A legacy embracing history
Pupils have walked our corridors since 1896, when our school’s illustrious journey commenced. As we explore the chronicles of Bishopsgate, our origins are intertwined with the grandeur of Windsor Great Park’s Bishop’s Gate entrance, bestowing upon us a name that resonates with the echoes of the past.
A harmonious union
In 1996, a momentous merger transpired, bringing together the Scaitcliffe and Virginia Water Prep Schools. These hallowed institutions, with a combined legacy of over 160 years in the realm of preparatory education, birthed a new chapter in our storied heritage. Scaitcliffe, rooted in tradition as a distinguished boys-only prep school, bore tribute to its owners, the Vickers family. As our glorious scholarship boards continue to attest today, academic excellence was ingrained in the very fabric of Scaitcliffe. Post-war, Scaitcliffe boys were proudly divided among four houses, each bearing the name of a British military hero: Jellicoe, Beatty, Haig, and Kitchener.
Simultaneously, whilst welcoming boys until the age of 7, Virginia Water Prep thrived as a Roman Catholic girls’ school. Nestled within the confines of a serene residential road in Virginia Water, this establishment upheld outstanding academic standards and nurtured a vibrant student body. Many of its pupils, upon reaching the next phase of their educational journey, found themselves destined for Scaitcliffe’s embrace.
Embracing a legacy
Renamed in September 1997, Bishopsgate School emerged from its chrysalis, symbolizing both its transformation into a co-educational prep but also its proximity to the illustrious Bishop’s Gate, gateway to Windsor Great Park.
Shaping the Future
At Bishopsgate, our historic tapestry weaves together the aspirations of generations past with the dreams of those yet to come. Our commitment to academic excellence, character development, and fostering a sense of community stands resolute.