The Hall

23 Crossfield Road, London, NW3 4NU

Profile: The Hall is one of London’s top academic prep schools for boys aged 4 to 13. Established in 1889 in the Belsize Park area, the school has 450 pupils spread across its Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Judging from parent reviews and other reports discussed below, The Hall is probably the most academic of all the prep schools, surely deserving the hothouse label. It proudly details awards and scholarships its boys have won over the last years, and the list is certainly nothing short of impressive. The school caters well to students of very high academic ability, with an unsually large number of boys of far above average ability.

The school’s chess team is very successful and potentially second only to the Westminster Under chess team. The boys also win plenty of medals in the Primary Maths Challenge. Despite these achievements, Headmaster Chris Godwin is committed to leading a school where all boys can be happy and secure and are prepared for an uncertain future.

The Hall School has published a fantastic video that will give you an in-depth look into the school.

The Hall School from The Hall School on Vimeo.

Admissions: The Hall admits 32 boys each year to the Reception class, with 22 more joining in Year 1 (parents can choose to enter their boys at the 4+ or the 5+ stage). Entry is highly selective, and parents are asked to register their sons before their first birthday to  be considered for the list of boys invited for assessment about one year prior to entry. The school’s admissions page outlines the detailed procedure.

Exit Results: Boys leave at the 13+ stage and go on to the most selective London Day schools and leading boarding schools.

The following overview lists the number of boys who went to each of these schools over the last 7 years.

School 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
St Paul’s 8 10 9 5 11 12 10 65
Westminster 6 6 6 6 10 9 10 53
Highgate 10 7 5 4 7 6 2 41
UCS 4 5 4 5 3 4 10 35
Eton 5 0 3 4 4 4 1 21
City of London 2 2 6 3 5 0 2 20
Winchester 1 6 3 1 1 2 0 14
Kings Canterbury 2 0 3 4 1 0 0 10
Mill Hill 2 3 4 0 1 0 2 12
Harrow 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 9

More recently, in 2014, The Hall boys joined a total of seventeen different schools, with the breakdown outlined below:-

St Paul’s 12, Westminster 8, Harrow 6, City of London 4, Highgate 4, Winchester College 3, Eton 2, Merchant Taylors’ 2, Mill Hill 2, UCS 2, Abingdon 1, Dulwich 1, Charterhouse 1, Haileybury 1, Northbridge House 1, Oundle 1, Radley 1.

These exit results demonstrate that The Hall is certainly one of the top prep schools in London.

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