Our primary school opened in September 2007 and educates children from Reception through to Year Six. It is situated in attractive, modern buildings in Barnsbury, Islington. The site was originally converted from a former journalists’ training college and was further enlarged with a roof extension and annex into the neighbouring building in 2010. The school extension won the British Council’s ‘Best Teaching and Learning Environment (Independent School)’ Award in 2011. In 2016 we acquired further space in the annex which was turned into classrooms to host our ever growing school.
All areas of the school are resourced to the highest standard with a wide range of Montessori educational materials, as well as traditional learning activities and a wide range of ICT facilities.
There is an emphasis on music and the arts and there are many high-quality performances and productions as part of everyday school life. Many children play a musical instrument and all children from Year One upwards participate in a weekly recorder lesson in small groups.
We teach French to all our children as part of the school curriculum. Due to our connections with the City of London, the school has a high number of children who are either bilingual in French and English, or who speak French as an additional language and we therefore offer classes at a higher level for native speakers.
We offer a comprehensive range of out-of-school activities, both during term-time and in the school holidays. There is a Breakfast Club daily from 8am. After school each day, there are a range of activities offered to each age group which operate until 6pm. There is a well-attended theatre club, two school choirs, languages such as French and Mandarin Chinese, as well as a range of out-of-school sports activities, including swimming, archery, gymnastics, yoga, cricket, athletics, ballet, modern dance and karate. There are plenty of opportunities for arts and crafts, such as the origami club. Older primary children enjoy journalism, coding, cookery and science clubs. You can see what is currently available here.
During the school holidays – for thirteen weeks of the year – we operate a Holiday Fun Club which is also open to children from outside the school. Each week has an educational theme and the children make the most of being in central London with trips to museums, galleries and the theatre, as well as taking part in sporting activities. Please see the up and coming Holiday Fun Club details here.
We encourage the children to focus on the greater community and build on our social responsibility by promoting awareness of the world through good citizenship to other children, our staff and parents.
We fundraise regularly, mostly but not exclusively, for children’s charities, incorporating this into the curriculum. We usually raise in excess of £10,000 each year.
We aim to be the greenest school anywhere and our primary school site has been designed and built to be as sustainable as possible. We were finalists in the 2014 Independent Schools Association’s Green School of the Year Award. The school has received several awards for its approach to the environment.
The primary school keeps parents up-to-date with news and events with a weekly e-newsletter.