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Sancton Wood School

– A message from the Principal

“A warm welcome to Sancton Wood School, a community of fun and energy close to the heart of Cambridge city centre.

Our school was founded in 1976 as a primary school and since then has expanded year on year. We now operate across three sites and have 400 children on roll.  Our Core Values shape everything we do and define what we stand for: inclusivity, care, and a deep worth of the individual.  We value learning too and believe that a carefully planned, pastoral approach to education will lead to outstanding academic outcomes; at GCSE, for example, our students excel, recording results which are way above the national average…”

In 2018, we joined the Dukes family and I have been delighted by the support and investment they have given to the school.  Most strikingly, in the purchase of a brand new secondary school site which will allow us to improve our provision further and grow to three forms of entry.

Our most recent ISI inspection captured our mission statement perfectly concluding that:

‘From EYFS upwards, pupils at Sancton Wood are highly successful in their learning and development. Their achievement is excellent.’

They also concluded:

  • ‘Pastoral Care is excellent.’

  • ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.’

  • ‘Curricular and extra curricular provision is excellent.’

Recently, the best reference for the school I’ve come across was from one of our Y2 pupils who, on the walk home from school, told her mum, “I like Sancton Wood so much I’d like to spend Christmas Day there.”

Sancton Wood School

Sancton Wood School is an independent, co-educational nursery and day school in Cambridge, educating children from 1 to 16 years of age. It joined Dukes Education in September 2018. Sancton Wood is a school that focuses on discovering the innate qualities and skills of every child, helping them to develop these to full capacity.


The school has a reputation for instilling good manners, reliability, and self-discipline into every child that comes through its doors in Cambridge. The small, supportive, and close-knit community is often likened to a family – kind and tolerant, where everyone can find their place and be valued. The school’s setting, close to parks, museums, and the centre of Cambridge, allows for the provision of an outstanding contribution to the social, emotional, and academic development of each child.


Class sizes are small at an average of 16 pupils, creating fabulous learning environments where teachers have time for individuals and pupils feel comfortable sharing their ideas and where imaginations can wander freely.


More than anything else, however, the school is about discovering the deep worth of every individual and promotes the development of personal talents and interests.

Sancton Wood nursery girl laughing behind her hand
Sancton Wood is an inspiring community of like-minded learners.
Sancton wood boy raising his hand in class
Our students develop a thirst for knowledge throughout their time with us.

Extraordinary results

Students at Sancton Wood regularly achieve outstanding GCSE results, a wonderful testament to the efforts of both teachers and students.

Sancton Wood is regularly placed in The Times Top 100 Schools and was recently placed at the top of an ISA table of points per pupil. In 2018 a Head Boy achieved an exceptional haul of 10 Grade 9 GCSEs, for which he was awarded the Whitbread Memorial Prize.

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Sancton Wood offers an education all the way up to 16 years.
17 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2JB
2 St. Paul’s Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EZ
57 Bateman St, Cambridge, CB2 1LR

Sancton Wood School

17 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JB, UK

Sancton Wood School

Saint Paul's Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ, UK

Sancton Wood School

57 Bateman St, Cambridge CB2 1LR, UK

From EYFS upwards, pupils at Sancton Wood are highly successful in their learning and development. Their achievement is excellent.

Latest ISI Inspection
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Baby Unicorns Nursery

Sancton Wood School’s nursery, led by the wonderful Nic Henson, is called Baby Unicorns’. Welcoming children from 1 year old, Baby Unicorns allows for an all-through education up to 16 years of age.