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Pre-Loved Toys Pop Up At Selfridges

Selfridges celebrates Christmas with pre-loved toys pop-up

 

 

This Christmas, Selfridges will become the first department store to offer a pre-loved toys pop-up in collaboration with London-based charity The TOY Project as part of its Project Earth RESELLFRIDGES resale platform.

Opening from 18th October until 23rd December, the pop-up will take residence in the Selfridges Toy Department on four, Selfridges London, and will feature a curation of pre-loved and unique toys, from collectable figures, to antique teddies, to classic family-favourite games.

 

 

As part of Selfridges’ Project Earth commitment to exploring circular retail models, The TOY Project pop-up will be the latest initiative to join its permanent resale platform RESELLFRIDGES. Customers will be able to shop pre-loved Christmas gifts for the family, as well as help the charity to provide toys to the children and families that need them most.

Customers will be invited to donate toys at the pop-up in the run up to Christmas, to prevent waste over the festive period. Donations can be made every weekend from 23rd October to 18th December. These toys will either be sold back through the Selfridges pop up or the TOY Project’s north London store or given a second life and donated to children through the charity. Profits raised from The TOY Project are used to fund workshops and projects such as toy and book libraries and community events.

 

The TOY Project is the latest RESELLFRIDGES offer for children; customers can already shop pre-loved designer fashion for newborns up to 14-year-olds through Selfridges partnership with Kidswear Collective.

Curated in partnership with Selfridges, the edit of toys includes recycled puzzles, games, toy figures and mixed bags of smaller pre-loved toys which can be used for children’s parties alongside a collection of vintage toys and collectables.

For further information about Selfridges Project Earth, please visit: selfridges.com

Guide to State Schools

 

School sign

 

There are some fantastic state schools in the capital, and there can be fine margins between the schools near your home. Melanie Sanderson, Managing Editor at The Good Schools Guide, offers some pointers to consider before sending in your application in her guide to state schools.

 

State schools exist not only in a variety of forms, but with nuances between those.  Some areas continue to have a selective system at 11; others do not. Most secondary schools – and quite a few primary schools – are now academies. Plenty of these are part of large academy chains such as Harris Federation, E-Act or ARK. Other schools are free schools, set up by local groups, often with a faith designation. These are all state schools, funded by the government, but academies and free schools are not overseen by local authorities. Controversially, they are permitted to employ unqualified teachers, set their own admission criteria and ignore the national curriculum.

However, worry less about the type of school – there are good and bad within all – but look instead at the individual school and how well it will suit your child.

Over the last 100 years, successive governments have struggled to improve education by reforming its structure, over and over again. What hasn’t changed is that in the UK all state schools are entirely free to parents as they are funded through taxation – though many are now asking parents for voluntary contributions to help fill in shortfalls.

On this site you will find a wealth of information to help you choose the right school for your child. We have an extensive search facility – simply enter your criteria to locate potential schools.

School admissions and catchment areas can be tricky. We explain the former and have produced catchment maps showing where children who attend (or have attended) a school come from. See how far they travel and, importantly, find out which schools you may be in catchment for, via our Interactive Catchment Area Search and easy to use catchment area maps. Be aware, though, that catchments vary each year.

Choosing a state school – points to consider

The environment
Is there an air of care? Are floors polished, bins emptied, displays fresh, thoughtful, inspiring? A school may not have the best of everything, but it should feel welcoming and looked after.

What is the head like?
What strengths do they have? What do other parents, staff and students think of the school? A head can singularly make or destroy a school. Look for good, strong leadership with clear guidelines and boundaries. Do the children have a healthy respect for the head? Do they know much about the head? This can be quite telling.

Additional needs
What is the school’s attitude to those who need extra help and support, whether social, emotional or academic? Are there programmes to stretch the gifted, talented and able? What and when? What about those with special educational needs and disabilities? Are they helped, supported and included? How? How supportive is the school? Does the praise/discipline system flex to meet individual needs? Does it fit with your expectations?

Results and value added
How well do children do? Don’t just look at the headline figures, delve beyond the headlines (see below). If a school has been under-performing, ask what measures have been put in place to improve results – and for whom. Use the data analysis provided on this website to get under the skin of schools.

