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Lombard Street, Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey, England GU8 6AS

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 7 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)


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Word From The Head

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Chris Carlier

Welcome to the Aldro website and thank you for your interest. I hope that what you find here will give you a good insight into all that Aldro has to offer.

Aldro is a coeducational day and boarding school for approximately 220 children aged between 7 and 13. Nestled in the quintessentially English and very beautiful village of Shackleford, Aldro lies just 30 miles southwest of London and is in easy reach of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. With our full, weekly and family-friendly boarding, Aldro welcomes children from all around the world, as well as those looking for an idyllic country education away from the capital and many who join us daily from the towns and villages surrounding our stunning rural location in the home county of Surrey.

At Aldro, we are proud of our long history and proven success in preparing young people to attend leading independent senior schools, yet despite our heritage and traditions, our aim is to offer a modern, progressive and innovative curriculum that will prepare both girls and boys for their personal and professional lives beyond school.

Life at Aldro is also lots of fun. As you walk around the grounds, you will see children playing a whole variety of sports, rowing on the lake, learning the rules of Pétanque, or playing pirates on our very own adventure island. You will see them rehearsing for an upcoming play, singing in the choir, or heading off to the woods for yet another outdoor education lesson. Aldro life is guaranteed to be varied and stimulating!

Our small class sizes and high aspirations ensure that Aldro pupils achieve their very best in the classroom. We want them to discover a love of learning that will stay with them for life. Many will move on from Aldro to the UK’s top independent senior schools, often with scholarships and awards that reflect the diversity and excellence of their achievements along the way.

If children are to thrive at school, they must first feel happy. Our strong pastoral model and tangible sense of community, together with the values that stem from our Christian foundation, underpin our day-to-day lives here, helping to ensure that each child is uniquely known and individually valued. Our communal life is characterised by core values such as kindness, respect and integrity, and the school’s Christian foundation is as important today as it ever was; our lively Chapel services and engaging Assemblies begin each day and help to provide focus and context for the learning that follows. Aldro parents also contribute much to our sense of community and, when your child joins Aldro, you too become a part of the wider Aldro family.

We very much hope that, having visited our website, you will choose to visit Aldro in person. If you do so, Nicky and I shall be delighted to welcome you; we look forward to showing you around Aldro, the special place that is both our school and home.

Mr Chris Carlier


Open Days, Visits & Events

10-06-2023 - Open Morning

What We Offer

    • Classics
    • Design Technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Chinese - Mandarin
    • English As Foreign/2nd Language
    • French
    • Latin
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Fencing
    • Fitness Training
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Martial Arts
    • Netball
    • Rounders
    • Rugby
    • Squash
    • Swimming
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Water Sports
    • Ballet
    • Canoeing
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Horse Riding & Management
    • Orienteering
    • Public Speaking
    • Rowing
    • Sailing
    • Shooting
    • Hearing Impairment (HI)
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Before School Club
    • Diplomatic Children
    • Expatriate Children
    • Gifted Children
    • International Students
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Entry test or exam
    • Interview
    • Bursaries
    • Clergy/Ministers
    • Financial Assistance
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range7 to 13
      Annual Day Fees *18072 to 20973
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *4884 to 0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *24198 to 27222
      * Currency:

      Number Of Pupils

      21Full Boarding0
      35Weekly Boarding0
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 47
      Part-time: 25

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      We are most definitely a community school, and the inspectors really valued the “open door policy, whereby parents can communicate with teachers when needed”. We are also grateful to the feedback from parents who “unanimously agreed that they are encouraged to be actively involved in many aspects...

      Boarding was praised for its excellence in terms of outcomes, provision and facilities: “The quality of boarding provision and care is excellent”. We were thrilled that they recognised “the many and varied opportunities available enable them to develop excellent interpersonal skills with staff and...

      We want to make sure that outcomes for our boys reflect this same level of care; “Safeguarding is given extremely high prominence by all members of the school community and the procedures put in place reflect high levels of concern for the well-being of every pupil.

      Further to our ethos and values, the inspectors judged our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to be excellent and noted that: “Pupils display a strong spiritual and moral awareness, high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem”.

      This speaks to our fundamental ethos and aim of bringing out the best in boys: “The pupils’ attitudes to learning are a strength of the school, and pupils work well together and instinctively support one another’s learning.

      Where we were most pleased is their recognition of the successes and attitude of our boys: “pupils are open and friendly and show emotional maturity but are still able to enjoy the wonder and excitement of childhood”.