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: Academy School Hampstead 11+ offers City of London School 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. Children's House Upper School, Islington tba Eaton House Belgravia 7+ accepted offers St Paul's 3 Latymer Prep 1 King's College Wimbledon 3 WCCS 8 Wetherby Prep 2 Westminster Under 5 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...

Summer camps in London 2016

Summer holidays lasting 8 if not 10 weeks are a real challenge for working parents particularly, but luckily London offers great opportunities for school aged children in a wide range of areas. Summer camps can be very neighbourhood specific, so you need to ask around what other classmates are doing. Some schools organise their own Continue reading...

Exclusive interview on the opening of Falkner House pre-prep for boys

There is a shortage of boys' pre-preps in London, which is why competition for places at Wetherby or the popular co-educational prep schools is so intense. It is great news then that Falkner House is starting a pre-prep school for boys aged four to eight with an attached co-educational nursery, following their recent acquisition of 20 Continue reading...

Big changes are afoot at the co-educational pre-prep Phoenix School in Hampstead. The UCS Council has decided that the school should transition to an all boys Pre‐Prep school with children aged 4‐7, with the entry point being directly into Reception via a 4+ assessment. This means that the last in‐take of girls will be September Continue reading...

Alpha Plus to open school in New York City

Pembridge Hall and Wetherby are joining Garden House and Abercorn to open a New York prep school based on the English national curriculum! Alpha Plus Group is delighted to confirm that they will open a new school in New York City in September 2017. The school, which will be called Wetherby-Pembridge School New York, will be Continue reading...

A visit to Broadhurst School in Hampstead

Following recent press coverage on oversubscribed London nursery schools, I was kindly invited by the most oversubscribed nursery of them all, Broadhurst School in Hampstead, to come for a visit and meet Principal Miss Deirdre Berkery and Head Mistress Mrs Alison Fisher. The nursery is located on Greencroft Gardens, a mere 2 minute walk from Continue reading...

Below is a comprehensive list of schools that have published their 11+ results for 2016 already: Abercorn School children received offers from the following schools: Girls schools: City of London, Godolphin & Latymer, South Hampstead High School, St Paul's Girls' School Boys schools: City of London, Colet Court, UCS, Wetherby Co-ed schools: Highgate, Latymer Upper Academy 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. Children's House Upper School, Islington accepted offers include... City of London School for Girls    2 Highgate  1 Northbridge House 6 South Hampstead High School 1 St Paul's Continue reading...

How oversubscribed are London schools really?

Friends, readers and clients often ask me if you really have to sign up to all the nurseries and private schools at birth. In recent years, this is becoming a very popular topic among education journalists as well (see here for my recent press coverage). In conversations with journalists, I always give them a very Continue reading...