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Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021

VISIT NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL

WE ARE HOSTING VIRTUAL OPEN EVENTS DURING COVID-19; PLEASE BOOK A DATE TO HEAR FROM THE HEAD, EXPERIENCE LIFE AT NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE AND MEET THE ADMISSIONS TEAM. 

Private tours are also available further to the virtual open day events, scheduled around the timetable and safety of our pupils. 

Click here to book a place at a virtual open event >>

Open day dates are added per term. If you are looking for immediate entry or a private tour, please contact our friendly admissions team on 020 7428 1520, who will also be able to provide you with general help and advice.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open Events - North Bridge House
Thursday 25 March 2021, 9.00am (Virtual)

 

WHY CHOOSE OUR PREP SCHOOL?

Occupying a grand former convent at the edge of Regent's Park, North Bridge House Prep School provides a high quality, all-round education for boys and girls.

The school is continually recognised for its academic excellence and on-going commitment to pupils. Awarded Outstanding in all areas of inspection, "A major strength of the school is the manner in which it consistently promotes the children's personal and emotional development."

The school's nurturing approach allows children to grow in confidence whilst receiving thorough academic preparation for the next stage of their school career. North Bridge House Prep School sees children accepted into both NBH Senior Schools as well as top senior schools in London and the UK, often with prestigious academic, music, sport, drama and art scholarships.

To ensure each pupil thrives and achieves their full potential, NBH Prep works closely with individual families to choose the right school for their child. Both boys and girls have the option to move onto NBH Senior Canonbury or NBH Senior Hampstead at Year 7, or take the necessary entrance exams to their first choice senior schools with outstanding tuition and guidance.

Boys may take the more traditional Common Entrance route and choose to stay at NBH Prep School until age 13, where they excel academically and gain a range of leadership skills, excellently prepared for both their next school and adult life.

Similarly, come the 11+ transition point for girls, they are confident in themselves and in their exams, ready for senior school and very well advised on where they will be happy and successful.

At North Bridge House Prep, the rich and varied curriculum is tailored to challenge, stimulate and reward every pupil. The school aims to stretch pupils beyond a junior school curriculum and therefore equips children with more than just the basic understanding of a subject, setting them up for a successful academic career. Their inspection report describes the "quality of teaching as outstanding" with staff who "bring a lively enthusiasm to their teaching, which encourages and enthuses pupils in their learning."

Sport is essential to pupils' physical and emotional wellbeing and their personal development at NBH Prep School. PE and games sessions are held in Regent's Park or the school gym, rock-climbing at a local sports club, and winter cricket both at Lord's and the NBH Senior's state-of-the art sports hall.

Sport is also included in the school's extra-curricular offering, which is rich, diverse and character-building, with activities ranging from music, art, and drama to chess, cookery, design technology, Spanish, ballet and street dance.

The school's inspection report also lauds the "outstanding leadership" and recognises pupils' exemplary behaviour, which "is founded on the high levels of mutual trust and respect between pupils and staff". NBH Prep School ensures excellent safeguarding of pupils, promoting happy, self-assured children who "make excellent progress in their learning and development and are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education."

North Bridge House is proud to be recognised as one of London's most prestigious Prep Schools, and encourages families to visit the school at an open day to find out about the real benefits of a prep school education. Book at northbridgehouse.com/open.

James Stenning
Head Teacher
North Bridge House Prep School 

RESULTS AND DESTINATIONS FOR GIRLS 11+ AND BOYS 11+

North Bridge House Prep School pupils gain entry to some of the best Senior Schools in London and the UK. Destination schools include: Channing, City of London, Highgate, Mill Hill, North London Collegiate, North Bridge House Seniors, South Hampstead, St. Paul’s, UCS and Westminster, to name but a few.

For pupils choosing to continue their education at North Bridge House, they have the option to join our Senior School in Hampstead, or our Senior School and Sixth Form in Canonbury.

Most importantly, all pupils are carefully advised on and prepared for the right Senior School for them.

Girls' 11+ Results

Year on year, North Bridge House Prep School girls achieve fantastic results, gaining places at renowned Senior Schools such as:

City of London School for Girls
Channing School
Francis Holland School
Godolphin and Latymer
Highgate School
North Bridge House Senior School
North London Collegiate
Queen’s College
South Hampstead High School

Boys' 11+ and Common Entrance Results

North Bridge House Prep School is known for placing boys at some of the top Senior Schools in the country – often with prestigious scholarship awards –  following their impressive 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exam results. These include:


City of London
Eton
Haileybury
Harrow
Merchant Taylors’
Mill Hill
North Bridge House
St Albans
St Paul’s
UCS
Westminster

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

HYDESVILLE TAKES MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TO A NEW LEVEL 

 

Pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall joined over 45,000 children and young people around on Friday 27th September 2019 to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.

