Pastoral Care

We believe that the best schools are open to everyone regardless of money, faith, gender or ability. This works because we are able to offer provision that comprehends the needs of everyone. This web site uses the mechanism of scientific elements to show you how it is possible to find the things that support and inspire your child, including some of the less familiar areas of the curriculum. It will also show how other elements will ensure your child is in an environment where those alongside them with a different profile will be cared for and engaged.

We assume the core, and now Modern Foreign Languages, will be familiar to you. Our record of delivery in these subjects is very strong indeed.

There is a limit to how a prospectus can convey the passion we have for our school. I would always advise a visit. You would be very welcome and go away reassured and excited.

I hope we help you see why students and staff love coming here so much.


The school was established in Wallingford 350 years ago by the merchant tailor Walter Bigg who wanted to endow a school associated with the parish church of St Mary’s.

He was born and raised locally and went on to be elected Lord Mayor of London. Although he made good he never forgot his roots and was keen to help others. He left us a trust fund that still exists for the benefit of our young people. We hope to encourage a similar desire to serve the community in our current students.

We are proud to have maintained our links with the Merchant Taylors' Company in the City of London continuously since 1659.