Parkside School Careers Site Eteach (45117)


Parkside is a thriving preparatory school for boys aged from four to 13, with an onsite co-educational nursery. Set in over 45 acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cobham, and just a few minutes from the A3, the School provides a stimulating environment in which boys can learn, grow and develop.

We focus on providing an education that allows the boys to make the most of their abilities, interests and talents so that they will progress to senior schools as confident and independent individuals, with a joy of learning. We seek to develop children academically, socially and physically, while drawing out their capacity for compassion, generosity and understanding. This is largely achieved by staff and senior pupils modelling these qualities themselves to the younger ones. At Parkside we believe that children learn best when they are happy, active and challenged; so we keep them active and we challenge them! We are uniquely geared to being able to accept children at a variety of ages and deliver them effectively to a range of senior schools, confident and well-prepared for their future. You only need to visit for a short time to see the enthusiasm of the children in lessons and around the School.

The only way to really appreciate the kind of school we are is to come and see us for yourself – we would be happy to meet you. Please call us for an appointment on 01932 862749, or visit on our next open day. Nicole Janssen, Head.

About us

Parkside aims to develop the whole child through the care, guidance and support of all staff members and the building of close links in a three-way partnership between school, pupil and home. Parkside encourages pupils to explore, discover and develop their particular skills and talents to the full, whether in the academic field, sport, art or music and to find the fulfilment and self-esteem necessary to enhance their lives.

The school aims to develop the values of respect, tolerance and compassion whilst encouraging self-reliance, confidence and independence. Parkside prepares pupils for their future schools and life in the wider world by developing them as well-rounded individuals, comfortable with their peers, elders and themselves, able to appreciate their talents, eager to realise their potential and confident in meeting new challenges. The School originates from a charitable trust established in 1879 which, following several changes of location, moved to Stoke d’Abernon in 1979

The School operates as a Preparatory School for day pupils. The School welcomes pupils from all backgrounds. Boys who move to Pre-Prep from the Nursery do so automatically. Where boys join at a later stage, the School’s admissions policy is not academically selective and there is a wide cross-section of academic ability. Boys are, however, tested to determine whether or not they will be able to follow the curriculum successfully and previous school reports may be consulted for evidence of good behaviour. The School operates no religious restrictions and there is no geographical restriction. In practice, pupils at Parkside are drawn from within a radius of approximately 20 miles. Although there are no gender restrictions in the Charitable Objects, the School in practice is only open to boys, though the Nursery is co-educational. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Parents are given regular information about their children’s social, academic and sporting progress through Parents’ evenings and through end-of-term mark reading and full School Reports. All pupils have a form teacher and from Form 3 are placed in sets for each subject according to their learning speed and ability.

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. 

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Five Distinctive Features

Parkside School is very special. Here’s why…

  • Parkside is a well-established school having been in existence for over 125 years. Despite its history, the school has a programme of continual development which ensures that facilities are constantly being updated in line with educational requirements in the 21st century.
  • The School is set in a beautiful 45 -acre site on the banks of the River Mole. The extensive playing fields and formal gardens are maintained to an exceptionally high standard, giving a pleasing working environment for both pupils and staff.
  • Predominantly a school for boys aged between 4 and 13 years (there is a very popular co-educational nursery on site), the school offers a curriculum which has been designed specifically to challenge boys and engage their intellect. Recent research shows that boys and girls learn very differently and single-sex schools are now more often the preferred choice of parents.
  • Parkside is large enough to cater for all and yet is small enough for pupils to be treated as individuals. Teaching is geared to allow boys to work at their own pace to reach their academic goals, and there is great emphasis within the school to promote pastoral care and a family atmosphere.
  • The school has enviable academic and sporting records and boys have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, other than those specific to the curriculum. It is our aim that there is ‘something for everyone’.

Living and Working in Surrey

Surrey is a county of contrasts. Only a short journey from London, it also offers a quick escape into peaceful countryside. This pleasant environment is combined with transport links that include the M3, M23 and M25 motorways, road and rail to London, and easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

In spite of a population of just over a million in a comparatively small area of 650 square miles, 80% of the county is farmland, woods, heath and open land. Although Surrey is a wealthy county, there are areas of relative poverty, particularly around some of the larger towns and a number of schools have pupils with a wide diversity of nationalities, cultures and languages.

Booming economy
There have recently been several major town centre redevelopments in Surrey. In the field of education and research, centres include Royal Holloway University (London) at Egham and Surrey University at Guildford. New research related technologies are also represented at Surrey University's research park and many multinational companies continue to relocate from London to Surrey.

Environmental issues
In Surrey there is a need to balance environmental conservation with the requirement for more homes, roads and commercial development.

For teachers in schools interested in green issues, Surrey County Council promotes environmental awareness with a wide range of initiatives to develop pupils' knowledge and experience.

Tourism and leisure
Surrey provides a wealth of contrasting leisure activities. Among the historic sites are Hampton Court Palace and Runnymede, as well as National Trust properties such as Clandon and Polesden Lacey. Other attractions include picturesque villages, gardens, such as Wisley, racecourses and river trips. Surrey also has seven major arts venues.

Sports centres are also plentiful, among them the Spectrum Centre in Guildford, probably the most exciting leisure complex in the UK. Other first-class facilities are available in Camberley, Egham, Lingfield and Oxted.

For cyclists and walkers there is an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes and Surrey also boasts high-quality shopping malls, particularly in Kingston, Guildford and Camberley.

The Visit Surrey tourism website gives comprehensive information about all these leisure activities.


Surrey has good road and rail links to London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports.