Phoenix School

36 College Crescent, London NW3 5LF

Profile: The Phoenix School is a pre-prep school in Hampstead for boys and girls aged 3 – 7. It consists of a nursery and a pre-prep school which have been affiliated with UCS (the University College School, a leading London Day school) since 2002. Both nursery and the Phoenix School have become very popular since its affiliation with UCS, which makes admission for outsiders difficult.

A recent inspection report suggests the school combines high academic standands with excellent pastoral care:

“pupils are very well educated and achieve high standards in both their learning and their personal development. They make good and, on occasion, rapid progress in relation to their abilities because of a broad curriculum, an excellent programme of activities both in and outside school, and most effective
teaching, which in many lessons is outstanding.

The school successfully achieves its aim to provide a happy, supportive and stimulating environment where intellectual curiosity and independence of mind are developed and self-discovery and selfexpression are fostered“.

Admissions: The Phoenix School has a two-form entry into Reception and provides very detailed information on its website, which unfortunately suggests that the Phoenix School has become so oversubscribed since being acquired by UCS that it is now very hard to get into without a direct connection to anyone already at the school:

Since the school was acquired by UCS in 2002, applications have risen steadily and most Nursery pupils proceed automatically to our 4+ Reception class. The Nursery has now become the main point of entry to the school.  Nursery places are offered to siblings and UCS/Phoenix connections in the first instance.  Currently there is no formal assessment for entry to the Nursery but because of the high level of interest for places this process is currently under review… Applicants should complete the Registration Form and register not more than one year before the proposed date of entry

Exit Results: The boys at the Phoenix School pupils transfer directly to the UCS Junior School, which is one of the leading London Day Schools. As UCS is a boys’ school,  girls have to take the 7+ exams to transfer to other London prep schools. I have heard from other parents that many girls transfer to South Hampstead High but have not seen any data by the school to support this. The inspection report (linked below) suggets that most pupils gain admission to their first choice senior school and go on to very academically selective schools.

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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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