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…

Can you tell a McPrep from an outstanding school?

While there are many excellent private (and state) schools in London, there are also quite a few schools that are businesses more than anything else, and I want to highlight a few warning signs that your chosen school is indeed a McPrep, rather than a true school with the primary purpose of educating your child. It’s Continue reading…

It’s been raining for a few days, so I am allowed to talk about the end of the summer holidays and the upcoming autumn term! Are you ready for the next school year! First of all, I have updated the schedule of Open Mornings of London prep schools, including everyone from the Abercorn School to Westminster Under! Make sure you Continue reading…

There is a lot of talk about how the cost of private schools has risen in London over the last years, and many parents who planned to send their kids to private schools are not so sure if they can afford it anymore. School fees have risen far above inflation over the last years and Continue reading…

Faraday School visit

On a beautiful sunny morning, I made my way to the Faraday School in Trinity Buoy Wharf. Founded in 2009, Faraday is a small but growing independent primary school in East London, surrounded by converted warehouses that now serve a thriving artistic community. Faraday works on a low fee model to make an independent education Continue reading…

Have you decided already if you want to go for a state or a private primary school? Are you hearing very conflicting views on this? I talk to parents confused by the views they receive from friends and acquaintances all the time. They range from “private schools for 4 year olds are a waste of money” Continue reading…

The Alpha Plus groups which owns many top prep schools in London (such as Wetherby School, Pembridge Hall, Chepstow House and Falcons) have announced the creation of a new boys’ senior school in London, which will be known as Wetherby Senior School. The school will open in September 2015 and will form part of the Continue reading…

London’s top community primary schools

Don’t you love it when you look at league tables for the “best London state primary schools” and all you can find is lots of voluntary aided Roman Catholic (RC) and Church of England (CofE) schools that you have no hope of ever getting into because of church attendance criteria? Thank God, some voluntary aided Continue reading…

You may or may not have studied the census data for your borough, but if you are intending to apply for a school place (state or private) in the coming years, I would recommend you have a look! As soon as the census data 2011 was published for my borough, I made sure to put Continue reading…

The 4+ assessments for most schools have just passed and it has been a gruelling time for many families. I am grateful to one of our readers from North London who wrote the below article to share her advice for how to prepare for 4+ assessments at London schools: “Finding the right school for your Continue reading…

Chinese New Year and Mandarin at London schools

Happy new year of the horse, everybody! It is intriguing to see how mainstream Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming. I remember a time when I moved to London when I just walked around Chinatown watching dances, dragons and performances, and it was a little bit busier than usual, but Chinese New Year was mainly Continue reading…

My first Bach to Baby concert

I recently wrote about my favourite early music activities in London and mentioned that I would love to attend a BACH TO BABY concert soon. Founded by pianist Miaomiao Yu after becoming frustrated at not being able to take her children to the sort of quality classical music concerts that she regularly enjoyed as a Continue reading…

Are you applying for a school place and are unsure which year group your child will be joining? Below you can see which year group your child would be in during the current school year and which year group your child would join in September 2014 based when he or she was born. School year Continue reading…

This ranking is based on on the average point score per pupil in the 2013 SATS results for Year 6 children in England. The highest performing London boroughs for state primaries, as measured by pupil achievement in English, Maths and Sciences are: 1. Richmond 30.4 2. Kensington and Chelsea 29.7 3. Greenwich 29.2 4. Wandsworth 29.2 Continue reading…

Early music classes in London

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a great break! I spent some time during the holidays looking at classes my little ones can attend in the Spring term, now that the eldest is 3 there are more and more options. She loves music and dance so I have always looked at a wide Continue reading…

Relocating to London with children – how to find a school

  I receive a lot of emails from parents around the world relocating to London. Just in the last week, I have received emails from mums and dads in New York, Dubai, Portugal and Mumbai! The problems faced by internationals moving to London with children tend to be very similar – what year group will Continue reading…

Halcyon School Open Morning

Opened in September 2013, Halcyon is the only not-for-profit, co-educational, International Baccalaureate school in central London. It is located a couple of minutes walk from Marble Arch on 33 Seymour Place. I attended a recent open morning at the school to find out more about this exciting new school. Thanks to the London tube, I Continue reading…