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Hall School Wimbledon, founded in 1990, provides independent co-education for children aged four to sixteen. Located at two sites within the beautiful environs of Wimbledon Common, we offer a dynamic learning environment in which children of all abilities thrive.

We aim to provide an all-round education through a balanced curriculum, in which Art, Music, Sport and Drama play a valuable role alongside the core academic subjects. We believe that learning should be a pleasure and our teachers are encouraged to infuse their classes with joy, enthusiasm and active teaching.

Pupils benefit from high quality pastoral care at Hall School Wimbledon. It is our aim to ensure that children are happy, confident and secure throughout their lives at the school and, as such, we have created an environment in which every child is safe and valued and encouraged to fulfil his or her own potential both academically and socially.
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What the parents say...

My stepson went to the Hall School in Wimbledon up to last year (2011/12), and is now doing his A Levels at a private school in Fulham. He has been having a very difficult time in his course work, so I decided to tutor him myself in maths. To my dismay, I've discovered that the Hall School has done a very poor job at preparing him for A levels maths. Although his maths scores were quite good at HSW, today he does not have the foundation skills and basic understanding needed to do course work at his grade level. I've been working with him every day, and as we do problems together, the issues that come up over and over again are that he struggles with basic arithmetic such as multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Moreover, he is confused about very simple operations in algebra -- skills that he should completely master at his grade level. As I've dug deeper into the cause of his difficulties I discovered what I would consider to be two basic flaws in the Hall School's approach to maths. First, they have their students use calculators. My stepson has been so handicapped by his calculator that he struggles with problems as simple as multiplying 3x4. At A levels, students are not allowed to use calculators, but the course work, which includes solving quadratics, simultaneous equations, problems of differentation, and integration, all require that students master the basics. I've adopted the use of flashcards with him to ensure that he masters the single digit multiplication tables, but what an embarrassing observation about the educational approach adopted by HSW. Second, I can see that my stepson's head has been filled with a host of "rules" about maths, without a clear founding of the concepts those rules embody. I've reviewed his notebooks from HSW, and in my discussions with him, it seems that the school just encouraged him to memorise rules -- not understand maths. Is it any wonder that he's confused now? He has no intellectual skills to think about maths... to organise knowledge, and digest new thoughts. My regret today is that I did not involve myself earlier with his school work. Unfortunately, I was blind-sided by the grade reports that were coming home. I wish we had never sent him to HSW, and I feel that we've wasted tens of thousands of pounds trying to ensure his education, but have been cheated by a very weak school passing itself off as a quality institution.

Commented on 25th May 2013

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