Welcome to St Nicholas Preparatory School, a vibrant independent co-ed school located in the heart of Kensington. We provide a demanding and balanced education to boys and girls aged 3 to 11.
About the school
We offer a kind and nurturing environment where small class sizes and dedicated staff mean that each child in our community is valued as an individual and encouraged and inspired to achieve their very best. Situated in an enviable position opposite Hyde Park, our girls and boys enjoy spacious, airy classrooms and a large garden in which to learn and play and really enjoy their prep school years.
ST NICHOLAS PREPARATORY SCHOOL JOINS GLOBAL EFFORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S WELLBEING
Pupils at St Nicholas Preparatory School in Kensington will join over 45,000 children and young people around the world on 27 September to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.
10th September 2019 — Pupils at St Nicholas Preparatory School in Kensington will join over 45,000 children and young people around the world on 27 September to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.
St Nicholas Preparatory School will collapse the curriculum for the entire day on 27 September to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 73 schools of which St Nicholas Preparatory School is a member. The mental health and wellbeing of young people is now one of the most pressing issues of our times. As governments around the world grapple with how to address it, St Nicholas Preparatory School will hold a community day of activities designed to expand pupils’ and parents’ understanding of wellbeing. These activities will include mindfulness, yoga, zumba and lessons on healthy eating for all pupils from nursery to year 6. There is also a fun run being organised in Hyde Park for pupils in the afternoon.
“By effectively suspending the normal timetable of the school for the day to focus solely on wellbeing we are highlighting the vital role it has in academic success. The work we’re highlighting on 27th September informs and supports everything our pupils do throughout the year. We’re delighted to be joining together with schools all over the world to mark Global Be Well Day 2019” says Jill Walker, Headmistress of St Nicholas Preparatory School.
“We’re making pupils more aware at a young age that they need to care for their mental and physical wellbeing and how they are both linked together” adds Daniel Wood, Head of PE.
My Money Week Competition Winner from St Nicholas Prep
St Nicholas Preparatory School pupil is awarded ‘runner up’ at the National My Money Week 2018
6th November 2018 — St Nicholas Preparatory School pupil is awarded ‘runner up’ at the National My Money Week 2018
St Nicholas is proud to announce that Emilia, a key stage one pupil, was one of 2 runners up in the National My Money Week competition. Out of 146,000 entries, Emilia’s creativity shone through, the theme this year focused on ‘wants and needs’ and how this may or may not relate to money. The judges were particularly impressed with Emilia’s decision to choose her mum and dad as the thing she treasures the most. The National Schools Competition was generously supported by Equifax. Equifax is uniquely positioned to support individuals, families and communities to pursue their strongest financial lives. The partnership with Young Money provides ways to further collaborate, apply resources and add value to global communities. Emilia who was attended by her parents and teacher says, 'The prize giving ceremony was in the Tower of London in October. The prize was a trophy, certificate, chocolates, a voucher and markers. We had lots of fun!' St Nicholas values opportunities such as this and many others to provide pupils with ways in which they can stretch and challenge themselves.
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Descriptive praise significantly improves confidence in young children
A recent parenting workshop by The Parent Practice, held at St Nicholas Preparatory School, revealed that in order for children to feel good about themselves they need to hear 5 positive comments to every 1 negative. In reality, on average children
1st October 2018 — When children are not behaving at their best, parents usually point out what the child is doing wrong in the mistaken belief that this is how to get them to improve. In fact, when parents tell children what they’re doing wrong, they stop listening. If they hear a lot of criticism, children may become despondent, unmotivated and develop reduced self-esteem. They may give up, on a particular task or they may give up on seeking approval or trying to do the right thing.
To help children achieve their full potential, parents need to be able to communicate effectively with them. Unless the children are listening to the adults, they will not learn. Parents need to be able to motivate, inspire and encourage children and they can do this by the way they talk to them. Parents can also help build their self-esteem and help them find solutions to problems.
By adopting a ‘growth mindset’ and using descriptive praise, children build a more secure sense of self. Studies by Stanford University psychology professor, Carol Dweck, have shown that the ‘clever boy’ kind of praise (evaluative praise) is actually damaging to children. Children praised for intelligence perform less well on tasks than children who are praised for effort.
Descriptive praise helps children continually redefine themselves as sensible, capable, loveable and considerate. It lets children know exactly what adults want them to do, gives them positive attention and it motivates them to do more of what is expected of them as they hear frequently that they are appreciated. It works because it is believable.
Descriptive praise not only improves the general atmosphere of the home but it is the most effective way to get children to do the right thing and to be more co-operative. When parents point out what they’re doing right it motivates children to do more of it. When they pay attention to the child’s positive behaviour, rather than their negative actions, they will start to seek positive rather than negative attention.
Extracurricular activities enhanced with new after school clubs for pupils
St Nicholas Prep adds new exciting clubs to its extracurricular programme as part of a drive by Headmistress, Mrs. Jill Walker to reinvigorate the curriculum.
11th July 2018 — The additional clubs which will commence from September 2018 include Mandarin, run by Little Dragons, Chelsea Young Writers Club, and a coding club run by The London School of Mathematics and Programming.
The school offers a breadth and depth of curriculum and the extracurricular activities are an important part of life at St Nicholas. Already on offer is a residential ski trip to Italy, PGL (Parents Get Lost) trip to Dorset plus many day trips in and around London. Clubs have an important role to play in enriching the curriculum. Jill Walker explains, “Being at school is not just about what you do between 9am and 4pm, it's about acquiring the skills to go into society - it's about widening horizons and showing children they can be a musician or a scientist.”
