Cameron House School

4 The Vale, London SW3 6AH

Overview: Cameron House is a co-educational pre-prep and prep school in Chelsea for children aged 4 to 11 years. It is a small school with an intake of only 20 children per year, many of whom are siblings. It has a friendly family atmosphere and tries to provide a happy learning environment. Reception classrooms are laid out with comfortable rugs, and there is a children’s library for the pupils to read at their own leisure. The school also runs many charity and social events, making children and parents alike part of the community. The ISI inspection report commends Cameron House School on its high academic standards and the school caters well to children of exceptional ability. Regarding extra-curriculars, it offers a wide range of afterschool clubs, of which the Karate club is notable in that it offers boys and girls the opportunity to take up grading, advancing to high levels during their time at school.

Two small caveats I would add are that, first, running only till 11, some of the boys leave for other preparatory schools at the 7+ level, which is likely to lead to turnover a few years down the line. Secondly, and that is a caveat I would add concerning any small school, the extracurricular offering is likely to be more limited than at a large pre-prep school such as Hill House.

Admissions: Cameron House School is a very popular school and heavily oversubscribed due to its small size. For an intake of 20, you can expect that at least 10 spaces will be taken by siblings, and north of 200 children will be registered for assessment for the remaining places. You need to send in a registration form to obtain an appointment to visit the school. According to the school, admissions decisions for the Reception class are made by “informal group assessment in the Spring Term prior to September entry. Children are invited to attend an afternoon in a group of approximately 12 children with three Cameron House staff members.” It’s important to keep in mind though that not every parent registered at the school as Cameron House as their number one choice, so I assume the school needs to make considerably more offers than it has places available.

Exit Results: Many of the London pre-preps do not publish exact numbers on the secondary schools their pupils get into on their website (notable exaceptions are Hill House School, Glendower Prep, Kensington Prep, Fulham Prep – leave a comment below if you know of more), and Cameron House is one of these.

The school website states the following:

“At 11, boys go on to a range of schools including: Latymer Upper, Alleyn’s, Dulwich, Emanuel, Colet Court, City of London, Westminster Under, Harrodian, Ibstock Place and other day and boarding schools. Girls move onto schools such as St Paul’s, Godolphin and Latymer, City of London, Putney High, Francis Holland, Queen’s Gate, Harrodian, Queen’s College and Latymer Upper, as well as a number of day and boarding schools.”

A full list of secondary schools Cameron House pupils have gained admission to for September 2011 can be found here, and it gives a good overview of the types of senior schools leavers attend.

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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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