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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…

A-Level results 2017: King’s College Maths School tops the list of best London secondary schools

And the top secondary school in London is….  the King’s College Maths School, a selective state Sixth Form college in Lambeth! Pupils outperformed their peers at highly selective independent schools Westminster School, St Paul’s Girls’ School and King’s College Wimbledon, among others. These are just headline numbers and the picture will look a bit different if we Continue reading…

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. For those looking for a specific St Continue reading…

Recommended Easter holiday camps

We have only just come back from half-term holidays and it is already time to start planning Easter activities! Most schools break up for somewhere between two and four weeks, with most activities concentrated in the two weeks preceding Easter (weeks starting April 3rd and April 10th). Some schools organise their own holiday activities as well 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…

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…

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…

A-Level results 2016: best London secondary schools

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 (as always, it seems). Girls Day School trust (GDST) schools are well presented with two out of the top 20 schools in the ranking (Putney High and SHHS would be the third and fourth 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…