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Welcome to the Moulsford website. Moulsford is a thriving Prep School for boys aged 4-13 which sits in 30 acres of beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire. We offer a broad all-round education to over 330 boys and our traditional prep school environment and values are complemented by a cutting-edge approach to teaching and technology. Moulsford boys are able to make the most of the wonderful playing fields, the river and extra-curricular activities whilst enjoying a first-class academic education in the classroom.

We ensure that our boys begin their school life with excellent teaching in an idyllic setting to enable them to develop fully as individuals and as part of a community.  Above all we want the children to be happy and enjoy their education.  We aim to instil confidence for the future and a strong sense of purpose and moral responsibility to prepare boys thoroughly for life at their senior school and beyond. Our high expectations of pupils ensures that boys reach their full potential, and that their talents, both in and out of the classroom, are nurtured and supported by our energetic and committed staff.

We are rightly ambitious for every boy and offer huge breadth of opportunity throughout the school including drama, music, sport, art and technology both as part of the curriculum and through the extensive hobbies and activities programme.

My family and I are delighted to have joined the Moulsford community this term and I hope that you will come to visit us to see our school for yourself.

Ben Beardmore-Gray


In some ways Moulsford has changed very little in six decades. Our core values still hold true: self-esteem, pride in all that we do and respect for ourselves and others. We’ve embraced the latest in technology and teaching innovations whilst ensuring that our pupils have an idyllic ‘Boys’ Own’ childhood, making the most of the outdoors and our beautiful riverside site. Moulsford boys sail boats, play sports and games, build airfix models and use iPads in the classroom. Above all, they leave us well-prepared for the challenges that await them at senior school and beyond.


Drama at Moulsford continues to go from strength to strength with the well-equipped theatre providing a fantastic performance space. The theatre boasts dedicated lighting and sound systems which allow pupils to gain maximum benefit from productions. 

Recent plays include Animal Farm and The Wind in the Willows. Boys also enjoy regular visits to professional theatre productions to enhance their learning in both English and Drama.

Classrooms & ICT

In September 2013 Moulsford will open a new purpose-built classroom block to complement our existing teaching provision. The new classrooms have been fitted out to the highest standard to enable our teaching staff to maximise pupils' learning. 

Our teaching and learning incorporates the best of modern technology and the school benefits from high-speed broadband and a robust wireless network. We have a Mac suite with 22 pupil machines and a second suite is due to open in September 2013. There is also a bank of 22 iPads for general classroom use along with banks of iPads for boarders and specific curriculum areas. The Art room has its own Mac suite with four machines.

Dining Hall

Boys and staff eat lunch together each day in our dining hall. Food is cooked by our own catering team with fresh produce, sourced locally wherever possible. 

Our nutritionist oversees the menu planning and ensures that meals are balanced and nutritious. We also ensure that there are a number of workshops for pupils on the importance of healthy eating.

Sample menu:

Breakfast (for boarders): omelettes, baked beans, hash browns, cereals, toast, preserves, freshly squeezed fruit juice, fresh fruit, yoghurts.

Lunch: tender lamb strips in ginger, honey and soy sauce, (v) tortilla wraps with shredded lettuce, cucumbers and peppers. Fruit crumble with fresh cream. Yoghurts and fruit.

Supper (for boarders): homemade chicken kievs, fresh vegetables, (v) vegetable curry, fluffy rice, naan bread. Lemon meringue pie, yoghurts, fresh fruit.

Boarding House

Boarding is an integral part of life at Moulsford. Boys may board from Year 4 upwards in our homely boarding house which is run by the Housemaster, Mr Chris Symonds and his wife. The house also has an Assistant Housemaster, a matron and duty staff to assist with the smooth running of boarding life.

Parents v Boarders football matches, torch games, bowling, outings, film nights and the privilege of decorating the school Christmas tree (in pyjamas and dressing gowns with mince pies!) make boarding at Moulsford a fun and enriching experience. Boarders are able to make full use of our wonderful riverside site and extra-curricular programme as well as gaining valuable experience of boarding life which stands them in good stead at their senior school, whether as boarders or day boys.

