Head’s Welcome

Nick Armitage

Welcome to Rupert House School. 

Welcome to Rupert House, a thriving co-educational independent school for children aged 3-11 and many thanks for taking the time to explore our website. I hope that in doing so, you will gain a flavour of the exciting teaching and learning environment that exists behind the iconic big blue front door.

We are delighted to have welcomed our pupils back to Rupert House for the start of the Autumn term. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to the school is wonderful to observe. It is testament to the passionate and inspirational teaching that the children come into school with such excitement each morning. The warm, family-feel to the school is regularly commented upon and it is something that we as a family experienced in our very first interactions with the pupils, staff and fellow parents when we arrived at Rupert House.

Through the big blue front door, the school opens into an Aladdin’s cave of classrooms, music rooms, a well-resourced ICT suite, the Hall and lovely outdoor spaces, including an Astro turf pitch and adventure playground for the children to burn off some of their energy. Just along the Fairmile are our games pitches, Forest school and Pavilion, as well as the Henley Hawks Rugby club, with whom we have close links and share facilities. The children swim locally, we use the Kenton Theatre just around the corner for our school productions, the Town Hall for musical performances and also the Parish Church for services on occasions such as Harvest Festival and at Christmas.  

Our pupils are rooted in the Henley community and they enthusiastically choose to support many local charitable causes. They appreciate how fortunate they are to attend the school and are keen to help others where they can. The children live out our values of Courage, Creativity, Respect and Resilience, all of which are underpinned by the kindness that they show towards one another. Courage to be brave in their learning and a willingness to step out of their ‘comfort zone’. Creativity not just in the creative arts, but in terms of finding a solution to problem or issue they may be faced with. A respect for and understanding of other people’s perspectives, beliefs and values. Last, but arguably most importantly, resilience: the determination not to give up when faced with a challenge. This growth mindset, ‘I can’t do this…yet’, is the most important trait our pupils can leave us with and this will set them up to thrive at their senior schools and beyond.

Rupert House children are offered places at a wide range of Independent, State and Grammar Schools and we believe in guiding parents towards the right school for the right child. In the past few years our pupils have been offered places at the following schools: Abingdon, The Abbey, Claires Court, Cranford House, Downe House, Headington, St Helen and St Katharine, Kendrick, Lambrook, Leighton Park, Luckley House, The Oratory, Queen Anne’s Caversham, Reading Blue Coat, Tudor Hall, Wellington College and Sir William Borlase’s. They are often successful in attaining scholarships, with 15 awards received by our Year 6 class of 16 pupils last year alone.

The children are encouraged to make informed choices and to sample many of the wide range of activities on offer, be that musical, sporting, dramatic or creative. A wide range of musical instruments are taught in school and as a result of embracing such a plethora of activities, our pupils leave us as good all-rounders, with particular passions, who go on to make the most of the opportunities available to them at senior schools.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming virtual Open Days, where you will meet a number of our passionate staff and learn more about our happy, vibrant, purposeful community.

Nick Armitage

Rupert House School Playground