Welcome to NappyValleyNet 2017 schools guide.

Since we published our first guide back in 2015, the London schools landscape has continued to evolve and change. New schools have opened, exam systems have been modified, but some issues remain the same. Pressure on places is still high and parents are still presented with a dizzying array of choices.

Whatever the age of your child, and whether you are considering the state or fee-paying route, the aim of this guide is to make those choices easier and less stressful.

Over the next 116 pages you will find school profiles, interviews with education professionals, advice on how to make the most of open days and much, much, more. On page 46 we discuss mental health and why, at last, it is starting to appear on our curriculums. On page 56 we consider the unassailable rise of coding and why every child should learn their bits from their bytes and, in total contrast, on page 65 we discover how some classrooms are moving into our fields and forests.

There are also email sign-ups to remind you of open day dates and entrance exam dates, while our jargon buster on page 14 helps you differentiate your Common Entrance from your 11+ and SATS!

We hope you find this guide useful and, as always, we would love your feedback on what we can do better next time.

School Profiles

Education News

Check Mate! – The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School for Boys Compete in Gigafinal

Two budding ‘Chess Grandmasters’ from The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School for Boys have competed in the national Gigafinal Chess competition.  The pupils took part in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Competition and recently beat 40 other competitors in the quarter-finals. Scoring 4 points out of 6, the boys secured a place in the highly coveted semi-final […]

Young Poets Celebrate First Taste of Success

Pupils from the Richmond-based Falcons Preparatory School for Boys have triumphed at a highly competitive poetry competition. The event saw four pupils from the Kew Foot Road located school, Callum S (12), Sean D (11), Tristan D (9) and former pupil Alex W (12) commended for their efforts in The Chiswick Young People’s Poetry Competition.  The talented […]


Boarding school claims it will give them more time to ‘be children’ CRANLEIGH SCHOOL SURREY: A leading independent boarding school has become the first in the UK to prohibit the use of mobile phones for pupils in its first two year groups (Years 9 and 10). Cranleigh, a co-educational school in Surrey, educates pupils from […]

Falcons Girls Celebrate Peregrines Garden Opening with a Macmillan Coffee Morning

Pupils at Falcons School for Girls marked the pending opening of Peregrines Pre-Preparatory School, by hosting a Macmillan coffee morning in their new ‘Peregrines Garden’ on Friday 29th September. Located on the same site as sister school Falcons School for Girls, Peregrines is a family school set in stunning surroundings where boys and girls aged 3 […]

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