From virtual learning to beekeeping classes – ways you can help your child enjoy school
or many of us, our time at school is one we reminisce about fondly. So, it’s important to help our children have the same experience, from academic achievements to once-in-a-lifetime trips. Here are a number of schools and companies across the capital who are on a mission to improve students’ learning experiences.
Knightsbridge School, in the heart of London, is reimagining education to create grounded and rounded young people who feel empowered; who can form good relationships; and who understand what they need to be fulfilled in work, and life, at 16 or 60.
Bringing together Early Years, Preparatory and Senior Schools all on one campus, Knightsbridge School offers a complete all-through independent co-ed day education with an extensive enrichment programme.
Taking advantage of local facilities both in around Knightsbridge, students can enjoy trips to Battersea Park where the school hosts its annual sports day; learn how to use climbing walls at Imperial College Ethos Sports Centre; as well as regular visits to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Learn more about Knightsbridge School by booking a school tour at knightsbridgeschool.com/admissions/book-a-tour.
Burlington House School is a collection of unique dyslexia specialist schools in London. Previously known as The Moat School, this collection of schools is being renamed and rebranded as Burlington House in time for the new school term in September.
Also launching next month is the new Burlington House Prep School in Fulham, which is open for students aged seven to 13 years old. As with all the schools in the Burlington House collection, the new prep school supports students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia to help them achieve and excel in a mainstream structure.
With a focus on bringing to the forefront the incredible talents all children possess, the team at Burlington House are equipped and educated to support a student’s additional needs. The school also offers a broad curriculum across its senior school and sixth form sites. Find out more at burlingtonhouseschool.com.
Rated Outstanding by Oftsed, Halcyon is a leading International Baccalaureate (IB) school for students aged 11 to 18 — and is also the only not-for-profit IB school in London. Opened in 2013 and founded by parents, Halcyon offers the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme, with an ethos dedicated to pioneering education and fulfilling each student’s potential.
Halcyon is also a Google Reference School and an Apple Regional Training Centre, and the school integrates leading pedagogical and technological research into classroom learning. Embracing the digital age, teachers at Halcyon encourage students to utilise digital devices as learning, research and presentation tools.
Visit halcyonschool.com to book a private tour or attend one of Halcyon’s Open Houses. Admissions are open for September 2022 and Halcyon accepts applications all year round.
From scuba diving to beekeeping, Farringtons School offers an extensive extra-curricular programme so students can get the most out of their school years. Based in Kent, Farringtons School is an independent co-educational establishment for pupils aged three to 18.
The extra-curricular programme, called Floreat Activities, seeks to offer a diverse menu of creative, sporting, more traditionally academic and wellbeing-focused pursuits. This offering is packaged for all students in Years 7-12 within the existing timetable structure of a busy day and boarding school.
From podcasting to mindfulness, and archery to public speaking, the school’s aim is to ensure students are exposed to a wealth of opportunities they might not normally get outside of the school gates. Sign up for Farringtons School’s open morning on 8 October at farringtons.org.uk/admissions/open-mornings-school-visits/open-mornings-school-visits.
St Benedict’s is a leading independent Catholic co-educational school in London. Situated in leafy Ealing, pupils aged three to 18 thrive in this caring community, benefiting from a seamless education, inspirational teaching, and great pastoral care. St Benedict’s has strong academic standards, with an emphasis on intellectual curiosity and independent learning.
The team of teachers and staff are committed to supporting all children to develop their full potential, by catering for their individual needs and talents at every stage. The school also places emphasis on students’ personal development, which is highlighted in its co-curricular programme — consisting of sports, music and drama lessons and events — to build confidence and enable pupils to excel in the things they enjoy.
The school focuses on principled leadership, resilience and character, and promotes integrity, fairness, and generosity to others — Christian values that appeal not only to Catholics but to families of other faiths and of no faith. Find out more at stbenedicts.org.uk.