Hydesville collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 74 schools of which Hydesville Tower School is a member. 

With children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, the challenge at Hydesville Tower School was to create a meaningful series of events that would have value immediately but also for the months and years to come. Big favourites included the Animal Café, with time to pet and look after a range of animals; Zumba and kickboxing to get the pulse raising; meditation and yoga to help promote calm and mindfulness; and lots and lots of smiles.

Warren Honey, Headmaster at Hydesville Tower School, said: “this was a wonderful opportunity for the Hydesville community to come together and put mental health in the spotlight. As a school, we value the person and their emotional wellbeing, so planning these events felt a natural opportunity to prepare our children for the various challenges of life.

“The School’s Mental Health Champion Aimee Kingston was instrumental in designing elements of the day, and all the staff were involved at various stages to promote the initiative.”

Global Be Well Day emanated from conversations between the global leaders last October, and a commitment to action in all the Cognita schools. Resources from world experts in sleep and nutrition, alongside the shared ideas for activities have helped this initiative reach over 45,000 students, 7,000 staff and countless parents and families.


 

OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

 

"New experiences enrich children’s lives and help them decide where their interests and passions lie."
 

For one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment. The programme draws on the interests and talents of our teachers and is a chance for pupils to enjoy pastimes that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum. The activities are carefully planned to ensure there is something to appeal to all pupils.

HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL NURSERY RECEIVES MILLIE’S MARK

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has announced that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. With its robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. 

 

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this. In addition, it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.  

Sam Smith, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark.  This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success.”

 

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.


 

LOCKDOWN SUCCESS FOR GCSE PUPILS AT HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL 

 

 

Pupils from Hydesville Tower School in Walsall are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with 94% of all papers taken achieving a “good pass” or better at Grade 5+.  

Most impressively, 52% of exam grades at Hydesville were awarded at Grade 7 or above with almost half the cohort securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 7-9 – the previous A grade equivalent. Almost a third of all exams were awarded Grades 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.  

Success this year has been even more poignant for pupils due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ‘no exam’ declaration has meant pupils who were due to sit GCSE exams this summer have received a centre-assessed grade in line with government directions.

Headmaster, Mr Honey, explains: “Although the last few days have been tumultuous for all concerned in education, we must not lose sight that these GCSE grades are a fitting reward for the efforts of the pupils prior to lockdown. It was not their choice that this occurred, and many were disappointed not to have the chance to demonstrate their full potential. We are delighted to celebrate with them today, even whilst being aware of safety requirements, and know that they are ready for the next stage of their education journey.”

The global lockdown didn’t stop Hydesville pupils excelling and results in specific subject areas this year were exceptional.  In the three separate sciences, 85% of grades were 7 or above. In Business Studies, a third of the cohort attained grade 9, and there was high levels of success in Maths, Religious Studies, History, Drama and Spanish, where the majority of pupils secured grade 7 or above.

All of the Year 11 cohort at Hydesville are to be congratulated for a superb set of results.  In particular, Rory, Shah, Landon, Rachna and Abdullah each collected seven or more of the highest grades – 8s and 9s.  

Miss Lauren Jenkins, Head of Senior School, remarked: “It is wonderful to congratulate the class of 2020 for their outstanding achievements. Their tenacity and resilience in dealing with the situation says a great deal for the character that is developed through Hydesville. We have been proud to see how this year group has grown in confidence, maturity and stature as the years have passed, and wish them well for the next steps.” 

Hydesville Tower School, situated on Broadway North in Walsall, is proudly non-selective and is fully committed to helping pupils achieve the very best results possible. 

Mr Warren Honey, Headmaster, added: “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and pupils who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE pupils and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into post-16 education and beyond. These results provide a clear indication that the personalised approach taken at Hydesville gives every child the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their potential.” 

 

Cheltenham College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021


 

During the current pandemic and subsequent UK lockdown we are unable to accept visitors to College and The Prep. Whilst we know that the best way to discover what life at Cheltenham College and The Prep could be like is to visit us, for now we are offering a series of virtual events and tours. 

