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  • King Alfred School
    Manor Wood
    149 North End Road
    London
    NW11 7HY
  • Head: Robert Lobatto
  • T 020 8457 5200
  • F 020 8457 5249
  • E admissions@kingalfred.org.uk
  • W www.kingalfred.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 652
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £14,862 - £17,916 pa
  • Open days: Lower and Upper School - September, January and May: Sixth Form - September and November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The original ethos – liberal, progressive, egalitarian, child-centred – remains core to the school’s values today. Parents and pupils agree that the needs of each child are foremost. ‘They try to act very holistically. They look at the individual and find out what makes them shine’. In many respects, too, operates as a large extended family...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Curricula

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

Other features

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

Head

Since September 2015, Robert Lobatto, previously head of Barnhill Community High in Hayes. He has an Oxford history degree and has taught in several inner London comprehensives, including Highbury Fields School in Islington. He decided to leave the state sector because of its increasingly narrow focus on academic performance, he told the Ham and High newspaper.

Head of junior school: Mr David Weale BSc PGCE.

Academic matters

A school where exams are famously not the only priority. Pupils sit no formal exams until year 10, although each subject has its own testing process to ensure students are ready for GCSEs. That said, prides itself on being able to teach to the highest standards - 'if a child can get four or five A*s, we’ll get them there’. Pleasing results at GCSE (most pupils...

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