79 Eccleston Square, London SW1V1PP
Profile: Eaton Square School is a co-educational pre-preparatory and preparatory school in Belgravia for children aged 4-13 that also runs several nurseries for children aged 2.5 – 4 years. Eaton Square School has a wide range of extra-curricular activities, afterschool and holiday clubs and also operates a school bus service, making it an attractive choice for working parents.The holiday school, for example, runs from 9am until 3.45pm every day during school holidays, and many afterschool clubs during term time run until 5pm each day (afterschool club timetable here). The school is popular with expats living in Central London and half of the pupils come from families where English is not the first language. A recent ISI inspection has found the quality of teaching, personal development of the pupils and management of the school to be excellent:
The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent and has improved since the last inspection. In accordance with the school’s aims, pupils of all ages demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and a determination to do their best. Across all ages pupils achieve notably well in both curricular and extra-curricular studies and make good and often rapid progress in relation to their abilities.
Provision for pupils’ pastoral care and arrangements for health and safety are
excellent and support their outstanding personal development.
The strong improvement of the school could be linked to the appointment of the new Headmaster, Sebastian Hepher, in September 2010, and exit results for the school improve seem to have improved considerably over the last years as well.
Admissions: Admission to Eaton Square School is via assessment one year prior to Reception Entry. Children already enrolled in one of the Eaton Square nurseries are assessed by Head of Nurseries and the Head of Pre-Prep. Children from external nurseries are invited in for assessment on a Saturday morning in November prior to the year of entry, where they complete a range of activities including phonic and numeracy work; colouring, cutting and informal discussion in small groups (full details on admissions policy here).
Exit Results: The school website lists the senior schools its pupils have gone onto without numbers per school, which always makes me a little suspicious, but I assume you could get the breakdown if you visited in person and asked. Some of the children certainly get into very selective senior schools, including St Paul’s, City of London or Highgate, and beyond that there is a wider range of schools, reflecting the international profile of the school.
Examination results 2014:
Alleyn’s *Sports Scholarship
City of London Boys
Downe House *Sports Exhibition & *Art Exhibition
Francis Holland, Sloane Square
Francis Holland, Clarence Gate
Godolphin and Latymer
Halcyon International School
Harrow *Highest RS Candidate (prize)
James Allen’s Girls’ School
Kew House School
King’s College School, Wimbledon *3rd Highest RS score for CE Candidate
Queen’s College *Academic Scholarship
South Hampstead High
St Catherine’s, Bramley
St George’s, Ascot *Maths Exhibition
St Mary’s, Ascot
St Paul’s *Highest CE Candidate
Uppingham *Highly Meritorious