To reserve a place and let us know you are coming, please email [email protected] for The Prep or [email protected] for College. 

Alternatively, we would be delighted to arrange an individual visit for you and your family once the current restrictions have been lifted. Due to high demand, individual appointments to visit College are limited and priority is given to those families interested in entry no further than three years in advance. We are currently welcoming families for individual visits for 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 entry; families of children who would enter College in 2025 and beyond are asked to book a place on an Open Morning or virtual event. 

PUPILS PLAY INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY

  


 

Cheltenham College students and 1st XI players, Emily and Jemima, recently represented Wales at U18 level in a test series against Scotland. Jemima made her international debut; a special occasion for any player. Emily recieved recognition and a great reward for her performance during this series and previous matches with a call-up to the Wales Senior Women's Development squad. This is another great opportunity for her to showcase her talents at a senior performance level. 

WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE

 

  

Mrs Nicola Huggett joined the school as Head in September 2018. 

Mrs Huggett says, “Our aim above all is to inspire young people who are willing to learn, ambitious to achieve and keen to get involved. Boys and girls who join College at any age, will leave us as well-rounded young men and women, having fulfilled their true potential and gained a place at a top university of their choice. They will have been prepared for life beyond school and be able to contribute positively to society.

I feel it is a great privilege to live and work within this wonderful community. We warmly welcome you to come and visit us and see why we believe this is a school where your child will truly flourish."


 

WHY CHELTENHAM COLLEGE?
 

The foundation of the first class, modern education our pupils receive is our experience and history as a co-educational independent boarding school.

We build on this foundation with five characteristics that set every pupil’s time at Cheltenham College apart:
 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 

AN ALL-ROUND EMPHASIS 

THE SUPPORT TO SUCCEED 

OUTSTANDING PASTORAL CARE 

COMMUNITY VALUE 

St Joseph's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

NEW NATIONAL AWARD FOR WELLBEING

 

 

Following on from winning Independent School of the Year at the hotly contested TES Independent School Awards, St Joseph's is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 awards in the 'Wellbeing initiative of the Year' category. 

This award highlights "an impressive initiative to improve mental health".  Read more here

Head Andrew Colpus said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”

WHY SEND YOUR CHILD TO A FAITH SCHOOL?

 

Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>

     

 

 

Upcoming Virtual Open Events:

Wednesday 10 February

- Early Years Virtual Open Morning (09.30-10.30am)

- Years 7 – 11 Virtual Open Morning (11.00am-12.00pm)

Tuesday 9 March

- Early Years Virtual Open Morning (09.30-10.30am)

- Years 7 – 11 Virtual Open Morning (11.00am-12.00pm)

 

In October, we held our Virtual Open Evenings (Senior and Sixth Form). The recordings of these events can be found here. 

For children wishing to join in Reception to Year 6, or if you are unable to attend one of our virtual Open Events, we also offer virtual meetings with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please contact us to arrange a virtual meeting or email [email protected]. We will resume visits in person as soon as we are permitted to do so.

Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

 

Due to changing government guidelines we are currently unable to welcome visitors onto our school site. We would be delighted to welcome you to join us for one of our Virtual Open Days.

 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 9.30

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH, 18.00

THURSDAY 18 MARCH, 9.30

THURSDAY 22 APRIL, 18.00

FANTASTIC RESULTS AT GSCE AND A LEVEL

 


 

Academic achievement at SWPS is consistently high; and excellent results at GCSE and A Level reflect the hard work and effort our students put into their studies in pursuit of their future goals and ambitions. 

 

GCSE 2020:

  • 33% of grades 9
  • 58% of grades 9-8
  • 15% of students gained 9+ straight grade 9s
  • 52% of students gained all grades 9-7

A Levels 2020:

  • 100% Pass
  • 86% of grades A*-B
  • 64% of grades A*-A
  • 42% of students gained all A*-A grades
  • 68% of students gained 3 A*-B grades

 

SIR WILLIAM PERKINS'S AIMS ARE TO:

  • Inspire excellence in academic standard
  • Give the student the confidence to enjoy learning, the resilience to learn from mistakes and to cultivate good habits of work
  • Help each student develop fully as an individual with integrity
  • Help each student refine creative and practical skills
  • Help each student gain the qualifications they need to embark on, and succeed in, their chosen career
  • Help each student think independently
  • Help each student be a confident, responsible and unselfish member of the community.
Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021


 

Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Registrar to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs. You can learn more about our admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.

