Welcome to S. Anselm's - The Prep in the Peak


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.

Visit us by arranging a personal tour of the school at a time to suit you

Discover S. Anselm’s for yourself

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


You can arrange a personal tour of the School with our Head, Mrs Lisa Donnelly at a time to suit you.


Please click below to register, or call or email our admissions team:

admissions@anselms.co.uk  •  01629 812 734 

for Learning & Nurturing for Life

Nestled in the heart of the stunning landscape of the Peak District, S. Anselm’s was established in 1888 in Bakewell and offers flexi, weekly and full boarding options alongside day pupils – all tailored to the needs of individual families.

We are proud of our enviable record preparing children for future education at the very best public schools in the country whilst, at the same time, providing a wealth of opportunities and creating memories that last a lifetime.

for Day & Boarding

S. Anselm’s offers a school-life choice like no other, enhanced by the scenic beauty and abundant recreational opportunities within the surrounding Peak District.

For Boarders, we are a home away from home and the perfect choice for children aged three to 13 to develop and reach their potential in a beautiful, happy environment.

for Boys & Girls aged 3-13

S. Anselm’s gives children a childhood that is rich in opportunities, friendships and excitement.  The children learn precious skills that will serve them throughout their lives and they leave our School as well rounded individuals who are well prepared for life beyond the school.


Book a Visit |  General Enquiry | Important Information


Book a Visit |  General Enquiry | Important Information

S. Anselm's Latest News

Up, Up and Away Day!

Up, Up and Away Day!

On Thursday 4th July, we celebrated are much-anticipated Up, Up, and Away Day, marking the end of the seven weeks of inventive challenges for our pupils…

“Annie” The Musical

“Annie” The Musical

The curtain went up for ‘Annie’, the S. Anselm’s Senior Production, last Thursday after a term’s work and hours of rehearsals…

Year 8 Celebrations!

Year 8 Celebrations!

Friday evening was celebration time with all the boarders, especially for the Year 8s after working hard in all their exams which they finished earlier in the day…

"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.