E- News - 20 March 2020

I am writing to confirm that in line with government guidance all teaching and learning for Connaught House pupils will be facilitated remotely from Monday 23rd at 9 am until the end of the Spring term on Friday 27th March. Further details and instructions will follow later.

Currently, the school is due to start the Summer Term on Tuesday 21st April 2020 and we hope that this will be within the school building, but, if the Department for Education advises otherwise, learning will continue remotely.

I encourage your children to make the most of the end of this week at school and ensure they take home all they need to continue their learning at home. Whilst this will be a new way of working for many, I am confident in the quality and strength of the CHS teaching staff to continue to stretch and support your children’s learning.

Running through three generations, Connaught House School has seen its way through its share of hurdles and I agree that now is the right time for everyone to stay safely in their homes.

I would like to thank the CHS Team for their stalwart approach in recent weeks. The continued support from staff, children and parents, as we plot our way through these uncharted territories has been humbling. 


I look forward to welcoming you all back to 47 Connaught Square very soon.

E-News - 31 January 2020

Going back to school after the Christmas break presents its challenges, but your children have settled well into the routine and our good work assembly was buzzing with presentations yesterday: The ukulele group serenaded us with Auld Lang Syne, Form 4 amazed us with their spinning thaumatropes, Form Two quizzed the school on the attributes of living things and Junior Ones showed off their woven police cars, amongst other treats.   Children who have sat various entry examinations for other schools have come back smiling and many are off for interviews in the coming weeks. We wish them well.


Form One have welcomed a delightful new learning assistant to their class, Miss Moreno, who will be supporting Mrs Roger whilst Mrs Antolini recuperates.  With a primary teaching qualification from Spain, she is very enthusiastic and is a welcome addition to our team. Watch out for weekly Spanish lunchtimes!


Visitors and trips are in the planning for this term, and Junior One have already had their first visitor - a diabetes nurse based at St Mary’s Hospital.  He came in his uniform and answered questions related to his work in the hospital. More speakers have been booked in , linking with their study of ‘People who help us’.  Junior One is also heading off to bake their own pizzas next week.   Form Three will also be out next week, off for a full day’s visit to the Sir John Soane’s Museum in the City to take part in cross curricular workshops linked to their learning in Geography, Science, Maths and Art.  Please keep up to date with the calendar on the website, and note that next year’s term dates have now been published.


Enjoy the weekend,


The CHS Team

E-News - 16 December 2019

Dear Parents

What a busy end of term!  With visits to Mars, a book fair, open swimming and dance, a successful football match against St John’s Wood Pre Prep and showcasing at several community events, we really have ushered in the Christmas Season with an abundance of festive joy.   We received a lovely message from the organiser of the Hyde Park Square Carol event, thanking our choristers, “who provided such wonderful voices to our Christmas Carols.”

The term culminated in Wednesday’s triumphant Christmas Concert with our VIP special guest, Sylvia Young, in the front row and a church full of friends and family. The singing was just beautiful and Beth’s solo brought a tear to several eyes.

Our traditional final assembly was a celebration of the term with jokes, songs and certificates.  Special commendation went to Hannah, in Form 4, for a 365-day streak in Doodle Maths. Such commitment to improving her mental arithmetic will surely take her far.

Chris Swift from Marylebone Women’s Refuge was delighted to take receipt of such a generous collection from our reverse advent calendar.  Thank you to all that donated.

Spring Term Dates

The first day of term is Tuesday 7 January 2020 and all activities will resume that week, so please send in all necessary uniform and instruments/music.

Junior One & Form One: Dance shoes for Tuesday, Games kit for Fridays

Form Two: Dance shoes for Tuesdays, Swimming kit for Fridays

Forms Three to Six: Plimsolls for Fridays

All before and after school clubs will also begin on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and run through the week. Please note an additional Chess lesson for both groups has been arranged for Wednesday 8 January. 

