23 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT
Profile: St. Nicholas Preparatory School is a co-educational day school with some 300 children from all over the world enjoying a beautiful location overlooking Hyde Park. It is also very lucky to have an agreement with Imperial College which enables it free access to a beautiful large private garden in its backyard that younger children use three times a day, as well as using the Imperial College sports centre for PE lessons. The school follows a Montessori approach in the nursery and the Reception classes, switching to the traditional British curriculum from Year 1 onwards. Children have the option to follow the CNED curriculum to be able to transfer to the French school system at any point. There is also excellent specialist provision for children with English as an additional language. The school also welcomes the London Arabic School on Saturdays, which is another sign of its international, multifaith outlook. The school appointed a new headmaster on 1 September 2013, Tony Lewis, who joins the schools from Stowe School in Buckingham. You can find his bio here.
There is a wide range of after school clubs including music, violin, ballet, judo, drama and creative writing. A school bus serves three routes from Holland Park / Notting Hill, Westminster and Chelsea.
Admissions: All parents are invited for an open morning and get to personally meet the Head for a discussion of their aspirations and values. Following registration, children are invited to the school for a trial morning, at which stage the child will be assessed by current staff. Further details on the admissions policy can be found here. The school offers 7+ scholarships that internal and external candidates can apply for.
Pupils transfer to Senior Schools at the 11+ stage A full list of destinations from 2010 – 2013 is provided here. Senior school destinations include ACS Hillingdon, Sevenoaks, Queen’s Gate, St Paul’s and Westminster, among a wide range of other schools. 2014 has been particularly successful, with offers from Westminster Under and City of London School (with scholarship), as well as Putney High and Godolphin and Latymer.