August 2011

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…

Welcome to London pre-prep! I assume you are either expecting your first baby or have already given birth to that little treasure, so congratulations!!! And now you are starting to think of schools and might be getting worried. You might have heard stories about having to live on the doorstep of good state schools in Continue reading…