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Claremont Fan Court School


Claremont Fan Court School

Coordinates: 51°21′29″N 0°22′16″W / 51.358°N 0.371°W / 51.358; -0.371

Claremont Fan Court School
Motto Be Strong in Understanding
Established 1922 (Claremont School) 1934 (Fan Court School) 1978 (CFCS)
Type Independent School
Head of Senior School Jonathan Insall-Reid
Head of Preparatory School, Head of Pre Preparatory and Nursery School

Duncan Murphy

Louise Fox
Chair of Governors Dr A N Kather
Location Claremont Drive
KT10 9LY
Students 700
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2½–18
Houses Esher, Longcross, Norwood, Radnor

Claremont Fan Court School is a co-educational independent school, for pupils from 2½ to 18 years. Situated just outside Esher, in Surrey, sixteen miles from London, it is set in the historic grounds of the Claremont Estate.


In 1931, a school for girls moved into Claremont and adopted its name. During the Second World War, the school was evacuated to Llandrindod Wells in Wales, and Claremont was let to the Hawker Aircraft company, whose design team under the aeronautical engineer Sydney Camm produced the Hawker Tempest fighter.[1] In 1978 Claremont amalgamated with Fan Court School in Chertsey to form Claremont Fan Court School in Esher.

The National Trust acquired 50 acres (200,000 m2) of the Claremont estate in 1949. In 1975, with a grant from the Slater Foundation, it set about restoring the eighteenth-century landscape garden. Now Claremont Landscape Garden displays the successive contributions of the landscape gardeners who worked on it: Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgman, William Kent and Capability Brown.[2]


On joining the school pupils join one of the following four houses:

Various school interhouse activities take place throughout the year in addition to the House point system and sports day.



In the Autumn and Spring terms girls play lacrosse and netball, and in the Summer term they play rounders and athletics.


In the Autumn and Spring terms boys play rugby union and football, and in the Summer term they play cricket and athletics.

Notable pupils

Notable staff

  • Debra Searle (1975), adventurer, television presenter, and author

See also


External links

  • Official site

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