Inspection reports

Read the latest inspection report. What are the headline grades, Outstanding, Inadequate or somewhere in between? What actions does the report suggest the school should take? Ask what they have done. Some schools share their school improvement plan with parents – you may even find it on their website. This is a good indication of where the focus will be in the coming year(s) and an indication of what they need to do better. Subscribers can use our quick Ofsted facility. But don’t judge a school entirely by its Ofsted report: it may have got its Outstanding rating by ticking the right boxes, or a Requires Improvement rating because it didn’t tick a few boxes you don’t care about anyway. We review some 300 state schools, giving our personal, independent views, written after visiting the school, talking to the head, staff, pupils and parents. The reviews are available to online subscribers and included in The Good Schools Guide print book.

PE, games and sport 
How much of the curriculum is devoted to keeping children fit, active, healthy? Do they run teams for all or just the lucky few? Is there sport for all – including those who find traditional team games tricky? Do they play against other schools? When? Which sports and teams?

What really happens after school and at break times? 
Browse the school website and school noticeboards – what are the children doing? Are there plenty of extracurricular activities? What about trips and tours – for all or just the lucky few? Is the library well-stocked and well-used? Is there a refuge for children requiring a space for quiet reflection?

Lines of communication 
How does the school report to parents? What, when? Is there an active PTA? Are parents invited to be involved with the school? How? What about newsletters? Are these friendly, welcoming and informative or dull and instructional?

What happens when things go wrong? 
Ask about their anti-bullying policy and for anecdotes of how incidents have been managed. What happens when children err?  Who would be the key liaison person for your child? What is their role?

Homework
How much, how often, how are you expected to help? Are their clinics available for children who are struggling? Do they have any parent forums or meetings to help parents understand what children are doing?

Starting school

In England, children born between 1 September and 31 August will generally be in the same year group. Those with September birthdays are the oldest in the year. Most children start school in the September after they are four, although it is often possible for younger children to defer starting for a term or two.

Scotland and Northern Ireland do things a little differently.

Applying to a state school

  • If you are applying in England at the normal time for joining a state school – 4+ or 11+ – then apply through your local authority. You apply during the autumn term of the previous year, with the deadline for senior school admissions of 31 October and for junior school of 15 January. Selective schools must organise their entrance exams in order to give parents initial results before the application deadline – so for most of these you must register during June or July, with exams taking place in September.
  • You can list up to six schools on your application form, depending on your local authority. If you qualify for a place at more than one, then you will only be offered a place at the one highest on your list – so do list the schools in order of preference. The schools don’t know which others you have applied to, nor where they come on your list – only the local authority knows that. Some schools set banding tests, offering places to an equal number of children from each ability band. Faith schools generally require you to fill in an additional form relating to your church-going record. If possible, include on your list a school where you have a very good chance of a place, otherwise you risk being offered only Unpopular Academy three bus rides away in the next county.
  • If you want to join a school outside the normal admissions time – perhaps because you are moving house – then in most cases you apply direct to the school, though local authorities can have helpful information of which local schools have spaces. Bear in mind that if you are arriving from abroad, you cannot apply for a school until you have a local address, and if a place is offered, you have to take it up within a short time. These rules don’t apply to those in the Forces and diplomatic service.goodschoolsguide.co.uk

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Halloween Party Essentials

The City Kids guide to Halloween party essentials

 

It’s that time of year, autumn leaves on the ground, nights getting cooler and lots of Halloween decorations and edibles in the shops. In our autumn issue, we found some fantastic bits for the most spine tingling of parties. Below is an edit of our Halloween party essentials, kicking off with treats from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, whose website we absolutely love (automatically translated for humans) for the most imaginative items.

 

 

Toasted Bone Chunks

monstersupplies.org

£3.50

Pumpkin Decorations 2 pack

Merimeri.co.uk

£24

Halloween Plates

Merimeri.co.uk

£6.25 for 8

Napkins

thevanillavalley.co.uk

£1.75 for 20

Halloween Bat Table Runner

ellieellie.co.uk

£19

Postbox Party Skeleton Ribcage Paper Cups

notonthehighstreet.com

£7.20 for 8

Halloween Cookie Cutters

Littlelulubel.com

£3.95

 

 

Jar of Bug Biscuits

honeywellbakes.com

£28

 

 

Gooey Chocolate Eyeballs

Choconchoc.co.uk

£9.99

Dracula teeth

Keepitsweet.co.uk

£5.49 for 500g bag

 

Pin the Smile on the Skeleton

Partydelights.co.uk

£3.49

 

 

Personalised Halloween Goodie Bag

sundaysdaughter.com

£8

 

 

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How to achieve a calm bedtime routine

The authors of a new bedtime story book share tips on how to achieve a calm bedtime routine

 

 

Christy Kirkpatrick, co-author of The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories: Calming Tales to Read at Bedtime, talks to sleep expert Professor Alice Gregory about the importance of sleep and a calm bedtime routine.