Sports Hall

We have a magnificent sports hall, completed in 2008, with four badminton courts, a climbing wall and several pistes for fencing. The balcony overlooks the river and is used for match teas as well as allowing spectators a wonderful view of indoor sports. All boys make full use of the sports hall as part of their sport and PE lessons as well as for hobbies and extra-curricular activities.

The Sports Hall is available for hire for private functions and has a full internal marquee-style liner. Please contact the Bursar on 01491 651438 for further information.

Headmaster’s Office

Ben Beardmore-Gray took up the helm at Moulsford in September 2014 having moved to the school with his family in August. Ben, who grew up in Berkshire, was the headmaster at Mowden Hall School in Northumberland for seven years before his appointment at Moulsford.  

Ben was educated at Ampleforth College and Newcastle University, where he read History. Following this he qualified as a solicitor and worked in the City, Hong Kong and India before deciding to become a teacher. He taught History and Maths at Ludgrove for four years before moving on to a Deputy Headship at Farleigh School. 

Ben is married to Sarah and they have three children, one of whom attends Moulsford. In his spare time he enjoys cricket, golf, cycling and tennis.

Sports and Pitches

On the front field Moulsford has two purpose-kept cricket squares, which host our 1st XI and U11 A XI matches, with four permanent cricket nets. There is an astroturf pitch with four tennis courts which is also used for hockey, above which the 1st XV rugby/1st XI football pitch is situated. 

The U8 and U9 A football pitch is next and this area is also used for the 3rd XI cricket square. Behind the astro turf we now have four new cricket nets.

On our back field are seven junior, two senior and three colts football pitches which are also used for rugby. In the summer this area is used for athletics and cricket as it has two grass and two artificial astro turf wickets, with the final four grass cricket nets being situated here. There are also two long jump pits with run ups which run near to the grass athletics track which is used extensively in the summer. 

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool occupies a lovely position on the site, in close proximity to the sports hall and with views out to the River Thames. All boys swim throughout their time at Moulsford and the pool is also used for canoeing and kayaking training.


Moulsford is fortunate to occupy an extensive site on the banks of the river Thames. Our boys make full use of the river and riverside through both curricular and extra-curricular activities, including sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Our new fleet of Optimist boats, generously donated by the Parents' Association, have already been put to full use sailing around the banks of the river meadow. Boys are able to paddle or sail upstream underneath Brunel’s 175 year-­old ‘Four Arches’ bridge, to an island on the Thames affectionately known by the boys as ‘Goose Poo Island’. It’s always interesting to see the rowing crews of Oxford University in training, plus there is lots of wildlife to spot.

1) Theatre 2) Classrooms & ICT 3) Dining Hall 4) Boarding House 5) Sports Hall 6) Headmaster’s Office 7) Sports and Pitches 8) Swimming Pool 9) Riverside

Contact us if you would like to hire our facilities.


Boys are normally admitted to the school at the two main points of entry; in Reception at age 4+ and in Year 3 at 7+. Spaces occasionally become available in other year groups and we would advise that you contact the Registrar as soon as possible if you would like to enquire about such a place.

For boys joining us in Year 3 there is a formal entrance assessment which takes place in the the November prior to entry and we will also request a comprehensive report from the current school. For boys joining us in Reception there is no specific entrance assessment.

A copy of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report is available here.

To discuss the possibility of admission to Moulsford please contact the Registrar on 01491 651438 or click here to register.


Admissions Information


The Registrar, Mrs Claire Harley, handles all aspects of admissions to Moulsford. In the first instance we advise families to make an appointment to visit the school so that they can meet the Headmaster, Mr Ben Beardmore-Gray. Alternatively parents may register their son for entry prior to visiting the school.

All registered boys will then be invited for assessment during the annual admissions round. 

