Falcons Preparatory Schools for Boys is an IAPS member school for boys aged 7 to 13 in Richmond. We have a Pre-Preparatory School located in Chiswick, with transport links provided between the two sites.
About the school
Welcome to Falcons Prep. We are an independent day school for boys from 7 – 13 years based in Richmond, London. We are a vibrant school, a place filled with laughter and fun, where your children are encouraged, nurtured and motivated at every turn. A school, where boys are cared for and valued as individuals in a happy family atmosphere. When your son joins us, he will have many opportunities to grow academically, on the sports field, artistically, on stage, and to take leadership responsibilities in many different areas. We foster a curiosity to learn by offering a curriculum that has breadth, balance and challenge. At Falcons we place a strong emphasis on how the boys conduct themselves and interact with one another. Trust, honesty, good manners, a hardworking attitude and respect are core values. The only way to really appreciate the kind of school we are is to come and see us for yourself – we would be happy to meet you.
Academic Scholarships are available for boys applying for entry in Year 3. Applicants are invited to apply a year before entry, successful candidates are awarded scholarships based on their academic performance in the scholarship examinations.
Falcons School for Boys Celebrates Exceptional 11+ and Pre-Test Results
The Falcons School for Boys Preparatory School in Richmond has fantastic amount of offers following 11+ exams.
12th April 2017 — The Falcons School for Boys Preparatory School in Richmond is celebrating an exceptional year after receiving 33 much coveted offers following the 11+ exams from renowned schools such as St Paul’s School in Barnes, King’s College School in Wimbledon, Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith and Hampton School.
A total of 28 boys sat the 11+ entrance exams and the 13+ pre-tests for top schools in London. A further nine offers were also made as a result of the pre-tests.
Three scholarships were also received, including academic scholarships from The John Lyon and Monmouth schools as well as a sports scholarship also from Monmouth School.
One pupil who had good cause to celebrate was 10-year-old Jay Mahan who sat eight exams and received offers from seven. He also sat a 13+ pre-test for Reed’s School in Surrey and received an offer to join in September 2019.
He accepted the offer from Ibstock Place School in Roehampton and will join in September. Jay’s father, Anil Mahan commented: “The school prepared Jay very well for the examinations he sat. Jay’s confidence in English, for example, has grown significantly since Year 5. He is now a good writer and is able to discern nuances of language and literature, including implied meaning. The team at Falcons have helped Jay achieve his successes, in particular Mr Etzinger.”
Headmaster at Falcons School for Boys Preparatory, Deon Etzinger commented: “This is an exceptional result, we are all so pleased for the boys as entrance for places is extremely competitive. Everyone has worked very hard to ensure offers were received from these top schools and we are all proud of the pupils’ efforts and of the time put in by our dedicated staff.”
To support families navigate the complexities of selecting a senior school, the school recently held a Senior School Information Evening giving parents the chance to meet 15 excellent prospective schools in one place during a single evening.
Mr Etzinger added: “This was a wonderful way for the parents to get to know more about the senior schools and gain an insight into the entrance exam procedure for the individual schools, before making a very important decision. It saves them time by allowing them to speak with the representatives whilst having the support of us all here at Falcons Boys too.”
The Falcons School for Boys is a non-selective independent school for boys aged 3-13 and is based across two sites. The Pre-Preparatory accommodates boys aged 3-7 and is based at 2 Burnaby Gardens, Chiswick and the Preparatory School takes ages 7-13 at 41 Kew Foot Road, Richmond.
The school has a strong focus on individual learning and accommodates all of its pupils’ abilities. It has strong ties with the top London schools and helps to prepare the boys for the 7+, 8+ 11+ and common entry. The school offers choice and flexibility and prides itself on its relationship with parents and guardians. Falcons School for Boys provides the boys continuous quality education from the age of 3-13 and movement from Pre-Preparatory to Preparatory is automatic.
The head teacher at The Falcons School for Boys pre-prep Andrew Forbes often has parents coming to him with concerns if their son is a Summer baby. He himself, was born in August and believes there is nothing to worry about.
6th February 2017 — Many parents have concerns if they have a Summer baby. With some reports in the press talking about how August babies underperform in comparison to the older children in their year, this topic plagues the minds of mums and dads.
Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies have released statements and statistics about the younger children in a year group and there is an ongoing debate in the Department for Education about whether or not to adapt the school calendar, making April the new September.
But headmaster at Falcons School for Boys Pre-Preparatory School, Andrew Forbes, who is also an August baby, believes there is no reason to worry and offers advice and tips to concerned parents:
We meet a lot of parents who are anxious about their child not being able to catch up because he was born in the Summer. And while it is true that the 7+ entrance exam is geared towards chronological age and the older pupils are generally ahead of the younger ones early on in school, this can be overcome with the right type of instruction and guidance.