I have always loved my sleep, but until I had children, I didn’t realise quite how much. With uninterrupted nights a distant memory, I began to long for early nights and long stretches of blissful, deep sleep.

I know that I’m not alone in this; the amount of sleep we get is discussed by parents and carers across the city. Alice Gregory Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, explains why. She tells me, ‘we spend around a third of our lives asleep, so evolutionarily this only makes sense if it’s incredibly important. Scientific research over the years has confirmed that this is the case. Sleep plays a big role in so many aspects of our lives, supporting our learning, memory, immune system and emotional regulation, to name just a few. It is also the case that pretty much every psychiatric disorder has been linked to the way we sleep.’ This might help to explain why parents and carers can find it hard when they don’t get enough sleep.

What I hadn’t realised, until Professor Gregory explained it to me, was how important sleep was, not only for adults, but for children, too. ‘If you look at recommendations for the amount of sleep that we should get at different stages of life, you will see a trend for this decreasing across the life course. Recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine state that children aged 1-2 years of old should get 11-14 hours sleep in a 24 hour period, which decreases to 8-10 hours during the teenage years (aged 13-18 years). (jcsm.aasm.org). Children need a lot of sleep because it is so important for their growth and development.’

So sleep appears to be important for children’s daytime functioning, but getting our children to sleep at a decent time in the evening can be easier said than done. Often, even though children are tired in the evening, they can find it hard to nod off. Some children find it hard to sleep because as soon as they close their eyes, they start to worry about school or other things that are on their minds. Other children find it hard to wind down after a playdate or activity they have been to. They may be excited by a movie they have watched, or game they have played. Their minds are racing, and it’s hard for them to become sleepy.

 

 

I ask Professor Gregory if there is anything that we can do to help children relax and unwind at bedtime. She tells me that there are a number of things ways we can help. According to Professor Gregory, one key thing we can do is to keep our children’s bedtime – and wake time – consistent. Our physiological processes are controlled by ‘clocks’ inside our bodies, so the timing of bedtime is important. However, she adds, we should only go to bed when we are tired, so it’s important not to make our children’s bedtime too early – in case they lie in bed awake for a long time (which should be avoided). We should adjust bedtime as our children grow older.

In addition, Professor Gregory advises keeping bedrooms cool and dark. She encourages us to ensure that our children’s bedrooms are calm, tranquil places to be – and electronics in the bedroom should be avoided. Professor Gregory explains that electronic devices can emit ‘blue light’ which is particularly disruptive to our bodies’ ability to secrete the hormone melatonin. Even when that is not the case, devices can emit noise or lead to excitement which can disrupt sleep.

Professor Gregory tells me that it is a good idea to think about our children’s diet too – and to avoid caffeine. Children are unlikely to be drinking coffee, but caffeine can be found in other food and drink such as cola and chocolate.

A bedtime routine is also important and bedtime stories can also play a part in helping children to relax at bedtime. It was for this reason that Professor Gregory, who is the author of Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave (Bloomsbury, 2018), approached me with the idea of co-writing a book to help children relax at bedtime. I signed up straight away. I’m a children’s book writer with a background in publishing and loved the idea of co-writing a book that would make bedtime a little smoother for many families, including my own.

Professor Gregory explained that there had been emerging research to suggest that children could benefit from the same relaxation techniques as adults. Her idea was to embed some of those scientifically grounded techniques into a calming, beautifully illustrated book. She and I wrote a story called ‘The Sleepy Pebble’ and embedded three scientifically grounded sleep techniques in the story – imagery, muscle relaxation and mindfulness.

We then trialled the story with one hundred families with children aged between three and eleven years old. The results and feedback from the families were encouraging, and we wrote four more stories, all featuring characters from the natural world and all embedding those same relaxation techniques. We then published the book as The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories: Calming Tales to Read at Bedtime (Flying Eye Books, 2019). The stories in the book all feature characters from the natural world along with calming illustrations, advice about how to use the book, tips about how to make bedtime more relaxing, and a question-and-answer section. We’ve been bowled over by the positive feedback since we published the book.

