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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 holistically. They look at the individual and find out what makes them shine.' If you want fierce competitive sport and silverware displayed in shiny glass cabinets, look elsewhere. Matches are often mixed – in age, gender (and competence). A successful match is one which  everyone enjoys. Everyone we spoke to talked glowingly of ‘the village project’ – a week in year 8 when all the pupils set up a camp in a corner of the grounds...

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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)


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.



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Since 2015, Robert Lobatto MA Oxon PGCE (on the cusp of 50s), previously head of Barnhill Community High in Hayes. Married with two school age children. Educated at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s boys’ school in Hertfordshire before reading history at Oxford, Mr Lobatto is firmly rooted in north London and its culture. Prior to coming here he spent 25 years in state secondary schools, head of history at East Barnet school, head of humanities at Highbury Fields, deputy head at Lister Community School in Plaistow and head (at only 40 years old) at Barnhill Community High School in Hayes. The one thing all his previous schools have in common is that they are ‘big, urban and ethnically diverse’, he says. At Barnhill 85 per cent of the school were from ethnic minority backgrounds, 60 per...

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