From City Life to Country Life

At the start of each academic year, and indeed in-year, we welcome families who have relocated from London and further afield to join our school community.

Situated within 65 acres of beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside, we offer outstanding facilities and outdoor spaces (including our own extensive woodland, ponds and adventure playgrounds), whilst being just over an hour away from the capital. Alongside this, we are within easy reach of some of the leading senior day and boarding schools.

Places to live

From scenic villages to small and large towns, the local area offers a number of wonderful places to live including;

Goring Shiplake
Henley-on-Thames Sonning Common
Pangbourne Stoke Row
Reading Wallingford
Rotherfield Grey Watlington

Local Estate Agents

We have fantastic links with local estate agents and we can offer support to families looking to relocate to the local area.

Travelling to OPS

Located in Goring Heath, near Reading in South Oxfordshire, we have excellent transport links to the M4 and M40, easily accessible to and from London, major airports and by rail.

  1. Travelling by Car: M4, Junction 12 (10 miles), M40, Junction 5 (20 miles)
  2. Closest Train Stations: Goring & Streatley (4 miles), Reading (10 miles), travel time to London (less than 1 hour)
  3. Distance to Airports: Heathrow (32 miles); Gatwick (70 miles)
  4. Local areas of interest: Oxford (20 miles), Windsor (30 miles)

School Bus Service: We run a school morning bus for pupils from Watlington, Shiplake and Henley-on-Thames, including a pickup point at Peppard, Monday to Friday. There is also an after school bus from the school to Watlington, Shiplake and Henley, including a drop off at Peppard Crossroads every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Alternative routes will be considered subject to demand.

We also help parents to coordinate alternative transport to London as well as via local train stations providing direct routes to London.

Unsure about relocating?

If you are unsure about moving to the local area or want your child to acclimatise to the school prior to relocating, why not ask about our weekly, full, and flexi-boarding options for children in Year 3 upwards. Our pupils move on to some of the leading boarding senior schools including Bradfield College, Eton College and St Mary’s School Ascot, achieving a wide variety of scholarships and exhibitions. Our boarding provision fully supports and prepares pupils for the next stage of their education.

Click here to find out more about our boarding provision

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Join us at one of our Open Events or our Registrar can arrange a personalised showround of our school.

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