Fab was launched in 2017 to create the most advanced education company in the world and help the poorest children get the best possible start in life.
For the past five years, Fab has been working to democratise access to cutting-edge data science in education tech, helping governments in developing countries improve the quality of education for the world’s poorest children. Fab’s tools include new ways of education planning, using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial techniques to improve planning for new schools in rural areas, helping countries achieve 12 years of education for all.
These tools are climate smart, allowing partners to integrate climate risks into their work. Fab has also been working to improve the quality and relevance of data, including through visual, action orientated, data-dashboards that allow partner governments, and those supporting them, to clearly see what’s happening, prioritise actions and target the most marginalised groups. Learn more at fabinc.co.uk and fabdata.io.
Minerva’s Virtual Academy is an award-winning virtual school for 12- to 18-year-olds that offers a full GCSE and A-Level programme, with at least 20 subjects to study at home.
With unique one-on-one mentoring, a smart virtual learning environment and live lessons from qualified teachers, pupils are set up to succeed. Despite being online, the school offers a vibrant community with virtual weekly assemblies, after-school clubs and wellbeing classes — as well as increasingly popular school trips to UK destinations that help children socialise with one another.
The dynamic pupil roster mixes young sports stars, Olympic hopefuls and theatrical performers along with students who struggle with confidence at traditional schools or accessing help for special educational needs. Join for the new school term in September by visiting minervavirtual.com.
Southbank International School prides itself on offering a different approach to academic excellence for children aged three to 18 years old. The school’s reputable teaching programme in a dynamic and exciting multi-national environment results in outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results that help students to achieve offers from top UK and US universities.
This is echoed in the fact that 100% (68 out of 68) of its 2021 graduates secured a place at their first-choice university. The school also offers an internationally recognised qualification through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. There are over 70 nationalities represented in its student body with over 20 native languages taught.
The school’s welcoming, friendly atmosphere, small class sizes and outstanding extra-curricular programme could significantly build your child’s confidence and skills. Discover more about the IB at Southbank International School at southbank.org.
Set in 13 acres of peaceful countryside, St Augustine’s Priory is a Catholic independent day school for girls aged three to 18, with young boys learning alongside the girls at nursery level. Rated as excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the priory in Ealing offers a unique educational community with superb sports facilities and a working farm.
Educating girls since 1634, the school welcomes students of all faiths to share the school’s deeply rooted values to prepare girls for the future. From Nursery to Year 13, the school focuses on the child’s wellbeing to help them become happy and secure students that can achieve their full potential.
Go along to the Nursery to Year 6 School Open Day on 20 September, or the Senior School Open Day on the 24 September. Find out more information at sapriory.com.
LearningMole creates engaging and fun educational, animated videos for teachers, children and parents. Covering a wide range of curriculum topics as well as essential life skills, including maths, science, coding, pollution, finance and more, Learning Mole’s teacher-led team has created educational content that can be used both inside and outside the classroom as core lesson elements or to support home learning.
The educational videos and teaching resources are designed to inspire thinking and engage children at primary school age. Discover more than 350 video animations across a wide range of topics and save 50% off your first year with an annual plan on learningmole.com with offer code 50OFF. Offer valid until 31 December 2022.
Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School in the heart of Kensington offers young students the chance to immerse themselves in nature without leaving the hustle and bustle of London.
With daily access to outdoor space, including a thriving two-acre garden, children are encouraged to learn outside as well as collaborate on ideas, develop their communication skills and be creative while in the classroom. The prep school also conducts dedicated classes in its Makerspace, which houses 3D printers and a laser cutter so children can experience hands-on learning. But Prince’s Gardens doesn’t just focus on the here and now, it prepares students for later life with its 11+ programme, which includes mock exams and interview practice.
This helped the 2021/2022 Year 6 cohort to secure offers to some of the most successful schools across the UK including St Paul’s School for Boys, Latymer Upper, Dulwich College, Francis Holland and Putney High. Find out more at princesgardensprep.co.uk.
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