Clubs - Places for Thursday after school clubs

Our Tech club was a roaring success this term and next term’s programme sounds equally exciting.  Entirely off-screen, this Electro Craft club will teach pupils the principles of design thinking, electronics, and engineering.  They will be hands-on with design, mechanics and electronics, building “e-craft” wearables, designing personal vinyl stickers, creating a sound-card symphony and building a mechanical interactive candy machine. The best news of all is that we still have a couple of places available for this Thursday club, running from 4.00 - 5.00pm after school, for pupils from Forms Three to Six.

Our Thursday Mandarin Club also has spaces for any budding linguists in Forms One and Two. Run by Speak Like A Native, this club teaches Mandarin entirely through games, tasks and activities. The focus is on speaking and listening to build confidence and a love of language.

Please let our new secretary, Ms De Wynter, know if you are interested or would like further information: secretary@connaughthouseschool.co.uk.

Holiday Suggestions

If you are looking to take the children to the theatre over Christmas, Mimi’s mother in Form One has given us some recommendations.  The following shows are all 5-Star productions for children and are running through the Christmas period:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe @ Bridge Theatre (Tower Bridge)


  • The Snail and the Whale @ Apollo (Shaftesbury Ave)


  • Oi Frog @ Lyric (Shaftesbury Ave)


  • The Little Match Girl @ Sadler's Wells:


  • Black Beauty @ Southbank Centre


  • A Christmas Carol @ The Old Vic



Thank you to all those who have supported our events in the past weeks.

Have a wonderful holiday and a restful break.

E-News - 2 December 2019

Dear Parents


Thank you for supporting the children’s wonderful performances at the VSC last Friday. I think we can all agree that they did a wonderful job. If you would like to order a DVD and have not already done so, please send through orders by the end of today.


Dates for your diary


I am sure that many of you have been keeping a close eye on the CHS calendar and have already put these dates in your diaries. However, as this is a busy time of year, we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming events over the next two weeks:


Tuesday 3rd - Open dance

Parents of children in Junior OneForms One & Two, have been invited to observe the final dance lesson of the term. Invitations have been sent previously:


Junior One Green in school at 11.00am

Junior One Yellow in school at 11.30am

Form One at the Sylvia Young Theatre at 1.10pm

Form Two at the Sylvia Young Theatre at 1.40pm


Thursday 5th - Carol singing

We are delighted that our Senior Choir has been invited to perform as the ‘main voice’ at the annual Christmas Carols in Hyde Park Square this Thursday, 5 December 2019 at 6pm.  This festive event with mulled wine, minced pies and plenty of Christmas spirit, will give our children a lovely opportunity to sing in front of an appreciative audience and we are hoping to see many of our CHS families there. Please do come and support even if your child is in a younger year.




Friday 6th December – Open Swim & Daunt Book Fair

Parents of children in Forms Three to Six have been invited to observe the final swimming lessons of the term. Children will be divided between the two pools, with our more proficient swimmers demonstrating their ability in all four strokes in the larger pool. We remind parents that they are not permitted to take any photographs at this event.


Daunt Books will once again be setting up their wonderful winter book fair in our dining room on Friday, 6th December. This will be open for parents at both ends of the day – from 8.30am to 4.30pm and for pupils to browse and buy books with their Form Teachers throughout the day.  Please send money for your child in a named envelope.


The books on sale are carefully handpicked for CHS with many classics as well as new releases and selections to suit every age and reader. We are very proud to support our local bookseller and not only do the profits keep the high street alive, CHS also receives a percentage from every purchase that goes directly into keeping our school library up-to-date and engaging for your children.


Wednesday 11th December - Carol Concert 

Once again, apologies for the change of date but, unfortunately, voting has had to take precedence over our singing.  We are looking forward to seeing you all at 2.30pm for our Christmas Carol Concert at St John’s Church.


Thursday 12th December – Toy Day

The children are allowed to bring in a suitable named toy to share with their classmates for the morning session. Children will be collected at:

Junior & Form One collection at 12.00

Forms Two & Three collection at 12.10

Forms Four, Five & Six collection at 12.15

New School Secretary

Ms Jemma De Wynter will be joining us in January and is very much looking forward to being part of the CHS team.  With nine years experience working for a mental health trust and many more working with children in and around schools, including as a SEN assistant, Ms De Wynter offers a wealth of expertise.  Ms De Wynter is with us for much of this week working alongside Ms White who is handing over the office reins.

