Exciting changes at Hawkesdown!

January 29th, 2018

Hawkesdown House School to welcome girls and extend education to 11

The Headmistress, Mrs. Jenny Mackay, has today announced a change for the Pre-Prep School. Hawkesdown will now extend the educational provision through to the age of 11 and in so doing is delighted to be able to welcome girls. The School will become fully co-educational by 2022.  This is in response to parental demand for the excellent education and warm, nurturing atmosphere at Hawkesdown to include girls as well as boys.

Mrs. Jenny Mackay, Headmistress, writes, ‘I have come to appreciate how many parents have very real concerns about the pressure on the boys, and on families, concerning the prep school exam stage.  There are many ways of providing excellent education, but with the increasing preference for co-education at these young ages and the desire of so many for a continuum of schooling through to 11, we feel that this is the right change for our School. It will be lovely for Hawkesdown that families of brothers and sisters can come to the School together in their early lives, and that the school will continue to the age of 11.’

The School plans to grow organically so that the first Year Four class will be in 2022. The school be taking its first intake of girls into a Reception class in 2019 and will welcome girls into the Nursery class from this September.

The children will be now prepared for examinations at 11+ to the Independent London Day School and the Public Schools such as: Westminster Under, St Paul’s Boys, St Paul’s Girls, Godolphin and Latymer, Queen’s Gate and Latymer Upper as well as to the ever-increasing number of new senior schools opening up in the London market that are educating children from the age of 11 to 18, including Kensington Park School, Eaton Square Upper School and Fulham Prep Senior School.
Parents may still decide to have their sons prepared for the 7+ and 8+ examinations to preparatory schools, and Hawkesdown will of course continue this provision.

Mrs. Mackay continues, “At Hawkesdown, we have succeeded in combining the joy of learning with very individual attention. In a world where everything has grown bigger, often at a cost, we concentrate on knowing each pupil and understanding what is important to every family. Parents are fiercely loyal to this philosophy: that it works is borne out in excellent results and in the open, thoughtful and happy nature of the children.

Following our excellent inspection in December, the Department for Education has been pleased to approve the application for this change. We are all thrilled at this new chapter for Hawkesdown House School.”

To arrange a visit to the School, please contact the School Office on 020 7727 9090 or email: admin@hawkesdown.co.uk