St Nicholas Preparatory School

23 Princes Gate
020 72251277
3 - 11
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School Description

St Nicholas Preparatory School was started in 1998 when The Montessori St Nicholas Charity formed a joint venture with Asquith Court Schools, who have now been replaced by Cognita Schools Ltd. It is situated in Westminster, in London, occupying two listed buildings at 23 and 24 Prince's Gate. This co-educational preparatory school for children aged from two years and nine months to eleven years has 283 children on roll, with 32 children under the age of five attending part time. The school provides for 102 children to attend part time in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These include eight children under three years of age and together with children under four they attend one of the three Nursery classes; children aged four or five attend one of the three Reception classes. Seventy-one children attending are in receipt of government nursery funded education. The majority of the children are bilingual, from an international community and with a large proportion speaking French as their main language. A small proportion of pupils have special educational needs, there are currently no children registered as having statements of special educational needs. The school aims ‘to promote a rich and varied education in which all children are valued equally and encouraged to fulfil their potential’. The school motto is: ‘Be happy in order to learn.’ The school was last inspected in January 2008. The present headteacher was appointed in September 2010.

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St. Nicholas Preparatory School achieves excellent results year on year, which allows pupils to move on to destination schools that rank  among the best in the  country. 2017-18 witnessed some excellent achievements with children successfully obtaining a substantial range of offers.

A selection of schools that our pupils go to include:

ACS, Hillingdon

Boxhill School

Eaton Square Upper

Emmanuel College

Francis Holland South (Sloane Square)


Kensington Park School

Knightsbridge Prep

More House

Portland Place

Queen’s Gate


Wetherby Senior

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