Eaton Square School

79 Eccleston Square, London SW1V1PP

Profile: Eaton Square School is a co-educational pre-preparatory and preparatory school in Belgravia for children aged 4-13 that also runs several nurseries for children aged 2.5 – 4 years. Eaton Square School has a very impressive range of extra-curricular activities, afterschool and holiday clubs and also operates a school bus service, so it is a very attractive choice for working parents.The holiday school, for example, runs from 9am until 3.45pm every day during school holidays, and many afterschool clubs during term time run until 5pm each day (afterschool club timetable here). The school is very popular with internationals living in Central London and half of the pupils come from families where English is not the first language. A recent ISI inspection has found the quality of teaching, personal development of the pupils and management of the school to be excellent:

The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent and has improved since the last inspection. In accordance with the school’s aims, pupils of all ages demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and a determination to do their best. Across all ages pupils achieve notably well in both curricular and extra-curricular studies and make good and often rapid progress in relation to their abilities.”

Provision for pupils’ pastoral care and arrangements for health and safety are
excellent and support their outstanding personal development“.

The strong improvement of the school could be linked to the appointment of the new Headmaster, Sebastian Hepher, in September 2010, and it will be interesting to see if the exit results for the school improve accordingly going forward.

Admissions: Admission to Eaton Square School is via assessment one year prior to Reception Entry. Children already enrolled in one of the Eaton Square nurseries are assessed by Head of Nurseries and the Head of Pre-Prep. Children from external nurseries are invited in for assessment on a Saturday morning in November prior to the year of entry, “where they complete a range of activities including phonic and numeracy work; colouring, cutting and informal discussion in small groups” (full details on admissions policy here).

Exit Results: The school website lists the senior schools its pupils have gone onto without numbers per school, which is often a sign of less stellar results. Given strong improvements introduced by the new Headmaster (who was previously head of Eaton House the Manor Preparatory School), it is likely that results will improve going forward and that the school might increase transparency on exit results on the exam results section of its website.

Examination results 2010:

City of London Boys School
City of London Girls School
Emmanuel School
Eton College
Francis Holland Graham Terrace
Francis Holland Clarence Gate
Harrodian School
Harrow School
James Allen’s Girls School
Latymer Upper School
More House
Queensgate School
Reed’s School
St John’s Leatherhead
Wellington College
Westminster School

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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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