Now I know how important sleep is for children, I do my best to get my children to get a good night’s sleep. It’s not always straightforward, though, and The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories has become my go-to book when I feel that our family needs a bit of a helping hand at bedtime.

The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories: Calming Tales to Read at Bedtime (Flying Eye Books, 2019) can be bought from the publisher’s website and other retailers. To find out more, visit nobrow.net.

 

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Halloween Things to Do

Halloween fun is back on in 2021! Away from the trick or treating, here’s our guide to some horrific Halloween things to do for all your little monsters.

 

As well as our round up of things to wear, how to decorate and what to eat, there are loads of Halloween things to do in and around London for kids of all ages.

 

Halloween in the City

 

 

Dress up and run 5k in aid of Maggie’s. Places are £26.50 and everyone who signs up gets a Halloween outfit, running number and limited-edition medal. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. 28th October, Paternoster Square.

eventbrite.co.uk

 

Petrifying Paulton’s

 

 

There’s fangtastic fun for all ages at Paulton’s this October. The bravest can try new rides such as Stormchaser and The Cyclonator at Tornado Springs, which will also have a spooky makeover. Peppa Pig World will be transformed and you’ll see Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ on display. And don’t forget Mr Skinny Legs, the spider!

paultonspark.co.uk

 

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

 

 

Instead of a trip to the supermarket, head to Surrey to pick your own pumpkin. Every autumn, Crockford Bridge Farm opens its Pumpkin Market. Covid saw bookable tickets, which may help with the crowds that can gather.

crockfordbridgefarm.co.uk

 

Spooktacular Steam Trains

 

 

All aboard the Halloween express at Audley End Railway in Saffron Waldon. Chug deep into the woodland to meet the witches and their monsters. They’ll entertain, cast spells and even perform some dances. On your return, visit Belinda, the Fortune Telling Witch, and then onto the Wizards. The trip is suitable for even the tiniest of monsters.

audley-end-railway.co.uk

 

Hair-raising Hike

 

 

Choose your distance, gather your bravest guys and ghouls to make up a team or go it alone if you dare to walk along London’s spooky streets. Dress to distress and the creepy dungeon keepers at The Oval start and finish will meet, greet, and shock. Once you escape there’s ghostly looped routes with zombie rest stops, and if you manage to get back in one piece there’s a macabre medal, a glass of the Devil’s fizz, some horrific hot food and drink –and a souvenir bobble hat to ward off the spirits as you head off. Choose from 10k, half marathon or full marathon distances all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Entrance fees apply with discounts for 12 to 16-year-olds.

gosh.org

 

 

 

Mental Health Resources

Mental health resources for children, teens and parents

 

 

This year’s World Mental Health Day falls on 10th October and it’s theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World. Amongst the groups who statistically suffer more greatly with mental health issues are Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, refugees, asylum seekers, and as LGBT people. Add to this a global pandemic which has brought about new challenges, stresses and knock on effects and you’ll see many people affected by mental health problems. We may not know for a long time, the true impact of various lockdowns, changes to routines, general uncertainty and loss of education. Children have had to deal with huge change, lack of face-to-face socialisation and stimulation and some children are feeling lost, sad, low. It’s not always easy to spot so we’ve pulled together some mental health resources for children, teens and parents to access. 

The list below is for anyone that’s concerned about their child’s wellbeing, or indeed, those seeking to be proactive and learn about good mental health and creating good habits for life. We hope that this small variety of resources, available in a number of formats, are a good starting point. 

 

 

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Mummy Sausage & Pumpkin Pies Recipe

Mummy Sausage & Pumpkin Pies

 

 

How about a really easy recipe which has a bit of a wow factor when you put it on the table. Halloween calls for Mummy Sausage & Pumpkin Pies!

Makes 9 portions

Ingredients

  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g salted butter, cubed
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 350g sausage meat
  • 150g pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 18 edible eyes

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Lined baking tray
  • Rolling pin
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan).
  2. In the large mixing bowl, combine the flour and butter by rubbing it together between your fingertips, until a crumb consistency is achieved. Add the water and bring together with your hands to form a pastry dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and pop in the freezer to rest while you make the filling.
  3. Wash up the mixing bowl then use it to combine the sausage meat, pumpkin purée, sage and salt. Set to one side.
  4. Take the dough out of the freezer and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it out into a large rectangle (2-3mm thickness) then portion into 12 smaller rectangles.
  5. Place 9 of the pastry rectangles onto the tray and spoon the sausage filling into the centre of each one leaving an index finger width border around every edge.
  6. Beat the egg, then use your finger to egg wash the edges of each pie.
  7. Cut the remaining 3 rectangles into 1 cm strips and lay them over the filling of each pie, using the egg washed edges to stick them. Trim if necessary.
  8. Use your finger to egg wash the strips then bake the pies for 20-25 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly before placing two edible eyes on each one and serving. They can also be enjoyed cold.

