The renowned Haberdasher Aske's School for Girls ('Habs') in Elstree, which currently accepts 20 girls via 4+ assessment and a further 20 at 5+ has announced it will be running its main 5+ intake assessment for the last time next year, in January 2016. The junior school will soon be two-form entry from Reception, selection Continue reading...

For an opportunity to view North Bridge House Nursery School and what they offer pupils in Pre-Reception and Reception, come along to their Open Day on Thursday 18th June from 9am-11am. Please note that this event is only for families looking for entry at ages 3+ and 4+ this September. Join the Open Day to take Continue reading...

Summer holiday camps in London

We have just come back from half-term holidays and it is already time to start planning summer activities! Summer holidays are long at London schools, especially in the private sector, so it is important to plan ahead and find enriching activities for July and August. London offers great opportunities for school aged children in a Continue reading...

Financial Times article on London nursery consultants

I was honoured to be quoted several times in a recent Financial Times article on the trend of wealthy expats hiring consultants to advise them on choosing the best nurseries and schools for their children. The article was more balanced than I expected, as you never know what angle journalists might take on such a Continue reading...

How to read inspection reports

When a large Central London prep school was rated “Inadequate” by Ofsted in its recent inspection, many parents wondered what to make of school inspection reports. Opinions on this vary widely, with some parents adamant that they would only consider an “outstanding” school for their child, and others dismissing reports as irrelevant. Even among prep Continue reading...

11+ results London 2015

Most schools have published their 11+ exit results for 2015 by now, while we need to wait until the summer for Common Entrance results. But we do have the results from a few co-educational prep schools already, along with most girls' schools, at least the important ones. I will update this post as they are released. Currently Continue reading...

Chinese Culture Easter Camp in Hampstead

Still looking for Easter activities or holiday camps for your little ones? The Hua Hsia School in Hampstead is offering a Chinese culture Easter camp for children from 3+. They will have a action packed programme of music, arts and crafts, martial arts, drama and language, all taught by qualified teachers. The camp takes place in Continue reading...

Hill House School rated “inadequate” by Ofsted

In a drastic downgrade from its "good" rating in 2012, Ofsted inspectors have handed down a damning verdict on the inadequacies of the Hill House International School in Knightsbridge, the largest prep school in London attended by over 900 pupils. The future of the school is now uncertain, although it has immediately ordered a safety audit Continue reading...

Happy Year of the Sheep everybody! To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Hua Hsia School in Hampstead is taking part in the following free events across London: 1) Chinese Culture Activities at the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green Hua Hsia Chinese School is working with The V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate Chinese New Continue reading...

London’s best state primary schools 2014

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 2014 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...

Interview with Hip Hop Hen phonics app founders

I recently visited Miss Daisy's Chelsea, one of London's most sought after nursery schools and was intrigued to find out during my chat with owner Daisy Harrison that she along with her partner Sophie Carter had developed a phonics app to help young children to learn to read and write. I immediately tried out the Continue reading...

Southbank International School in London has launched an IB Diploma scholarship. The two-year, merit-based scholarship covers 100% of Southbank’s tuition fees for the duration of the programme, and is worth over £50,000. Applicants with strong academic potential and a commitment to the qualities and philosophy of the IB ethos are encouraged to apply before the Continue reading...

New headmaster for Abercorn School

The Board of Abercorn School has appointed Benedict Dunhill the new Headmaster for Abercorn School. Benedict will be joining Abercorn School in September 2015, following the retirement of Abercorn’s current Headmaster David Morse. Born and educated in the South East at Caldicott School and Cranleigh School, Benedict completed his formal education with a BA degree in Continue reading...

Most schools have published their 11+ exit results for 2014 by now, while we need to wait another month or two for Common Entrance results, as exams for boarding school entry tend to take place after half-term. But we do have the results from co-educational prep schools already, along with most girls' schools. Co-ed prep Continue reading...

Hua Hsia Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition

Want to put your Mandarin to test? Children will gain experience, build self-confidence and improve their Mandarin through the Hua Hsia Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition! The Chinese Speaking Competition is open to entries until noon on the 20th October 2014. There are 2 categories: Group A (age between 6 and 11 years old), Group B (age Continue reading...

Pembridge Hall School visit

Whenever you hear people talk about oversubscribed London schools and parents emailing registration forms from the labour ward, chances are they are referring to Wetherby Pre-Prep or its sister school, Pembridge Hall, on Pembridge Square in Notting Hill. While you might hear many stories about it, it is not easy to visit the school, since Continue reading...

Everything you need to know about the 7+ exam

This is a guest post by Faisal Nasim, tutor and director of Exampapersplus.co.uk (see further info and bio below). I have been wanting to share more info on the 7+ process and how to prepare for the exam for a long time, as I keep getting asked about it by readers, so I am very grateful for this Continue reading...

Starting Primary School in 2015: top London state school catchment areas

Are you applying for primary school places to start Reception in September 2015? 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 a bulge class at Barnes Primary helped ease the Continue reading...

Westminster School publishes a list of its 13+ feeder schools, and as a leading boys' day school in London, it will give parents a very good idea about the top prep schools in London. A large majority of boys (about 50-60 each year) come from the Westminster Under School and its 7+/8+ and 11+ intake (the Continue reading...