Note that this was a temporary prospectus, produced two or three years after moving to Caldicott, and during a difficult period of the Second World War. The original was 14 pages, some of which were blank. However, all of the text is reproduced here, as well as the five atmospheric pictures at the end of the booklet.
A Preparatory School for Boys.
F. GORDON WOOD, M.A.Camb., F.R.G.S.
J. SHEWELL COOPER, M.A.Camb.
Caldicott is a Preparatory School for boys between the ages of seven and fourteen. Boys are prepared for the Public Schools and Royal Navy and it is our aim that in every department of life they may be able to make the very best use of the time they spend at their public school and learn not only to get the most out of life but to put the best into it.
Caldicott training is based on sound discipline, which allows freedom of expression, and at the same time inculcates courtesy, self control and thoughtfulness for others.
Those visiting the school feel the friendly atmosphere at once, and realise that at Caldicott the boys are surrounded by happy and homely influences. Only when healthy and happy can a boy develop naturally and do his best at work and play.
The School, which is recognised by the Board of Education, was founded in 1904 at Hitchin, and was moved in 1938 to its present premises adjoining Burnham Beeches. It stands on gravel soil in 17 acres of ground, 250 feet above sea level, with an extensive view overlooking the Thames Valley to the North Downs. The original house was built in 1876 and has now been brought up to date with a new and extended system of heating and lighting. In the grounds adjoining the school there are two playing fields, a paddock, two grass tennis courts and one hard court, and in addition there are ornamental and kitchen gardens.
There is a resident staff of qualified masters and three ladies. The curriculum follows the usual course, and while promising boys are coached for scholarships, there is no cramming, and the average boy takes the Common Entrance examination in his stride. Scholarships have been won for Charterhouse, Sherborne, Sedbergh,The Leys, Mill Hill and Berkhamsted. Beyond the usual subjects there are classes in nature study, carpentry and music. Singing is considered an important subject, not only for the pleasure and the benefit it may give in after life, but because the study of it, involving better breathing and alertness of mind, makes for increased physical and mental powers.
Drawing is taught by the most up-to-date methods, whereby the boy is given freedom of expression, and his interest and style are not dulled by too much technique in the early stages.
These are in the hands of Miss K. M. Elgar who is Norland trained and has had many years' experience in Preparatory Schools. The importance of an attractive yet wholesome diet is fully realised. The boys have fresh fruit every day, vegetables from the garden and plenty of milk which is tuberculin tested. Tuck boxes are not brought, but there is a school tuck shop where the boys can buy sweets.
Messrs. Peter Robinson are the school outfitters.
In addition to good food, light and fresh air are among the first essentials of good health, and these points are emphasised in the buildings and the amount of time spent out of doors. The resident matron is a fully qualified hospital nurse of great experience, while the school doctor pays regular visits to the school. Every boy is given a thorough overhaul each term and his weight is noted on the term's report. The school holds a remarkably good record for health.
Cricket, association football, hockey, and tennis are played in their respective terms and the school has recently taken up archery. Saturday afternoons are devoted to Scouting. The annual camp is held after the summer term for the senior Scouts; this is run largely by the Patrol Leaders themselves under the guidance of the Scoutmasters and does much to inculcate the qualities of initiative and resourcefulness.
The school has its own chapel. The services and religious teaching are planned so as to be suitable for young boys, and their aim is, through the principles of the Christian religion, to produce an atmosphere in the daily life of the school which will be a permanent influence for good.
Fees. [Note: Not arranged as in the prospectus - not designed for the web!]
Boarders per term £50/0/0 School books
Medical £1/1/0 Optional - Carpentry £1/1/0 Pianoforte £3/3/0 Riding £3/10/0 Dayboys, by arrangement from per term £15/15/0
The following have kindly consented to allow their names to be used as Referees for Caldicott. Many of them are parents of past and present pupils.
Lord Hayter of Chislehurst.
Lord Stamp of Shortlands.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop Blackie, The Deanery, Rochester.
His Honour Judge Shewell Cooper, The Wyke, Gerrards Cross.
*Sir Leighton Seager, C.B.E,. J.P., Bryn Ivor Hall, Castleton, Cardiff.
Rev. A. J. Costain, M.A., Headmaster, Rydal School, Colwyn Bay.
G. M. Riding, Esq., M.A., Headmaster, Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts.
Dr. W. G. Humphrey, M.A., Headmaster, Leys School, Cambridge.
*Dr. D. Rocyn Jones, C.B.E., J.P., D.P.H., Newport, Mon. (County Medical Officer for Monmouthshire).
*His Honour Judge Owen Thompson, M.A., K.C., Highlands, Northwood, Middx.
Miss Davies, Headmistress, Farringdons, Chislehurst.
Miss Trew, Headmistress, Queenswood, Hatfield.
J. Dykes Bower, Mus.Bac., Organist of St. Paul's Cathedral.
*C. H. Vernon, Esq., Meadow-side, 58, Holden, Road, Woodside Park, N .12 .
J. H. S. McArthur, Esq., M.A., J.P., i, Belvoir Terrace, Cambridge.
Reginald L. Hine, Esq., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S., Willianbury, Willian, Herts.
C. M. Cox, Esq., M.A., Headmaster, Berkhamsted School.
C. Fox, Esq., M.A., Principal, Schoolmasters' Training College, Cambridge.
E. E. Kellett, Esq., M.A., 5, Woodville Road, Blackheath (late Scholar and Prizeman of Wadham College, Oxford)-.
W. S. Thatcher, Esq., M.A., 6, St. Paul's Road, Cambridge (Censor, Fitzwilliam House, Cambridge).
*Dr. T. Jones, J.P., C.C. (Chairman of the Anglesey Education Committee), Amlwch, Anglesey.
*Parents of former or present pupils.
F. GORDON WOOD, M.A., Camb., F.R.G.S.
J. SHEWELL COOPER, M.A., Camb.
S. G. ANDERSON.
Miss K. M. ELGAR, N.1.
Sister A. B. CLAY, S.R.N.
Miss de St. CROIX, L.R.A.M.
Miss G. M. ELGAR (Westminster School of Art).
P. TANNER (late Royal Artillery, N.C.O.)
Swimming and. Carpentry.
Rev W. N. Wastmore M.A. [Written by hand]
The enclosed views show the house and grounds (formerly known as East Burnham Lodge) near Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, which have been acquired for Caldicott School. A new prospectus will be issued later, but in the meantime these photographs will give some idea of the estate before work is begun on the new wing. The property covers seventeen acres and in addition to the grounds shown, includes further playing fields and a small wood.