Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Claremont Fan Court School for my child?
- Excellent teaching and learning
- Small class sizes
- High standards of behaviour
- Commitment to our ethos
- Beautiful and spacious grounds
- Excellent facilities
- Purposeful learning environment
- Polite and friendly pupils and staff
- Impressive GCSE and A Level examination results and positive value-added statistics
Can my child progress automatically through the School?
Yes. The School expects high standards of behaviour and academic progress, both of which must be met in order to move on to the next stage of their education.
How many pupils do you have?
The Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School has up to 150 pupils, the Preparatory School has up to 160 pupils and the Senior School has 450 pupils, including 100 in the Sixth Form.
What are your class sizes?
Class sizes are small. As a general rule, in the Pre-Preparatory and Nursery, there are up to 18 children in two parallel classes with generous staff to pupil ratios. In the Preparatory School each form generally consists of 20 children with smaller classes for core academic subjects. In the Senior School pupil numbers increase to four classes per year group of up to 20 children. We ensure that class sizes are typically 16 at GCSE and 12 at A Level.
Are you a selective school?
Yes. All children who apply to the Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory or Senior School sit entrance tests, attend admissions interviews and offers are made to those pupils who meet a good academic level and demonstrate a diverse range of interests. Nursery and Reception children are not tested but are invited to meet the Head. Typically, pupils join Claremont Fan Court at Nursery, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth and progress on to a range of excellent universities. The admissions process considers strength of character as well as co-curricular and academic prowess.
Do you offer scholarships and bursaries?
We offer scholarships on entry to Year 3 and Year 7 for academically-gifted pupils as well as for excellence in music. In addition, we offer all-rounder scholarships. In Year 9 we offer academic, sport and music exhibitions. At Lower Sixth we offer academic, music, art and drama scholarships and exhibitions.
Tennis scholarships are available throughout the School for talented players who join our scholarship programme in association with England Sports Group (ESG).
Bursaries are means-tested and applications should be directed to the Bursar.
What co-curricular activities do you offer; especially in sports?
Some of the activities are: netball, lacrosse, rounders, athletics, swimming, rugby, football, cricket, tennis, cross country, basketball, hockey, judo, chess, dance and country dancing.
Our extensive grounds lend themselves to a wide range of sports and activities for children in all three Schools.
Do you have a school nurse?
For further information please visit our Care Centre page.
How do pupils get to School?
Two-thirds of our children live in Elmbridge Borough. These children travel to school on foot, by bicycle, by bus or by car. Those who live further afield may travel by school minibus or coach and journeys begin from Wimbledon, Woking, Teddington, Staines, Cobham and Claygate Station (which is our nearest British Rail link). Esher Station is also nearby and children can be collected by minibus from there too.
The K3 bus route passes close to the Claremont Drive entrance to the School.
Senior and Prep School children who travel by car should enter School via the Portsmouth Road entrance.
How old is the School?
The School was founded 90 years ago. In 1922 a girls’ school called Clear View was started in London. Clear View soon outgrew its London premises and moved to the Claremont Estate in 1931. A similar school for boys was established in Chertsey 11 years later, called Fan Court, which became co-educational in 1967. In 1978 the two schools amalgamated on the Claremont site as Claremont Fan Court School.
The Claremont Mansion dates from 1760 and we now own over 100 acres which, along with the adjacent National Trust property of 50 acres, constitutes the most important core of the original Claremont estate.
How has the ethos of Claremont Fan Court School developed?
Claremont Fan Court School was founded on a Christian ethos and we welcome children from all faiths, and from none. Our ethos recognises, cares for and values the potential of every pupil such that they can do more than they think is possible.
Character Qualities underpin the moral education at this school and contribute to its atmosphere.
A love of goodness underpins this school. This peaceful and purposeful intent extends throughout every lesson and into the pastoral and co-curricular activities we offer.
Having a religious foundation, but not being a faith school, encourages all at Claremont Fan Court to live their ideals and not merely espouse them. Each of our pupils is supported and challenged by deeply caring and committed teachers.
We teach religious studies as part of the curriculum as all schools do. The school has no chapel or church services as part of its curriculum; however, the annual carol service for the Senior School takes place in Christ Church, Esher.
Do you have any boarding facilities?
No. All our pupils are day pupils, however for international pupils or those studying away from home, Sutherland Education offers guardianship opportunities in the local area. Please see their website (sutherland-education.com) for further information.