What makes Essendene Lodge different to other schools? 

Nestled in the heart of Caterham, Essendene Lodge School offers an exceptional education that enables every child to thrive. As a highly recommended, inclusive, and non-selective school with an impressive academic record in results and scholarship attainment, Essendene Lodge School is attuned to the needs of children who may not be experiencing the support they need in their learning or are not being challenged enough to realise their full potential.

Our bespoke 11+ preparation and support enables our children to achieve excellent results and move onto the right school for them – whether that be a highly selective grammar or independent school.

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Small Class Sizes

As it’s a small community, children from the nursery to Year 6 know each other well. The small class sizes enable adequate time and attention to be given to each child, which is specifically tailored to their individual needs.

Pupil Wellbeing

As a wellbeing accredited school, mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of school life at Essendene Lodge School. Our children are happy, they feel heard and they develop healthy mindsets that instil a lifelong love of learning.


Our extra curricular offering helps ensure each child’s unique and natural talents are recognised and encouraged – whether that be through Drama, STEM, Chess, Cookery, Spanish, Maths Clinic, Lego, Coding or Debating Club.

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At Essendene Lodge every pupil from Reception Class upwards has a personal iPad. The iPad in the classroom brings education to life – interactive technology makes learning more engaging and memorable. Tools such as audio and video recorders, interactive learning programmes and the ability to present ideas in the way the child thinks change the way learning, exam preparation and homework is completed. Students have a sense of ownership and are more apt to take charge and become more invested in their own learning. They have access to resources not confined by the classroom walls or the school day.

11+ Preparation

In Upper Key Stage 2 we work very much in partnership with parents to help prepare pupils for common entrance exams taken at the age of 11 for entrance into local independent and Grammar Schools. Our strong academic success means that in recent years pupils have attained places at local schools such as: Caterham, Whitgift, Trinity, Woldingham, Tonbridge Grammar School, Lingfield College, Box Hill, Wallington County Grammar School and Wallington High School for Girls.

Early Years Excellence

Essendene Lodge early years offers a unique, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment for 2-5 year olds. Our aim is to support children to become confident, independent and well rounded by offering them opportunities, experiences and support to become happy and inquisitive individuals. If you are looking for more than just a daycare then we are the setting for you. We provide routine and stimulating activities to challenge your child and get them actively learning through play.