Nursery and Prep School for 2 - 11 years, nestled in the heart of Caterham.

Rated 'Excellent' in all areas, ISI November 2022

At Essendene Lodge School we take pride in being a family-focused school, where our main aim is to create a nurturing environment where children flourish as happy, successful, and motivated learners.

Our commitment is to provide educational excellence while fostering high expectations, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. With a strong emphasis on a happy, safe, and caring learning atmosphere.

What sets us apart?

Working in Partnership

We cultivate a welcoming community where parents are encouraged to actively participate and share in their child's learning journey.

Igniting Inspiration

We believe in the power of inspirational teaching that ignites and nurtures a genuine passion for learning.

Promoting Success

We are dedicated to fostering a supportive environment that promotes academic excellence and cultivates the skills necessary for success.

Free Summer Stay and Play Sessions

We will be holding free Stay and Play sessions for children aged 1 - 4 over the summer! Parents can come and enjoy a play session with their child, exploring a range of activities with free tea and coffee available.

  • Wednesday 17th July, 9am-11am
  • Friday 26th July, 9am-11am
  • Wednesday 31st July, 9am-11am
  • Friday 9th August, 9am-11am
  • Wednesday 21st August, 9am-11am

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Read our fantastic reviews

Essendene has created something special, in that they have managed to ensure an excellent level of education, but in an environment where the children really feel it is fun, inclusive and somewhere where they all feel valued. They are completely on top of each child's strengths, but equally areas where they need to concentrate a bit more on.
Current Parent, 2023
My kids take part in a wide variety of extra curricular activities, which they very much enjoy, and are also learning to play instruments through the school’s peri lessons.
Current Parent, 2023
The children thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of school trips which are on offer, and in particular enjoy taking part in the workshops and activities which are scheduled during the schools themed weeks, such as maths week, science week and wellbeing week etc.
Current Parent, 2023
I have two children who attend Essendene within the school and Preschool settings. My daughter absolutely loves the school and has really benefitted from the smaller class sizes. It is my firm belief that she has excelled and fully reached her potential due to having a smaller group and a more personalised touch to her learning.
Current Parent, 2023
The school teaches excellent values outside of the classroom including the value of friendship, personal wellbeing and emotional intelligence, all things which are essential for the children's growth.
Current Parent, 2023
The teachers absolutely care about every student as an individual and continue to do a fantastic job of delivering the curriculum in fun, engaging and creative ways, which really capture the students imagination. This level of engagement also ensures that they are taking in what they have learnt.
Current Parent, 2023

Orchard Funding

Orchard Funding is available should you wish to pay school fees monthly.

Essendene Lodge Prep School is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Orchard Funding Ltd which is a lender authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with number 725315. Company number 06656377 registered at 222 Armstrong Road Luton LU2 0FY. Instalment credit option subject to terms, conditions, and acceptance.

What's happening?

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🌟 Proud moments at Essendene Lodge School! Our incredible Year 6 students have secured an impressive array of scholarships to prestigious senior schools. From academic excellence to musical and sporting prowess, our students continue to shine bright, embodying our commitment to fostering well-rounded individuals. 🎓🎶🏅 For more details on our results and destinations, visit our website! Link in bio. #SuccessStories #EssendenePride #FutureLeaders #essendenelodgeschool #essendenelodge #essendeneisthebest #essendeneinspire #caterhamschools #surreyschools #ilgschools

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Interested in joining our ISI rated 'Excellent' school? Book a tour with us today! Visit our website to enquire, link in bio. #essendenelodgeschool #essendenelodge #essendeneisthebest #essendeneinspire #caterhamschools #surreyschools #ilgschools

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The whole of Essendene Lodge want to wish England the best of luck for tonight's semi final! COME ON ENGLAND 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @england

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Meet our new head girl and head boy! 🎉 Congratulations to Isabella and Jake for being selected to lead our school next academic year. We're excited to see the impact you'll have on our school community. #caterhammums #caterhamlife #surreylife #surreymums #whatsoninsurrey #learningisfun #independentschools #ingnitinginspiration #lifelonglearners #passionforlearning

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Our new head boy and head girl for the 2024/25 academic year......#caterhammums #caterhamlife #surreylife #surreymums #whatsoninsurrey #learningisfun #independentschools #ingnitinginspiration #lifelonglearners #passionforlearning

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Thank you to Miss Bartlett for a phenomenal Prize Giving with excellent singing and celebrations! It's a bittersweet farewell to our year 6 as they are preparing to move to secondary school and our reception students are moving on into the main school. Wishing them all the best for the future! 🌟👋 #caterhammums #caterhamlife #surreylife #surreymums #whatsoninsurrey #learningisfun #independentschools #ingnitinginspiration #lifelonglearners #passionforlearning

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Last Friday we stepped back in time with our KS2 production of Oliver. Thank you to Mrs McNeice for an amazing production and well done to the children for their super acting and singing. #caterhammums #caterhamlife #surreylife #surreymums #whatsoninsurrey #learningisfun #independentschools #ingnitinginspiration #lifelonglearners #passionforlearning

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Our first nursery Stay and Play session is taking place next week! ☀️ Parents can come and enjoy a free play session with their child, exploring a range of activities with free tea and coffee available. Spaces are limited for each session - Book to join us on our website, link in bio.⬆️ #essendenelodgeschool #essendenelodge #essendeneisthebest #essendeneinspire #caterhamschools #surreyschools #ilgschools

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Food, drinks, and games - what more could you ask for? 😋🥤🎯 Join us at the PTA fayre from 11am-2pm! #PTAevent #CommunityGathering #FunTimes #caterhammums #caterhamlife #surreylife #surreymums #whatsoninsurrey #learningisfun #independentschools #ingnitinginspiration #lifelonglearners #passionforlearning

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Winners! We are so proud of Willow Class for winning second place in the ISA Arts competition for their project ‘A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies’. 🦋

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Year 6 are ready to cast their votes in the Essendene Election. I wonder who will come out on top? #inquisitiveminds

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Willow Class have cast their votes, have you remembered yours?! The children have loved learning about democracy in action and have explored the manifestos of different parties. Today they have filled in their very own ballot papers in Essendene’s mock-election! But which party has the confidence of our students??