Prior's Field is an independent girls boarding and day school in Godalming, Surrey in the South East of England. It is set in 23 acres of parkland, 34 miles south west of London and adjacent to the A3 with its links to the capital and the south coast.
The school was founded in 1902 and began with 7 pupils. Today 430 pupils, aged 11 to 18, attend Prior's Field, with a third of pupils from the UK and abroad boarding on a full, weekly or flexible basis. The Headteacher is Mrs Julie Roseblade who joined in 2006 from St. Helen's, Northwood and is the school's 10th Head.
Prior's Field School opened on 23 January 1902. It was founded by Julia Huxley who was the mother of Julian and Aldous Huxley, the niece of the poet Matthew Arnold and the grand-daughter of Dr. Thomas Arnold, the headmaster of Rugby immortalised in the novel Tom Brown's Schooldays. The Huxley Family is interesting historically for the achievements of several of its members across the fields of science, medicine, literature and education. Julian Huxley would go on to become a biologist, the first Director of UNESCO and a founder member of WWF. Aldous Huxley was the eventual author of Brave New World, published in 1932. W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Lewis Carroll were family friends and the school motto "We live by Admiration, Hope and Love" is from The Excursion by William Wordsworth.