Due to the pandemic, we are currently offering virtual Open Mornings during the Spring Term. Alternatively, if you wish to enquire about a private tour please make contact with our Admissions Registrar. Both options can be selected in the form below.

 

LEARNING THROUGH NATURE

  


At Duncombe School we value the benefits of children learning in a range of environments. We are an accredited Forest School, allowing us to offer outdoor education and activities to our Early Years.

Forest School allows children to learn and explore in a safe outdoor environment. The Dell, our large sunken woodland area that was once the house's sunken garden in Victorian times, makes the perfect location for lessons designed to develop the children's curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and the ability to assess risk.

From Kindergarten through to age 11 the children have access to activities what range from den building to going on bug hunts. Lessons are carefully planned to teach children problem-solving, teamwork and how to handle risk, all whilst learning about the natural environment.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

            

Choosing a school for your child this year will be more challenging than ever. We are doing everything we can to make this process as easy for you as possible and give you a good sense of who we are and what makes us unique so that you can be sure this is the right school.

We hope that our video tours, testimonial videos, information and images on the website and our social media will give a good indication of the warm, family-friendly atmosphere of the School. 

While Sherfield School is closed due to Government advice, unfortunately, it will not be possible to visit us in person. However, admissions is still open, and we are encouraging families who are interested in joining the school to get in touch with our Admissions Team on [email protected] or complete the enquiry form below. Our Admissions Team will follow up with you following your enquiry.

We are currently able to offer you a virtual meeting with our Headmaster and other members of staff. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to wait until the school is able to open again, we can offer you an on-site tour.

 

Scholarships

Throughout every year Sherfield School offers Academic, Creative, Performing Arts and Sporting Scholarships offering talented children the opportunity to contribute to, flourish and benefit from the ethos and life at the school.

If you would like to register for a Scholarship Day please click on the link below.

 

MISSION AND AIMS

 

      

Our motto at Sherfield School is ad vitam paramus – 'we prepare for life'. This sums up our aim for our school community. Our mission is to educate reliable, honest and responsible young people who are reflective, engaged and dynamic and ready for the challenges of modern life.

We help our students to develop not only their gifts, but also their character, teaching them to work both individually and collaboratively. Our pupils learn to respect one another, contribute to the life of the school and celebrate their successes together.

Our core values:
  

- Learning through Innovation

- Pursuing Excellence

- Global Citizenship

- Growing by Learning

 

GCSE Results 2020

We were delighted to see so many smiles and tears of joy as students picked up their GCSE results. The academic and pastoral staff have been supporting their students through this unsettling time and they are immensely proud of how they have adapted and all they have achieved. 

Results are just a snapshot of performance. We aspire to create well-rounded individuals and what we are most proud of is the resilience and versatility the students have all shown.

“Following all the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic and media coverage of examination results, it’s wonderful to be able to focus on the individual success of each and every student at Sherfield.  All the achievements of our students are very well deserved and are testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication not just recently but throughout their school careers at Sherfield.” Nick Brain, Headmaster

 

A Level Results 2020

Students at Sherfield School recorded the best results in the history of the school.  Over 50% of grades were recorded at A*, with 90% of grades recorded at A* or A, demonstrating once again that Sherfield is the place for serious Post 16 study. 

Ms Seamark, Head of Sixth Form is thrilled with the results, “I am delighted with the excellent results achieved by our students, which are testimony to their hard work and dedication, as well as the exceptional support given by their teachers. It has been such a pleasure to support all of the Year 13 students through their final year of A-Level study and see so many gain places at the top universities in the country.

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

 


 

School Tours and Applications during the COVID-19 emergency

Please be aware that despite the current unusual and challenging circumstances, we are still able to answer enquiries and accept applications for places at Croydon High School, subject to there being spaces available in the year groups required.

We are also able to arrange for on-line testing for immediate entry; however visits to the school are obviously not possible at the moment.

We have a Virtual Open Morning for the Senior School which you can view HERE. If you have any questions about applying to the Senior school, please contact [email protected]. Please note applications for Year 7 2021 have closed, but please contact us if you need to make a late application.

