Here in Ealing we are very lucky to have a wide selection of independent schools to choose from. Now is a really good time to think about options if your child is due to start reception in September. Many schools will have open mornings in the Spring, so in the meantime you should think about getting your research done now.
The first thing to consider is what type of school you would like your child to attend? Are you looking for a prep school in particular? Do you want that to be same sex? Or co-educated? Or perhaps you are looking for a school that will take your child all the way from nursery to when they leave school at eighteen?
Researching schools initially can take some time. You could start by reading a guide such as The Good Schools Guide. You should also have a look at the school’s website and obtain a prospectus. It is also useful to read the Independent Schools Inspectorate report for the school of your choice.
In my opinion the best way to really get a feel for a school is to visit on either an open day or most schools can organise a private tour. I think it is really beneficial to see the school operating on a normal school day ,as that way you can really see how it runs on a daily basis. It is of course important to look at exam results and see where the pupils tend to go after they leave.
Also look at what sort of areas the school excels at. Do they have a particularly good drama and music department or do they have a particularly good sports facilities? It all depends on what is important for you and your child.
For our Daughter we decided upon Harvington Prep School. She started there when she was three years old in the Nursery. The Nursery at Harvington accepts girls and boys from the term that they are three years old, up until they move onto the next stage of their education.
We knew straight away that Harvington was the school for our Daughter on our very first visit. We loved the fact that the school was small. It currently has 128 pupils. This was also reflected in the class sizes (our Daughter has just sixteen girls in her class). There is a real sense of community and I have seen for myself how many of the older girls have made the time to get to know some of the younger ones. The Headmistress Mrs Evans really does know every child by name!
Music and drama play a big part in school life. We are lucky enough to have both a designated drama and music teacher. Since our Daughter has been there have been many amazing school drama productions directed by Mr Grant, involving children right from nursery up to Year six. Children also encouraged to learn an instrument and many progress to an exam standard.
Harvington prepares girls for the 11+ entrance exams for many of the top London day and grammar schools. My Daughter is still very early on in her education, however the encouragement and dedication she has received from her teachers has meant her progression in both Maths and English has been above and beyond what I would have expected for her age.
After school clubs run every day and these include such activities as: cookery, tennis, reading, crafts and dance. The School also offers breakfast clubs and after school care which is very helpful for the busy working parent.
If you are interested in seeing the school for yourself, you can contact the office to organise a visit.
Phone: 020 8997 1583
20 Castlebar Road
Don’t forget to follow Harvington Prep School on social media for regular updates and news:
Facebook – @Harvingtonprepschool
Twitter – @harvingtonprep
If your Daughter is due to start reception this September, then why not come along to an Art Attack coffee Morning? Thursday 8th February from 8:45 -10:45 see full details below!
This is a collaborative post.
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