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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…

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…

Southbank International School in London has launched an IB Diploma scholarship. The two-year, merit-based scholarship covers 100% of Southbank’s tuition fees for the duration of the programme, and is worth over £50,000. Applicants with strong academic potential and a commitment to the qualities and philosophy of the IB ethos are encouraged to apply before the Continue reading…

New headmaster for Abercorn School

The Board of Abercorn School has appointed Benedict Dunhill the new Headmaster for Abercorn School. Benedict will be joining Abercorn School in September 2015, following the retirement of Abercorn’s current Headmaster David Morse. Born and educated in the South East at Caldicott School and Cranleigh School, Benedict completed his formal education with a BA degree in Continue reading…

It’s been raining for a few days, so I am allowed to talk about the end of the summer holidays and the upcoming autumn term! Are you ready for the next school year! First of all, I have updated the schedule of Open Mornings of London prep schools, including everyone from the Abercorn School to Westminster Under! Make sure you Continue reading…

The Alpha Plus groups which owns many top prep schools in London (such as Wetherby School, Pembridge Hall, Chepstow House and Falcons) have announced the creation of a new boys’ senior school in London, which will be known as Wetherby Senior School. The school will open in September 2015 and will form part of the Continue reading…

You may or may not have studied the census data for your borough, but if you are intending to apply for a school place (state or private) in the coming years, I would recommend you have a look! As soon as the census data 2011 was published for my borough, I made sure to put Continue reading…

Chinese New Year and Mandarin at London schools

Happy new year of the horse, everybody! It is intriguing to see how mainstream Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming. I remember a time when I moved to London when I just walked around Chinatown watching dances, dragons and performances, and it was a little bit busier than usual, but Chinese New Year was mainly Continue reading…

New Headmaster for Elstree School

Elstree School has welcomed a new Headmaster for the new school year – Mr Sid Inglis and his wife, Olivia have joined Elstree from Ludgrove, on of the top feeder schools for Eton College. Elstree is an independent boarding and day preparatory school for boys aged 3-13years and girls aged 3-8 situated in 150 acres Continue reading…

Fulham Pre-Prep has an open day this Thursday 27th June 2013 at Fulham Pre-Prep, 47A Fulham High Street. “There is no need to register for this event, you can walk in any time between 9.30 and 11.00 am. You will be shown around the school by our year 2 pupils. Once you have registered your Continue reading…

Many girls’ schools have published their 2013 exit results now. Kensington Prep girls have really crushed it this year with 9 offers from St Paul’s Girls’ School and 6 from City of London School. Pembridge Hall is also very impressive with 10 offers from Latymer Upper, 4 from St Paul’s, 9 from City of London School Continue reading…

St John’s Wood Pre-Prep has just published their impressive 7+ leavers list. Pupils got offers from all the top schools, including the top girls’ prep school Bute House in Hammersmith, St Paul’s feeder Colet Court and Westminster Under School. They’re not featured on London Pre-Prep yet but looking at the results I think they need Continue reading…

Christmas Appeal for Education in Africa in support of the charity PEAS

London Pre-Prep’s Christmas appeal aims to raise £5,000 for the UK based education charity PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools). This innovative charity builds and runs secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia, where currently only 1 in 4 children can afford to attend secondary school. Every £31.50 donated will provide one extra child with a secondary education! How is that possible? PEAS Continue reading…

The Department of Education just published the list of 102 new free schools that will open in England in September 2013, 34 of which are located in London. Many of those are primary school, so I thought it is worth sharing more information about some of the free primary schools opening in Central London. You Continue reading…

3 weeks ago, I highlighted in my newsletter that Cameron House School in Chelsea was the first prep school to report 11+ examination results for 2012. I am now happy to share that most prep schools profiled here are publishing their results for future schools their pupils have gained access to and I can provide Continue reading…

Last weekend, parents at the Royal School Hampstead, an independent girls school founded in 1855, received a letter notifying them that the school had been sold to the Cognita Schools Group and is to be merged with the co-educational North Bridge House School. The former Royal School site will be used for the Senior School Continue reading…