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Moroccan Veggie Stew by Jo Pratt

This Moroccan Veggie Stew recipe is perfect for vegetarians, vegans, kids who are back at school and more than perfect for parents who are not enjoying being back in a routine post the summer holidays. Arghhh!

 

A Moroccan Veggie Stew for family food

 

This Moroccan veggie stew is easy to prepare, oozes with flavour and goodness, and goes really well with couscous a dollop of hummus, and some veggie sticks on the side.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 500g peeled and chopped butternut squash
  • 1 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g chickpeas, drained
  • 100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon

To serve:

  • Couscous
  • Hummus (why not make your own…see the easy recipe below…)
  • Raw veggie sticks

Heat the oil in a large casserole pan or saucepan over a low-medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes until the onion is soft. Stir in the garlic and all the dried spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, paprika, ginger and cayenne pepper), then cook for a further 1 minute.

Stir in the carrots and squash then add the tinned tomatoes. Half fill the tin with water and swirl it around to pick up all of the tomato juices. Add this to the pan along with the chickpeas and apricots.

Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring a couple of times throughout. Finish off by squeezing in the lemon juice and season with a pinch of salt.

Serve straight way or set to one side and reheat gently when needed.

Simple Hummus

  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 100g tahini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Salt

Drain the chickpeas and keep all the water from the tin.

Put the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, 125ml of the chickpea water and a good pinch of salt into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes until lovely and smooth. Check the seasoning and add a pinch of salt to taste. If it looks too thick, add more of the chickpea water.

To serve, swirl the hummus onto a serving dish. Drizzle over the olive oil and garnish with the paprika.

 

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School Open Days List

New term, new schools, new prospective schools. Time to do your research? Here’s our school open days list to help you on your way.

 

 

Whether you’re starting out on the schools hunt, or long in the tooth, the best way to find out about a school is to go and see it in action. Autumn is usually the busiest time for school open days but spring and summer following entrance examinations is also likely to see a flurry of dates set. Read our Autumn issue to gather tips on things to ask and look out for when you visit, put together by our education partner, The Good Schools Guide. Otherwise, scroll on through our open day list and add the dates to your diary!

 

ACS SCHOOLS

acs-schools.com

COBHAM

acs-schools.com/cobham

HILLINGDON

acs-schools.com/hillingdon

 

ARTSED

artsed.onlineopendays.com

Recordings of Q&A and other resources via the link above.

 

BEDALES PREP SCHOOL, DUNHURST

bedales.org.uk

 

BEDE’S

bedes.org

Prep School:

Saturday 2 October

 

BRIGHTON COLLEGE

brightoncollege.org.uk

In person open days planned

College:

Saturday 16 October

Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School:

Saturday 9 October

 

CALDICOTT PREPARATORY SCHOOL

caldicott.com

Online appointments with Headmaster Jeremy Banks booked via admissions@caldicott.com.

 

CHEPSTOW HOUSE

chepstowhouseschool.co.uk

Make an enquiry via the website above.

 

CLIFTON LODGE SCHOOL

cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk

Saturday 9 October, Saturday 5 February 2022, Saturday 7 May 2022

 

COLLÈGE FRANÇAIS BILINGUE LONDRES

cfbl.org.uk

Bilingual International school from Nursery to Year 10

Enquiries to admissions@cfbl.org.uk or via our website link above

Virtual tour here

 

COTTESMORE SCHOOL

cottesmoreschool.com

 

CRANLEIGH PREPARATORY SCHOOL

cranprep.org

Saturday 2 October

 

DEVONSHIRE HOUSE PRE-PREP & PREP SCHOOL

devonshirehouseschool.co.uk

Thursday 14 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 December

 

DITCHAM PARK SCHOOL

ditchampark.com

 

DOWNSEND SCHOOL

downsend.co.uk

Virtual tour

 

DURSTON HOUSE

durstonhouse.org

Thursday 4 & Friday 5 November, pupil-led tour, Saturday 6 November Open Day where parents can meet the Headmaster and staff from all parts of the school.