If you are interested in applying for Sixth Form for September 2021, please view our virtual tour  HERE or contact [email protected]

If you are considering applying to our Junior School,  please take a look at our IVY TOUR or contact us and we can confirm assessment arrangements. Clare Macmillan is the Juniors Admissions Registrar at [email protected]

If you have any general questions about the admissions process, please email our Admissions Department – [email protected]

SEE OUR VIRTUAL TOUR HERE >>

EXAMI RESULTS AND DESTINATIONS

Examination results certainly do not define our school, but we are extremely proud of all our girls achieve year on year.

Knowing the ‘back story’ behind every individual set of results is also something our staff pride themselves on.

2020 will prove to be a year to remember for many reasons and not least for the remarkable year group who did NOT take their A levels in that year. We celebrate some of their many achievements HERE with more to follow when the ‘dust settles’ and the full picture emerges.
Please click HERE to read the full story behind our 2020 cohort’s GCSEs.

2019 was a brilliant year for results and our A levels results can be found HERE and our GCSE results can be found HERE

It means they are in the best possible position to advise on options, whether it be A level choices, degree and university decisions or on helping to match individual aspirations and abilities with the most appropriate next step.

Find out more about our outstanding 2018 GCSE here and A level results here

Full details of our GCSE and A level results can be found in our Senior Admissions Guide here and our Sixth Form Admissions Guide here.

 

 

Visitors are always – without fail – impressed by every girl they meet. From the youngest to the oldest, they present themselves as outstanding ambassadors for the school in whatever situation they find themselves.

OUR GO-ED PHILOSOPHY

 


 

GO-ED – Girls Only Education. 

This is how we describe our attitude to the education of girls and the unique culture we have developed at Croydon High. 

Why GO-ED not CO-ED? 

We believe our supportive girls-only environment offers enormous benefits. Year after year we see how girls flourish in secure happy surroundings where they can discover who they really are and where they want to go. In a single sex school, there is undoubtedly less pressure to conform to stereotype, particularly in academic or sporting choices.

Croydon High girls take all three sciences – and do well - and the level of participation, determination and success on the sports fields is something we are particularly proud of.

But, we always stress that we are offering a single-sex education and not a single-sex life. The girls are not kept away from boys – we encourage and enable shared activities between ourselves and another local Independent boys’ school. Particularly in sixth form, we recognise that there is much to be gained from these activities which can be academic or extra- curricular as well as social.

We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust: 

 

Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021


 

Our Virtual Open Events

While our physical doors are in the most part closed, our Admissions Team is still on hand to discuss your child’s future education with us at Akeley. Through virtual tours and 3D plans, we can bring Akeley Wood to you, enabling you to walk through corridors and discover our extensive facilities from the comfort of your own home.

Let us bring the magic of Akeley to you

Virtual Coffee Morning - Friday 5th February, 9.00am

Join Mr Antwis and the Senior Team for a virtual coffee (other hot drinks are available) and a pastry to talk about life at Akeley Wood.

Sign up via [email protected] and you will receive your package of goodies before the event.

Akeley Wood Virtual Tours

Join us for our Virtual Open Day!

Hear what our students and staff think of Akeley Wood. Enjoy a guided tour and walk through corridors, discover our extensive facilities and watch lessons taking place from the comfort of your own home.

Open Morning - Saturday 6th March, 10.00am

Join us at Akeley Wood to hear about our curriculum, pastoral care, admissions, and general life at the school. Our student will also tell you what they enjoy about Akeley Wood and you will have the chance to explore our facilities.

Face to Face Tours 
Individual tours of the Junior and Senior School are offered every day at 4.30pm, by appointment only. You can visit the school and meet our staff who will talk to you about the benefits of an Akeley education.

Nursery tours are arranged on an individual basis.

To arrange a tour for when we are out of national lockdown, please email [email protected]

Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Team to learn more about our welcoming  environment, creative and adventurous approach to learning and wealth of opportunity both inside and outside the classroom.  You can learn more about our virtual admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.  We are always happy to speak to you, so please do call our Admissions Manager Sara.  She can be contacted by phone 01280 828122.


Virtual Meet the Head Events

We are still holding virtual Meet the Head events with Mr Simon Antwis, School Principal, and Miss Kara Dowson, Head of Akeley Wood Junior School. Ifyou’d like to virtually attend any of the events below, please contact our admissions team and we will happily arrange a dedicated time slot for you to have an informal chat with either Simon Antwis or Kara Dowson. During your 1:1 meeting, you will be able to ask any questions you may have about life at Akeley and discover all of the ways in which we can support your child.  To join us, please email [email protected] or telephone our Admissions Manager Sara on 01280 828122.