Best Wishes.


The CHS Team


E- News - Christmas Lights

Dear Parents


We have begun the first of the busy Christmas weeks with rehearsals, recitals and visitors.


Christmas Lights

A very excited group of CHS pupils did a wonderful job of turning on the Edgware Road Christmas Lights on Tuesday. It was especially warming to see how many siblings and teachers joined the audience at the corner of Connaught Place to support the children in their task. This was followed by a marvellous recital of poetry and verse at the Victory Services Club.  Miss Horgan, the Drama Teacher, who prepared the programme must have been very proud to hear how well the children were complimented.  Welcome praise came from Marble Arch London, ‘The children were absolutely fantastic. I had tingles up my arms when they performed.  They certainly all know how to captivate an audience’.


Art Competition 

How clever of Mrs Desborough to submit copies of all the pupils’ Christmas card designs and enter them into the St John’s Hospice annual competition.  Out of all the entrants from local schools, only eight finalists were chosen and one of our pupils made the final!  Many congratulations to Harry in Form Five!  Please support his entry by voting this weekend – every vote counts:


Only votes cast on the St John’s Hospice official Facebook page 

@stjohnshospice and Instagram page @stjohns_hospice will be counted


Dance Festival

We wish Riddhi, in Form Three, every success as she performs tomorrow at the International Indian Classical Dance Festival. We look forward to seeing what will surely be wonderful photographs of the event.


Art Trip Forms Five & Six

Forms Five and Six will be visiting the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair on Tuesday, 19 November to view the current exhibition, Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration. This perfectly compliments the work they are doing in class and Mrs Desborough is sure the children will be inspired by the work on display.


Head Master, Queen’s College

After an informative visit to Queen’s College senior school last week, we were pleased to reciprocate and welcome Richard Tillett, Head of Queen’s College, today here at CHS.  He was thoroughly impressed with the children’s work and enjoyed chatting to pupils in Forms One and Four.  Mr Tillett spent some time answering questions about QCS from the pupils in Form Six.


Orthodontist Visit

The senior classes are enjoying a very interesting visit from Dr Kyi and her dental assistant Poppy who have come from Harley Street to discuss the importance of dental hygiene.


Ms White

After six highly productive years as our school secretary, Ms White will be retiring at the end of the year. Jackie joined the CHS Team in 2013 and, at a point when our administration was about to be upgraded to a new digital system, she cheerfully undertook the mammoth task of setting up our data on to SIMS. Sorting out the many blips along the way, coaxing and encouraging all to embrace the new, she skillfully dealt with it all. After a long and interesting career comes a well-deserved retirement although, knowing Jackie, I am sure that it will be far from an inactive one. The first step will be realising a long-planned move out of London which will give her more time to spend with her grandsons. Jackie has been an invaluable support from the beginning and then when I took on the reins of Principal over two years ago.  I know she will be much missed by the school team - although I suspect she will not miss the school stairs!  I am sure staff, pupils and parents will join me in wishing her every happiness for the future.


Ms Broeders

Sadly, we will be saying another goodbye soon. After two very successful years at CHS, Ms Broeders, our dynamic Junior One Yellow teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this term to embark on a new adventure.  She is off to learn Norwegian and set up home in Norway with her new husband who has been transferred to Oslo.  Our warmest wishes go with Karin for this exciting new chapter in her life; we hope she will keep in touch and come back to visit the school.


Miss Doyle, who has already joined the school, will be the third member of our Junior One Team going forward.  Miss Doyle has an MSc in child psychology from Kingston University and a BSc in social science.  She is highly experienced in working with children and has become an extremely popular member of staff even after such a short time with the school.


Food donations

Miss Arthur has once again headed a drive to collect preserved foods for the homeless.  This year’s collection will be making its way to the Marylebone Project who also received our winter coat donations earlier this term.  To avoid overloading, we have dedicated a specific week for classes to bring their donations into school starting with Junior One and Form One next week.  Please visit the school website where you will find the schedule and a list of required items.


