Admissions

St Anthony’s School for Girls Launches Scholarship Programme

St Anthony’s School for Girls is offering children a fantastic opportunity for means-tested scholarships offered at 7+ in both this current academic year and that starting September 2018. Part of the Alpha Plus Group, the Golders Green based school has re-launched the initiative to make it possible for bright local girls, who otherwise may not Continue reading…

St Paul’s feeder schools

Following separate posts on leading feeder schools to Westminster School and Eton College, below is the same information for St Paul’s School in Barnes. First, here are pre-preps that feed St Paul’s Junior School at 7+ / 8+, to the extent that they publish this information: St Paul’s Junior School feeders 2017 7+ and 8+: – Continue reading…

This coming Friday 2nd February is the official deadline for acceptances of 4+ offers at many schools. It is a tough time and parents worry a lot about making the right choice. In surprisingly many cases when parents contact me about schools, they actually have a clear favourite – they love the kids, the Head, the Continue reading…

Wetherby Kensington opening in September 2017

Alpha Plus Group is delighted to announce the opening of a new school called Wetherby Kensington. The school will open in September 2017 and will be located at 4 Wetherby Gardens, SW5 0JN, not far from Falkner House School for boys that will be opening on 20 Penywern Road at the same time. Wetherby Kensington Continue reading…

Official Opening of St Anthony’s School for Girls

St Anthony’s School for Girls, the new independent Catholic school located at Ivy House, North End Road, NW11, welcomed founding parents, governors, and other guests on the evening of 12 October to celebrate its official opening. The school is situated on the North End Road (A502) between Golders Green and Hampstead Heath, and it is Continue reading…

Exclusive interview on the opening of Falkner House pre-prep for boys

There is a shortage of boys’ pre-preps in London, 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 pre-prep school for boys aged four to eight with an attached co-educational nursery, following their recent acquisition of 20 Continue reading…

A visit to Broadhurst School in Hampstead

Following recent press coverage on oversubscribed London nursery schools, I was kindly invited by the most oversubscribed nursery of them all, Broadhurst School in Hampstead, to come for a visit and meet Principal Miss Deirdre Berkery and Head Mistress Mrs Alison Fisher. The nursery is located on Greencroft Gardens, a mere 2 minute walk from Continue reading…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…