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Quality of art is stunning at every age and relentlessly original, from prep school’s pen and ink re-imaginings of Rousseau's tiger that avoid listless copies seen elsewhere to sixth former’s Pre-U work, a menacingly beautiful street scene. Having witnessed a lunchtime house quiz (maths problems set in German and French requiring translation before being solved – native speakers or bilingual pupils banned from participating), we got the message loud and clear. If you want an easy academic option, this ain’t it...

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Ibstock Place School entrance criteria:

Prep School : Waiting lists for Kindergarten (Reception); Year 1 through individual assessment; Years 2-4 by assessments in English and Mathematics; Years 5-6 by assessments in English, Mathematics and Reasoning plus a written report from current Headteacher.

Entry into the Senior School at 11 + is by assessment in Mathematics, English, Reasoning and interview in January (detailed report is also required by previous Headteacher). Occasional places available at 13+. Sixth Form is by assessment/interview and GCSE results. ...Read more

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2000, Mrs Anna Sylvester-Johnson BA PGCE. Previously three years as head at Arts Educational School. All a far cry from her first job at SW London comprehensive teaching disaffected pupils, there only because leaving age had just been raised. ‘For a 22-year-old, that was quite an eye-opener.’ Followed by a two stints at Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, separated by spell at Green School in Hounslow, where she was head of English.

Married to local GP, with two grown up children (both Cambridge grads), Mrs S-J, a formidable, glamorous and charismatic presence with a ramrod straight posture, is the reason why school has shot from laissez-faire offshoot of a teacher training college when she joined to sought after, oversubscribed and highly successful all-through school today (with just-added kudos of HMC...

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