Research from Santander Mortgages reveals the lengths parents will go to secure a property near to their preferred school. The same research also revealed that in London a third of all parents have bought or rented a property in a particular catchment area because of the schools.
For property buyers with children at school age, moving to a house with proximity to good schools is often a top priority.
Victoria, SW1, and the wider central London area has many good schools to choose from, and this includes nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools, independent schools, and colleges of further education.
For parents in search of the best local schools in Victoria, the independent day and boarding institution, Westminster School, is described as one of the UK’s ‘leading academic schools’. This is not to be confused with Westminster City School, a secondary school for boys. Grey Coat Hospital, a well-regarded state secondary school for girls, is also in the vicinity, while St Peter’s Eaton Square C of E Primary School enjoys a good reputation. For further education, the Victoria Centre, which forms part of Westminster Kingsway College, is nearby.
For a more comprehensive list of the best local schools in Victoria, see below:
Nursery schools in Victoria
Fountain Court, Buckingham Palace Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 9SU
Miss Daisy’s aim was to create a village nursery school in the heart of London, where the education offered is a balance between formal learning and learning through play.
Hepworth Court, 30 Gatliff Rd, London SW1W 8QN
Chelsea Day Nursery and Preschool offers high quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. The nursery boasts bright, spacious rooms, each tailored to your child’s age group, it also has two large outdoor play areas where your child can explore and play.
79 Eccleston Square, Pimlico, London SW1V 1PP
Eaton Square School is an independent, coeducational Nursery, Preparatory and Upper school in the heart of central London, educating children from the age of 2 ½ to 18 years old.
Primary schools in Victoria
Lower Belgrave Street, SW1W 0NL
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.
St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School Victoria, Morpeth Terrace, London SW1P 1EP
We are a thriving one-form-entry primary school, uniquely located in the shadow of Westminster Cathedral, with whom we maintain close links. We provide an education with a distinct Catholic identity for children aged 3 to 11 years.
3-5 Eaton Gate, Eaton Square, SW1W 9BA
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 Victoria
55 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5HJ
Westminster City School is a school with a Christian foundation and character but we welcome boys of all faiths and of no faith. Our strong moral and spiritual ethos ensures pupils develop and prosper during their time at our school.
39 Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF
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 Victoria
Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
WAES is Westminster’s adult college, offering full-time and part-time study in the daytime, evenings and at weekends.