St James Nursery & Preparatory School


Address: St James Prep School, Earsby Street, Kensington Olympia, London W14 8SH
Website: stjamesschools.co.uk/prepschool/
Founded: 1975
Number of Pupils: 180
Ages: 2-11
Fees: £6,915 termly (for Prep School)
Head Teacher: Hilary Wyatt
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Admission is selective through a CAT4 test, an interview and a taster day.
Contact: 020 7348 1793
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: We are always happy to show parents and families around our school and nursery.

If you would like an individual tour or would like to join our Wednesday drop-in visit to the Nursery, please contact Admissions.

Next Open Mornings:

Wednesday 1 May 2024 – 9.00 – 10.45am

Tuesday 5 November 2024 – 9.00am – 10.45am

Reception Taster Mornings:

Thursday 10 October 2024 – 8.30am – 10.00am

Thursday 7 November 2024 8.30am – 10.00am

Book your visit here.

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The Curriculum

We offer a stimulating, creative curriculum that gives children the confidence to open doors for themselves in the future. We balance the academic, pastoral, sporting, creative and spiritual elements of our curriculum to create a vibrant learning environment.

Games & The Arts

We make use of our well-equipped gym and the extensive sporting facilities at King’s House, Barn Elms and Fulham Pools. We offer specialist teaching in all arts, with performances including a Shakespeare Festival, and a great art department including pottery.

Pastoral Care

Staff are strongly supported in their pastoral role. All pupils are valued and valuable members of the community and are encouraged to speak about their worries – no matter how small. St James offers chances for every child to succeed and celebrates when they do which boosts self-assurance and the ability for pupils to care for themselves and others.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

At St James, we want children to have fun as they learn, because we know happy children succeed. As a result of our unique educational approach, which combines creativity and philosophy with specialist teaching, children leaving us after Year 6 are kind, generous, confident and well-balanced individuals. 

Outstanding Characteristics

Lessons start and end with a mindfulness practice, ‘The Pause’, a short period of quiet reflection and stillness. A love of learning is encouraged so pupils get great results, without feeling stressed. Pupils can progress seamlessly to our senior girls’ or boys’ schools. Our 11+ programme also helps leavers move to schools like St Paul’s Girls’ and Latymer Upper.