Choosing a school

We are still awaiting publication from a few important prep schools - Thomas's, Bute House and Hill House to name but a few. Below is a comprehensive list of schools that have published their 11+ results for 2017 already. This will be updated as soon as additional results are published: Academy School Hampstead 11+ offers City of London School 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. Children's House Upper School, Islington tba Eaton House Belgravia 7+ accepted offers St Paul's 3 Latymer Prep 1 King's College Wimbledon 3 WCCS 8 Wetherby Prep 2 Westminster Under 5 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...

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...

New Chinese bilingual school to open in Kensington in 2017

Kensington Wade, the first dual language English Chinese prep school in the UK is set to open in London 2017. The school will be the first of its kind and has been founded by Adrian Richardson, founder and principal of the Cothill Trust, together with Professor Hugo de Burgh, an expert on China and cultural 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...

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...

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. Children's House Upper School, Islington accepted offers include... City of London School for Girls    2 Highgate  1 Northbridge House 6 South Hampstead High School 1 St Paul's 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...

Interview with Coo.Social Co-Founder Shilpa Bhandarkar

Handling your children's schedules can be very challenging, especially once they start school and you have to keep track of playdates, show and tell, birthday parties, assignments due, Jeans for Genes days and so forth. As a working parent, I have been guilty of bringing my daughter to school in uniform on the one day Continue reading...

London Heads on the move

Parents with children registered at Thomas's Battersea have just received a letter that Ben Thomas, Headmaster at Thomas's Battersea for the past 18 years, will step down from his post in July 2017, in order to become Chairman of the Group Board of Thomas's London Day Schools and "to serve the wider world of education" Continue reading...

Ranking of London state primary schools 2015

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 2015 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...

How to make the most of your nursery visit

Visiting nurseries and schools is a key part of choosing the right one for your child. Unfortunately, if your child is still little and you have no experience of nurseries, it is actually not easy to spot what a great nursery should look like, and most nurseries are experienced at showing their best side during Continue reading...

Visit to Honeywell School, Clapham

Honeywell Infant and Junior School is one of those well known and oversubscribed state primary schools in London, which is why I was in two minds about writing this review. You already have to live within 150 metres to have any chance of a place at this school, so I don't want to make the Continue reading...

Are schools preparing our kids for the future?

In early October, I attended a debate calling for an end of the “Tyranny of the Test”, a motion supported by Tony Little, recently departed Eton Headmaster, and Tristram Hunt, former shadow education secretary for the Labour Party. Former Wellington Master Sir Anthony Seldon moderated the debate, while Toby Young, founder of the West London 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...

London’s most expensive schools

Following my recent post highlighting the top ten most affordable private schools in London, I was asked by a couple of readers to do a ranking of the most expensive private schools in London. I thought that could be a very interesting list! It's not easy to compile an exact ranking because not all schools 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...