Hill House School

Name Hill House School
Website http://www.hillhouseschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hans Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 0EP
Phone Number 02075841331
Type Independent
Age Range 4-13
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 616 (64.1% boys 35.9% girls)
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Hill House International Junior School is located in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The school was founded in Switzerland in 1949 and opened in London in 1951. The school is located on four sites in the residential areas of Knightsbridge and Chelsea, in south-west London. The Reception classes are located at Hall of Remembrance, Flood Street, London SW3 5SY. Pupils in Years 1 to 4 are taught at 17, Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RJ. Pupils in Years 5 to 8 are taught at 17, Hans Place, London SW1 0EP, which is the main school site. For music, drama and art pupils attend the Founders’ Hall, 2 Radnor Walk, London SW3 4BN. The school has an annex in Switzerland which is visited by groups of pupils and staff during the year. The school is registered for up to 990 pupils aged four to 13. Currently there are 690 pupils on the roll. This total is made up as follows: 63 children in the Reception classes, 355 in Years 1 to 4, and 272 pupils in Years 5 to 8. All children attend the Reception classes on a full-time basis. None of them is in receipt of government funding. The members of the founding family of the school are the proprietors, who also lead and manage the school. There are four proprietors. One proprietor is the headteacher, and his two sons are also senior leaders. Their mother is the fourth proprietor. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. There are no pupils eligible for free school meals. Around half of all pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the remainder being White British. There are pupils of 48 nationalities; 27 languages are spoken. Pupils speak a variety of home languages; many are bilingual, and some are trilingual. The school was last inspected in December 2014, when it was judged to be inadequate. There followed two progress monitoring inspections in September 2015 and June 2016. During the second monitoring visit the school was judged to meet all the independent school standards. Off-site training is made available for pupils to extend their learning experiences. The school offers the following activities: – swimming at these three venues: The Queen Mother Sports Centre, 223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 1EL; Latchmere Leisure Centre, Burns Road, London SW11 5AD; Chelsea Sports Centre, Chelsea Manor Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5PL – tennis at Queen’s Club, Palliser Road, London W14 9EQ – squash at South Bank Club, 124–130 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LD – cricket at Ken Barrington Cricket Centre, The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS. The school aims ‘to offer the finest possible education a young life can enjoy’. When they leave, most pupils transfer to well-known independent schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, proprietors and senior leaders have ensured that the school has improved considerably since the previous inspection. They have created a caring school in which respect permeates all aspects of its work. Pupils are extremely well cared for and achieve well in a supportive climate. However, governance arrangements are not fully implemented. Teachers know their pupils well and have secure subject knowledge. As a result, pupils make good progress. However, teaching activities are sometimes not set at the correct level to challenge pupils’ thinking and enable them to make the best possible progress, particularly the most able pupils. The stimulating curriculum enables pupils to enjoy and succeed in a wide range of activities. The school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Leadership and teaching in the early years are good. Children make good progress and are well prepared to start Year 1. Parents wholeheartedly support the school and almost all would recommend it to another parent. Leaders have created a strong culture of vigilance that helps to keep pupils safe. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They have excellent attitudes to learning and attend school very regularly. A new assessment system is being implemented, but it is too early to judge its effectiveness. Currently, teachers and leaders cannot fully evaluate pupils’ progress in all subjects. The excellent pastoral care provided by staff promotes pupils’ physical and emotional well-being extremely well. The rich music and sports programmes help pupils to develop high levels of self-confidence and self-control, particularly when performing in public, at both individual and team levels. Teachers receive helpful training and advice to improve their work. However, the staff training programme is not accurately targeted to have the maximum impact on improving pupils’ progress. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.