Welcome to the Tatler Prep School of the Year 2021


A day and boarding school which provides the highest standard of education for boys and girls from rising 3 to 13 years.  Set in over 20 acres of magnificent Peak District countryside, here children can enjoy their childhood and experience a school life that is packed with adventure, excitement and is quite simply, second to none.



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 Come and experience the unique atmosphere of S. Anselm’s and find out about the breadth of opportunities on offer.

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01629 812 734 



Stronger together – two leading independent schools to join forces

Two leading independent schools are coming together to build firm foundations for the future and provide more opportunities for pupils today and tomorrow.

Governors have decided that South Yorkshire’s Birkdale and the Peak District’s S. Anselm’s will join forces from the start of the new academic year in September, and build on both school’s traditions, dating back to 1888.

Birkdale School, based in Sheffield, celebrates its 120th year in 2024. It is a day school for boys and girls, with children aged between 4 and 18 while S. Anselm’s, part of the community in Bakewell since 1888, is a day and boarding school for boys and girls from age 3 to 13.

S. Anselm’s will become part of the Birkdale family but there will be no day-to-day changes for pupils, families or staff at either school as we design the details, together, of the new opportunities the coming together will bring at both schools.

The leadership of both organisations will explore opportunities for both school communities building on a shared ethos of academic excellence that is grounded in a nurturing and caring environment.

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Proud to be awarded

Tatler Prep School of the Year 2021



We are passionate about offering a first class education and a joyful school life within our caring school community, set withing this idyllic part of the UK


Click here to find out more about how S. Anselm’s earned this privileged award



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S. Anselm's Latest News

Making Music at Michaelmas Concert

Making Music at Michaelmas Concert

On the evening of Monday 27th November, S. Anselm’s School hosted there annual Michaelmas Concert. Ensembles and soloists rocked the audience…

We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

On Friday we held our Remembrance Service on the Head’s Lawn. A beautiful service of readings, hymns and remembering those brave men who fell serving our country,

Grandparent Afternoon Tea

Grandparent Afternoon Tea

What a treat! We invited S. Anselm’s grandparents for an afternoon tea and they were a delight to host. After a warm welcome from Mrs Donnelly, the music started.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Year 1 had a brilliant time at Bolsover Castle. They enjoyed noting the features of the castle on their clip boards, and…

"Set in the middle of Chatsworth country, S. Anselm's is a joyous, non- selective haven with all the bells and whistles ...

… There were choir tours to Salzburg and Prague last year, and the cricket team took the Isle of Wight by storm on their unbeaten tour. The sparkly new Lego Innovation Studio is techtastic, and pupils whizz off to the country’s finest – Eton, Harrow, Stowe and, the latest offering, S. Anselm’s College”

Tatler Schools Guide 2018

"S. Anselm’s has exceeded our expectations with the seamless transition into virtual schooling” ...

… With a full timetable, live lessons and 1:1 catch-up level of support my children have received over the past few months has been exceptional.”

a current S. Anselm’s parent

“Over many years S. Anselm’s has been a key feeder school for Shrewsbury School, and we have welcomed dozens of terrific pupils to Shrewsbury ...

… They fit in easily to our boarding community, and many move on to leadership positions within the school – this year, a former S. Anselm’s pupil is house captain of one of our boys’ houses, and another is house captain of our of our girls’ houses.  The pupils arrive with a “work hard, play hard” approach which serves them well at Shrewsbury.”

Mr Martin Cropper, Director of Admissions, Shrewsbury School

"When all around us is uncertainty, it is very reassuring to have complete confidence in the school to adapt and continue to provide an outstanding service.”

a current S. Anselm’s parent

"It was an easy decision to send our daughter to S. Anselm’s. The quality of education is second to none in the area.”

a current S. Anselm’s parent

"We have always rated S. Anselm's pupils highly at Oundle: down-to-earth, hard-working and with parents who generally share our vision of education"

Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Headmistress, Oundle

“The traditional all round ethos nurtured in this jewel of Derbyshire’s schools is excellent preparation ...

… for the palate of opportunities offered at a school like Uppingham.  Uppingham values its excellent relationship with S. Anselm’s: the values and ambition developed at Prep School sees S. Anselm’s children thrive here”

Mr Charlie Bostock, Registrar, Uppingham School

"Terrific facilities include a well-designed music block where we watched children rehearsing for an arts evening ...

… No doubt the excellent food contributes to the success of S. Anselm’s sport, which is taken seriously and played with zest and skill. County players abound in all areas, and there is huge excitement, though not at the expense of academic work.”

Good Schools Guide

"Parents, staff and children all seem to have worked as a team to ensure no child has missed out on their education” ...

… Together we have achieved something extraordinary.”

a current S. Anselm’s parent

"Throughout the difficult past few weeks, your staff have been totally amazing with both our children’s online lesson planning and teaching. Their support and skills have been priceless.”

a current S. Anselm’s parent

Come & visit us

There is no better way to get a taste of all that S. Anselm’s has to offer than to come and visit us.  Call us to arrange a time convenient to you.

Open mornings

Our Open Mornings are an ideal way to discover more about S. Anselm’s and meet our pupils and staff.

Contact us

The school office is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays during term time.


S. Anselm’s is located in the heart of the Peak District, sitting on the crest of the hill above the picturesque market town of Bakewell.

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