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Hill House Small School- After school Activities

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lookingforschools Fri 11-Jun-10 13:12:13

I loved everything about the school and registered my DS there. He will be starting small school in September, 2011. I know it is very early but I have recently heard that they have no after school activities at the school or anywhere nearby. Both me and my dh work and the earliest we can pick him up is at 1630. Anyone has a similar problem? Any suggestions will be extremely welcome as we don't really want to send him to any of the other independent schools in Battersea even though they are closer.

lookingforschools Tue 22-Jun-10 13:58:55

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PixieOnaLeaf Tue 22-Jun-10 14:09:48

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wahwahwah Tue 22-Jun-10 14:15:00

I am assuming he is going into nursery? The older kids finish quite late.

You may need to get an agency nanny to pick him up and take him homw. If he is only little, extra classes will make the day quite long. Our lot (6 years old) finish at 3 and of they have classes, finish at 4.

I presume you have your Prada and Gucci at the ready?

lookingforschools Tue 22-Jun-10 15:03:18

Thanks wahwahwah, PixieOnaLeaf!

@Pixie I don't think Hill House does any after school. I am checking nurseries around but wanted to see if anyone knew of anything good around

@wahwah I have my fake uggs. Will they do? He will be joining when the is 4.5 years old. I can get to him at about 4:30 at the earliest. I was hoping there was some good after school club around there where he can go till then... Do your kids go to Hill House?

wahwahwah Tue 22-Jun-10 15:08:56

Oooh not fakies. They Will Not Do!

Little one was in to go there (even though I was almost bowled over by a blast of Prada, Gucci, and Chanel in killer heels who jumped out of her Porsche and bounced up the steps when we went to visit), but we saw somewhere else in the meantime and fell in love with it. The headmistress is very nice.

lookingforschools Tue 22-Jun-10 15:33:48

I missed that crowd when I went there. The kids there seems very grounded and polite. I spoke to some parents on the web (working ones like me) who send their kids there and they said the kids were extremely happy.

So where did you finally send your little one?

lookingforschools Tue 22-Jun-10 15:43:54

And I live in Battersea so that's a bit of a commute...

PixieOnaLeaf Tue 22-Jun-10 15:48:04

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lookingforschools Tue 22-Jun-10 16:01:13

That's the one thing that does scare me though... I don't want my DS feeling he has to keep up with the Joneses!

wahwahwah Tue 22-Jun-10 17:59:07

We ended up at St Nicholas (about 10mins away, next to the park).

lookingforschools Wed 23-Jun-10 13:28:11

Check out St Nicholas on the web. Getting to Princes Street would a bit difficult for me. Hill House is on my way home from Office...

wahwahwah Wed 23-Jun-10 17:04:39

It's not far from Harrods (about 15 min walk) on Kensington Road (near Geographical Society). http://www.stnicholasprep.co.uk/

lookingforschools Mon 28-Jun-10 13:45:27

Thanks wahwah. I'll check it out...

cinochat Fri 23-Jul-10 17:09:16

Hi, I am a working mum at HH. I have set up a new website for HH parents. It is run by parents for parents of HH school. It offers news, advice and general school information that is not always available from the school directly. Teachers are also members so may be able to offer input as well.

It is www.cinochat.com, please feel free to become a member. It is aimed at parents with questions like your own. And parents who have been in your situation, had similar experiences may be able to offer advice etc.

Of course their are some hugely glamourous mums but most of us are down to earth and most importantly the kids that go there are very happy. I think you will be very pleased with your choice.http://www.mumsnet.com/te/1.gif

lookingforschools Tue 03-Aug-10 14:17:20

Thank you cinochat. I have registered with cinochat but had a bit of trouble posing my question there. I will give it another shot!

Zaczac Thu 05-Aug-10 13:05:32

This is great! My DS is starting next Sept at HH. I will check out the website as I'm working FT as well as my DH... Thanks all

lookingforschools Fri 06-Aug-10 14:39:35

Hey Zac, Could you update me if you find anything useful. Will do the same...

Zaczac Wed 11-Aug-10 21:07:27

Hi Lookingforschool, I still can't find anything for after school care. I can't read the forum on cinochat website eventhough I am now a member!
There are 5 posts for small school after school activities for HH but can't open it! Anybody help please??
So nothing useful from me at mo..sorry!

lookingforschools Thu 12-Aug-10 16:57:01

Had the same problem. I think the site is being revamped and should be running okay after the holidays...

Lon123 Wed 19-Jan-11 12:23:08

Hello

I think that HH is one of the least snobby schools that you will find in Central London.
Solid establishment. Not like some of the lesser known schools where one is more likely to find chips on shoulders.

Certainly the school don't seem to give a hoot if you are loaded or not or aristo or not. All very equal- a sort of make do and mend school.

Kids are happy. You see them bouncing around the streets. That said I am not sure it is a good school for some. For able extroverts it works. I am not sure it suits all.

It IS very international. In my opinion that is why one might seem so many designer labels. Europeans seem to think it Chic to be loaded down with designer gear. Could be argued that English aristos would consider it nouveau?

I suspect that it is because the School do not encourage parent involvement/ dont require fundraising drives/PTA or school socials that the school remains egalitarian. IMHO it is the parents who introduce the competition and the keeping up with the Jones's concerns.
The environment for parents to flash their credentials/ cash/ability to fundraise is almost entirely removed.
There are pluses and minuses to not having the PTA but its removal stops the Mums competing so much !

injunmum Tue 15-Feb-11 11:26:53

Hi Zaczac,

Just found out from the school that they have no after school activities. Trying to find a after school nanny now. Have you had any luck?

KensalMama Sun 16-Feb-14 22:06:02

Hi, my son is due to go to HH this Sept. Do you still run that website for parents? Keen to get "insider info". My husband went to HH but obv very long ago and I need a frank outline on what it's like to send your kid there. Thanks!

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