Independent schools

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…

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…

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…

Below is a comprehensive list of schools that have published their 11+ results for 2016 already: Abercorn School children received offers from the following schools: Girls schools: City of London, Godolphin & Latymer, South Hampstead High School, St Paul’s Girls’ School Boys schools: City of London, Colet Court, UCS, Wetherby Co-ed schools: Highgate, Latymer Upper Academy 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…

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…

Kensington Prep rated “Exceptional”

The recent inspection by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) has given Kensington Prep School in Fulham the highest possible grades across the board – and the top accolade rarely received: ‘Exceptional’ for the ‘quality of pupils’ achievement and learning’. The inspectors’ judgements in all areas are ‘excellent’, the highest grade a school can receive. There is 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 2014 independent school league table for all of England, but I included only London schools and have added a few more schools individually 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…

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…

Faraday School visit

On a beautiful sunny morning, I made my way to the Faraday School in Trinity Buoy Wharf. Founded in 2009, Faraday is a small but growing independent primary school in East London, surrounded by converted warehouses that now serve a thriving artistic community. Faraday works on a low fee model to make an independent education 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…

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…

Locrating.com: finding top schools in your area

I just found out about this very helpful tool from a fellow mum and wanted to share it with you. It is called LOCRATING and the website is www.locrating.com. It’s a very simple tool. You go to the SCHOOLS MAP, type in your post code, and you can narrow it to focus on nurseries or Continue reading…

For most internationals arriving in London, the first confusing terminology to come to grips with is the term public school. Particularly for Americans, using the term public school for what is in fact a private school is counterintuitive to say the least. I assume most people who have arrived here know by now that public Continue reading…