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…

Singapore Math in London schools

Most people know by now that Singaporean students score highest in the world when it comes to maths and problem solving, and many credit their Singapore Math curriculum that emphasises problem solving skills, visualisation, mental maths skills and very slow but deep understanding rather than rushing through the curriculum for this success. There have been Continue reading…

New Headmaster for Elstree School

Elstree School has welcomed a new Headmaster for the new school year – Mr Sid Inglis and his wife, Olivia have joined Elstree from Ludgrove, on of the top feeder schools for Eton College. Elstree is an independent boarding and day preparatory school for boys aged 3-13years and girls aged 3-8 situated in 150 acres 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 2013 independent school league table for all of England, but I have added a few more schools individually that were not included in Continue reading…

First day at nursery school

My daughter had a lovely first day at her new preschool today where she will spend the next two years. Even though she had been in daycare since she was six months old, I was slightly apprehensive about her settling in and had prepared myself for a few tears on her first morning. But far Continue reading…

Top East London Prep Schools

Northeast London neighbourhoods such as Islington, Hackney and the Docklands have become increasingly popular with young families in recent years, and from the amount of emails I receive asking advice about primary schools in the area, it seems like schools have not been able to keep up with the demand. The Gatehouse School previously featured Continue reading…

Fulham Pre-Prep has an open day this Thursday 27th June 2013 at Fulham Pre-Prep, 47A Fulham High Street. “There is no need to register for this event, you can walk in any time between 9.30 and 11.00 am. You will be shown around the school by our year 2 pupils. Once you have registered your Continue reading…

Getting into a top nursery school should be easier than getting into a top prep school in theory because there are no assessments and admission is usually first come first served. So if you sign up as soon as your baby is born, you should be fine. But there are so many occasions when this Continue reading…

I am so grateful to a lovely mum in Hampstead for submitting this school visit report of the Trevor-Roberts School in North London. The school is small and you won’t find much information about it online, so I am really happy to share a family’s inside view of the school here: ——————— “Earlier this year, my Continue reading…

[amazon asin=0684860082&template=image&chan=default] You have probably heard of the best-selling [amazon asin=B00CMC2QAQ&text=7 Habits of Highly Effective People] by Dr. Steven Covey. I was surprised to find out that he has written a less well known parenting book called the [amazon asin=0684860082&text=7 habits of highly effective families] as well! I was listening to an interview in which Continue reading…

Thomas’s London Day Schools have revamped their website, now offering parents far greater detail on the schools, their curricula and individual leavers’ destinations. This is particularly helpful as they hadn’t provided numbers in the past. It’s very interesting to look at the details between their different locations. Some schools seem to send more leavers to Continue reading…