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Many schools are frustrated by the narrow constraints of results-driven education but KAS has consciously chosen a different path that gives children the freedom to actually enjoy school. It’s a relaxed, colourful and thoroughly creative environment that celebrates curiosity and the power of independent learning through play and craft, especially outdoors. Those joining from more structured environments can find it hard to adjust to the different style; many say their children blossom and ‘feel heard’, but it doesn’t suit every child…

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  • King Alfred School
    Manor Wood
    149 North End Road
    NW11 7HY
  • Head: Robert Lobatto
  • T 020 8457 5200
  • F 020 8457 5249
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • King Alfred School is independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18. Fees are £19,059 - £22,980 pa and the school does not offer boarding. Interested in reading more? Access our unbiased King Alfred School review.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 714; sixth formers: 125
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £19,059 - £22,980 pa
  • Open days: September, October and November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

King Alfred School is an informal independent day school situated on the edge of Hampstead Heath in London. Students range from Reception age through to Sixth Form. A vibrant, friendly community where the emphasis, academically and socially, is discovering and maximising the potential of each child.

Unique amongst independent schools in its progressive roots, an absence of formality and petty rules allows us to treat young people as the individuals they are. By emphasising the development of a safe, non-competitive and relaxed community, it claims both outstanding examination results and, perhaps more importantly, happy and confident students.

Embracing the inspirational surroundings of the Hampstead Heath fringes, this vibrant day-school offers a broad curriculum, an extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programme, and strives to remove the formal barriers found in many other educational establishments. Students dress casually and staff, known to all pupils by their first names, place tremendous value on the creation of friendly one to one working relationships.

Whether aged 4 or 18, children are put first, and this is a school that sets itself apart from comparable schools.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since 2013, Robert Lobatto, a ‘gentle and thoughtful’ north Londoner who attended Haberdashers’ Boys, then read history at Oxford. Describes his school experience as ‘the antithesis of nurturing’, which later wound up informing his educational idealism. On track to become a lawyer, running summer camps while at university, steered him instead into teaching as a way to change the world. He progressed from history teacher to transformative head of several London state schools which had serious behavioural challenges, one garnering an award for most improved London school. However, disillusioned with results-driven education policy, he was considering leaving teaching when the opportunity arose to lead KAS. ‘I loved the feel of the place,’ he recalls, and it reconnected him with why he originally became a teacher. He nonetheless identified the need for more modern systems and structures to deliver the school’s...

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