“Providing a traditionally British, High-Quality, All round co-educational experience, in the heart of the capital”
Headmaster, Eaton Square Upper School
What do you love about your school?
As well as the incredible location of the school and the magnificent grade 1-listed building, it’s a real privilege to be able to start working for a school from a year before it opens. Often a Head arrives at a school knowing the direction in which they would like to take that school, but inertia from previous years can make things very difficult. We are starting with a blank slate, so we don’t have any obstacles to our decisions about the school.
What is your vision for the school?
For years, parents at Eaton Square Prep School have been asking what is the equivalent senior school in central London, but there hasn’t really been one. So many pupils, boys especially, have had to board when this hasn’t necessarily been what they would have chosen. I hope Eaton Square Upper School, Mayfair will fill this gap in the market by providing a traditionally British , high-quality, all round co-educational experience, in the heart of the capital.
What challenges do you face?
One of the biggest challenges we faced was marketing the new school to prospective parents with a building site rather than a school. But parents and pupils have trusted and whereas we’d originally hoped to open with four classes spread over Years 7, 8 and 9, we’ve had so much interest we’ve needed to hire extra staff and open with six. Delivering top-quality education when many systems need to be set up from scratch requires a bit of work, but we have hugely committed staff, many whom have put in much time already. We also have the backing and experience of Eaton Square Schools and other associated schools within the group, and using this experience wisely helps us face and conquer these challenges.
Article written for ‘NappyValleyNet Schools Guide 2017/2018′