Headmaster

A Jesuit School where children are honoured, cared for and believed in

The Donhead of 2017 is in robust health. The School boasts enviable facilities following a major £8m facilities development. We have the benefit of four new air-conditioned classrooms, a Chapel, an Art Centre and a 150-seat Auditorium for Music and Drama. The St Nicholas Owen Building was officially opened by Bishop Nicholas Hudson (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and old boy of Donhead), accompanied by Fr Dermot Preston SJ (Provincial of the British province of the Society of Jesus), and Fr Paul Fletcher SJ (Jesuit Superior in Wimbledon) on 21st September 2016. Donhead now boasts a suitable range of facilities to offer an excellent and broad education to boys from 4-11 years of age. In addition, our academic, sporting and musical programmes have, between them, secured 45 Scholarship Awards to major independent public schools in the last 4 years. Donhead has more than doubled in size in the last ten years and now offers the highest quality of preparatory school education, within the Jesuit tradition.

Much, therefore, has moved forward at Donhead. However, despite this period of change and development, one constant has remained; namely, the core values and ethos of the school:

  • It is written just inside the main entrance that Jesuit schools are places where children are honoured, cared for and believed in. Every child in this school must be cherished for who they are, a child of God. This school seeks to take care of the person, first and foremost. 'Cura Personalis' in action.
  • This school has a clear mission. 1% of the world’s population receives a college education. The 99% are looking to the 1% to make a difference. This school exists to make a contribution to that mission. It seeks to educate young men of competence, conscience and compassion, who can ultimately make a real difference in the world. Within the stresses and strains of their busy daily lives, we hope they will understand the importance of making a difference to those who need their help most. We hope our alumni will serve the cause of social justice in the best way they can.
  • We seek to do our very best for every boy here regardless of his character, regardless of his ability, regardless of the amount of attention he may demand from us, and we do this out of respect for the difference they will make.
  • Finally, we live in a part of the world where education of the mind can tend to predominate. While understanding the importance of this, of course, we believe strongly that you must educate the mind, the heart and the soul together and that no one part is of more importance than the others. We want every boy in this school to be the very best that they can be, in all aspects of their personal development, so that, ultimately, they will make the biggest difference they can make.

We do hope you will come and visit our wonderful school. Above all else it is the safety and happiness of your child that we value. Children at Donhead are educated in an environment which allows them to grow and develop in a community where they feel valued and which offers them great support as well as challenge. Our boys leave the school equipped for senior school, for the world beyond and having made friends for life.

If you would like to find out more, please do contact the school and arrange a visit. You will be made very welcome.

Philip Barr
Headmaster

Tel: 020 8946 7000

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