The German School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
School Guide Rating
Not Rated

This school has 2 parent reviews

Douglas House
Petersham Road
TW10 7AH
3 - 19
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School Description

The German School in London is a non-selective independent school for boys and girls aged from three to 19 years. The school opened in 1971 and is registered to admit up to 900 pupils. It is housed in modern purpose-built accommodation set in extensive grounds in Richmond-upon-Thames. The school serves the German-speaking community in London. The German School Inspection report: The German School, 25–27 April 2018 Page 10 of 13 London is part of a system of 140 German schools abroad. Most pupils come from Germany, Austria or Switzerland, although, in all, 35 nationalities are represented in the school. The language of instruction is mainly German and the pupils follow, from age six to 16, the Baden-Württemberg curriculum that leads to the Mittlere Reife Prüfung (the German equivalent to GCSE examinations). Sixth-form students follow the German International Abitur and the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme as a dual qualification. The school caters for pupils aged three to 19 and is registered for up to 900 pupils. Currently there are 881 pupils on roll. This total is made up as follows: 125 children in the early years, 289 pupils in primary phase, 395 pupils in secondary and 72 students in the sixth form. The majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. All pupils are bilingual to some extent, with just under one in 10 pupils being fully bilingual by the age of 14. The school supports just over one in 10 pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care (EHC) plan. There are no pupils supported by the pupil premium. The school has been granted exemption from the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage, and so these aspects were not inspected. The current headteacher has been in post since August 2016, and the commercial director joined the school in August 2017. The school ‘aims to develop pupils’ linguistic abilities to the full in both English and German’. The school was last inspected in June 2014, when it was judged to be outstanding. Off-site provision is made available for pupils to attend swimming at Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, Putney, London SW15 1BL. When they leave, most students gain places at universities in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.

The German School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

The German School Reviews

Average Rating:


“Highly recommended”
Excellent school. Academically challenging with fantastic pastoral care. The teachers are incredibly supportive and the general athmosphere is very friendly. The school's current headteacher has introduced structural changes which improved social and emotional support and language learning, eg . the school now has four dedicated staff for social and emotional learning (an educational psychologist, a SEN specialist, a SEL coach/counsilor and a safeguarding officer). They run year long Social and Emotional Learning classes as part of the curriculum in several year groups and are highly supportive and on the ball. Most students have either English or German support lessons. The school is more much challenging academically than the top rated British secondary school my children transferred from. Learning targets are clear and the feedback is detailed. I disagree with the previous reviewer that the school is old fashioned in its educational approach. While it certainly is not HighTechHigh, pupils are expected to do much more team work and more presentations than in the British system. Students have to work continuously, which prepares them much better for their future work environment. Although Germany is failing miserably in the teaching of IT & technology, DSL adapted incredibly well to online teaching and offered excellent pastoral care during lockdown.
Our son attended the German School for just over a year. He started in Year 4, which is the last year of primary school. Due to his academic abilities the head teacher decided that he should attend one year ahead of his age group, which was fine. He enjoyed those months a lot and developed nicely. Year 5, however, turned out to be a disaster: academically he continued to do fine, but the children are expected to carry around lots of books and binders, change rooms within the school building, manage with a 20-30 minute lunch break starting only at 13:40. Despite the average class size being only approximately 20, there is a lack of support, in my opinion, when children struggle (as our son did). Despite the attractions of a reasonably challenging curriculum (compared with English state schools, not good English independent schools), the dual language environment and the IB option at the end, the school comes across as old-fashioned in its educational approach and does not have a customer-centric attitude towards parents despite the high fees. Overall, this school was too German for us, despite our son's Dad being German!
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