Falkner House Pre Prep

(10 Posts)
ntvirus Sat 24-Sep-16 13:19:12

Dear Ladies

I am new to mumsnet and would really appreciate your advice on Falkner House school and nursery.

Falkner is opening a new nursery/ school near Earl's Court and my daughter has just been accepted for a place at the nursery. I know it is a top ( and very expensive!!!!) pre prep school in London but the nursery only offers 4 hours sessions so i will need another childcare arrangement after the sessions since i am in full time job.

I want to put her to nursery only if it will increase her chances of getting through their school. Could any one share any experience with the school or nursery.


MMmomDD Sat 24-Sep-16 18:21:28

Well - the prep school at Earls Court is for boys. Nursery is mixed.

I had two comments:
- All good private nursery schools in this area are only 4hours/day. Just how it is. By good - I mean the ones that help kids pass assessments to good private schools in the area.

- No - being at the nursery doesn't really help with getting to the main girls school. Br doesn't hurt your chances. All kids go through assessments. Year after year only a few from the nursery get in, just like only a few from those arriving at the assssments.

Finally - if you are hoping for a place at a private school in this area - you need to get onto more assessment lists - from more schools. Competition around here is tough.


ntvirus Sat 24-Sep-16 18:46:17

Thanks for replying to my post... This is worrying that my daughter will not be any better prepared even after being in there own nursery. Private nurseries ( not attached to any schools) offer full day care and many of these have outstanding rating from Ofsted. How do these stack with the likes of Falkner and Redcliff?

We also have offer from Redcliff although Falkner probably is a bit more desirable.

BlasianFashionista Sat 24-Sep-16 18:53:34

Hello ntvirus

A good friend of mine has a daughter at Falkner House school (she was also offered a place at Glendower) she is striving and loves it there, no complaints what so ever, I am yet to hear anything bad about Falkner House.

I wish they would have agreed to open a boys school sooner as my two are at GHS and I would have loved them to go Falkner House.

Good Luck!!

MMmomDD Thu 29-Sep-16 13:10:18

ntvirus - it's not about "better prepared".
Falkner House school is a highly competitive school - getting into it requires a right mix of the kid being academically inclined, and the family being of the kind Mrs Griggs wants to have in her school.
So - as I said, it is NOT about preparation.
Falkner House nursery kids do well in assessments in other competitive schools in the area - they are confident and well prepared.
Radcliffe - is a gentler nursery, and kids can stay on in the school. BUT - it doesn't have an academic reputation. Just an ok, gentle school.
All depends on what you want.

The nurseries you seem to be comparing these two with - the ones with full day and wrap around care -
arw a whole other ball games. Those are day-care places. Very few of the kids from those nurseries would end up at Fakner, Glendower and the likes.

Sorry to sound harsh. But it is a tough and competitive world around here. If your kid is bright and, potentially, academically inclined, AND you want her to end up at one of the "academic" schools in the area - take Falkner House offer and get a nanny/childminder for the other hours. It is the best way, at least around here.

ntvirus Fri 30-Sep-16 08:09:49

Hi MM, thanks for replying. You make an interesting point re kind of family mrs griggs like. What kind of family does she want to be associated with school would you know? I think this will help me decide.
Btw did you or your daughter go to FH?

hheelloo Thu 12-Jan-17 00:09:16

Very late comment that might still be useful. My daughter went to Falkner House nursery and subsequently went on to a great school in the area for reception.
Falkner nursery prepares very well for assessments and all girls get an offer to the very good schools in the area. But it is not a happy place. It is a very strict nursery with a nursery head who imposes a tough discipline on the little ones. When my daughter moved on to reception in another very demanding academic school she felt relieved and happy with the more relaxed atmosphere.
As for getting a place in the upper school, coming from the nursery does not give any advantage except your daughter will be judged over a long period of time. And the parents too. It is a sort of extended courtship to the headmistress that can be weird at times... As some might have commented, it takes a special kind of people to get along with Mrs Griggs. But it is not easy to define what kind.
Coming from the nursery though will almost guarantee that your daughter gets on the wait list. They tend not to give a straight no after one or two years at the school. And it is balanced skilfully so that a large majority gets a very comforting letter that their daughter is at the very top of the wait list, a small number get a plain wait list and very few no wait list at all. Reality is that the wait list for the girls coming from the nursery means almost zero chance to get an offer.
I know I sound a little negative but that is really trying to be as objective as possible from my experience.

ntvirus Thu 12-Jan-17 06:38:45

Thanks for your message. I can't say for sure but I did feel it could be something like that. Hence we decided against sending out little one to Falkner nursery. It is a great school for sure but not for everyone!

Westbournemum Thu 12-Jan-17 12:21:55

I would agree 100% with hhello. My daughter was at Falkner nursery and it is a pretty joyless place with a headmistress who is harsh for children that age. My daughter was there a few years ago and went on to another academic pre-prep in the area and was waitlisted for entry to the main school. We honestly couldn't be happier now (what a breath of fresh air!). Going to Falkner nursery doesn't increase your chances of gaining a place at the main school and can be a joyless experience for many (not least of which the parents as Mrs Griggs plays the politics game, which is painful to watch).

andersonsmom Fri 13-Jan-17 15:24:47

Would have to totally agree with WM and hello. I sent my son there as it was really convenient so I watched a bit from the outside. We found the school very old fashioned. The teachers were very strict, a bit too much and yes.....it was always a bit ridiculous when Ms Griggs was around. There is a LOT of parents trying to win her favour.

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