“It’s an exceptional atmosphere with sunny and polite children in a safe and happy environment.”
Simon Carder, former lead ISI Inspector who visited the school in November 2015
S. Anselm’s children thrive at Uppingham arriving as they do well prepared for the transition to senior school and with an appetite for full involvement in the wide breadth of opportunity afforded by full boarding. They make confident and successful boarders and contribute in a wide variety of ways from the class room to first team sports, from art and drama to the Chamber Choir; it has been impressive to see how many positions of leadership in the school have been held by old S. Anselm’s pupils.
Charlie Bostock, Registrar at Uppingham School
"In a Harrow context, Sir Winston Churchill is perhaps most often quoted for his message to the School in 1941: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense”. Two years into the War, as a much-needed momentary diversion, he had returned to Harrow’s Speech Room to join in singing the School Songs. He spoke to the boys about resilience and courage, and of playing one’s part “in sterner days”.
For those in attendance, these themes would come to apply not only to conduct in wartime, but also to their lives in the decades that followed. It is a message that continues to toll loudly today, despite the very different challenges of the 21st century. Characteristics like determination and grit start to take root at prep school, often outside the formal syllabus, in what is – as the name suggests – vital preparation for public school. Smaller preps that offer a creative education, like S. Anselm’s, are well positioned to hone these traits. The boys from S. Anselms that join us at Year 9 certainly have them in spades, and start in the Harrow environment fit to flourish."
Jim Hawkins, Headmaster of Harrow School June 2015