Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome to St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne. Life in the 21st century is changing fast. Here at St Andrew’s Prep we recognise the need to equip our young pupils with the minds to tackle modern life.


We value childhood as the most important stage in one’s life; a time where social development through friendship and play is as important as academic development within the classroom. We passionately believe that prep school education is about opening doors for young minds and, whilst maintaining high academic standards, we strive to ensure that each pupil has as many doors as possible from which to choose.

We feel that this is an exceptional school; an environment which upholds the finest prep school traditions but also one which is forward thinking in preparing children for life in the 21st century. We seek to ensure that all pupils are equipped with the essential qualities of kindness and compassion and that when each child leaves he or she is skilled and confident to perform in many different arenas.

This website will give you a glimpse of the education, opportunities and challenges that the school can offer your child. Please do explore it thoroughly and I hope it will whet the appetite for a visit during which, I’m sure, you’ll gain a real sense of the energy, the happiness and the engagement in learning of our children. I’m sure too you will see why we are so proud of its location, the heritage, facilities and staff of the school, but most of all, the children who define us and are the school’s heartbeat.

I very much look forward to meeting you and your children at St Andrew’s.

Gareth Jones


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I hope this website will whet your appetite and encourage you to book a visit during which you’ll gain a real sense of the energy, happiness and engagement in learning of our children.

Meet the Headmaster – Gareth Jones

With over 18 years’ experience of working in prep schools, Gareth has been Head of St Andrew’s Prep since September 2015. He arrived from the Dragon School, Oxford, where he was fully involved in all aspects of the community. An English and History teacher first and foremost, he was also the Director of Sport, 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football coach, Head of Athletics, he played a significant role in the Activities and Clubs programmes, was Director of the Extended Curriculum, Chairman of the Common Room and, as a Housemaster, was at the heart of boarding life alongside his wife, Jemma.

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As the youngest of ten children, it is no surprise that traditional family values are at the heart of what he holds dear in education.  As a member of Radio 2’s Most Musical Family 1992, and having played in several charity 7s rugby tournaments alongside his six brothers, sport and music play a big part in his life. Although still known to occasionally lace up his boots and step onto a rugby or football pitch, this is more likely to be with a whistle in hand so that he can referee. He can sometimes be spotted jogging along the seafront or on the hills of the South Downs and, occasionally, on the courts of the Devonshire Park Tennis Club with a racquet in hand.

He enjoys travelling and has organised and led many school trips to destinations as varied as Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Mallorca and Cape Town. He also loves crosswords and quizzes and has a genuine passion for finding out obscure bits of trivia.

Supported by Jemma (a PE teacher and former England hockey player) and their three young children, Ava, Darcie and Jacob all of whom wear the St. Andrew’s Prep uniform, Gareth is honoured to be at the helm of such a fine school. Although school life is busy for all of them, they love to explore the fabulous county of East Sussex and have embedded themselves in the heart of the community.