We are a nurturing, family run school

Preparing boys and girls from 4+ for Senior School entry at 11+

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Our Aim & Ethos is to create a happy environment

We are a small school that fosters lively, motivated and interested children who have not only confidence in their own abilities but also a considerate awareness of their peers and their community.  At the core of our ethos lies a dedication to the importance of emotional well-being as the foundation for creativity and growth and the value of developing soft skills and emotional intelligence.


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Every member of staff knows every child’s name

Our FIFA trained Head of Sport knows who needs a little encouragement on the sports field and our specialist teachers foster enthusiasm for the arts. The catering team know which children like gravy on their chicken and the Head of Music knows when the time is right for that budding musician to perform in a whole school assembly.  School Council representatives come from every class and every child knows that their voice will be heard. There is a real sense of belonging to an intimate community.

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“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

Ofsted 2018

Learning is individually tailored to stretch and support

By maintaining high teacher:child ratios (often 1:6) with our exceptional staff, we are able to tailor each child’s learning journey to their individual abilities thus enabling all children to use, realise and enjoy their own particular talents. Progress is closely monitored in order that extension or extra help and encouragement can be given when and where it is needed. We expect to maintain a close link between home and school and parental support is considered vital to any child’s successful progress.

“Pupils show high levels of concentration when working and settle very quickly to activities.
They show respect for one another when sharing their ideas.
All of this contributes to their strong progress.”

Ofsted 2018

Our curriculum is carefully balanced

We strongly believe that children should be provided with a broad-based curriculum and sport, dance, languages, music and art are all taught by specialist teachers.  After school clubs provide additional learning experiences for the children ranging from chess, sport, art and drama with opportunities to work towards school certificates and external awards. We believe the children’s participation, progress and success in the extended curriculum plays an important part in their development and enjoyment of school life.

“Children are challenged in a loving environment.
Pupils are confident, articulate learners who are proud of their achievements.”

Ofsted Parent View, 2018

Art, Dance, Drama and French are valued

Our Head of Art introduces the children to a variety of painters, techniques and styles as part of the art programme and runs an after school art club for our keen artists. Ballet, street dance and theatrical dance classes are taught by our dance specialist at the Sylvia Young Theatre studios. There is plenty of fun to be had in the ever popular after school drama clubs where children also have the opportunity to study for LAMDA awards. Every class is taught French by a specialist language teacher and French Friday is encouraged in the dining room. Children in the chess clubs are taught by a Grand Master and have the opportunity to participate in external competitions as well as studying for the English Chess Federation Awards. The games curriculum includes gymnastics, tennis and football and there are two after-school football clubs run by our FIFA trained Head of Sport.

“Pupil’s behaviour is exceptional. They are extremely polite, well mannered and friendly. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning.”

Ofsted 2018

Everyone is active!

Hyde Park, right on our doorstep, provides pupils with plenty of fresh air, access to nature and space for both free play and sports, all timetabled daily. 

In addition, we use local facilities for dance, gymnastics, football, cricket, touch rugby, tennis, netball and CHS Ball – a unique combination of skill, chance and athletics!

Pupils from Year One to Year Six are taught how to swim proficiently in all four swimming styles at Kensington Leisure Centre.

Everyone makes music!

Music is a very important part of CHS school life and our music curriculum includes music theory  as well as recorder and glockenspiel classes. By Year Four, the children are well prepared to participate in School performances. The Junior and Senior Choirs involve every child.  Individual music lessons include singing, piano, woodwind and strings. The peripatetic teachers, mostly RAM or RCM graduates, work closely with our Head of Music to ensure each pupil’s progress is encouraged and celebrated.

Parents are regularly invited to informal presentations and performances in school as well as stage productions that include the Christmas Plays, Carol Concert, Poetry Afternoon and the Summer Show.

“The Principal and Head Teacher have high expectations and are uncompromising in their ambition for pupils at Connaught House School.”

Ofsted 2018

Entry and progression

Most of our boys and girls join Junior One at the age of four. From Year One onwards, parents are invited to contact the school about occasional places. The school has an excellent record of preparing children for the well-established senior London schools and has now recently established the CHS West London Schools Pathway.  The “pathway” will enable children to move seamlessly from associated nursery schools, through the junior years at CHS and on to senior school.

A principal and a parent

I am very proud to be the third generation of my family to be leading CHS. As mother and aunt I am also delighted to count five current pupils as the fourth generation associated with the school.

I am hugely passionate about our ethos of developing each child’s potential, nurturing a thirst for learning and fostering a love for independent enlightenment that will support pupils far beyond their time with us. The school stands for traditional family values where consideration and courtesy are as important as academic excellence. Above all our efforts are a partnership, not just with the pupil but also with their family.

Victoria Hampton – Principal and Director