Top UK schools and educational centres to consider this year


n search of a great undergraduate programme for you or a school for your kids? Or tutoring services to get them through exam season? Whatever you’re after, this selection of institutions with modern facilities and inspirational learning cultures has got you covered.

Enrol your children in a new London prep school

Brighton College

Parents looking for an independent prep school for their children might be happy to learn that the prestigious Brighton College will be opening a new school for children aged two to 13 in the heart of Kensington, London in September 2023. 

Brighton College Prep Kensington is a co-educational preparatory school combining exceptional pastoral care, a culture of kindness, modern facilities and an individualised learning experience for every child. What’s more, this is the first time a leading independent school outside London has established a new prep school in the capital. Find out more at

Further your studies at a career-focused university

University of the West of Scotland

For prospective undergraduates eager to make valuable connections within their chosen industry, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) London Campus could be an excellent choice. It focuses on employability through hands-on learning and placement services, while collaborating with local businesses to allow students to gain experience on real-life projects. It also partners with job portal Student Circus to support international students, while the Greenhouse Incubator Program (powered by the Trampery, Trilogy and UWS) helps UWS entrepreneurs launch their own businesses.

UWS offers Continuing Professional Development courses for science, technology, health and management professionals. It operates on an international scale, developing partnerships to design and deliver its learning programmes, reaching Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. More info at UWS London | University in London.

Achieve better grades through smart tuition


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This personalised learning approach focuses on exam success. If you don’t love your first lesson, TuitionWorks promises to refund you, no questions asked. Book a free 10-minute session with the customer success team at

Choose a free-spirited school for happy kids

Charterhouse Square School

London’s Charterhouse Square School has high aspirations for all pupils enrolled in the school, encouraging them to flourish in and out of the classroom. It offers a safe and supportive environment that serves as a home away from home for pupils aged three to 11. The school takes pride in its central location, while benefitting from green spaces for pupils to play in. Children here don’t wear a school uniform, call teachers by their first name and stay together with the same classmates from entry at nursery all the way through school. 

Charterhouse Square School posts outstanding 11 plus results, easing entry to prestigious secondary schools in London and beyond. New facilities opening this year include an outdoor learning space with rooftop garden, indoor flexible learning and play spaces and dining and catering facilities. Find out more at

Enable your child to become fluent in Chinese

Kensington Wade

Children in London can now study at the first bilingual Anglo-Chinese nursery and prep school in Europe, which accepts boys and girls aged three to 11. Kensington Wade follows a British curriculum and prepares children for 11 plus exams, but half the day is spent learning in Chinese and the remainder in English, giving children complete fluency in both languages.

The school, which won the inaugural 2022 ISA Award for Innovation in Education, aims to give pupils the skills and multicultural perspective they’ll need in an ever-changing world. Pupils come from a range of backgrounds, with many not speaking Chinese at home, and a low pupil-to-teacher ratio means children achieve strong academic results and receive high levels of pastoral care. Book a school tour at

Prepare your children for the 4 plus assessment

Mentor Education

Independent schools are increasingly using the 4 plus assessment for school entrance as those who pass don’t need to take the 11 plus exams. Mentor Education has pioneered the first programme dedicated to helping parents prepare their child for the test. Normally, only 10% of children pass their 4 plus, but this programme boasts a pass rate of 60-70%.

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Devised by teachers from top independent schools across London, Mentor Education runs mock assessments, parental coaching, child tutoring and a webinar series. Using teachers who are experts in assessing and developing pre-school children, the team has the inside track on what schools want and on how parents can prepare their child for 4 plus success. Mentor Education operates a strict limit on numbers and only takes 10 girls and 10 boys for each school. Visit to register.

Allow your child to be the best they can be

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate wishes to help children reach their full potential based on their unique gifts. It takes pride in its values and community spirit, as well as its focus on developing its pupils as individuals. Its four-school model allows pupils to become strong, well-rounded young adults, ready to take their place in society. Students can study for the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), A levels, and a range of BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) courses in Key Stages 4 and 5.

Although education is at the heart of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate’s ethos, it recognises that life comes with its own challenges, which is why it aims to equip students with what it takes to navigate the path to success, following their personal aspirations. Book your place at

Try outdoor learning at an eco-conscious school

Sutton High

Sutton High’s new state-of-the-art prep and nursery building, Fernwood House, is fast becoming a hotspot for a new generation of budding David Attenboroughs. Since it opened in September 2022, the sustainably built outdoor classroom has attracted youngsters fascinated by the outdoor learning terrace and the creatures the woodland garden is home to. It offers a traditional learning environment that encourages discovery and play, while providing the perfect backdrop to teach sustainability, via a green curriculum aptly named Breathe the Wild Air.

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Classes include gardening, wildlife study, weather and climate change. The building was inspired by UCL’s 2019 research, which showed that 79% of children that tried outdoor learning felt more confident, among other results. Book a school tour at Reception places still available for September 2023 entry.

Pick a programme with an international focus

ICS London

Looking for an academic alternative with a global philosophy? ICS London offers an excellent IB (International Baccalaureate) programme for ages three to 18 to a diverse student community. ICS London teachers inspire students to develop their strengths, skills and passions, and empowers them to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

Based on two campuses that are close to each other, the school fosters a personalised learning experience in an inclusive and nurturing environment. As a Globeducate ICS school, it’s closely connected to ICS schools in Paris, Milan, Rome and Nice. It also offers a bespoke STEAM programme, partnering with Arts International and LEGO® Education. Students will benefit from international events and exchanges, as well as a partnership with WWF and Eco-Schools. Book a visit at

Introduce your child to a world-driven curriculum

Bassett House

Based in Notting Hill, independent prep school and nursery Bassett House is welcoming boys and girls aged three to 11 into its newly redeveloped Early Years building. Designed by House of Kin, Bassett Bear House offers a home-from-home environment, with interactive learning zones for its youngest pupils. The staff nurture students to build tenacity and malleability of mind through a world-driven curriculum, which includes everything from critical humanities to equestrian studies, in partnership with a local pony centre — children learn to ride on real and mechanical horses, while learning about all aspects of horsemanship, such as managing and grooming.

Year Six pupils are well-prepared to continue their journey on to prestigious schools in and around London with over 70% last year offered scholarships. Apply now for the final remaining nursery and reception places for 2023 at

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