2011

Falkner House school visit

Falkner House is located a very short walk from Gloucester Road tube station in South Kensington, in a lovely old house on Brechin Place. It is a family run school with no external owners or governing body. The headmistress, Mrs Anita Griggs, a former Economics A-Level teacher at St Paul's Girls' School, inherited the school Continue reading...

Leading feeder schools to Eton College

Eton College is one of the most sought after boarding school choices for boys in the UK, and I have recently been asked several times to compile a list of London schools that best prepare for entry to Eton College. Do keep in mind that some boarding prep schools are generally considered the more traditional Continue reading...

Last weekend, parents at the Royal School Hampstead, an independent girls school founded in 1855, received a letter notifying them that the school had been sold to the Cognita Schools Group and is to be merged with the co-educational North Bridge House School. The former Royal School site will be used for the Senior School Continue reading...

I am excited to announce the launch of the free London schools guide LONDON SCHOOLS DEMYSTIFIED. It contains concise and very up to date info on finding the best state primaries and prep schools in your area, choosing a school and preparing for admission as well as planning the journey from primary to secondary school Continue reading...

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of the successful inner-city comprehensive Mossbourne Academy in Hackney is to be named Chief Inspector for Ofsted. Sir Michael is known for turning around Mossbourne Academy from one of the worst schools in Britain into one of the best, with 10 Mossbourne pupils securing offers from Cambridge University this year! He Continue reading...

Cameron House school is located in The Vale, a beautiful green side street off King's Road in Chelsea. You could almost mistake it for a residential building, were it not for the colourful scooters parked outside its entrance door. Upon arrival, I met an American father and another English couple who were going to do Continue reading...

For those of you who haven't seen this TED talk, I think it is very helpful to listen to this in order to remind ourselves about what's important to look for when choosing schools for our children. In the competitive London independent school environment, it is easy to believe you need to choose the prep Continue reading...

Glendower Prep School visit

Glendower Prep School is one of the top prep schools in London, with stellar exit results, and its popularity was evident in the make-up of parents during my school visit: I was the only mum with a born daughter, the other mothers were all yet to give birth! We were glad to hear then that Continue reading...

Thank you so much to mums of three Colleen and Vikki for submitting londonpreprep's first parent review!! Colleen has three children at Abercorn School in St John's Wood and has written the following in the comments section of the Abercorn School profile: I have three children at Abercorn School who have been students there since Continue reading...

Knightsbridge School visit

Knightsbridge school is a very popular school, but they offer any interested parent an appointment to visit the school at one of their show-arounds within a couple of weeks or so. When I went to visit the school, there was a group of about eight parents, at least half of them internationals. We were greeted Continue reading...

A large part of this website is dedicated to finding the best British independent preparatory school for your child, but in reality a fair share of internationals prefer their children to be educated in an international setting, particularly in a setting that nurtures entrepreneurship, groupwork and creativity rather than constant testing and test preparation. If Continue reading...

Two new series I am starting here is to feature the top international schools in London and to discuss excellent value for money if not free alternatives to private schools. One of the most popular alternatives to preparatory and private secondary schools is the French Lycee in London. It consists of the main secondary school Continue reading...

No appointment is needed for visiting the Hill House International Junior School in Knightsbridge. Parents are welcomed any morning during term time between 8.30 and 9am. How does this work, given that most other schools require parents to make an appointment well in advance, and others even fail to respond to parents enquiries unless they Continue reading...

For most internationals arriving in London, the first confusing terminology to come to grips with is the term public school. Particularly for Americans, using the term public school for what is in fact a private school is counterintuitive to say the least. I assume most people who have arrived here know by now that public Continue reading...

Newcomers to London find out about the famous assessment soon after their babies are born and people start telling them that they should now start thinking about schools! A few pre-prep schools are non-selective (notably Pembridge Hall, Wetherby, Hill House School, and the Eaton House Schools), but many popular schools do run assessments in order Continue reading...

Garden House School in Chelsea has introduced a new merit-based scholarship covering 50% of school fees! It is open to boys in year 3 (for entry into year 4 in September 2011), and is assumed to be repeated each year. This looks like a fantastic opportunity for a high achiever currently attending state schools to Continue reading...

Pupils all over the UK have received their A-level results this morning. Grade inflation continues, with the pass rate rising for a 28th year in a row, to 97.8%! It tells you all you need to know about the minimum standards necessary to pass the A-Level. An interesting trend is the increase in maths and Continue reading...