London is not only the capital of the United Kingdom but also probably seen as an educational hub for UK students and students from all over the world. Many aspire to get into some of the best universities in the world from here and find that a private school education is the best way to prepare for their academic future.

Independent/private schools are spread out over London. These schools are fee paying. Private schools are run by governors and independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.

Private Prep Schools

Prep (Preparatory) schools are those that cater for students up to the age of 13 to ‘prepare’ learners for school entrance to the public (expensive and exclusive schools for 13-18-year-olds) and independent secondary schools.

You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the below links or by going to our various pages like:

London Prep School Guide

Prep School Admissions

As each private school manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and administer some kind of assessment.

For children, up to 7, a prep school would usually ‘assess’ prospective students through an interview and a taster day at the school. There are however schools the make use of 7+ formal assessments.

Private Secondary Schools

These schools cater for children between 11 / 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).

Independent schools that belong to the ISC are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted.

The best way to search for school options is to have a look at the schools in your borough and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the below links or by going to our various pages like:

Private Secondary School Websites (London)

Admission to Private Secondary School Websites (London)

As each private school manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and even those that don’t, require an interview to see whether your child would fit into their particular school environment.

For academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and exams on various other subjects. The best would be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.

London boroughs

There are 32 boroughs in the 33 local authority districts in Greater London. The 33rd is the City of London, not technically a borough. These 32 boroughs are as follow:

  • City of London (not a London borough, but local authority district).
  • Westminster.
  • Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • Wandsworth.
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Camden
  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Hounslow
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Sutton
  • Croydon
  • Bromley
  • Lewisham
  • Greenwich
  • Bexley
  • Havering
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Redbridge
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
  • Barnet.
  • Harrow.

Hillingdon Private Schools Entrance

St Helen’s College.
ACS Hillingdon International School.
Northwood College GDST.
St Helen’s School and St John’s School.

Saint Martin’s School.

London Private Schools Entrance

Firstly, Barnet / Secondly, Brent / Thirdly, Camden private schools / Next, City of London / Then, Croydon / Also, Ealing /And Enfield / Plus, Greenwich / Then, Hackney / Also, Hammersmith & Fulham / Plus, Hampstead / Next, Haringey / Also, Harrow / And Havering / Next, Hillingdon / Also, Hounslow / Then, Islington / Plus, Kensington & Chelsea / And Kingston-upon-Thames / Also, Lewisham / Merton / And then Notting Hill / Plus also Redbridge / Then Richmond-upon-Thames / And next Streatham / Also Southwark / Plus Sutton / Next Wandsworth / And then Westminster / Finally Wimbledon.

11 PLUS MATHS

Firstly, here are some excellent 11+ Maths tips.

Next, the  School Entrance Tests 11+ Maths Practice.

 

11 PLUS VERBAL REASONING

In our opinion these are some of the best 11 plus tips for Verbal Reasoning.

Next, the School Entrance Tests 11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice.

Our book on Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests book.

 

11 PLUS ENGLISH

Firstly, to improve your literacy skills.

Secondly, practice to improve your spelling and grammar.

Thirdly, some general 11 Plus English Practice.

11 PLUS NON-VERBAL REASONING

We are very proud of our 11 Plus work with the City Kids magazine.

 

11 PLUS TIPS

Firstly, our top Maths test tips. And here are some useful mental Maths practice.

Also, we hope you enjoy our top tips to improve your literacy skills.

 

11 PLUS PRACTICE

You will find this to be useful mental Maths practice.

Also, here’s some extra practice to improve your literacy skills and your Spelling and Grammar.

 

OUR 11 PLUS BLOGS

So, for anyone aspiring to become an 11-plus tutor this blog explains how to do just that.

Next, this blog explains the differences between the GL 11+ CEM 11+  and the Essex 11+ exams.

 

School Entrance Exams – Past School Test Papers

11+ Past Papers and 11+ Practice Sites.

School Entrance Exams 7+ and School Entrance Exams 8+.

Entrance Exams 9+ and School Entrance Exams 11+.

KS1 KS2 KS3 Past Papers

Please click on the links below to practice for your KS1, KS2, KS3 exams:

KS1 SAT Past Papers / KS1 Practice Sites

KS2 SAT Past Papers / KS2 Practice Sites

KS3 Practice Sites

My Practice aptitude test books 

for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

Secondly, our Passing numerical reasoning tests which includes a full range of practice aptitude tests.