Hurlingham is an independent co-educational preparatory school founded in 1947. It is situated on Putney Bridge Road near to Wandsworth Park. Children join the Reception year in the September before their fifth birthday. The school's ethos is to provide a happy, secure atmosphere in which every individual child can build on his or her strengths and talents to be the best that they can be.
We nurture self-confidence, self-discipline, self-motivation, self-esteem and a thirst and enjoyment for learning within an academic environment. We foster an intimate and welcoming community centred on family values, with a strong focus on good manners and respect for one another. Our ultimate goal is to provide a firm foundation for all individuals, to prepare them for their next school and to ensure they gain entry to the senior institution that is "right" for them. Our dynamic Learning Support and Gifted & Talented Departments provide extra consolidation and extension for pupils who need it. Small classes (never more than 20, and ideally no more than 18 at FS/KS1 and no more than 15 at KS2) enable the school to give time and attention to individual needs. The new school building, opened in 2004, provides light and spacious classrooms, a large assembly hall/gymnasium, a ballet and drama studio, group and individual music rooms, an art room, a science laboratory, a computer suite, a nature garden and a dedicated Early Years unit for our Reception classes. Browse www.hurlinghamschool.co.uk to find out more about the school and to view our children's picture book prospectus; telephone our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Fiona Driver, on 020 8874 7186 to make an appointment for a tour with the Headmaster, Mr Jonathan Brough.
Pupils at Hurlingham School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth earlier this month. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Hurlingham School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven't been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won't know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Mr Edwards, Head of Science at Hurlingam, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school. Every child in the school will get an opportunity to take part and they can't wait to get started.” Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture. Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience