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History of St Gabriel's

12th Century Sandleford Priory founded for the Austin Canons by Count Geoffrey de Perche and his wife, Matilda, niece of King Richard I
18th Century Sandleford Priory acquired by the Montagu family.  Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, the founder of the Blue Stocking Society, employed James Wyatt, a leading exponent of the new Gothic Style, to make the 13th Century chapel in to a dining room, which was then joined to the houe by Wyatt's remarkable Oval Room.  The grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown
1929 St Gabriel's was founded in Mill Hill, London
1939 The school was evacuated to West Ogwell Manor in Devon
1943 St Gabriel's relocated to Ormonde House, Newbury
1948 An order of Anglican nuns bought Sandleford Priory and moved the school to its current site
1974 A Board of Governors became responsible for the school after the Sisters left
1983 The Junior School, Falkland St Gabriel's, previously at Wash Common moved to Sandleford Priory
1984 Science Block built
1989 Dining Room and Technology building opened
2002 Opening of the Sports Hall
2011 Opening of the North Block (MFL & Technology Rooms)
2014 Sandleford (nursery) opened its doors to children from the age of six months
2017 Opening of Sandleford Farmhouse as the new Sixth Form Centre


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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