Glendower Prep School

86/87 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JX

Profile: Located in the heart of South Kensington, Glendower Prep School is often named as the top London prep school and has a reputation of an academic hothouse. It’s probably one of the few schools that won’t deny being a hothouse, although they do like to stress that girls of all abilities will thrive at the school, as long as they give their best. Most girls attending Glendower live locally and walk to school.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate commends the school on high academic standards as well as excellent pastoral care:

“Glendower Prep School offers girls between the ages of 4 and 11 a high standard of education in a small, happy and very caring environment.  Pupils are eager to learn and are very well behaved.  They achieve good standards of attainment across a broad and challenging curriculum, which prepares them very well for success in entrance examinations to a range of competitive senior schools in London and further afield”.

“Provision for pastoral care and guidance is very good.  The school cares well for its pupils through the very good arrangements that it makes for their welfare, health and safety, and personal guidance.  This results in happy and confident pupils”
(ISI Inspection 2005)

Admissions: Glendower has just expanded their capacity so that going forward they will accept 36 girls into their Reception class rather than 18 accepted each year in the past. This is welcome news for parents hoping for a place at the oversubscribed school. When I went for the school visit with my 4 month old daughter, all the other mums present at the visit hadn’t even delivered yet and were making arrangements before their daughters were born, which gives you an idea of the school’s popularity.

Admission to Glendower Prep School is via assessment. According to the school, “prospective pupils are invited to attend in groups of 6 or 7 for about 40 minutes to be observed interacting by three or four adults, during the latter part of January of the year in which they would start. Parents are not expected to be present at these sessions. The skills being sought are mainly social maturity and readiness to learn in a group situation. Cooperation, flexibility, a “can do” approach and facility with the English language are all highly regarded. We are also looking for numeracy skills, letter recognition and a basic ability to follow instructions“.

Given how popular the school is, I was very impressed with the responsiveness of the school registrar, they are happy to show any parent around the school before registering and will promptly reply to email enquiries (many sought after prep schools won’t even answer phone calls from parents unless they have already paid the registration fee, as you might find out for yourself in your school search).

Exit Results: “Glendower girls” are successful in gaining admission to the top London Senior schools, with a high number going to the highly academic boarding schools Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks, and many girls placed at London day schools such as Godolphin and Latimer, City of London School and St Paul’s . The website currently lists the complete 2011 11+ examination results, and when you visit the school you will receive a printed booklet which includes results for previous years.

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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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