Boys Schools

7+ specimen papers

For those of you preparing for upcoming 7+ exams in December and January, here is a helpful overview of very good past papers published by the top target schools in London, along with a few more from highly selective schools elsewhere in England. They vary in difficulty, so I recommend rather than going through paper Continue reading…

GCSE league tables 2017 London

Following last week’s publication of A-Level results, which featured some surprising new comers, here is the new ranking of London secondary schools based on 2017 GCSE results. Unbeatable St Paul’s Girls’ School is Number 1 (as always?), closely followed by Westminster School. NLCS, Habs and City are strong as always. The co-educational schools keep edging 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…

It is still very early days but the first pre-prep schools have started releasing their 7+ results. This post will be updated as schools release their results. Please see the summary of Westminster Under / St Paul’s / Sussex House feeders at the end of this post. Children’s House Upper School, Islington tba Eaton House Continue reading…

13+ results London prep schools

Below is a comprehensive overview of 13+ results at London prep schools. We’re awaiting the publication of several important prep schools and will update accordingly, but most prep schools have already released their 2016 results. If you want a quick overview of the numbers sent to the highly selective schools, also check the updated list Continue reading…

GCSE results London 2016

Following the release of last week’s A-Level results, schools across the country have now also released their GCSE results 2016, which enables us to compile a ranking specifically for London day schools. GCSE results give us a more recent picture of how a school is performing, since the pupils who take the exams have usually 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…

Big changes are afoot at the co-educational pre-prep Phoenix School in Hampstead. The UCS Council has decided that the school should transition to an all boys Pre‐Prep school with children aged 4‐7, with the entry point being directly into Reception via a 4+ assessment. This means that the last in‐take of girls will be September 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…

While Central London seems awash with excellent girls’ prep schools, there has for a long time be a shortage of excellent boys’ pre-preps, 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 prep school for boys aged 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…

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…

This was an excellent documentary on BBC shot at the boys’ prep school Sunningdale, a small boarding school in Berkshire. It gives an excellent insight into the style and quality of teaching and preparation for secondary schools that top prep schools offer – it also breaks your heart to see how the boys try to Continue reading…

We still need to wait a bit longer for Common Entrance / 13+ results for most of the London prep schools, but most schools have by now at least published their 2012 7+ and 8+ results. I just discovered Eaton House Belgravia has published their results here, and there are a few things to highlight Continue reading…

Leading feeder schools to Eton College

Eton College is one of the most sought after boarding school choices for boys in the UK, and I have recently been asked several times to compile a list of London schools that best prepare for entry to Eton College. Do keep in mind that some boarding prep schools are generally considered the more traditional Continue reading…

Pupils all over the UK have received their A-level results this morning. Grade inflation continues, with the pass rate rising for a 28th year in a row, to 97.8%! It tells you all you need to know about the minimum standards necessary to pass the A-Level. An interesting trend is the increase in maths and Continue reading…