They key thing to remember is that every child is different: the right school should see a child’s true potential beyond their month of birth and will provide the targeted individual support required to help each pupil fulfil their true academic potential.
Sports is another area in which an age gap of 4 to 6 months can be noticeable. Up to the age of 6, there can still be a visible size difference between winter and summer-born children, and smaller children can experience a loss of confidence, especially with more physical sports. In these early years, it is key to understand a child’s physical limits and differentiate expectations accordingly.
If parents are worried about academic progress, there is always the option of one to one workshops and afterschool classes. Parents should speak with their child’s school and work together on an individual action to help him advance.
Some children benefit from re-taking a year and parents should not feel discouraged by this. If repeating a year will put a child in a better position in school life and their future career, then this option is worth considering. Self-confidence is key to any success.
However, we tend to find that by the Spring term the Summer born boys catch up to the older ones. Whilst the Autumn born boys have peaked, the younger boys are improving and this becomes a key time. It is important to stretch them academically so they can see their full potential. We have to get the balance right between supporting and pushing your child but not over working them. We don’t want them to plateau and we want to instil a love of learning. If a boy’s maths book, for example, has everything correct, he is not being extended regardless of his ability.
One example includes Kabir Ghosh, a past Falcons’ pupil who was born on the 25 August and has excelled in his academic school life. Kabir, (7), passed the 7+ exam with flying colours and now attends Westminster Under School. In 2016, he was accepted into the top five London Schools and had his pick of the bunch, turning down a prestigious scholarship.
Kabir’s mother, Priyanka Ghosh, believes parents shouldn’t fixate on their child’s birth date too much. She commented: “Kabir has a natural curiosity for learning, and he is well balanced. We never put too much pressure on him in terms of the entrance exams and didn’t stop him playing sports or music, which he loves, to focus on the exams.
“We never thought he was at a disadvantage because he was born in the Summer, we just had patience, love and confidence in him. It is true that with his sports, at first, he wasn’t the top pick in football, the boys who were almost one year older than him were. But at some point, the line blurred and now he plays alongside the boys who used to be in the higher team than him. He was however, the first in his reception class to read, his age made no difference to how capable he was in any aspect.
“Falcon’s School for Boys was wonderful with Kabir and they worked to bring out the best in him, as they do with all of the pupils.”
In terms of what parents can do at home to help their children it is simple: implement learning little and often. Read with them more, not just from books but in every day scenarios by applying reading to everything they do. You could also give them a little bit of pocket money every now and again and let them shop with it. Parents don’t do that as much anymore but it helps develop their mathematic skills and critical thinking. If they want to buy something from the supermarket they need to figure out how much of their pocket money they would need. If they have £2 for example it will teach them how to budget. These are basic life skills that don’t take up a lot of time.
At the end of the day, just remember if your son is a Summer baby and they are struggling, that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with your child, if they were born one or two months later they would be in the next year group and would probably be excelling.
Falcons School for Boys is a non-selective independent school for boys aged 3-13 and is based across two sites. The Pre-Preparatory accommodates boys aged 3-7 and is based at 2 Burnaby Gardens, Chiswick and the Preparatory School takes ages 7-13 at 41 Kew Foot Road, Richmond.
Falcons School for Boys has a strong focus on individual learning and accommodates all of its pupils’ abilities. It has strong ties with the top four London schools and helps to prepare the boys for the 7+, 8+ 11+ and common entrance. The school offers choice and flexibility and prides itself on its relationship with parents and guardians.
The school provides the boys continuous quality education from the age of 3-13 and movement from Pre-Preparatory to Preparatory is automatic.
Falcons School for Boys is hosting its open days in March. Visit the Preparatory School in Richmond on Saturday 4 March from 10.30am to 12.30pm and the Pre-preparatory in Chiswick is opening its doors on 11 March 10.30am to 12.30pm.
For more information on the Falcons School for Boys visit www.falconsboys.org.uk
To contact the Pre-Prep call: +44 20 8747 8393 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Press information: Anthea Fosti or Kirsty Hewson at Zeus PR
The main point of entry is Year 3, places in other years maybe available as an occasional basis. Please contact the Registrar for details of available places. Applicants must apply one year in advance of entry, all candidates are invited for assessment in Year 2. Places are offered based on the performance in the entry procedures. All candidates are encouraged to visit the school prior to making an application. Please visit www.falconsprep.co.uk for details of open days and parent tours.