7+ specimen papers

For those of you preparing for upcoming 7+ exams in December and January, here is a helpful overview of very good past papers published by the top target schools in London, along with a few more from highly selective schools elsewhere in England. They vary in difficulty, so I recommend rather than going through paper Continue reading…

Should you choose a British school or international school?

One of the first decisions you have to make, assuming you are going private, is between the British system and international schools. There are considerable differences between the curricula and approaches, but even practical considerations. First, let us consider the practical aspects, as they can be a deciding factor even before you look into theoretical Continue reading…

St Anthony’s School for Girls Launches Scholarship Programme

St Anthony’s School for Girls is offering children a fantastic opportunity for means-tested scholarships offered at 7+ in both this current academic year and that starting September 2018. Part of the Alpha Plus Group, the Golders Green based school has re-launched the initiative to make it possible for bright local girls, who otherwise may not Continue reading…

GCSE league tables 2017 London

Following last week’s publication of A-Level results, which featured some surprising new comers, here is the new ranking of London secondary schools based on 2017 GCSE results. Unbeatable St Paul’s Girls’ School is Number 1 (as always?), closely followed by Westminster School. NLCS, Habs and City are strong as always. The co-educational schools keep edging Continue reading…

A-Level results 2017: King’s College Maths School tops the list of best London secondary schools

And the top secondary school in London is….  the King’s College Maths School, a selective state Sixth Form college in Lambeth! Pupils outperformed their peers at highly selective independent schools Westminster School, St Paul’s Girls’ School and King’s College Wimbledon, among others. These are just headline numbers and the picture will look a bit different if we Continue reading…

Summer activities for kids in London

The summer holidays are in full swing, despite the weather, and it is time to do a roundup of summer camps and activities in London, for those of you who still need some ideas for what to do in August. I must add that this summer I have booked my kids in for far less Continue reading…

St Paul’s feeder schools

Following separate posts on leading feeder schools to Westminster School and Eton College, below is the same information for St Paul’s School in Barnes. First, here are pre-preps that feed St Paul’s Junior School at 7+ / 8+, to the extent that they publish this information: St Paul’s Junior School feeders 2017 7+ and 8+: – Continue reading…

We are still awaiting publication from a few important prep schools – Thomas’s, Bute House and Hill House to name but a few. Below is a comprehensive list of schools that have published their 11+ results for 2017 already. This will be updated as soon as additional results are published. For those looking for a specific St Continue reading…

Recommended Easter holiday camps

We have only just come back from half-term holidays and it is already time to start planning Easter activities! Most schools break up for somewhere between two and four weeks, with most activities concentrated in the two weeks preceding Easter (weeks starting April 3rd and April 10th). Some schools organise their own holiday activities as well Continue reading…

It is still very early days but the first pre-prep schools have started releasing their 7+ results. This post will be updated as schools release their results. Please see the summary of Westminster Under / St Paul’s / Sussex House feeders at the end of this post. Children’s House Upper School, Islington tba Eaton House Continue reading…

This coming Friday 2nd February is the official deadline for acceptances of 4+ offers at many schools. It is a tough time and parents worry a lot about making the right choice. In surprisingly many cases when parents contact me about schools, they actually have a clear favourite – they love the kids, the Head, the Continue reading…

Wetherby Kensington opening in September 2017

Alpha Plus Group is delighted to announce the opening of a new school called Wetherby Kensington. The school will open in September 2017 and will be located at 4 Wetherby Gardens, SW5 0JN, not far from Falkner House School for boys that will be opening on 20 Penywern Road at the same time. Wetherby Kensington Continue reading…

Official Opening of St Anthony’s School for Girls

St Anthony’s School for Girls, the new independent Catholic school located at Ivy House, North End Road, NW11, welcomed founding parents, governors, and other guests on the evening of 12 October to celebrate its official opening. The school is situated on the North End Road (A502) between Golders Green and Hampstead Heath, and it is Continue reading…

13+ results London prep schools

Below is a comprehensive overview of 13+ results at London prep schools. We’re awaiting the publication of several important prep schools and will update accordingly, but most prep schools have already released their 2016 results. If you want a quick overview of the numbers sent to the highly selective schools, also check the updated list Continue reading…

New Chinese bilingual school to open in Kensington in 2017

Kensington Wade, the first dual language English Chinese prep school in the UK is set to open in London 2017. The school will be the first of its kind and has been founded by Adrian Richardson, founder and principal of the Cothill Trust, together with Professor Hugo de Burgh, an expert on China and cultural Continue reading…

Following Helen Pike’s move to Magdelen College Oxford, South Hampstead High School has just announced that Vicky Bingham will take over as Headmistress of SHHS from January 2017. Vicky Bingham is currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Guildford High School, an academically selective school for girls aged 4-18 in Surrey. She has been in Senior Management Continue reading…

GCSE results London 2016

Following the release of last week’s A-Level results, schools across the country have now also released their GCSE results 2016, which enables us to compile a ranking specifically for London day schools. GCSE results give us a more recent picture of how a school is performing, since the pupils who take the exams have usually Continue reading…

A-Level results 2016: best London secondary schools

And the top secondary school in London is….  the St Paul’s Girls’ School (again)! The second place goes to Westminster School, followed by the North London Collegiate School (as always, it seems). Girls Day School trust (GDST) schools are well presented with two out of the top 20 schools in the ranking (Putney High and SHHS would be the third and fourth Continue reading…