Wishing you a very happy weekend.


Mrs V Hampton


E-News - November

Dear Parents

Happy Halloween for yesterday!  We were impressed to see so many fantastically spooky costumes roaming Connaught Village last night. Fortunately they had all disappeared this morning.

School Council 

Miss Burke discussed elections and British values of democracy and freedom of speech during the whole school assembly this week as we embarked on polling for our new school council representatives.  How aptly this was timed!  The children were thoroughly engaged at the prospect of electing class counsellors to represent them and discuss pertinent issues such as favourite school lunch.

Chrome Books

Our brand new Chrome books arrived over the half term and they are already a big hit with the children. Light, safe and easy to use, with many educational apps, we are hoping to embed these into our learning throughout the school. Moreover, today Miss Evans and Mr Westerman are attending an LGFL conference and we hope they will bring back IT tips and tricks as well as suggestions of programmes for us to use to support our learning.

Guy Fawkes Assemblies

Junior and Senior assemblies looked at Guy Fawkes this afternoon and we are all prepared for whoops and bangs on the 5th of November.  Lots of classes will be incorporating firework poetry and art into next week’s lessons.

Diary Dates

A fun packed second half of term awaits us and here are some of the key November events for your diaries.  As always, these and the remainder of the term’s events can be found on the website.

Tuesday 5 November:  Nasal Flu Innoculations: please make sure that you have completed and returned your consent forms.

Tuesday 12 November:  Once again Bentley Photographic are booked to take individual and class photographs. Please make sure that your child is in the correct uniform and looking smart for their picture.

On that same day, the Senior Drama Club has been invited to turn on the Christmas lights in Connaught Square and will be reciting festive poetry at a reception at the VSC. CHS families are all invited, do please RSVP to Ms White with names of guests.

Christmas Plays

Tuesday 26 November:  Christmas Play Dress Rehearsal. Pupils will begin to receive their parts and lines over the next few days. Please make sure your child has their costume in school in time for this, whether beautifully home-made or resourced online.

Friday 29 November:  Please join us for the Christmas Plays at 2.00pm at the VSC, Carisbrooke Hall. Every child in the school will be on the stage; watch out for those little Junior One pupils making their stage debut. This is a family event so little sisters and brothers, grandparents and other key family members are all invited.  We reserve the front row for staff and parents that have volunteered to help.  An email on this from your child’s Form Teacher will be sent out soon.

DVDs will be on sale at £16 but we do require you to pre-order with Ms White.

There will be no peri music lessons the week of the Christmas Plays but clubs will continue as normal.

Enjoy the weekend!


The CHS Team

E-News - 14/10/19

Dear Parents


Parent Meetings - 15 & 17 October 2019


It is hard to believe that we are coming up to the first half of the Autumn Term already with Parent Meetings schedule on 15 and 17 October.  We remind you that, as a consequence, there will be no afternoon clubs on either of these dates.  Therefore children should be collected at their normal going home time unless they are waiting for parents in the supervision room.


Tea Time Concert


The musical talents of our budding musicians were on display once again on Monday afternoon for our first Tea Time Concert of the year.  This gives pupils and opportunity to perform in front of a small and friendly audience and so gain confidence in performing.  Each term we endeavour to include a mini concert and invite approximately 10 pupils, from novices to advanced performers, to share their enjoyment of music.  Special congratulations to those pupils who stood up for the first time.


Silver Sunday


Our Chamber Choir delighted a gathering of approximately 100 senior citizens and carers at the Victory Services Club yesterday at the start of Silver Sunday celebrations, October 2019.  The audience joined in and sang along with the children to a medley of songs from Mary Poppins.  After singing the children joined in with supervised board games before returning to school.  It was a very special inter-generational event that we look forward to repeating in the future.

For the full article with photos and videos, please click here.




