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Staunton Montessori School and Tutorial Centre

Welcome to our Staunton Montessori School & Tutorial Centre!

  • A beautiful Montessori Nursery School & Tutorial Centre in rural Nottinghamshire – situated in the historic village of Staunton in the Vale, Vale of Belvoir, Nottingham, UK.
  • ‘The ultimate learning environment!’

Staunton Montessori is a much loved Nottinghamshire nursery school offering something really unique and special, as Oftsed and the following parent testify:

“It has been such a pleasure to bring A. to Staunton every morning! Your entire approach to the children is wonderful. So much to keep them entertained and to develop them as individuals. We could not have wished for more!”

For many more testimonials please see:

Feedback from parents:

Hi Robert,

Just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for providing E. with a truly magical nursery experience. You are very lucky to have such wonderful staff who really work hard at making everyday special for the children . My special thanks to Lisa who was E.’s key worker who really did “get” E. and I think genuinely loved and cared for her like we do at home.  All the staff are fabulous and although E. is ready for school, I will miss bringing her and interacting with all your lovely team. We are so pleased we chose your nursery and will have very fond memories! Wishing you all the best,     Kindest S. and P.

Why not come and view the nursery for yourself to see what amazing experiences we can offer your child? Call the office to book a visit and tour with headteacher Robert Staunton. Don’t let your child miss out on Staunton Montessori!

Fun at Staunton: Nottinghamshire Nursery School

Fun at Staunton: Nottinghamshire Nursery School

  • Head teachers, Robert & Adrienne Staunton, turned a crumbling cattle shed in Nottinghamshire countryside, into what one parent described as: ‘the ultimate learning environment.’ Now the school educates many children, with the Nottinghamshire Nursery Montessori School providing for forty 1-5 year olds and the Tutorial providing tuition for many students, from 5- 16 years old. The overall aim is to offer the Montessori Curriculum in a homely & beautiful environment, providing excellence in education for all age groups. The Montessori School feeds local Nottinghamshire primary and prep schools and employs highly qualified early years teachers, including our Deputy Head, Mrs Emma Marshall (QTS). Most of the Tutorial students are preparing for Grammar School or Private School entrance exams, scholarships or GCSEs. Other students include those from overseas who are studying English Language, Culture & Communication.

The Nursery School and Tutorial opened in the home of Mr & Mrs Robert Staunton in 2001 on the historic family estate in the village of Staunton in the Vale – a beautiful part of Nottinghamshire, less than 20 miles from the centre of Nottingham city centre. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, with a fantastic response in the local community, across the Vale of Belvoir and beyond, with parents willing to travel up to 20 miles to access the independent school.

The Montessori School started with groups of 6 children and now takes up to 20 children in two or three groups. Mr Staunton, Head Teacher, said: ‘Parents loved what we did and kept coming and also spread the word. We haven’t advertised for years! We feel it’s a real privilege to work with children and during the Early Years we can see the impact we’re having.’ With the help of a DEFRA Rural Development grant the School moved into beautifully renovated barns from the farmhouse in 2005. A further barn conversion was completed in 2010 with an Early years Capital funding grant.


One parent stated: ‘I like the friendly & calm atmosphere of the school and the genuine interest & affection the staff have for the children, making it the ultimate learning environment.’
The development of the Nottinghamshire Nursery School received widespread support in the area, with Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt. writing: ‘…about your project to transform degenerating farm buildings at Staunton into a Montessori school. I can think of no better use for redundant farm buildings and you will be fulfilling an undoubted need for nursery provision. I think your project is very worthy…’

Another parents wrote saying, “We can’t quite believe that A.’s time with you has come to an end. It has really been the stuff that childhood memories are made of, we will always be grateful. Thank you to all of you for every part you have played in the time she’s spent with you. We will always treasure it and A. will too.” (from mother and GP, Dr M. K.)

“I can’t believe my son is leaving and want him to enjoy and make the most of the next 2 weeks! He will miss Montessori and so will I. I feel very emotional about him leaving as we have had 5 lovely years of coming to Staunton. What a fantastic time he has had with you all as did his brother and I must say I think it’s the best nursery in the world! He is excited for the next chapter but for us this is an end of an era. Staunton Montessori we have loved you!” Mrs. S.

The Montessori method was pioneered in the inner city of Rome by Professor Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician. Subsequently it has not always reached across the social spectrum as much as it could, however, engaging with issues of social inclusion, Staunton Montessori School has introduced an ‘Early Years Scholarship Scheme’ to assist access. The school is also registered with the Local Authority and parents can claim funding for their 3-4 years olds for fees.

Dr Maria Montessori

“The child would appear among us as the teacher of peace. We must gather around him to learn the mystery of humanity, to discover in her the mystery of fundamental goodness.”

“That is the source of knowledge that interests us most of all. If we truly yearn for brotherhood, sisterhood and understanding among peoples, there must also be…understanding between adult and child!”

Professor Maria Montessori

Pre-school children at Staunton Montessori Nottinghamshire Nursery School

Children attend a Summer party at Staunton Montessori.

Below: a four year old’s recollections of her time at Staunton Montessori

Lily-May's recollections