If you have any queries regarding admission to Moulsford please do contact the Registrar on 01491 651438 or by email at 


Fees & Bursaries


The termly fees for the academic year 2014-2015 are as follows:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: £3280

Year 3 - 8 day pupils: £4900

Year 4-8 weekly boarders: £6150

Means-tested bursaries of up to 100% of the day fees are available. For further information please contact the Bursar.

Moulsford fees can be paid in monthly installments via School Fee Plan. Visit for further details.


Boarding at Moulsford


Moulsford is proud to retain the tradition of boarding. For many of our families boarding provides both convenience and the option for their son to gain independence and boarding experience before the move to senior school. Remaining at school allows boys to fully participate in the hobbies and activities programme, ensures that prep is completed to a high standard and begins the process of learning to live with, and get on with, those outside the immediate family circle.

Boys board from Year 4 onwards in our cosy and comfortable boarding house. Up to 36 boys board on either a weekly or part-time basis and the house is run by the Housemaster, Chris, and his wife, who both teach at Moulsford. They are supported by an Assistant Housemaster and the Matron.

Open Days & Visits

We hope that you will visit us to see Moulsford for yourself Read more >>

Open Days & Visits

The Headmaster, Mr Ben Beardmore-Gray, is always pleased to meet prospective parents and to show them around the school. To arrange a visit please contact the Registrar, Mrs Claire Harley, on 01491 651438.


Future Schools

Moulsford leavers are successful in gaining a place at their first-choice senior school. Read more >>

Future Schools

Our boys move on to a range of schools once they have completed their preparatory education at Moulsford. Some boys go on to full boarding schools, whilst others opt for day or weekly boarding. For senior education some of our pupils remain in single-sex education whilst others opt for co-education.

Popular senior schools to which we send boys on a regular basis include Abingdon, Bradfield, Cokethorpe, Eton, Harrow, Magdalen College, Malvern, Marlborough, Millfield, Pangbourne, Radley, Shiplake, Stowe, St Edward's, The Oratory, Tonbridge, Wellington and Winchester.


Boys wear a smart and traditional uniform in red and grey. Read more >>


Our uniform is based around our distinctive blazers with gold lion crest. Uniform can be obtained from the on-site school shop and from the school second-hand shop which is run by the Parents' Association.

Uniform list for boys in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Uniform list for boys in Years 3 to 8.


Transport is available to Moulsford from the surrounding area each morning. Read more >>


Moulsford provides three transport routes to school each day. The first runs from Shiplake to Henley, Nettlebed and Moulsford. The second covers North End, Watlington, Roke, and Benson and the third runs from Tidmarsh to Upper Basildon and on to Moulsford.

Full details on transport can be obtained from the school office.


Boys are normally admitted to the school at the two main points of entry; in Reception at age 4+ and in Year 3 at 7+. Spaces occasionally become available in other year groups and we would advise that you contact the Registrar as soon as possible if you would like to enquire about such a place.

For boys joining us in Year 3 there is a formal entrance assessment which takes place in the the November prior to entry and we will also request a comprehensive report from the current school. For boys joining us in Reception there is no specific entrance assessment.

A copy of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report is available here.

To discuss the possibility of admission to Moulsford please contact the Registrar on 01491 651438 or click here to register.

School Life


In Pre-Prep boys begin their school life under the expert guidance of their teachers and the caring support of their classroom assistants. They learn to explore ideas and concepts, to think independently and to create work that they can be proud of. There is an ‘open classroom’ culture at the beginning and end of the school day and plenty of opportunities for staff, parents, carers and children to communicate with each other. With access to the full outdoor facilities that Moulsford has to offer, pupils can explore the larger world outside their classroom in a safe and exploratory fashion, thus allowing full development of their individual talents and abilities.

This sense of exploration and adventure continues into the senior school. Whilst the focus naturally becomes more academic in the classroom we know that it is the rounded education and wealth of opportunities that we offer that allows boys to achieve the best in their learning. Our small class sizes ensure that each boy reaches his potential.



At Moulsford boys study the traditional Common Entrance syllabus which prepares them for entry to senior school at 13+. Our curriculum is designed to extend and enrich learning at all levels and ensures that boys are ready for the challenges they will face at their next school. Independence in learning, self-discipline and responsibility are key, as is a sense of fun, exploration and discovery. We make full use of the latest technology to complement and enhance the boys’ learning.