Our annual Macmillan coffee/tea and cake afternoon is coming up on Friday, 18 October and we once again warmly invite parents from Junior One and Form One to bring and buy a cake(s) for this very worthy cause.  Any left over delicacies will find their way to those supported by the Marylebone Project.  Miss Duffy and Mrs Rogers have prepared some fun slide shows of the children this term so far to share.


Maths Talk


Mr Westerman will be hosting a Talk on the CHS methods of maths layout and preferred calculation style and invites parents to participate in this workshop.  This will take place in school at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 29 October.  If you plan on attending please respond by email.


Carol Concert


Please note that we have changed the date and time of our Carol Concert later this term.  We are delighted that St John’s Church has been able to give us our first choice on Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 12-1pm.  The children will be taken home directly from the church by parents/carers to start their Christmas holidays.


Pupil Personal Accident Scheme


Please take a moment to read the following link detailing our pupils personal accident insurance scheme:



World Osteoporosis Day - 20 October 2019 - Appeal Radio 4


For any of our extended families who may be struggling in silence in recognition of World Osteoporosis Day:



The CHS Team


** Half Term Monday, 21 October to Monday, 28 October 2019 INCLUSIVE **

E-News 30 September - Autumn Update

As we progress through Week 4 of the term, Autumn is well and truly upon us. The children should be in winter uniform from Monday. With the J1s now staying for a full school day, we are all settled into the busyness of school life and we have certainly packed a lot in so far.


Our first fundraiser, Jeans for Genes, raised a wonderful £245.40; thank you for your donations! This winter, as part of our community outreach, we are hoping that you will support another of our ventures and donate an old coat (coats only please) to the Marylebone Project who provide shelter for homeless women in the area. If last season’s coat is cluttering up your hallway we can find a welcome home for it.  Unisex coats gratefully received too though sadly we cannot accept children’s clothing. We will be delivering these over to the shelter next Friday, 4 October.


We were pleased with the turn out at this year’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions and we hope you found this useful. If you were unable to make it, please do make an appointment directly with your child’s Form Teacher.


All of our Music and LAMDA pupils are to be commended for exams taken over the summer for which the results were excellent. Eight of our senior pupils passed their Music Theory Grade 1 exam, with four Merits and four Distinctions! Very positive results were achieved by our pupils who took their Grade 1 and 2 singing exams and a handful of instrumentalists passed piano, recorder and violin exams with an array of passes, merits and distinctions.  Congratulations to Dr Ashworth and his team!  Some of the children will be sharing their talents with you at our Autumn Tea Time concert at 4.00pm on Monday, 7 October 2019.  Invitations will follow shortly.  In LAMDA, 33 pupils took and passed their exams, ranging from our youngest J1s who took Introductory Stage 1 up to Grade 2 acting once again merits and distinctions were awarded.


In a direct challenge to the wet weather, our football team plus a couple of extra pupils took on St Nicholas on Wednesday afternoon. It was a tight match, with a goal scored by Alexander H and a close score of 2-1 to St Nicholas. A valiant effort was made by our young athletes and we are especially proud of them as, for some of these pupils, it was their first ever match!


This morning Form One arrived to a themed outer space classroom! Astronauts, aliens and moon landings have filled the ground floor with creativity that was out of this world!

connaught house school brighton class trip

Form Six Summer Secret Trip

Written by Form Six

For a week we were anxious about where the Secret Trip would take us…

The moment I saw my friends waiting for me at the train station, a rush of excitement flowed through me, knowing that we were all as clueless as newly hatched birds, not having the slightest idea where we were going. Just as we got onto the train, we heard our destination. Brighton! The city with beautiful beaches and alluring aquariums.

The journey was filled with joy and snacks and after an hour and a half our destination.  As we stepped off the train, we were charged up and ready for the day ahead of us. My lungs filled with the smell of the sea; it was amazing.

We began to walk towards our first venue. I looked around to try and figure out where we were going, I saw something! Could this possibly be it? I turned around and asked Ms Grunewald. Her face was hard to read at first but then I saw it, we really were going! Sea life! My heart pounded - I thought I was in a dream, this was going to be amazing.

