This month we bring you an insiders view of South Hampstead’s local schools. We are lucky enough to be able to speak directly with a handful of parents and friends who have kindly given their opinions below.
The area is blessed with a variety of schools and nurseries, providing a great learning experience for your youngsters and a rewarding parent community.
Asquith West Hampstead Day Nursery & Pre-School, 11 Woodchurch Road, NW6 3PL
Ages 3mths – 5 yrs
Asquith has a great premises in a double fronted Victorian former family home, in keeping with the area’s conservation status, featuring the most delightful rear garden with an amazing adventure playground. Recently undergone a full refurbishment, the centre is well resourced and being part of the larger Asquith & Bright Horizons childcare company it is run to exemplary professional standards.
One parent told us “If it’s good enough for an England International footballer’s child, it’s good enough for me.”
Active Learning West Hampstead, 88 Compayne Gardens, NW6 3RU
Ages 3mths – 5yrs
Also part of the Bright Horizons group this nursery is very well managed with great attention to the care of your child. Housed in an equally impressive Victorian ‘villa’ the site has excellent resources including a performing arts and music studio, an art studio and a science and IT studio.
“The most important factor in recommending this nursery is that the staff is really caring and look after the child in a very loving fashion. In addition, the facilities are great with a large outside space.”
Acol Nursery, 16 Acol Road, NW6 3AG
Ages 3mths – 5yrs, 50 places
Managed by Camden Community Nurseries Ltd (not for profit) who run 3 local nurseries in the borough. Providing a warm and caring environment, a place to explore learning through play, good healthy fresh food cooked on the premises and all at an affordable fee.
Broadhurst School, 19 Greencroft Gardens, NW6 3LP
Ages 2.5yrs – 5yrs
Welcome To Broadhurst School. A local institution since 1958 this independent nursery paves the way for many of London’s finest preparatory schools. With small classes, a child-staff ratio of between 4:1 and 8:1, children excel in this happy, caring and secure environment.
Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Trinity Walk, NW3 5SQ
A highly respected state school with a commitment to the teaching of Christianity alongside a multi-faith approach. A stroll up Trinity Walk and it is all too evident that the children of this school benefit from a happy, supportive, stimulated and not least, respectful environment.
One of our parents stated “I can’t praise the staff and Mrs Hall [Headteacher] enough. When we arrived 5 years ago I was initially worried about how my son would adapt to the change. Now he has started secondary school I know that we can all look back on his primary years and know that they couldn’t have been any better.”
George Eliot Primary School, Marlborough Hill, NW8 0NH
Two form entry state school, inclusive and welcoming to the local community. Strong communication with parents and a broad, balanced curriculum.
We spoke to a former teacher … “I left the school to further my career but after many years here I look back with great fondness. The dedication of my colleagues laid the foundation for a truly great schooling experience.”
Chaston Nursery, 30/31 Palmerston Road, NW6 2JL
Ages 3mths – 5yrs
Sited off Grange Park on the West Hampstead side, this nursery has proved very popular, in particular with the many French families relocating to the area.
Menchu Nursery, Priory House, 10 Kingsgate Place, NW6 4TA
Ages 2yrs – 5 yrs
The Menchu is celebrating 25 years as the community’s Spanish nursery. Making use of the fantastic site in Kingsagte Place, a parent added “In addition there is a fantastic array of activities for children and parents to get involved with.”
Other highly regarded schools within a 5-10min walk from our office:
UCS & UCS Pre-prep
Ages 4yrs – 18yrs
Southbank International School
Ages 3yrs – 18yrs
North Bridge House Schools
Ages 2.9yrs – 18yrs