The Nativity at Hornsby House School

It was all about the nativity at Hornsby House School this year. We were treated to three different but equally wonderful nativity plays by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This was followed a few days later by a surprise version of the Year 2 nativity staged by the teachers on Christmas Party Day, much to the amusement of all. The children enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch of turkey and the trimmings, followed by a thoroughly hammed-up nativity performance by the staff, in which Headmaster … [Read more...]

Top tips on school interviews & exams

Forget the panic of Christmas, more terrifying deadlines loom in the shape of interviews and entrance exams for the 11+. Over the coming weeks, hundreds of 10 and 11 year olds (and their anxious parents) will run the gauntlet of the 11+ circuit with the aim of securing a coveted place at the senior school of their dreams.  For both the schools and the families, it is a logistical exercise in itself, but one top London school, Putney High School GDST, explains how the whole process should be … [Read more...]

Champions Trophy Final – Victory for Dulwich

Dulwich College became the first side ever to have won both the Champions Trophy and the U18 Schools Cup after they beat Blundell’s 34-29 in a stunning Champions Trophy final at Allianz Park. Cheered on by around 800 boys, parents, and OAs, the first XV produced a fantastic performance to take the spoils against a Blundell’s School side who made life very difficult. Playing into a strong wind Dulwich came out of the blocks the quickest with two tries on either side of the pitch with one each … [Read more...]

Falcons School for Girls Support Local Charity

Falcons School for Girls is supporting a worthy local cause after selecting their 'Charity of the Year.' Pupils at the school placed over 70 suggestions into the 'Pupil Voice Box' for the panel of pupils, parents and teachers to consider before selecting the final nomination, FiSH Neighbourhood Care.  FiSH, the Barnes-based charity supported by the school, aims to inspire a caring community to combat loneliness and social isolation in older and vulnerable people living in the area. The girls … [Read more...]

St Anthony’s School for Girls Celebrates National Parliament Week

St Anthony's School for Girls has marked National UK Parliament Week with a range of explorative and educational activities.  The Golders Green based school participated in the annual nationwide festival of events to discover how UK Parliament works and the role of MPs in our society.  Pupils explored the election process by holding their own student council election to vote in a student councillor for each class. Candidates running for the positions prepared and delivered their campaign … [Read more...]

Alleyn’s Junior School makes Sunday Times UK prep school top 5

Alleyn's Junior School has made it into the top 5 of the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England list. Published in late November, the list has the school at number 5, making it the highest ranked co-educational independent prep school in this survey, which is based upon those schools whose Year 6 children took SATs National Curriculum tests in May 2016. Headmaster Simon Severino said: "At Alleyn's Junior School we pride ourselves on taking a holistic … [Read more...]

Budding Explorers at Falcons Preparatory School for Boys Challenged

Pupils from the Falcons Preparatory School for Boys are embarking on a challenge to explore the history and heritage of West London. 'Wendy The Wanderer' visited the Richmond-based school on behalf of the West London Wonders to deliver a fun and inspiring presentation to the boys, motivating them to learn more about the history of their local area and tasking them with a demanding challenge. The excited pupils will now battle it out against one another, to visit as many of the local … [Read more...]

International Celebrations at St Anthony’s School for Girls

St Anthony's School for Girls has celebrated cultures from all around the world with a Multicultural Week. The Golders Green based school was awash with colour as it hosted a week full of themed activities, encouraging pupils to learn about the different traditions and languages in their school community. Each girl proudly created a poster for display in the school, including the flag which represents their nationality, a photograph of their family and a short caption which they wrote … [Read more...]

As exam season approaches, keep calm and carry on communicating

  As the dreaded exam season approaches things start to shift, very often in the wrong direction. Schools tend to up the ante in terms of expectation and practice papers; hold parent meetings, discuss choices and comparisons start to become a source of social angst. . The key to remaining sane and reasonably calm is to buy into the old adage' You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'  in other words, during school holidays and weekends, the children need to buy into … [Read more...]


Hornsby House School and Lark Hall Primary School presented their completed Bigger Picture art project at a launch event this week.  120 Year 5 children from the two schools had worked together over six weeks in the summer term to create the artwork.  Hornsby House is an independent school for 4-11 year olds in Balham, while Lark Hall is a state primary school in Stockwell.  This was the first project in a partnership between the two schools that is planned to be ongoing.  It was hosted by … [Read more...]

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