Welcome

The New School Exeter is a very popular independent pre-preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-7 years.


It is my great pleasure and privilege as the new Head to welcome you to The New School. Founded in 1992, we have a consistently strong reputation for academic excellence and a caring, familial ethos. We pride ourselves on offering the very best introduction to school life, especially during those early years when key skills, attitudes and learning foundations are laid for life.

Our key aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares children for the next step in their education. This is achieved within a stimulating, nurturing and inspiring environment where children can thrive and develop a real love of learning. Situated in a converted chapel, nestled in spacious grounds on the outskirts of Exminster, our unique building has recently undergone significant refurbishment to provide further outstanding facilities.

As a small school with significant expertise in early years education, we are able to take a highly personalised approach, finding the brilliance in every child and supporting them to achieve their full potential. We take the time to develop strong relationships with all our children and parents to provide the best possible experience for each individual pupil in the four years that they are with us.

Having joined the Exeter School family in March 2021, we are very proud that our well-established relationship has been strengthened, and excited that our children can continue to experience and enjoy a full Exeter School education, from the early years through to the sixth form.

I do hope that our website gives you a flavour of all that is exceptional about our school. The best way to appreciate all we offer is through a school visit. We hope you will come and see us to experience what it is really like to be part of The New School community.

I look forward to meeting you.

Daniel Ayling MA (Cantab) NPQH
Head