All pupils study Maths, English, Science, French, Latin, Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Design and Technology, Life Skills, Music, Art and Drama.



Moulsford has enthusiastically embraced the best of modern technology and incorporated it into our teaching and learning. The school benefits from high-speed broadband and a robust wireless infrastructure throughout the school. We have a Mac suite with 22 pupil machines and a second suite is due to open in September 2013. There is also a bank of 22 iPads for general classroom use along with banks of iPads for boarders and specific curriculum areas. The Art room has its own Mac suite with four machines.

We utilise software to ensure that boys gain experience on both Mac OS and Windows systems so that they are familiar with both operating systems. 

The school VLP is run through Edmodo which enables boys to submit work, access assignments, discuss projects and share resources. Google Apps for Education is used so that work can be accessed at any time from any machine and enables the boys to work collaboratively on documents and presentations. Kidblog is used in Years 3-5 where boys have the opportunity to blog about their prep, outside achievements, or submit work online. The boys have a weekly online touch-typing prep from Year 4-8 and make regular use of online tools such as My Maths and Linguascope.

Educational support


At Moulsford we ensure that we identify boys who may have a specific learning difficulty at the earliest opportunity. This allows us to put in place a well-planned support structure, both within the learning support department and throughout the school. Early identification and support allows boys to fully access the curriculum we offer and to realise their potential, whilst developing self-esteem and self-confidence. Provision is made for pupils identified prior to their arrival at Moulsford as well as those whose needs are identified as they progress through the school. 

Learning support teaching responds to the strengths and weaknesses of each individual pupil and a multi-sensory approach is used to ensure maximum results, building on existing strengths whilst improving weaker areas. The Learning Support team work closely with outside agencies, such as Speech and Language therapists, in order to ensure consistency of approach. 



Each year we are proud to see our leavers off to their new life at senior school. Speech Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of our leavers as they move on from Moulsford to the challenges ahead.

Over 70 scholarships have been won in the last five years and all boys have passed their Common Entrance. Schools have included: Eton, Radley, Wellington, Millfield, Marlborough, St Edward’s, Stowe, Bradfield, Abingdon, The Oratory, Pangbourne, Shiplake, Sedbergh and Sherborne. As well as many academic scholarships, awards have been made for outstanding talent in Music, Art, Drama, Leadership and Sport.



Moulsford offers a diverse hobbies programme in which boys are actively encouraged to participate. The range of activities on offer changes each term.

Recent hobbies have included First Aid, Art and Crafts, Astronomy, Board Games, Ceramics, Choir, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Climbing, Community Service, Cookery, Cycling Proficiency, Debating, Fencing, Golf, Jazz Ensemble, Judo, Lego, K’nex and Model Making, Sailing, Kayaking, Table Tennis, Survival Skills, Warhammer, Ultimate Frisbee and Young Scientist Club.


Pastoral Care


Pastoral care is of the highest importance at Moulsford and permeates every aspect of life at school. There is a strong rapport between staff and boys and a sense of mutual respect which comes through working together in a supportive and caring environment. Our caring and happy environment enables boys to achieve their full potential.

Our core values of respect, compassion and independence are at the heart of all that we do. Each boy will gain a sense of individual and community achievement throughout all aspects of school life, whether sporting, academic, musical and artistic. He will develop a sense of belonging and community, self-reliance and discipline and will be prepared for the responsibilities and challenges that await him as he grows up.

Jim Hamilton-Smith is the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and oversees all aspects of pastoral care at Moulsford.



Moulsford is fortunate to have a dedicated and well-stocked library which looks out over our grounds to the River Thames beyond. The library is a calm and peaceful room where pupils can borrow books, browse resources and read quietly.

The library will be fully refurbished during the 2013 summer holidays and equipped with further resources to support and enrich our teaching and learning.



At Moulsford we are committed to providing the highest standard of food and nutrition for our pupils and staff. Our dedicated catering team work with Thomas Franks Ltd, who supply the finest quality fresh produce which is cooked on site each day, and our nutritionist to ensure that meals are balanced, healthy and enjoyable. 

Boys and staff eat lunch together in our cafeteria-style dining hall. Each table will have members of staff and boys eating together to promote our high expectations of table manners, conversation and etiquette. 

On special or themed days such as Spanish Day, form choice, Hog Roasts, picnic days, Easter and Christmas, pupils have the opportunity to try new or traditional foods appropriate to the occasion.

Boarders receive a range of themed evening meals throughout the year and enjoy evening barbeques in the warmer weather.



​Drama at Moulsford aims to provide free and supported dramatic play opportunities, where boys are able to create, perform and respond to their own and each other’s performances. It gives the boys a classroom opportunity to explore issues and ideas together, as well as being able to understand basic stagecraft. 


All timetabled Music lessons from Year 3 are taught by the Director of Music in the Music Room. Individual tuition by visiting Music teachers, specialising in a wide range of both orchestral and ‘pop’ instruments, takes place in the smaller Practice Rooms.

The Music Department is well equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and Music Software technology. There are also several Electronic Keyboards, an Electronic Drum Kit and a Harp, as well as a range of the more traditional classroom instruments.


Art is a subject which is very much enjoyed at Moulsford. We are fortunate to have a large purpose-built art room which is generously resourced, with opportunities to pursue two and three-dimensional work. A significant number of pupils win awards and scholarships for Art and Design to their future schools. 

View the galleries to see our Art, Music and Drama photos.


​Moulsford runs an annual ski trip which is always popular. Pupils receive professional ski instruction on the trip and make excellent progress during the week. We now enter an annual ski race which takes place in March.


​Climbing is offered through the PE programme and as an extra-curricular activity using the indoor climbing wall in the Sports Hall. The climbing wall is due to be extended in the near future thanks to the Parents’ Association.

River Sports

At Moulsford we make full use of our beautiful riverside site for sailing, kayaking and playing about on the river. 


Tennis is played both as a sport and as part of the hobbies programme throughout the summer term, with competitive matches played by boys from Year 4 to Year 8. Badminton is also played in PE lessons.


Judo is a popular option for boys and Moulsford pupils regularly compete in the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools tournaments.


Shooting at Moulsford continues to go from strength to strength with between 30 and 40 boys attending lessons during the 2012 academic year. Boys attend an annual game day and have the opportunity to compete against other schools including in the Schools Challenge and the School Nationals. 


Triathlon is a relatively new discipline here at Moulsford but has been taken up by the boys with enthusiasm.


Golf is played with great enthusiasm at Moulsford by pupils and staff alike. A number of boys enter tournaments throughout the year.


Boys from Moulsford regularly compete in fencing competitions including those organised by the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. Moulsford hosts the National Under-10 Sabre Competition.


Hockey is played in the spring term with a view to ensuring boys have appropriate skills for hockey at senior school level.

Athletics & Cross Country

​Cross Country takes place throughout the autumn and winter. Athletics forms a key part of the sports curriculum during the summer term, culminating in our annual Sports Day.


Football is very popular at Moulsford with over 30 teams playing competitively during the season. Years 5-8 play football in the first half of the autumn term with Year 3 and 4 playing in the spring term.


All boys participate in swimming lessons at Moulsford - vital not only for improving swimming technique but also for enabling boys to make the most of the riverside sports we offer. Many boys swim competitively during the summer term.


Cricket is played throughout the summer term on our stunning riverside pitches. There are up to seven wickets available and the top teams train year round using the indoor nets in the Sports Hall.


Moulsford has a well-deserved reputation for playing outstanding rugby and in 2013 the U11 Colts A at Moulsford Prep School completed a dazzling unbeaten season – for a fourth successive time. In 12 games, 446 points were scored and 90 conceded on arguably the toughest Prep School circuit in the country. There is a biannual Rugby Tour to South Africa for senior pupils.

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