Tatler Schools' Guide 2017

The Top Prep & Public Schools in the UK

'We are healthily competitive,' Glendower tells us. And your girl better get her match face on early, because 36 hopefuls fight it out for each place at this South Ken hotspot (take note: waiting lists are now closed up to 2018). Glendower girls are 'resilient, well rounded and can think for themselves', says one mother. Parents say they feel properly listened to, and decisive head Mrs Knollys has upped the anti-tutoring game on 11+ preparation. Here you'll find funky art on the walls, petite class sizes (an average of 18) and an emphasis on specialist teaching, The girls 'cant wait to get to science', notes our mole, thanks to their dedicated lab- rare for the inner city- and Stephen Hawking's daughter dropped by to spark extra enthusiasm. Leavers move on to where you'd expect: Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies' College and Godolphin & Latymer.