BEST LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS FOR SPORT
Going to a London school can often mean sacrificing sports and quality PE lessons, as schools in the capital tend to have less space than those in the countryside. The schools on this list have proved that this does not have to be the case, with excellent facilities and sports competitions that encourage students to keep active.
Sport at LEH is so popular that it even has its own website! The girls are particular keen on lacrosse and netball, and the school’s location in Hampton means they have endless space to exercise and work on their skills.
- Dulwich College
- Highgate School
- Godolphin and Latymer School
MOST MULTILINGUAL LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
London is a multicultural city, so it’s no surprise that parents want multilingual schools when deciding where to send their children. Whether that means the school has children from a variety of backgrounds, who all speak different languages, or simply that the school places emphasis on language learning, the recipients of this award all fit the bill.
Alleyn’s School has a passion for language learning, equipped with state of the art facilities to help students progress in their fluency. On top of the language trips and exchanges they offer, there are also many clubs where students can work on their fluency skills. The school body is also very diverse, with girls and boys from a variety of backgrounds.
- City of London School
- St Christopher’s School Hampstead
- Oakfield Prep School
BEST LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR LEARNING SUPPORT
Parents want to be sure that their child is supported at every stage of their academic careers, so we’ve pulled together the schools that we believe do the best job when it comes to helping children with Special Educational Needs or difficulties learning. Every school on this list has impressed us, from their extra classes for struggling children, to more specialised resources for students with dyslexia, ADHD and more.
St James School really think outside the box when it comes to their learning support. On top their long list of resources for SEN, their ethos provides support for every student. From regular meditation in school to memory and concentration activities, every child can access the help they require all day long.
- Kings College School Wimbledon
- St Anthony’s School Hampstead
- The Hall School Wimbledon
BEST LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR BEFORE & AFTER-SCHOOL CARE
Sending a child to a top independent school in London can be a nightmare for working parents. On top of their own daily commute, they have to make sure their child is looked after properly both before and after school. Not everyone can afford a nanny, so here’s a list of schools that really understands what parents need to help them balance their own work and their child’s education.
Rosemary Works offers everything a parent could want, with wrap-around care available all year round. From sports clubs to homework and breakfast clubs, children can start the day early with their peers, and stay on for dinner when their parents are running late.
- Twickenham Prep School
- Holland Park Pre Prep School
- Wandsworth Prep School
MOST CREATIVE LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
London independent schools are known for their highly academic reputations, so it can be difficult to find a school for a child who is perhaps more arty or enjoys less academic aspects of the curriculum. The schools listed below are all extremely creative, but still academically successful schools.
Located in one of London’s most bohemian districts, Dallington School fits in well with the arty atmosphere of Islington and Camden. A family-run school for children ages 3-11, every student here is spoilt for choice, from the outdoor learning programme to the art-based skills included in every subject.
- St Dunstan’s College Catford
- King Alfred’s School Golders Green
- ArtsEd Independent Day School Chiswick
BEST LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR TRIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD
London is a great place to study, so most schools include regular trips around the capital to encourage their students to get to know their city. We also value schools that organise trips and exchanges abroad, so students can experience new cultures and expand their own horizons.
Saint Cristina’s School’s location just next to the London Zoo and Regents Park means it’s within walking distance from many of London’s famous landmarks. Not only do they organise regular outings to the capital’s museums and hotspots, their Year 5s and 6s have the opportunity to visit Europe, a rarity for children at prep school.
- North Bridge House Senior School Hampstead
- City of London School for Girls
- Glendower Prep School South Kensington
BEST LONDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR PASTORAL CARE
Going to school in London can be intimidating and busy, so it’s important that schools provide care that makes their students feel safe and supported at all times.
All the independent schools listed below have excellent Pastoral Care, and tend to know all their students personally, so every child feels comfortable opening up about their problems.
With their tight-knit network of “Big Sisters” who look after the younger girls, NHEHS is a great place where girls can open up and feel confident at school. Their PSHCE programmes are particularly focused on mental health and student wellbeing, and from Prep to Sixth Form, students are encouraged to build good relationships with one another.
- Kingston Grammar School
- Westminster Under School
- Latymer School Hammersmith