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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

London’s top community primary schools

Don't you love it when you look at league tables for the "best London state primary schools" and all you can find is lots of voluntary aided Roman Catholic (RC) and Church of England (CofE) schools that you have no hope of ever getting into because of church attendance criteria? Thank God, some voluntary aided 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...

Are you applying for a school place and are unsure which year group your child will be joining? Below you can see which year group your child would be in during the current school year and which year group your child would join in September 2014 based when he or she was born. Date of 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...

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 2013 independent school league table for all of England, but I have added a few more schools individually that were not included in 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...

The Department of Education published the new SATS results for 2012 last week and we can finally update the list of top performing state primary schools in London this year. This list is based on the average point score per pupil reached in each school. Keep in mind that schools with the highest average point 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...

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...

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of the successful inner-city comprehensive Mossbourne Academy in Hackney is to be named Chief Inspector for Ofsted. Sir Michael is known for turning around Mossbourne Academy from one of the worst schools in Britain into one of the best, with 10 Mossbourne pupils securing offers from Cambridge University this year! He Continue reading...