Tatler Schools' Guide 2016

The Top Prep & Public Schools in the UK

‘Clearly extremely talented young ladies’, says an observer. We’ll second that. Glendower is famous for its South Ken stucco, grey-and-purple uniform and its super results: 15 scholarships to St Paul’s, NLCS and Wycombe last year; IAPS swimming medals galore too. However, ‘the jewel in the crown’, says a parent, is headmistress Sarah Knollys. We hear Mrs Knollys has made the school community more inclusive and is teaching parents not to tutor, not to push and how to behave pitch-side. Bravo. We also like the sound of the new house system, with each one linked to a local charity. The aim is a broad education – bridge club and current affairs sit alongside French, which is excellent – with small class sizes and specialist teachers. It’s heavily oversubscribed and girls are assessed in groups for entrance in reception.