Steephill School is a coeducational independent day school, for pupils aged from three to eleven years old. It is situated in the beautiful Fawkham Valley area between Dartford and Gravesend in a quiet lane overlooking the thirteenth century St Mary’s Church.
The school was founded in 1935 by Miss Eileen Bignold, who established its excellent reputation for high academic standards. In 1990, following the death of Miss Bignold, the school became a charitable trust administered by a Board of Governors.
Our small classes bring out the best in young children who receive all the help and encouragement they need from our qualified, experienced teachers. With up to sixteen pupils in each class, each child benefits from the individual attention necessary to achieve his or her full potential. As a small school the staff, parents and children all know each other and this contributes to our happy, family atmosphere.
We promote the arts at every opportunity, and our pupils have been winners and runners up in many categories at recent festivals including the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, the Maidstone Festival, the Bromley Festival and I.S.A. Arts Festivals. We also develop children through sport and regularly play matches against other schools, providing the opportunity for all children to participate. Steephill has a large sports field for football, athletics, cricket, hockey and rounders. Short tennis and netball are played on the purpose-built court.
Steephill children are taught to respect the environment, animal wildlife and the community. They walk across the church meadow to attend Church of England services at nearby St. Mary's for Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and Founder’s Day. The Rector visits the school regularly for the daily assembly.
The friendly caring atmosphere at Steephill ensures that our pupils have happy memories of their early school days. Great emphasis is placed on social skills and we encourage good manners, consideration for others and team spirit. Steephill pupils are encouraged to enjoy learning and work towards high standards. They earn house stars for academic progress and good behaviour. The annual prize-giving in the summer is the culmination of their many achievements during the school year.
Steephill School has excellent facilities. As well as the main building, which houses some of the classrooms, it has a school hall and in the garden area (our gardening club is very popular) four further classrooms and an art/science room. Early Years classrooms are adjacent to the main building, and the school has a dedicated music room, an I.T. Suite, a netball court, a sports field and a playing field. Furthermore, our orchard with climbing and play equipment provides an exciting outdoor space for exploration and the adjacent woodland is used for Forest School activities.