According to a survey carried out by financial services provider Santander, London has the highest percentage of parents (46%) who move to secure a property in a school catchment area. The same study finds that parents are willing to pay more for a property if it is located close to a good school.
Competition for school places in London remains high, and for many parents with children at school age, living in an area with good schools nearby is a top priority.
Belgravia and the surrounding area will not disappoint parents who want the best education for their children. The local schools in Belgravia are excellent, with everything from nursery schools and independent schools to language schools.
For parents looking for the best schools in Belgravia or near to this exclusive area, The Knightsbridge Kindergarten is recommended, while Eaton House Belgravia, an independent school for boys aged 4-8, offers pupils a well-rounded education. There are also notable primary and secondary schools in addition to well-regarded language schools.
For a more comprehensive list of the best schools in Belgravia, see below:
Nursery schools in Belgravia
119 Eaton Square
Based at St Peter’s Church at the east end of Eaton Square, this private nursery caters for children aged between two and five, although it also runs drop-in sessions for toddlers aged between six months and two years.
In addition to spacious classrooms, this nursery school has a sensory room, soft play facility and a large garden.
Children from the age of two-and-a-half actively lead their own development with no pressure on them in any way. From the day a new child starts at Miss Daisy’s, the nursery prepares them for the next step. Starting with the morning greeting with the headmistress, lining up with the rest of the class, hanging up coats on individual pegs, through to learning to read and write.
Outside, the Belgravia site has a raised bed built along the side of the school, which the children can access through their classroom and where runner beans and carrots are grown.
30 Eccleston Street,
Eaton Square Nursery School Belgravia, is situated within the Pre-Preparatory School in Eccleston Street. The Belgravia Nursery children benefit from being part of the Pre-Prep community and delight in sharing the building with the children from Reception and Year One.
The Belgravia Nursery School
77 Kinnerton Street
This bilingual nursery school for children aged between one and five years old is open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 5pm.
The school’s classes in English and French not only cater for nearby Kensington’s French community but also means children can get a head start with languages in addition to taking part in a wide variety of activities, from art and craft to yoga sessions.
Primary schools in Belgravia
Lower Belgrave Street
About 90% of the 306 boys and girls aged between 3 and 11 at this over-subscribed school, which occupies a small split site near Victoria Station in Belgravia, live in the council estates and privately-rented flats off Buckingham Palace Road and Churchill Gardens.
The school’s Christian ethos is integrated into its curriculum, which includes a strong focus on sport, particularly swimming. Facilities also include a computer suite.
3-5 Eaton Gate,
Every place at this mainstream independent school for boys aged between four and eight is allocated on a first come first served basis with priority given to siblings, children of staff, ex-staff and old boys.
The Good Schools Guide reports that Eaton House has a traditional 3Rs curriculum with lots of added extras, particularly in the arts and science. Pupils are divided into small classes, no streaming but informal sets for maths to ensure that every child meets his potential. The school’s aim is to give boys a good grounding and a full understanding in all maths and English topics, rather than rushing ahead.
Secondary education in Belgravia
39 Graham Terrace
This leading independent day school for girls aged between four and 18 does not just put a strong focus on academic achievements (note that in 2014 86% of students taking A-levels achieved a grade of between A* and B).
However, the school says that academic achievements alone will not provide the springboard for success in this competitive and evolving world, which is why it develops creativity, flexibility, lateral thinking and enterprise.
Facilities at this school, which lies on the border of Belgravia and Sloane Square, include a large gym, ultra-modern IT room and Carmel Hall – a stunning new performing-arts centre.
Adult education in Belgravia
39 Belgrave Square
The Italian Cultural Institute is the official Italian government centre for the promotion of the Italian culture and language, offering a wide choice of Italian classes.
The courses are available for a range of levels, from beginner and intermediate to advance, and for both business and pleasure.
The institute has a library of more than 25,000 books and also hosts events such films, plays, concerts, lectures, book and poetry readings and exhibitions.
102 Eaton Square
The Instituto Cervantes is a non-profit organisation founded by the government of Spain. Its mission is to promote Spanish language teaching as well as that of Spain’s co-official languages, in addition to fostering knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world.
Courses on offer cater for all abilities, from beginners seeking to improve their Spanish before a holiday to the Costa del Sol to business professionals. All the teachers, whose mother tongue is Spanish, are university qualified and have trained specifically to teach Spanish as a foreign language.
Many people who come from overseas buy a property in Belgravia to give their children the benefit of a British education. There are other highly rated schools in easy reach of Belgravia, including Eaton Square School in nearby Pimlico, Hill House School in Knightsbridge, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School in Sloane Square and Sussex House School in Cadogan Square.
Image credit: The Knightsbridge Kindergarten, Eaton House School & Istituto Italiano Di Cultura London