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Although small in number, classrooms are surprisingly large. Heavily adorned walls showcase work including replicas of Adele Block Bauer in The Woman in Gold and Picasso’s Sunflowers. The staff’s skills are extensive - there are some incredibly artistic teachers and a TA who is a trained puppeteer. ‘It’s playful and magical for the kids,’ parents told us. Space on the upper school site is tight. Classrooms are set around a compact, but recently enhanced, outdoor courtyard. A playhouse is regularly transformed and was a regal throne room on our visit in advance of a coronation party. ‘My favourite thing is the football pitch,’ one child told us - which although tiny, has gone down a treat since its installation and is used for...

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What the school says...

"The Children's House School is an independent, mixed ability, co-educational school with a true desire to ensure our children reach their potential and genuinely enjoy their educational experience. The school was set up in 1973 by a group of local parents looking for high-quality early years education in Islington for children from 2.5 years of age. Our present-day Nursery School is in Elmore Street and caters for children ranging in age from 2½ to 4 years. The Upper School in King Henry’s Walk offers Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. As we reach our 50th birthday, we are delighted to be expanding into a full Prep School for children up to Year 6. Our first year 3 cohort started in September 2022.

Our ethos is simple, we want each child to reach their potential in a happy and nurturing environment, taught by excellent teachers. At The Children’s House, we aim to create an inspiring educational environment which enables children to become independent thinkers with an interest in the world around them. We make our learning practical, allowing every child to access lessons at a level which engages and challenges them. Our teachers are dedicated and understand each child’s needs, ensuring they reach their potential whilst learning resilience and leadership skills.

Although we are non-selective, our academic results far exceed the national average and children go on to a wide range of excellent schools in north London. It is an exciting time for us as we expand to Year 6 and continue delivering academic excellence to our children. We have a proven track record of preparing children for the 7+ and will use this knowledge to focus on the 11+ with remodelled and expanded facilities.

Come on our journey from Nursery School to Year 6.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2022 Ellie Grunewald MA PGCE, previously head of Connaught House School. A Londoner by upbringing, Ms Grunewald ventured north to Liverpool for her first degree in history, psychology and philosophy but returned to London for her PGCE (Kingston) and subsequent career, which includes over a decade at North Bridge House Prep as head of English, religious education and form teacher for years 5-8.

Her teaching has gone hand in hand with a growing interest in children’s wellbeing at school. She has a master’s in counselling aspects of education from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and these skills were apparent on our visit: ‘If a child is struggling or misbehaving, I might sit them down on the floor in my office and breathe with them,’ she told us. ‘That...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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