St. Anthony's School for Girls
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, NW11 7SX, London
020 3869 3070
Girls' Day Preparatory
|Head of School||Mr Donal Brennan|
|Girls Age Range||2.5-11 years|
|Number of pupils||85|
|Day fees per annum||£18,000|
St Anthony's School for Girls and Nursery is a confident, nurturing, family school offering a high-quality education within an environment which delivers a happy, healthy academically challenging curriculum.
The school is located at Ivy House, adjacent to Golders Hill Park and is a short bus ride from its sister school St Anthony's Boys in Hampstead.
St Anthony's Girls achieves outstanding 11+ results, regularly receiving offers from a plethora of academic north London schools: Highgate to Channing, South Hampstead High to Haberdasher's School for Girls; Francis Holland Girls to City of London, North London Collegiate to Mill Hill and further afield to Queenswood, Wycombe Abbey, and St Swithun's.
The school owes its success to committed pupils, ambitious teachers and supportive parents who embrace the recipe for success which has been established at the school.
A touch of kindness never goes amiss at St Anthony's, where it is seen as a fundamental tenet to a happy school experience. Adults model and engage in mutually respectful exchanges which the children in turn will role-play as best practice in their relationships. Observing a year 6 girl taking time out from her friends at playtime to sit with a year 1 girl who needed some quiet solace is not an uncommon expression of kindness at St Anthony's.
The girls at St Anthony's are curious: encouraged to ask questions and Big Questions at our Talk Time Assembly leads to robust discussions on the eternal questions. "What does it mean to be thoughtful, why is it difficult to share, why do leaves fall off trees to why are the days shortening during September?" In this environment of curiosity, the girls grow in courage and confidence and can verbalise complex thoughts and feelings.
Respect is witnessed in many ways at St Anthony's. All adults feel valued as equals in the eyes of the girls, the sense of community is strengthened where children develop a confident respect for themselves as unique, valuable individuals. An appreciation for all those who care for them from their parents to their teachers to the bus drivers to the chef who prepares their lunch. Being respectful of their world and the need to be guardians for future generations ensure that the girls are quick to respond to global and community causes. It is not uncommon for the child-led, charities committee to launch an appeal among their peers to host fundraising events for the koala bears, refugee women and local homeless children.
Being inspired to embrace new challenges is at the heart of the teaching at St Anthony's. From Forest School activities to specialist Music, Drama, Mandarin, French, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ballet, Science and Sports interwoven into the girls' timetable allow for the girls to have their imagination enriched and developed. From a buffet of creative teaching comes a perfect blend of original and individualised responses. The school clubs schedule further embeds this with girls choosing from Netball, Cross-Country, Yoga, Maths, Environmental Club, Debating, Minnie-Vinnies, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Irish Dancing, Science and Musical Drama.
St Anthony's Girls take responsibility for their actions, accepting praise, being willing to give compliments to others and understanding that at times saying sorry is important. Sincerity and fairness matter hugely to the girls allowing for happy confident relationships to develop at the school.
The establishment of a co-ed nursery at St. Anthony's School for Girls in September 2021 has been a huge success. Families seeking a nurturing and kind learning environment founded upon the values of both the boys' and girls' schools, which is academically enriching at the same time, have been delighted with the experience to date.
The curriculum is informed by the EYFS (Early Years) programme and is designed to encourage curiosity, interaction, independence and most importantly, a love of learning.
The nursery programme aims to help prepare children for reception. Teachers ensure children develop key skills as well as knowledge and an understanding of the world around them, with regular 'learning in nature' lessons at Golders Hill Park.
Children will also be stronger communicators and self-assured as learners owing to the carefully planned timetable they follow. Drama, music, French, Mandarin, sport and dance have been interwoven into the nursery schedule allowing pupils to benefit from the rich specialist curriculum on offer across the school.
The nursery children enjoy talk time, singing and celebration assemblies, feel inspired by 'Whacky Wednesday' science focus, participate in all major school events, such as Harvest Food Appeal, STEAM week, remembrance service, the Christmas show and the end of term disco.
The nursery children have enjoyed a very colourful and creative autumn term, finding treasure buried in the sandpit at Golders Hill Park, travelling to space in their own bespoke spaceship, welcoming their teddy bears to school on 'Hug a Bear Day' and discovering the fossilised remains of a dinosaur in the nursery sandpit.
We look forward to welcoming families for personalised tours with the headteacher.