We gazed at the fish floating around in their tanks, they seemed to be putting on a show for us. I noticed something, a small enclosure with no lid, I turned and told everyone and we walked towards this mysterious thing. What could it be? As we got closer, I realised that it was indeed something you could touch! When my hand bravely dived into the water I was a bit scared at first, so I reached down and touched an orange starfish which felt like a fish finger! At last my hand was brave enough to touch what looked like thick strands of hair floating about in the cool water. The thin tentacles wrapped around my finger and tried to pull me in! I drew my hand back in fear. Then I realised that it couldn’t eat me and I stuck my hand back in for another stroke! It was the strangest thing I have ever felt, it was extremely sticky and dry yet I was underwater. Soon we had to go and watch the turtle feeding. The man talked about turtles and I learnt so much.  In the tank there was a black tipped reef shark, a nurse shark, a unicorn fish and two giant turtles named Lulu and Gulliver. Then when I thought it was all over the teachers surprised us once again, we were going on a … glass bottom boat. We boarded the boat and looked over the edge. Fish surrounded us and went underneath the boat. When we started moving a huge manta-ray came and swept underneath us like a carpet. I felt as if I could see into their world, it was magical.

After an hour and a half of gorging ourselves with pizza, pasta and the rest, we finally left for the beach.

The salty smell of the air started tickling my nose, so I knew we were close to the sea. Seagulls above me squawked with glee, circling the beach as they noticed a bit of bread deserted on the corner of the rocky stairs leading to the pebbled beach. The pebbles of the Brighton Beach lay under my feet as I licked my delicious vanilla ice-cream. It trickled down my fingers leaving them all sticky, as the sun blazed down on me, nearly making me melt too. All the pebbles were different colours, from brown to yellow to orange to grey to black and maybe a bit of green algae placed as a wig on top of them. We took our shoes off , rolled up our jeans and strolled towards the cyan sea. I cold feel the air between my friends and I was buzzing with excitement. As our feet reached the water, a wave crashed  onto us soaking our jeans and tee- shirts. We all screamed with excitement as another one came in , and we threw stones at the ocean to see which throw was the longest.

We sunbathed under the clear blue sky, enjoying every moment. It was all five of us with our teachers having fun in this new city. I was elated! Freedom captured us and we ran around singing without a care in the world.

All I could see were big smiles, making me smile now as I go back to those happy memories.

Sadly, we had to leave the beach, but amazing memories will stay with us forever. On the way back, as joyful as I may have been, deep down I was devastated that the day was already over and we all agreed that we wished we could restart the day all over again. This kept us chatty on the train back.

E-News 14 June 2019

Travel News

You may be aware that the north carriage of Hyde Park will be closed from 16 June until the end of term.  In our experience, this causes a knock-on effect to traffic around the school, particularly first thing in the morning.  May we respectfully ask parents not to park on the corner of Stanhope Place when dropping off or collecting children as this can cause further problems.


Footie News

Sadly, our annual football fixture with St John’s Wood Pre-Prep was rained off yesterday.  However, this will be rescheduled at the start of the Autumn Term.

Fingers crossed we have better luck with the weather for our football team’s match against Lloyd Williamson School on Thursday, 20 June at 4.30pm which is taking place instead of the regular Thursday Football Club.  This will be another opportunity for our incredible CHS football stars to show their ball skills and any supporters who want to cheer on the team will find them at the ‘Old Football Pitches’ on the south side of Hyde Park (see link below ):



Daunt Books

Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald were proud of the children’s exemplary behaviour at our visit to the Daunt Book store in Marylebone today.  A selected member from each class was chosen as a Reading Ambassador to help choose new books for the CHS library.  It was particularly wonderful this year to have children whose families originated from outside the UK as Daunt Books specialise in international travel books.  The children were fascinated by the history of the shop especially when looking at books dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.  Some lovely new books will be available throughout the school next week.


Form Six Secret Trip

Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald are looking forward to keeping up with the tradition of a secret trip for Form Six next Friday. Shhhh!   Details will be shared after the event.


Best wishes.


The CHS Team