The Hall

23 Crossfield Road, London, NW3 4NU

Profile: The Hall is one of London’s top academic prep schools for boys aged 4 to 13. Established in 1889 in the Belsize Park area, the school has 450 pupils spread across its Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Judging from parent reviews and other reports discussed below, The Hall is probably the most academic of all the prep schools, surely deserving the hothouse label. It proudly details awards and scholarships its boys have won over the last years, and the list is certainly nothing short of impressive. The school caters well to students of very high academic ability, with an unsually large number of boys of far above average ability.

“At each stage pupils achieve high all round standards. The school fulfils its high expectations and fosters a life-long love of learning”

“Pupils’ attainment cannot be measured in relation to average performance against national tests, but on the evidence available it is judged to be excellent in relation to national age-related expectations. All pupils proceed to independent selective
senior schools at the age of thirteen”

“Pupils are excellent learners. They are enthusiastic and bring commitment to their studies. They are quick to settle, concentrate well and persevere. They enjoy learning and show interest. Investigative work is undertaken responsibly as in science where they set up experiments and record evidence well”

“The school provides an excellent demanding curriculum and an extensive extracurricular programme. It achieves its aim to provide a broad, high calibre education”

“The extra-curricular programme is excellent. An extensive programme is provided which encompasses sport, the arts and general interests. Intellectual pursuits, such as debating, provide excellent opportunities for pupils. Many competitions, such as
public speaking, provide excellent opportunities for pupils to develop their selfconfidence. Chess is popular, and snooker, which is a traditional activity at the school for older boys, is much enjoyed by the pupils. More unusual activities such as short tennis and video-making enable pupils to experience new areas of learning. Many pupils are learning musical instruments

(quoted from the ISI Inspection Report 2010)

Admissions: The Hall admits 32 boys each year to the Reception class, with 22 more joining in Year 1 (parents can choose to enter their boys at the 4+ or the 5+ stage). Entry is highly selective, and parents are asked to register their sons before their first birthday to  be considered for the list of boys invited for assessment about one year prior to entry. The school’s admissions page outlines the detailed procedure.

Exit Results: Boys leave at the 13+ stage and go on to the most selective London Day schools and leading boarding schools.

The following overview lists the number of boys who went to each of these schools over the last 7 years.

School 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
St Paul’s 8 10 9 5 11 12 10 65
Westminster 6 6 6 6 10 9 10 53
Highgate 10 7 5 4 7 6 2 41
UCS 4 5 4 5 3 4 10 35
Eton 5 0 3 4 4 4 1 21
City of London 2 2 6 3 5 0 2 20
Winchester 1 6 3 1 1 2 0 14
Kings Canterbury 2 0 3 4 1 0 0 10
Mill Hill 2 3 4 0 1 0 2 12
Harrow 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 9

(full list continues here).

About 20-30% of leavers gain academic or music scholarship at these leading schools (The Hall Awards and Scholarships). These exit results demonstrate that The Hall is certainly one of the top prep schools in London.

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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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