Category London Schools

London’s schools (and the rest of England too) – maps galore!!!!

OMG, I have just found a London school data & maps geek’s dream – check this one out: https://www.schooldash.com/index.html. Fascinating insights, from average test results at different school stages, to ethnicity and proportion of pupils with English not as first language, to average teacher salary. Now, just please nobody tell the teachers in my kids’ […]

Will my child sound British? A case study.

Well, that’s an excellent question. Not terribly informative but fun. The first year we were here, we were wondering if our daughter would ever sound less American. Not that there’s a problem with that, but in a household of mixed languages (American/German), with her spending the better part of the day surrounded by British English, […]

Find a home, find a school – a chicken and egg situation…

Find the perfect home, get your kids into the perfect school. This is what you (could) do. At least it’s what I found to be the most useful strategy: a)    Go to Rightmove, look up a property in an area you are interested in, and click on the Map & Schools tab (easier on a […]

Finding a home in London – websites to narrow the search

There are a number of sites that aggregate London neighbourhood data into searchable maps. But make no mistake: Getting familiar with the areas, schools, rent prices, will all take time. (If you are thinking of SW London and want some help, get in touch with me via About). Try these: – Rightmove and FindProperly: My […]

2013: London boroughs with the best schools

London boroughs with the best schools (2013 data): Richmond, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, and Sutton. Just published by the Department for Education.

School types in the UK – can you keep track?

Once you start reading up on the English school system for your kids, you won’t be able to escape the insane nomenclature. The school pie can be cut up in so many ways, and each has a different designation…. If you wanted to delve into this morass, you can find an excellent summary of types […]

It helps to be Christian – UK schools and religion

Schools and religion: Be aware! Many state schools are linked to the Church of England (CoE, i.e. Anglican) or the Roman Catholic church – these make up about one third of schools in the UK (and yes, they draw on tax money).  There are two potential issues (or opportunities) here: a) You may not want […]