OUTSIDE LEARNING

 

  

We are thrilled that Akeley Wood’s Junior School now offers a Forest School experience, delivered by our accredited Forest School practitioner.  Every child in Junior School participates in this innovative educational approach to teaching outdoors through learning and play that staff and children alike have embraced.  The Forest School ethos centres around the child’s learning needs rather than fixed specific outcomes.  Coupled with the vast space we are lucky enough to have in the Akeley Wood grounds, the beauty and serenity of the natural woodland setting allows children to explore everything that a bit of fresh air and the great outdoors has to offer, and the shelter of our lodge ensures that lessons can continue, rain or shine.

Akeley Wood Senior School
Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021


   

Our Virtual Open Events

While our physical doors are in the most part closed, our Admissions Team is still on hand to discuss your child’s future education with us at Akeley. Through virtual tours and 3D plans, we can bring Akeley Wood to you, enabling you to walk through corridors and discover our extensive facilities from the comfort of your own home.

Let us bring the magic of Akeley to you

Virtual Coffee Morning - Friday 5th February, 9.00am

Join Mr Antwis and the Senior Team for a virtual coffee (other hot drinks are available) and a pastry to talk about life at Akeley Wood.

Sign up via [email protected] and you will receive your package of goodies before the event.

Akeley Wood Virtual Tours

Join us for our Virtual Open Day!

Hear what our students and staff think of Akeley Wood. Enjoy a guided tour and walk through corridors, discover our extensive facilities and watch lessons taking place from the comfort of your own home.

Open Morning - Saturday 6th March, 10.00am

Join us at Akeley Wood to hear about our curriculum, pastoral care, admissions, and general life at the school. Our student will also tell you what they enjoy about Akeley Wood and you will have the chance to explore our facilities.

Face to Face Tours 
Individual tours of the Junior and Senior School are offered every day at 4.30pm, by appointment only. You can visit the school and meet our staff who will talk to you about the benefits of an Akeley education.

Nursery tours are arranged on an individual basis.

To arrange a tour for when we are out of national lockdown, please email [email protected]

 

Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Team to learn more about our welcoming  environment, creative and adventurous approach to learning and wealth of opportunity both inside and outside the classroom.  You can learn more about our virtual admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.  We are always happy to speak to you, so please do call our Admissions Manager Sara.  She can be contacted by phone 01280 828122.


Virtual Meet the Head Events

We are still holding virtual Meet the Head events with Mr Simon Antwis, School Principal, and Miss Kara Dowson, Head of Akeley Wood Junior School.

If you’d like to virtually attend any of the events below, please contact our admissions team and we will happily arrange a dedicated time slot for you to have an informal chat with either Simon Antwis or Kara Dowson. During your 1:1 meeting, you will be able to ask any questions you may have about life at Akeley and discover all of the ways in which we can support your child.  To join us, please email [email protected] or telephone our Admissions Manager Sara on 01280 828122.

Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021

ST MARGARET’S PREP EXCELLENT ACROSS THE BOARD SAY INSPECTORS

  
Staff and pupils at St Margaret's are celebrating their latest inspection report after inspectors declared its education standards excellent.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Ofsted equivalent for independent schools, graded the school excellent for the quality of both the children’s academic and other achievements, as well as the quality of their personal development.

Mrs Karen Cordon, headmistress at the time of the inspection, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that St Margaret’s has been graded ‘excellent’ across the board.  We could not be more pleased with the way the inspection team captured the ethos of the school and in particular the essence and the spirit of the children.
 


   

Discover what our children love about St Margaret's at one of our Open Events.

Once restrictions are relaxed, we will return to holding Open Mornings at St Margaret's.

 

Individual Tours
we can offer an appointment to talk to the Headmaster by video link and/or organise a visit to the school (after the school day has finished) at 4.30pm. To make an appointment, please contact:

Mrs Simone Hughes, Marketing & Admissions Manager
01249 857379
[email protected]

WHAT MAKES ST MARGARET'S SO SPECIAL? 

 

 

St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

We offer a holistic and balanced education, with strong values at its heart. These values provide a framework for our children as they interact with one another, experiencing the challenges and achievements of their educational journey with us. Our aim of ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is central to our commitment to ensure that each pupil aspires to fulfil his or her potential.

