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...

Many girls' schools have published their 2013 exit results now. Kensington Prep girls have really crushed it this year with 9 offers from St Paul's Girls' School and 6 from City of London School. Pembridge Hall is also very impressive with 10 offers from Latymer Upper, 4 from St Paul's, 9 from City of London School Continue reading...

St John's Wood Pre-Prep has just published their impressive 7+ leavers list. Pupils got offers from all the top schools, including the top girls' prep school Bute House in Hammersmith, St Paul's feeder Colet Court and Westminster Under School. They're not featured on London Pre-Prep yet but looking at the results I think they need Continue reading...

Happy New Year everyone! As a first post of the year 2013, I would like to share the following poem "On Children" by Kahlil Gibran with you. I have found it recently as an opener to the highly recommended parenting book "The Nurture Assumption" by Judith Harris. Keep the poem in mind when dreaming of Continue reading...

Books to read with your baby

When my daughter was barely two months old, my mother gave her a lovely book as a gift – the board book Monkey Puzzle by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson – and asked me if I had started reading books with the baby yet. I was slightly surprised – isn’t it too early, I asked her? She’s Continue reading...

The Department of Education published the new SATS results for 2012 last week and we can finally update the list of top performing state primary schools in London this year. This list is based on the average point score per pupil reached in each school. Keep in mind that schools with the highest average point Continue reading...