The Cavendish School
Camden, United Kingdom
About The Cavendish School
The Cavendish School is an Independent Preparatory day school for girls aged 3 to 11. Situated in Camden, near Regent’s Park in London, the School was founded in 1875 by the Catholic Society of the Holy Child Jesus and moved to its current location in 1970, when it became a charitable trust. It now welcomes approximately 240 pupils of all denominations, faiths and cultures.
In its 2016 Independent Schools Inspection, the School was judged as ‘excellent’ in every category, ranging from the quality of the pupils’ learning to their moral, social and cultural development. The report noted that: ‘children are extremely happy and confident in their work and play’, whilst praising the ‘excellent’ teaching and the ‘high-quality, well-qualified staff.’ The School underwent a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in March 2019 in which all standards were met.
Central to the philosophy of The Cavendish School is the belief in providing children with a high level of pastoral care combined with outstanding teaching. A broad, balanced curriculum is enriched with arts, languages, music and sport to ensure that the needs of each individual child are met.
The inclusive ethos has created an exceptional, well-balanced and lively school. Within this nurturing environment where kindness, tolerance and respect are paramount, high standards are enabled and celebrated and all children are encouraged to achieve their potential. Work is always carefully calibrated to the individual child’s needs. This, combined with small class sizes, high adult-pupil ratios and committed and enthusiastic staff, enables personalised learning in a happy and productive atmosphere.
The School has a non-selective admissions policy. Parents have to register early and pay an acceptance fee. Children who wish to join from Year 1 onwards are invited to spend a day at the School before they are offered a place.
Great success has been achieved over recent years in preparing pupils for their next school and the School is dedicated to helping find the right senior school for each individual child. Excellent relationships have been developed for transfer and pupils go on to gain entry to top senior schools at 11+, including: City of London School for Girls, Channing School, South Hampstead High School, Henrietta Barnet, Camden School for Girls, Francis Holland School, Godolphin & Latymer, Highgate School, North London Collegiate School, St Paul’s Girls’ School, and top boarding schools.
Each year, a good proportion of leavers win scholarships and awards. In 2020, 18 senior school scholarships were awarded. However, it is not a hot-house and the current Headteacher believes that:
“Happy children are happy learners. Visitors to our School often comment on the evident delight and visible engagement of our pupils during their lessons and at play.”
Importantly, every child was offered a place in a school that was deemed the right next school for them by the School, their family and the child.
A major building project, completed in 2016, consists of a state-of-the-art building and an expansion of facilities to include new classrooms, a 200-seater multi-use auditorium, music room, meeting rooms and all-weather grass areas for sport and play.