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...

Insights into the 11+ exam

Guest post by MaiHanh DeLorenzo, Metal Rocks Education Advisors (see further info and bio below) When Anke asked me to write about the 11+ exam, my first response was that it was like trying to write another Churchill biography, that is: What new is there left to say? But then, realising that new Churchill biographies come out Continue reading...

While Central London seems awash with excellent girls' prep schools, there has for a long time be a shortage of excellent boys' pre-preps, 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 prep school for boys aged Continue reading...

Interview with Coo.Social Co-Founder Shilpa Bhandarkar

Handling your children's schedules can be very challenging, especially once they start school and you have to keep track of playdates, show and tell, birthday parties, assignments due, Jeans for Genes days and so forth. As a working parent, I have been guilty of bringing my daughter to school in uniform on the one day Continue reading...

London Heads on the move

Parents with children registered at Thomas's Battersea have just received a letter that Ben Thomas, Headmaster at Thomas's Battersea for the past 18 years, will step down from his post in July 2017, in order to become Chairman of the Group Board of Thomas's London Day Schools and "to serve the wider world of education" Continue reading...

Just before the holidays, the Department of Education published the results of the 2015 KS2 SATS tests, which test Year 6 pupils (11 year olds) across England on their Maths, English and Writing skills. Here is the new ranking of London state primary schools based on their average point score in 2015: Ranking of London state Continue reading...

Ranking of London state primary schools 2015

The deadline to apply for state school places in Reception is looming on 15 January, so it is timely that the Department for Education published the 2015 SATS results, which form the basis for primary school league tables, just before the Christmas holidays. Here is a league table of London's best performing state primary schools Continue reading...

How to make the most of your nursery visit

Visiting nurseries and schools is a key part of choosing the right one for your child. Unfortunately, if your child is still little and you have no experience of nurseries, it is actually not easy to spot what a great nursery should look like, and most nurseries are experienced at showing their best side during Continue reading...

Visit to Honeywell School, Clapham

Honeywell Infant and Junior School is one of those well known and oversubscribed state primary schools in London, which is why I was in two minds about writing this review. You already have to live within 150 metres to have any chance of a place at this school, so I don't want to make the Continue reading...

What came up in last year’s 7+ and 8+ exams?

Advice and insights for the 2016 exams by guest author Faisal Nasim, tutor and director of Exampapersplus.co.uk (see further info and bio below) The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the topics and styles that came up last year as well as to offer advice on how best to prepare. The article is relevant to anyone Continue reading...

St Anthony’s School for Girls to open in NW11 in Sep 2016

St Anthony's School in Hampstead / Golders Green is delighted to announce that they will open a new Catholic Girls’ School in September 2016. The school will be called St Anthony’s School for Girls and will be located in Ivy House, on North End Road, NW11. Ivy House is a magnificent three storey building with a Continue reading...

Are schools preparing our kids for the future?

In early October, I attended a debate calling for an end of the “Tyranny of the Test”, a motion supported by Tony Little, recently departed Eton Headmaster, and Tristram Hunt, former shadow education secretary for the Labour Party. Former Wellington Master Sir Anthony Seldon moderated the debate, while Toby Young, founder of the West London Continue reading...

Ranking of London senior schools by 2015 GCSE results

GCSE results for 2015 are out and the usual suspects in the top 5 are dominating the league table again. A few schools have shot up the ranking quite markedly, such as Highgate and Wimbledon High School. UCS in Hampstead just narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 20. The below ranking is based Continue reading...

Starting Primary School in 2016: top London state school catchment areas

Are you applying for primary school places to start Reception in September 2016? At many oversubscribed London state primary schools, catchment areas have been shrinking in recent years, although there is some relief in select councils. In Richmond, the newly opened Thomson House free school and the expansion of Sheen Mount School have eased the pressure. Other Continue reading...

Northwood Prep will henceforward be known as Merchant Taylors’ Prep; this formal union of the two schools will establish a ‘through school’ experience for boys at the school for the first time, the only such school in the Northwood area. The former Northwood Prep, now Merchant Taylors’ Prep, joins St John’s School as a member Continue reading...

London’s most expensive schools

Following my recent post highlighting the top ten most affordable private schools in London, I was asked by a couple of readers to do a ranking of the most expensive private schools in London. I thought that could be a very interesting list! It's not easy to compile an exact ranking because not all schools Continue reading...

I know it's very exciting if you receive your first offer of a school or nursery place after fretting about oversubscribed London schools for a couple of years, but today I really need to caution my readers about accepting offer letters if you haven't done your research or read the terms and conditions closely. I wish Continue reading...

Kensington Prep rated “Exceptional”

The recent inspection by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) has given Kensington Prep School in Fulham the highest possible grades across the board – and the top accolade rarely received: ‘Exceptional’ for the ‘quality of pupils’ achievement and learning’. The inspectors’ judgements in all areas are ‘excellent’, the highest grade a school can receive. There is Continue reading...

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. The data is based on the Telegraph's 2014 independent school league table for all of England, but I included only London schools and have added a few more schools individually Continue reading...