Choosing a school

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...

How to read inspection reports

When a large Central London prep school was rated “Inadequate” by Ofsted in its recent inspection, many parents wondered what to make of school inspection reports. Opinions on this vary widely, with some parents adamant that they would only consider an “outstanding” school for their child, and others dismissing reports as irrelevant. Even among prep 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...

Hill House School rated “inadequate” by Ofsted

In a drastic downgrade from its "good" rating in 2012, Ofsted inspectors have handed down a damning verdict on the inadequacies of the Hill House International School in Knightsbridge, the largest prep school in London attended by over 900 pupils. The future of the school is now uncertain, although it has immediately ordered a safety audit 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...

Most schools have published their 11+ exit results for 2014 by now, while we need to wait another month or two for Common Entrance results, as exams for boarding school entry tend to take place after half-term. But we do have the results from co-educational prep schools already, along with most girls' schools. Co-ed prep 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...

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...

Can you tell a McPrep from an outstanding school?

While there are many excellent private (and state) schools in London, there are also quite a few schools that are businesses more than anything else, and I want to highlight a few warning signs that your chosen school is indeed a McPrep, rather than a true school with the primary purpose of educating your child. It's Continue reading...

There is a lot of talk about how the cost of private schools has risen in London over the last years, and many parents who planned to send their kids to private schools are not so sure if they can afford it anymore. School fees have risen far above inflation over the last years and Continue reading...

Have you decided already if you want to go for a state or a private primary school? Are you hearing very conflicting views on this? I talk to parents confused by the views they receive from friends and acquaintances all the time. They range from "private schools for 4 year olds are a waste of money" Continue reading...

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...

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...

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...

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...