 

EATON SQUARE SCHOOLS

eatonsquareschools.com

Thursday 14 October

Read more about Eaton Square Schools here. 

 

EDGEBOROUGH SCHOOL

Tour – Contact Admissions Registrar, Mrs Christine Davis, at admissions@edgeborough.co.uk. or call us on 01252 792495

 

FALCONS GIRLS & PEREGRINES NURSERY

falconsgirls.co.uk

Private in-person tours on weekdays.

 

FALCONS PRE-PREPARATORY

falconsboys.co.uk

Wednesday 29 September

 

FALCONS PREP

falconsprep.co.uk

 

FRENSHAM HEIGHTS

frensham.org

Mini tours to be held in autumn term.

Pre-recorded tour available in the link above.

 

FULHAM SCHOOL

fulham.school

Complete a booking form via the form in the link above.

 

GAYHURST SCHOOL

gayhurstschool.co.uk

Wednesday 6 October

 

HALL SCHOOL WIMBLEDON

hsw.co.uk

 

HAWKESDOWN HOUSE

hawkesdown.co.uk

Book an appointment via the website above.

 

HEATHFIELD SCHOOL ASCOT

heathfieldschool.net

Saturday 16th October

To book: admissions@heathfieldschool.net

 

HIGHFIELD & BROOKHAM

highfieldschool.org.uk

Saturday 25 September

Friday 19 November

 

HIGHFIELD PREP

highfieldprep.org

To book a private virtual tour contact Registrar, Laura Chell, on 01628 624918.

 

IBSTOCK PLACE SCHOOL

ibstockplaceschool.co.uk

Follow the link above for recordings.

 

KEW COLLEGE

kewcollege.com

Open days in June and September.

 

LEH SCHOOL

lehs.org.uk

Junior School:

Wednesday 29 September

Senior School:

Saturday 9 October

Full details of events and how to register can be found under the Admissions section of the website.

 

LYCEÉ INTERNATIONAL DE LONDRES WINSTON CHURCHILL

lyceeinternational.london

Co-ed Independent Bilingual International School from nursery to Y13.

 

LYNDHURST HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

lyndhursthouse.co.uk

Private tours via the web address above plus:

Wednesday 20 October, Tuesday 2 November

 

MARLBOROUGH HOUSE SCHOOL

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Book above for virtual open days.

 

MOULSFORD

moulsford.com

 

NEWTON PREP

newtonprepschool.co.uk

Saturday 2 October

 

NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE

northbridgehouse.com/open

Nursery & Pre-Prep West Hampstead

Saturday 2 October

 

NOTTING HILL & EALING HIGH SCHOOL

nhehs.gdst.net

Junior School:

Wednesday 29 September & Tuesday 12 October

Senior School:

Thursday 30 September, Tuesday 5 October, Wednesday 13 October (evening), Tuesday 9 November

Sixth Form:

Thursday 7 October

 

ORLEY FARM SCHOOL

orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk

Saturday 9 October

 

PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL

parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

Saturday 25 September

 

PORT REGIS

portregis.com

Virtual tours available year round.

 

QUEENSWOOD

queenswood.org

 

RADNOR HOUSE

radnor-twickenham.org

Whole School Open Day:

Saturday 2 October 2021, 13 November 2021 & 14 May 2022

 

REDCLIFFE GARDENS SCHOOL

redcliffeschool.com

Book a tour via the address above.

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY

sapriory.com

Saturday 25 September

 

ST BENEDICT’S

stbenedicts.org.uk

Whole School Open Morning:

Saturday 9 October

 

ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY

www.stcatherines.info

Senior School:

Tuesday 28 September, Thursday 21 October, Tuesday 23 November, Wednesday 26 January, Friday 11 March, Thursday 5 May and Wednesday 15 June.

Prep School:

Wednesday 13 October, Friday 12 November, Friday 4 February, Thursday 10 March, Wednesday 4 May 2022 and Friday 10 June ( geared to Reception entry 4+)

To Register contact prepadmissions@stcatherines.info Registrar Sally Manhire on 01483 899757 or click to book here.

 

ST GEORGE’S ASCOT

stgeorges-ascot.org.uk

Termly Open Mornings

 

ST JAMES PREPARATORY SCHOOL

stjamesschools.co.uk

7 October at 8.45am – school in action aimed at families looking to join in Reception 2022.

Tuesday 23 November – whole school open morning.

