Fulham’s top Independent schools

 

Fulham Prep school

Founded in 1996, Fulham Prep is a co-educational school that comprises of a pre-prep and prep of ages 4-13 with 670 pupils. It recently expanded to incorporate a senior school which opened in September 2017.

Ethos

The school’s aim is to foster many traits among its pupils: confidence, tolerance, empathy, involvement, resilience, responsibility and a positive approach, to prepare them to be the adults of tomorrow and leaders in society. These aims manifest themselves to the children as commitment, consideration , and courtesy. Children must learn to work hard in order to meet the demands of modern life, but also to balance their endeavours so that time is taken for play, enjoyment and personal fulfilment.

Admissions:

Fulham Prep School is co-educational and non-selective from 4 years of age. Early registration is recommended for this stage as offers are made on a first come first served basis, although siblings are given priority. We aim to achieve a balanced intake, taking into account both gender and date of birth. Entry to the Prep School is automatic for children of Fulham Pre-Prep School.

External applicants at 7 years of age and above are examined and interviewed. There are intakes at 7, 8 and 11 years of age with occasional places available in other years.

Entry to the Senior School, for children who are twelve years old or older, is by assessment and interview for a place in Year 9. It will be automatic for children of Fulham Prep School (13+ Common Entrance will be sat by all pupils) however parents will be asked to make a decision at the end of Year 7. External pupils will sit the ISEB pre-test in Year 6.

Fees: Pre-prep £5,445 per term, lunches £235 per term, Prep £6,047 per term, lunches £208 per term.

ISI report (2017):

Overall effectiveness good. Effectiveness of leadership and management good. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment good. Personal development, behaviour and welfare outstanding. Outcomes for pupils good. Early years provision good. Overall effectiveness at previous inspection outstanding.

Other:

Fulham Prep provides buses for families who have children attending both schools, which at the moment are free of charge. The bus service is available in both directions in the afternoon. There are also several other paid-for bus routes covering Wimbledon, Putney, Barnes, Goldhawk, Chiswick, Brook Green,  Kensington and Fulham.

Kensington Prep School

The school was founded in 1873 and was the first school to be established by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) which has long been at the forefront of education for girls and academic excellence. The school covers ages 4-11 and has a size of 295 pupils.

Kensington Prep School is shortlisted for the prestigious Prep School of the Year TES Award 2018. The school has also been a Sunday Times top Prep School winner. The school is featured in the top school guides and websites including The Good Schools Guide and Tatler Schools Guide.

Ethos

We encourage brave and questioning thinking and win praise for our rich curriculum, innovative teaching and excellent academic results.

Admissions:

Entry to Kensington Prep School at all levels is selective. Most girls join in Reception at 4+ and a small number of occasional places arise higher up the school and at 7+. Offers are based on an assessment of academic potential, ability and attitude – regardless of religion, ethnic background or beliefs.

We are looking for girls – no matter what their personality, introvert or extrovert – who are alert and curious with an enthusiasm to learn.

Occasional places may arise in all years during the academic year. Candidates will be invited to come for an assessment appropriate to their age. Offers are made to those children who we feel will thrive at Kensington Prep School.

Fees (from September 2017)

£5,524 per term, School Lunches, £289 per term. All girls are required to have school lunch and the cost is added to the fees account.

Registration fee £100 (non-returnable) to be paid at the time of registration.

Deposit £1,000 to be paid on acceptance of a place.

ISI Report rating ‘exceptional’ (2015):

The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional. Teaching is excellent and is highly effective in promoting academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. High standards and academic rigour are enriched by intellectual risk taking. A caring and trusting environment in which pastoral care is given the highest priority.

Parsons Green Prep School / Eridge House

The school changed its name to Parsons Green Prep in 2014, but the name Eridge House can still be seen on the original front gate. Today the school has become one of the leading pre-prep and prep schools in west London. The school is co-educational for ages 4 to 11 and has 200 pupils.

Ethos:

‘Strive for Excellence’

We encourage our children to strive for academic success, offering them the support they need to reach their potential. We understand that education is not only about reaching academic goals. It is just as important that our children develop a love of learning and a curiosity for the world we live in along the way. We provide a happy, positive and creative learning environment where each child can flourish.

Admissions:

Children are welcomed into Reception class in September after their fourth birthday. Parents will need to complete a PGP registration form and provide us with their child’s most recent nursery or school report. The school contacts the child’s current school for a reference and parents will be invited to bring your child to take part in a morning session of activities in the classroom.

