Eton End PNEU School began in May 1936 when Miss Johnstone, the school’s first Headmistress responded to the request from Eton College Masters to start a school for their children. When the school opened in a wing of the Eton Vicarage, there were only fifteen pupils aged between 6 and 12 years. By the time Miss Johnstone left the school 27 years later in April 1963, there were 70 pupils on roll and the school had moved to its present site at 35 Eton Road, Datchet.
Miss Anderson became the second Headmistress and she remained in post for a magnificent 28 years! The school continued to thrive under her leadership and pupil numbers rapidly increased. Miss Anderson lived at the school and she loved her combined life of school and home.
Mrs Ottley was the school’s third Head taking up post in 1991. She oversaw the continued growth in pupil numbers and facilities at the school. A brand new Pre Prep block was built and the original School House was extended to provide a five room Nursery.
Vanessa Pilgerstorfer was the fourth Headmistress in the school’s history. Mrs Pilgerstorfer stepped down from the post after eight successful years. In that time she worked tirelessly to ensure that pupils at Eton End received an excellent, broad, enriching and memorable curriculum which would prepare them well for their next schools. Above all, she wanted them to enjoy their precious childhood days in a safe and happy environment.
Sarah Stokes was appointed as the new Headmistress in 2013. She has been committed in continuing the school’s legacy and traditions whilst keeping up with the changing world. Excellent academic standards are maintained and the school continues to pride itself on its ‘family feel’. Full use is made of the six acres of grounds surrounding the school buildings and the pupils enjoy the many learning opportunities on offer as they use the adventure trail and the outdoor classrooms and explore the woods and trails on the field.
Eton End is very proud to be celebrating its 80th anniversary. Mrs Stokes, her staff and pupils have planned a variety of events to mark 80 years of excellence and celebrate this very special school and its community.
As the next chapter in the school’s history unfolds, boys joining Eton End in the Early Years will now be able to stay at our school until age 11.
Our priorities at the school remain as they were at the beginning; academic standards are very high, there is excellent pastoral care and our pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. We still live by our PNEU motto: “I am, I can, I ought, I will” and our children continue to be children, a rarity in this day and age.