Welcome to Old Vicarage School

A family-run school that will be your child’s home from home.

Watch the video to find out what it’s like to be part of the OVS family:

About the School

Old Vicarage School is an “EXCELLENT” independent Nursery, Pre-Prep and Preparatory school for girls and boys aged 3 to 11 years.

Established in 1933 the school was acquired by the Adshead family in September 2007 and has grown from strength to strength under their stewardship. In November 2022 the Independent School’s Inspectorate found OVS “EXCELLENT” in every category. Read the latest report (November 2022) here.

Our ethos

At OVS, we’re proud to be a family-run school with a close, caring community. We treat our pupils and parents alike as though they’re part of our family. When your child joins OVS, you’ll see that everything we do comes from a position of love and you can be confident your child will feel loved and cared for as they are at home.

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We know that each child is unique and we’re committed to making sure they are comfortable in their own skin. At OVS, they can be themselves and won’t feel like they need to try to be something they’re not.

We constantly strive for excellence in everything we do. This means we’re always making sure your child has an excellent education to develop them into a well-rounded individual and prepare them for each step of their education and their life.

Finally, we instil traditional values and good manners in all our pupils from the moment they join us. We attribute the success of all our pupils to this combined with a ‘glass half full’ attitude to life.


girl in uniform holding daffodil     Nursery boy doing maths     Young girl holding reward coin


Before we offer your child a place at our school, the first step is to arrange a visit with us. This allows us to get to know you and your child as well as show you around the school. We do strictly limit the number of places we offer so we can maintain small class sizes.

Our advice is to submit applications for a place as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If a class is full, we can put your child on a waiting list. Subject to the availability of places, children may be admitted into the school at any time, where we will place them in the appropriate year group according to their age.

We still have some places available for September 2023 entry. If you’re looking for a school place for your child, please get in touch with us on 01332 557130 or office@oldvicarageschool.co.uk to arrange a visit.

You can also submit your details using the form below and we will be happy to send you a prospectus and speak to you about a place for your child:


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