Garden House Boys’ School

Turks Row, London SW3 4TW

Profile: If you have ever been shopping along Kings’ Road and seen stylish boys and girls in a very elegant turquoise school uniform, you have had your first encounter with Garden House School. It consists of a nursery (for 3-4 year olds), a Girls’ School, and a Boys’ School. The Girls’ and Boys’ Schools are located in the same building, but girls and boys are taught separately, so if you like the single sex education model but would still like your child to establish friendships among both sexes, Garden House might be the right choice for you. Garden House is a relatively local school with most children coming from the Chelsea area, but it does draw some children from neighbouring places such as Parsons Green and South Kensington.

It is not an academic hothouse, but rather tries to develop happy well-rounded children with daily sports exercises and a wide range of afterschool clubs (fencing, Judo, Ancient Greek, Mandarin, Drama and more). Though it educates boys from 4 – 11, it does prepare for the 8+ exam as well as the 11+, which is an added benefit for those parents yet unsure about senior school choices.

The  ISI inspection report highlights very good academic standards, particularly in English, Mathematics and the Sciences, and a high level of pastoral care:

The school has many strengths of which the following are most significant:

  • Pupils attain good, and sometimes high standards, by the time they leave, largely as a result of effective teaching
  • The very good ethos, pastoral care, behaviour and attitudes provide a very good learning environment
  • The good programme of extra-curricular activities enriches pupils’ curriculum
  • Very good relationships have been established with parents and the community

Garden House parents generally sound extremely satisfied with Garden House School and talk of the delight of picking up their happy and enthusiastic children after an action packed day at the school. It must be said that the school is not cheap, with termly fees of £5,800 in Reception it is certainly one of the most expensive and exclusive pre-preparatory schools in London.

Admissions: Garden House School carries out assessments a year prior to entry from all children on the waiting list for a Reception place. Preference is given to siblings of children already at the school. As it is a very popular school, it recommends early registration. Further details on the admissions policy can be found here. Because the school prepares boys for the 8+ exam, a fair number leave at that stage, so the school tends to admit more boys at 8 to fill up the classes in the Upper School.

Exit Results: 

Garden House boys are very successful in the 8+ exam, with a very large number moving on to Colet Court and Sussex House (which is one of the most successful preparatory schools with a fantastic record of getting boys into the top senior schools of the country). The full list for 2011 is:

London Day Schools 2011 Places Accepted
Colet Court 8
Garden House Upper School 8
King’s College Wimbledon 1
Knightsbridge School 1
St. Philip’s 1
Sussex House 10
Westminster Cathedral Choir School 3
Westminster Under School 2
Wetherby Prep School 2
Boarding Schools 2011
Cottesmore 1
Ludgrove 3
Sandroyd 1
Summer Fields 1

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School reviews on this website express my personal expression, based on web research, school visits and word of mouth between parents. If you have a different experience of the school or would like to add information missing here, or if you have any other helpful hints, please leave a comment below.


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