We aim to instil a positive sense of self in each pupil and a drive to be the best that they can be in all respects. Our philosophy is underpinned by the belief that children thrive when they are happy, stimulated and encouraged. 

Fulfilment at St Margaret’s is not just about academic rigour, it’s also about respect and understanding for each other and giving our pupils the tools to understand themselves. Throughout their time at school we see our children grow in independence, self-esteem and confidence as they learn key ‘soft skills’ and acquire knowledge and understanding with a growth mindset. We all work towards ensuring that firm foundations are laid before the children move on to senior school and face the challenges that the workplace and wider world will present in the future. 

Through embracing our shared school values, we create an atmosphere which gives our children the confidence to achieve their best in a supportive and engaging environment.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year.  Please contact Mrs Simone Hughes to make an appointment:  01249 857379 or email [email protected]

Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021

 

We hope that our website and prospectus give you a flavour of what the school has to offer. We will be delighted to show you around just as soon as we can.

In the first instance, please do get in touch with our Admissions Team via the form at the bottom of the page, or by emailing [email protected]  tell us more about your child and let us tell you more about our Admission Process, our school and what we have to offer.

We look forward to meeting you, albeit in the virtual world for the time being.

Explore our school in 3d here >>

OUR PRE-SCHOOL: A SAFE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT

  

  

The main aim of our Pre-School is to provide a setting where the children feel emotionally safe and secure. The environment is friendly, stimulating and nurturing and offers a dynamic time-tabled curriculum which includes; French, ICT, Classics, Tennis, Forest School, Street Dance and Art plus daily lessons in maths, literacy and pre-reading.

Children can join our Pre-School when they are 2 years old and age appropriate Pre-School children are given first consideration for our sought after Reception places.

NOW ENROLLING FOR RECEPTION 2020

 

 

Call 020 8203 7727 to request a Registration Pack or click the link below.
Bethany School
Secondary
Last update: 25 January 2021

e-Open Morning - February 6th  

Due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to hold Open Mornings in their usual format. In their place, we are holding e-Open Mornings to provide prospective families with an opportunity to hear about how Bethany can provide the ideal environment for their child’s journey through secondary education.

 

OUR SCHOOL

"Education for life, in a changing world"

Our greatest aim is to enable each of our pupils to realise their potential in every area that they study, flourishing in those subjects where their talents shine brightest and carrying with them a genuine love of learning.

We create a challenging and supportive learning environment, and small class sizes are fundamental to our success. We generally have fewer 18 pupils in any class, allowing our teachers to target and develop the abilities of each individual, offering support and guidance as they work through our broad and balanced curriculum together.

Through dynamic and differentiated teaching, we aim to instil in our pupils key skills, both from a learning and a social perspective, that are so vital for exam success and life beyond School.

Bethany’s Learning Support department enjoys an international reputation for its success in giving specialist help to dyslexic pupils within our mainstream school, and the school has been CReSTeD registered since 1994.  In addition, for those pupils who may benefit from it, we also offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) support. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​THE INDEPENDENT MOBILITY FOR DISABLED USERS’ STEM PROJECT REACHES THE BIG BANG 2020 FINALS!

Bethany STEM pupils have reached the finals for the Big Bang national competition. Throughout November, over 70 judges from the field of STEM have been reviewing projects and helping to select the winners who will be attending the Finals. Our first ever Year 12 pupils, Ben Scott and Aaron Monk’s STEM project ‘Independent mobility for disabled users’, has been successful and the students have been invited to attend The Big Bang Competition Finals 2020.

The Finals will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March 2020. At the Finals, the finalists’ project is judged by leading experts, and the pupils will also take part in exciting STEM activities and possibly come away with a fantastic prize!

The project was an enormous scale of reverse engineering and modification. In this modern world, we take a lot for granted, such as the car or motorbike. People who have lost the ability to walk cannot drive or ride any to go where they want. They would have to use public transport or friends to get around. This makes them less independent. The STEM pupils decided that should change.

“Motorbikes are very close to our hearts, and we know what it feels like not being able to jump on a motorcycle and head off into the sunset. This motorcycle would allow those who have lost the ability to use their legs/ or limited use to get on their bike and ride off into the sunset” remarked Aaron.
Most motorcycles are made with high seating positions which for someone with limited or no use of their legs would be very unreasonable and not realistic to put them on and ride, so with this in mind the pupils set out to build a low, stable bike making it as eco-friendly as possible.

