Knightsbridge School

67 Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD

Profile: Knightsbridge School is a co-educational pre-prep and prep school in Knightsbridge for children aged 3 to 13 years. It is a young school opened in 2006 to address the shortage of pre-prep places in Central London and has quickly gained popularity. It focuses on Classical education, laying strong foundations in literacy and reasoning, as well as on raising well-rounded children with  a wide extra-curricular programme. The Junior School teaches the major components of the national curriculum (including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Art) and Swimming, Judo, Fencing and Ballet are also offered. Additionally, pupils take French for two lessons a week and children also have to choose a second Modern Foreign Language (Italian, Spanish, Mandarin or Greek). There is an extensive extra curricular programme which includes Music, Karate, Ballet, Tennis, Athletics, Cookery, Judo.

Admissions: Knightsbridge School is a very popular school and early registration is recommended. The nursery is in fact so popular that it only accepts siblings of children already at the school. For Reception entry, Knightsbridge School currently only accepts registrations for September 2014 entry and after. What you can see here is that one the one hand, yes, you need to register early, but even at such a popular school, it doesn’t mean you have to fax in your registration from the labour ward as sometimes implied by press reports. As long as you take care of it before your child’s 2nd birthday, you will usually be fine. Once registered, children are admitted by assessment.

Exit Results: Being a young school, exit results for Knightsbridge School are less informative than results of schools established since decades. Their firswt group of girls just passed the 11+, some boys and girls have left at the 7+ stage, but they are only expecting their first boys to sit the Common Entrance exam this year. Many of the London pre-preps do not publish exact numbers on the secondary schools their pupils get into on their website (notable exaceptions are Hill House School, Glendower Prep, Kensington Prep,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 Knightsbridge School is currently one of these. It does provide a full list of schools its 2011 leavers will be attending though:

“In 2011, our senior pupils were offered places at the following schools:

Frances Holland School NW1
Frances Holland School SW1
Cheltenham Ladies’ College (Scholarship)
St Mary’s Ascot
St George’s Ascot
Heathfield
Roedean
Queen’s Gate
Wycombe Abbey
Downe House (Scholarship)
Colet Court
Portland Place
Northbridge House
Latymer Upper
Emanuel
American School 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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