2012

Books to read with your baby

When my daughter was barely two months old, my mother gave her a lovely book as a gift – the board book Monkey Puzzle by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson – and asked me if I had started reading books with the baby yet. I was slightly surprised – isn’t it too early, I asked her? She’s Continue reading...

The Department of Education published the new SATS results for 2012 last week and we can finally update the list of top performing state primary schools in London this year. This list is based on the average point score per pupil reached in each school. Keep in mind that schools with the highest average point Continue reading...

Books to read with your preschooler

If your little one is reaching preschool age, it is the perfect time to keep fostering the love of books and reading, which will make everything easier - from bedtime battles to 4+ assessments :-). Many of the following the books are all-time classics that children can enjoy from the age of 3 till much Continue reading...

Books to read with your two-year-old

There's nothing better you can do for your child's early education than reading books together. The beautiful thing is that cuddling up reading books gives your child emotional grounding while also building up vocabulary, grammar and imagination. It is easy to look for educational ipad applications or Baby Einstein DVDs (whose educational effect is completely Continue reading...

Kensington Prep school visit

I had often walked past the Kensington Prep School, located in a former convent building in Parsons Green, wondering what was going on behind the walls, and was happy to finally get a chance to visit last week. I arrived on a Friday morning following the morning assembly, and on the inside, the school was Continue reading...

Christmas Appeal for Education in Africa in support of the charity PEAS

London Pre-Prep's Christmas appeal aims to raise £5,000 for the UK based education charity PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools). This innovative charity builds and runs secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia, where currently only 1 in 4 children can afford to attend secondary school. Every £31.50 donated will provide one extra child with a secondary education! How is that possible? PEAS Continue reading...

Locrating.com: finding top schools in your area

I just found out about this very helpful tool from a fellow mum and wanted to share it with you. It is called LOCRATING and the website is www.locrating.com. It's a very simple tool. You go to the SCHOOLS MAP, type in your post code, and you can narrow it to focus on nurseries or Continue reading...

Abercorn School celebrates its 25th anniversary

This September, Abercorn School in London celebrated its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1987, Abercorn School is proud of keeping its consistently nurturing and competitive approach to learning. High Mistress Andrea Greystoke said of reaching this important milestone:  “It doesn't seem possible that 25 years have passed since we first opened our doors, that is until I Continue reading...

And the top school in London is....  the St Paul's Girls' School! The second place, well, it's a tie between Westminster School and the North London Collegiate School, really. Westminster School has the second highest percentage of A*'s (85%), while NLCS tops the table of the highest share of A*'s - A's. So I will provide Continue reading...

London’s top nursery and preschools

For many children, the long journey that is education does not only start when they enter school. It begins at home, and for many children some time between 5 months and 3 years, it continues in nurseries or pre-schools. The best of these can offer an enjoyable and smooth transition from toddlerhood to the Reception Continue reading...

The Department of Education just published the list of 102 new free schools that will open in England in September 2013, 34 of which are located in London. Many of those are primary school, so I thought it is worth sharing more information about some of the free primary schools opening in Central London. You Continue reading...

Hill House School 2012 exit results

Hill House International Junior School is London's largest preparatory school educating up to 1,000 children aged 4 to 13, so I have been waiting for the 2012 11+ and 13+ results for quite a while. I am happy to report they have just added them to their website in the section "After Hill House"!   Continue reading...

This was an excellent documentary on BBC shot at the boys' prep school Sunningdale, a small boarding school in Berkshire. It gives an excellent insight into the style and quality of teaching and preparation for secondary schools that top prep schools offer - it also breaks your heart to see how the boys try to Continue reading...

We still need to wait a bit longer for Common Entrance / 13+ results for most of the London prep schools, but most schools have by now at least published their 2012 7+ and 8+ results. I just discovered Eaton House Belgravia has published their results here, and there are a few things to highlight Continue reading...

Which Central London Prep Schools offer Scholarships?

This is the second post in my series on school fees and financing. In the last post, I highlighted those prep schools with the most affordable fees. In this post, I want to highlight all the prep schools that offer scholarships and bursaries among those featured on London Pre-Prep's top prep schools and what the conditions Continue reading...

Affordable private schools in Central London

Opting for the private school route in Central London is a large financial  commitment for most families, particularly in these times and for those parents with two or more children. Adding the cost of uniforms, school trips and extracurriculars to the fees, you can expect to pay up to £20,000 per child per annum, and this Continue reading...

3 weeks ago, I highlighted in my newsletter that Cameron House School in Chelsea was the first prep school to report 11+ examination results for 2012. I am now happy to share that most prep schools profiled here are publishing their results for future schools their pupils have gained access to and I can provide Continue reading...

Looking at curricula and extracurricular activities at London independent schools, what strikes me is their lack of originality in designing teaching and personal development. Being independent, they have a lot of freedom in terms of how they can teach kids and what to teach, but almost all follow a very narrow curriculum and an identical Continue reading...