Not only are the after-school clubs fun, but they also help boost children's self-esteem and self-confidence. "We want happy, self-confident children because they are motivated and can achieve more," says Mrs. Walker. "By offering after-school activities our children get the chance to succeed in a different area, then they can take success and use it to overcome barriers in the subjects they find more challenging."
The school continues to go from strength to strength under the new leadership team headed by Mrs. Jill Walker and Deputy Mrs. Samantha Gibbon. The dynamic duo, previously from Glendower Prep, have a lot to offer the St Nicholas community, with vast experience between them and expertise in 11+ preparation. The clubs overhaul is the latest in a string of improvements made to the school this year and parents are thrilled with the results.
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St. Nicholas Preparatory School is a leading co-educational independent school located in Kensington, London for children from the age of 3 years to 11 years. The school follows a combined curriculum of Montessori Philosophy and the Early Years Foundation Stage in the nursery. In Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2 the school follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales, which is enhanced with a rich array of extra-curricular activities.
St. Nicholas Preparatory School is a warm, friendly and family oriented school that provides an excellent all-round education to all it pupils. Its small class sizes, a beautiful back garden and Hyde Park across the road along with the close proximity to major London attractions such as National History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Science Museum make the school a fantastic place for children to grow and develop.
New specialist teachers enhance curriculum at St Nicholas Prep
St Nicholas Preparatory School announces today, new initiatives set out by Headmistress Jill Walker to enhance specialist teaching at the school.
11th July 2018 — The school has appointed a Head of Pre-Prep and Heads of Maths, Sport, Humanities, Music and Drama, adding to the current specialist French, English and Art teachers. Specialist teaching brings a dynamic, invigorating pace to the subjects taught and ignites a passion in early learners.
The Head of Maths, Melanie Lewis says “By being taught by a maths specialist, I believe children develop a deeper understanding, one that is underpinned by my passion for the subject. It is a joy to be part of the development of the curriculum at St. Nicholas Prep.”
St. Nicholas continues to grow and evolve with the needs of its parents and pupils, “parents want the best for their children and it’s our job to stay ahead of the curve and provide a first class education for our pupils.” Head Jill Walker explains. Mrs. Walker is well placed to take the school in a new direction. She has an excellent track record as a teacher, achieving exceptional academic results. Her professional experience is wide, covering prep, senior and boarding schools.
Jill Walker, says “I am passionate about the wealth of opportunities a prep school education offers and believe that education of the highest quality should develop the whole child. St Nicholas is committed to delivering a broad and academically rigorous curriculum, which enables the potential of each child in its care, to be realised. I am looking forward to leading this vibrant school community in the next stage of its development”
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FREE TALK TO KENSINGTON PARENTS ON CHILDREN AND BODY IMAGE ISSUES
Kensington based St Nicholas Prep School is running a free talk in April on children’s body image and the pressures of physical appearance for parents and carers.
19th March 2018 — On 17 April, Dr Aric Sigman, a child psychologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, will explore the effects of contributing factors including celebrities, television presenters, doctored media images and illustrations in story books and comic books.
Dr Sigman’s talk will also examine:
· Why body dissatisfaction has become so prevalent
· How to prevent these feelings, and associated eating disorders, from developing in the first place
· The dangers of complaining about parts of your body you don’t like in front of your child
· What both parents and schools can do to prevent problems and improve matters
The free talk will give parents the opportunity to hear first-hand from experts about one of the most pressing issues affecting children today. A recent study amongst childcare professionals found that children as young as three have body image issues and some four-year-olds know how to go on a diet.
“Maintaining the health and wellbeing of pupils is essential to their academic development”, says Mrs Jill Walker, Headmistress, St Nicholas Prep School. “Parents often hear about the growth of body dissatisfaction amongst increasingly younger children, but little is said about what parents can do prevent such issues from occurring in their own children. Dr Sigman will get to the heart of these problems and share how parents can combat and avoid issues from occurring in the first place.”
Body image and the pressures of physical appearance
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Time: 6:00 till 7:45pm
Venue: 23 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT
Tickets are free but registration is required: Reserve your place via Eventbrite
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https://www.stnicholasprep.co.uk/admissions-fees/visit-st-nicholas/ We encourage prospective parents to see our school in action during one of our open events. Open mornings are held during term-time. They start at 9:30am with a welcome from the Headmistress, followed by a school tour with a member of the senior leadership team and a Q&A session.
Step 2 Complete and return a registration form To apply for a place at St. Nicholas Preparatory School please complete our online registration form together with payment of a non-refundable registration fee of £100.
Step 3 Invitation to attend a Readiness session / assessment You will receive an email inviting your child to come in for a Readiness session/assessment (nursery to year 6) We are a non-selective school but we do assess potential pupils to determine their current academic level and how we can help them to fulfil their potential.
Nursery and Reception Readiness sessions– we invite all parents and their children to come in for a 30 min interview with the Head of Pre-Prep. This is a perfect opportunity for both the school and parents to get to know each other and discuss parents’ expectations.
Assessments for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils – children spend the whole day with us and take part in normal class activities. Lunch and snacks throughout the day will be provided.
Step 4 Offer of place Further to the interview/taster session/assessment places are offered as soon as possible. Should the assessment provide further reason for reflection the Admissions Team will contact you for further discussion.