 

SANDROYD

sandroyd.org

Book a tour via the website above.

 

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE

shiplake.org.uk

Recorded Virtual Tour

 

SOUTH HAMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL

Recording available by emailing senioradmissions@shhs.gdst.net

 

TASIS (The American School in England)

tasisengland.org

Whole School Open Morning:

Friday 1 October

Follow link above to book a place, a private appointment or to see tour recordings.

 

THE MANOR HOUSE BOOKHAM

manorhouseschool.org

Recorded Tour

 

THE ROCHE SCHOOL

therocheschool.com

 

THE VILLA SCHOOL & NURSERY

thevillaschoolandnursery.co.uk

Arrange tours by contacting via the website above.

 

THE VILLAGE PREP SCHOOL

thevillageschool.org.uk

Wednesday 12 October

 

TORMEAD SCHOOL

tormeadschool.org.uk

 

WETHERBY PREP

wetherbyprep.co.uk

School tour available at here.

 

If you would like your school to be added to the list, please email editor@citykidsmagazine.co.uk.

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Football Clubs & Classes

 

Image: Jakayla Toney

The City Kids guide to Football Clubs and Classes in London

 

Football fever will hit new heights in England as even those usually not interested will be glued to the box on Sunday night. As with all feel-good sporting occasions, there’s usually an upsurge in interest from parents and kids after the event, so we’ve put together a guide to football clubs and classes for kids in London. Some start for little ones as young as 18 months, while others offer those who already have silky skills the knowledge and expertise to take their game to the next level.

 

KIDDIKICKS

kiddikicks.co.uk

18m+

Twickenham, Teddington, Richmond, Brentford, Kensington, Kilburn, Stratford, Hackney, Stoke Newington, Leyton

 

PRO ELITE 

From 18m

Enfield, Winchmore Hill, Southgate, Cockfosters, Barnet and Whetstone

efacademy.co.uk

 

LITTLE KICKERS

littlekickers.co.uk

From 18m

London-wide

 

LITTLE FOXES CLUB

thelittlefoxesclub.com

From 18m

London-wide

 

WILL TO WIN

willtowin.co.uk

6-14yrs

Lammas Park, Ealing

 

FOOTBALL MAGIC

footballmagiccoaching.co.uk

Regular training, girls only, fitness, goalkeeping skills and holiday camps

3-14yrs

Dulwich & Bromley

 

SAMBA SOCCER SCHOOLS

sambasoccerschools.com

4-12yrs

Battersea, Chelsea, Fulham, Haggerston, Kings Cross, Hammersmith, London Bridge, Marylebone, Roehampton, Southfields, Wandsworth, Waterloo, Peckham, Shepherds Bush, Acton.

 

PDA FOOTBALL

pdafootball.co.uk

1 to 1 training for beginners or those wanting to improve their game.

Various locations

 

LITTLE STRIKERS

littlestrikers9.com

Weekly classes and holiday clubs.

18m to 6yrs

Clissold Park

 

SPORTY MINIS

sportyminis.com

Girls football from 4-8yrs, boys football 5-11yrs.

Colliers Wood, Tooting

 

PRIMROSE HILL SOCCER ACADEMY

primrosehillsocceracademy.co.uk

Boys and girls 3-14yrs, holiday camps and 1 to 1 training.

Primrose Hill

 

JACK WILSHERE’S NCF ELITES

ncfelites.com

Pathway to professional football. Ex-Premier League players part of the set up. Trial required.

 

CHELSEA SOCCER SCHOOLS

chelseasoccerschools.co.uk

Holiday clubs/soccer schools and weekly clinics for all abilities, plus player pathway to academy level.

 

QPR SOCCER SCHOOLS

qprsoccerschools.co.uk

Holiday soccer schools for 3-14yrs, weekly schools for girls and boys aged 5-11yrs, girls only 7-11yrs and mini superstars 3-4yrs.

Shepherds Bush, Hayes

 

FULHAM SOCCER SCHOOLS

fulhamfc.com

Holiday camps 3-14yrs, weekly clubs for boys and girls.

Bishops Park, Kingston, Epsom

 

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS

wemakefootballers.com

4-12yrs mixed ability

Twickenham, Richmond, Chiswick, Isleworth, Heston, Hounslow, Kingston, Sunbury, Hayes, Southall, Osterley

 

 

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