“We also had to bear in mind that the bike would have to be light and have a very low centre of gravity, so we had to get the weight low down. This would help the user with limited or no use of their legs to feel stable on the bike. Moreover, hopefully, the low centre of gravity would give the bike the right amount of natural stability. To help make it safe, we added stabilisers”, said Ben.

The pupils started off using a written off Honda CBF 125, which is very reliable and a stable bike. This motorcycle had been in an accident and was written off, so they bought it for spares and repairs. It took some days to strip the bike down for its engine wheels, suspension and swinging arms as these were the most expensive parts. The bike so far had only cost £250. The team decided that if they made the seat too low, the rider would not feel comfortable on the bike at all, and if too high, they would feel unstable. So, they made a seating height of 40cm, which feels very comfortable.

The STEM finalists learnt and applied the following skills to make the bike: (1) horizontal ban saw, (2) MiG welder, (3) filing, (4) sanding/scotching, (5) priming/painting, (6) fabricating, (7) milling, and (8) lathing. STEM teaches pupils life skills and congratulations to Ben and Aaron for being Bethany’s STEM ambassadors this academic year.

Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021

 

Sadly we are unable to welcome parents on to site for the time being, but our admissions team are still working and on hand to discuss your child’s education. Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Registrar to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs. You can learn more about our admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.

 

Accepting applications for September 2021

Cumnor House Nursery Virtual Open Mornings
Friday 5th February 10am – 11am
Friday 26th February 10am – 11am

Cumnor Girls

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Girls , we are able to offer out of hours tours with Headmistress, Mrs McShane. Please contact the admissions department for further details

Cumnor Girls – Meet the Headmistress
Tuesday 2nd February 10am – 11am
A virtual meeting with Mrs McShane to talk about Cumnor Girls, the outstanding academic success, extracurricular opportunities and the values and ethos of the school.

Cumnor Boys

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Boys, we are delighted to be hosting virtual open events in January and February, these virtual open events, give you the opportunity to experience a virtual ‘life at Cumnor House’. To register for these events please see details below.

Cumnor Reception Virtual Open Mornings
Friday 29th January 10am – 11am
Friday 12th February 10am – 11am

Cumnor Main School Virtual Open Morning
Wednesday 10th February – 9.30am – 10.30am
For all families looking for in year application, or September 2021 intake for any year group including Year 7.

For any queries relating to Boys Main School admissions please contact the admissions department for further details.

OUR STRAIGHT FORWARD ADMISSIONS PROCESS

 


 


The admissions process is simple and designed to give assurance to you and your child that their educational ambitions are our focus too.  There is no catchment area and while many of our children are local, we do have children who travel in from as far as Canary Wharf, East Grinstead and Crawley.

You will be guided every step of the way by our experienced Admissions Team. Children are welcome to join us at any time during the school year and into any year group, if a place is available. Please do not hesitate to contact Admissions on 020 8660 3445 or complete the enquiry form by clicking the link below. 

Primary
Last update: 25 January 2021

Sadly we are unable to welcome parents on to site for the time being, but our admissions team are still working and on hand to discuss your child’s education. Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Registrar to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs. You can learn more about our admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.

 

Accepting applications for September 2021

Cumnor House Nursery Virtual Open Mornings
Friday 5th February 10am – 11am
Friday 26th February 10am – 11am

Cumnor Girls

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Girls , we are able to offer out of hours tours with Headmistress, Mrs McShane. Please contact the admissions department for further details

Cumnor Girls – Meet the Headmistress
Tuesday 2nd February 10am – 11am
A virtual meeting with Mrs McShane to talk about Cumnor Girls, the outstanding academic success, extracurricular opportunities and the values and ethos of the school.

Cumnor Boys

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Boys, we are delighted to be hosting virtual open events in January and February, these virtual open events, give you the opportunity to experience a virtual ‘life at Cumnor House’. To register for these events please see details below.

Cumnor Reception Virtual Open Mornings
Friday 29th January 10am – 11am
Friday 12th February 10am – 11am

Cumnor Main School Virtual Open Morning
Wednesday 10th February – 9.30am – 10.30am
For all families looking for in year application, or September 2021 intake for any year group including Year 7.

For any queries relating to Boys Main School admissions please contact the admissions department for further details.


 

We prepare your daughter for her senior school. See where our girls have moved onto in recent years, often with Scholarships.

In 2017, 50% of those who applied gained Grammar School places.