Knightsbridge School and St. Nicholas Preparatory school(12 Posts)
I will move to London in Aug 2016. My son's 4 years old so he will attend to reception year in this Sep. I went to some school in London last week. I 'm deciding between Knightsbridge school and St. Nicholas Preparatory school. Which one is better such as education, exit result? After i went to Knightsbridge school, i like it becoz it has mandarin langauge. Could you please advise me?
Hi Juthawan, I was wondering what you decided in the end? I currently have the same dilemma between the 2 schools.
Guys can you let me know what you decided on because I have the same dilemma? Thank you so much!
go with Knightsbridge school, it's a no brainer.
Sorry but can I ask why is it a no brainer? Knighsbridge school and Saint Nicholas seem to be similar and in same area? I haven't visited them yet will do end of this month but primarily I have read mixed reviews about each so it makes it so difficult. Is north bridge house prep any better or worse? Thank you!
Hi I would love to get more info on St Nicholas prep?
Help! Am also deciding between both for DD. Why is Knightsbridge a no-brainer? I hear St Nicholas are getting a new Head but don't have much info about her. She might be just what the school needs? will be watching carefully. Advice needed. Thank you!
Yes I believe the new head is fab and I loved the small nurturing feel of the school!
I heard the same....Apparently she is high energy and could be just what the school needs! From another local prep school so knows the central London area. Could be good. Breath of fresh air maybe? Watch this space!
I looked at both schools when doing research for my daughter and Knightsbridge School seems miles ahead on every measure. A beautiful school with lots of space. Strong on music and drama. They also got a new head about a year ago (the previous Head moved up to more of a Principal role at the school) who is apparently working hard to improve academics. St Nicholas is however also getting a new head as others have mentioned who has a great reputation so that could really change the school for the better, also smaller and nurturing so might suit a quieter child better? There are fewer jet set types there too compared to Knightsbridge School . This interview with the Head might help. He rarely gives interviews
Hi my daughter is in St Nicholas prep. A year ago we had the same dilemma and she has spent a test day in Knightsbridge school. We went for St Nicholas because it has outside space (garden) and is located directly opposite the park. It is very important for kids this age to be able to get some fresh air during the break rather than spend time in the school bus to go to Battersea park for it as they do in Knighstbridge. Knightsbridge is a great school though with wonderful atmosphere and its sad they do not have even a small backyard where kids can play. Also, my DD liked the food in St Nicholas and didnt like the food in Knightsbridge very much. I thought it is important since the lunch in school is one of her three meals every day! We are enjoying it in St Nicholas, although the school is small on 5 floors, and taking long steps up and down every day is tiring for small feet. The academics are good, however you can feel the school is not very selective as there are some kids with 0 English language. The school lost quite a few kids to Thomas’s last year, primarily because it seems more selective and more academic.
Some kids with zero English language would alarm me. How can teaching be pitched at the right level in class if some of the kids can barely speak English. I must say St Nicholas is one of those schools that have been around the area for years but local Kensington parents never rave about it or aspire to sending their children there. Knightsbridge School is newer but seems to have made more of an impression and I know so many parents who have children there and are happy, also quite hard to get in whereas most children who want a place at St Nicholas get in.
What is your child like? Where would he/she thrive? St Nicholas might suit a quieter child who needs nurturing better than Knightsbridge might.
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