Welcome from the Headmaster

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

The Donhead of 2016 is in robust health. This September saw the completion of our 10 year, £8m facilities development, with the final stage giving us 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 33 Scholarship Awards to major independent public schools in the last 3 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:

  • Donhead is a school with a 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 and 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, his ability or the amount of attention he may demand from us, and we do this out of respect for the difference they can 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 other. We want every boy in this school to be the very best that they can be, in all aspects of their personal development.

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

G C McGrath
Headmaster

Tel: 020 8946 7000