Parents are welcome to register their children to join from year 1 and upwards by joining the school waiting list from which a child will be offered a place as they become available. To join the waiting list, parents will need to complete a PGP registration form and provide their child’s most recent school report.

Admission to PGP is generally dependent upon the parent or guardian’s ability to pay fees in accordance with the published scale applicable at the time. This will be judged upon an assessment either made by observation at the current nursery school or made during a taster day.

Fees:

Full-time Reception and including Year 2 – Eldest child £5,619, to Years 3-6 £6,067, Siblings Reception and including Year 2 £5,057, to Years 3-6 £5,459.

School lunches £290 per term.

New entry Registration Fee (non-refundable) £150 Firm offer deposit £2,000 per child.

ISI report (2018):

The school meets all the requirements of the Independent School Standards Regulations 2010. The quality of the pupil’s learning and achievements is good. The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is good. The contribution of teaching is good. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent. quality of pastoral care is excellent. quality of arrangement for welfare, health and safety is good. quality of governance is good.

Sinclair House School 

Opened in the heart of Fulham in 1989 Sinclair House is a co-educational prep and nursery that has a size of 164 pupils.

Ethos

“Inspiration” translates into exciting pupils, by capturing, nurturing and directing their curiosity within different facets of school life and across all aspects of the curriculum to develop creativity. We believe that “challenges”  are empowering, presenting children with opportunities for growth and success and shaping autonomy and resilience.  We challenge and support pupils to progress – as and when they are ready – whether on the sports field, stage or in the science lab.

Our inspirational and challenging environment organically leads to a culture of achievement across school life, so that children leave us proud of their successes, confident in who they are and what they will become.

Admissions: 

We are a non-selective school for entry into Reception.  Places are offered based on date of registration, on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand for places is high and the school recommends that children are registered at least 2 years prior to their date of entry to confirm interest.  Offers for occasional places are made subject to availability and upon successful completion of an informal assessment, receipt of a child’s most recent school report and a satisfactory confidential report from the child’s previous school.

Priority is given to siblings of children already at our Preparatory School and/or Montessori Nursery.

Fees:

Full time (8.00am – 4.15pm Mon-Thu & 8.00am – 2.15pm Fri)£4,705.00 per term.

ISI Report (2011):

Sinclair House School provides a good education for its pupils and meets its aims; it has continued to improve since its last inspection and now meets all but two of the regulations. The curriculum and other activities meet the ability range and interests of the pupils well and they clearly enjoy their education. Pupils make good progress because of effective teaching and assessment, which meets the full range of pupils’ abilities. The overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage is good and children attain high standards. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development is good and their behaviour is outstanding. The school has robust arrangements for safeguarding pupils and provision for their welfare, health and safety is good.

Other:

Sinclair House School runs a daily Shuttle Bus service for pupils, including between the Nursery premises on Munster Road and the Preparatory School on 59 Fulham High Street.

The Moat School

A secondary co-educational day school, founded in 1998 dedicated to the teaching of children with Specific Learning Difficulties for ages 9-16.

The Moat School Is part of the Cavendish Education group – a small group of day and boarding schools that provide an all-round, mainstream-style education with a particular focus on small class sizes, a warm and friendly atmosphere, a broad curriculum and specialist support for additional learning needs.

Ethos:

The Moat School continues to focus on providing a mainstream style education to pupils who have not found success in mainstream education, allowing all children to achieve in an environment that understands and supports their needs. Help pupils realise their full intellectual and academic potential, develop and nurture self-esteem, skills and natural abilities, motivate pupils towards independence in learning and everyday life, take public examinations and prepare them for further and higher education or vocational training.

Admission: The School has a well-developed process of admission designed to select pupils whose primary needs encompass either or both dyslexia and dyspraxia or pupils who require a small, nurturing environment; these criteria form the basis of the selection process. With co-morbidity, we may accept pupils with similar SpLDs who would benefit from the practices of teachers with a dyslexia specialism. The nature of our provision and pupil support structure means that we are unable to accept pupils with behavioural difficulties. The admissions process operates thereafter on a first come first served basis.

Admission to the school is from Year 5 or Year 7. The school operates a waiting list for admissions into years 6 through 10. It is the school’s policy not to admit children into year 11.

Fees:

£10,000 per term (Year 5/6), £10,000 per term (Upper school).

Registration Fee: £195, Deposit: £1,000.

ISI report (2016): 

The Moat School is a compact and welcoming inner city specialist school. The pupil behaviour is excellent with rapport between staff and pupils, firm but friendly. The school is fully supported by the parents who state that the school has worked beyond expectations for their children’s academic and pastoral welfare.