Private schools in London typically offer a high quality of education and often have perks such as more modern facilities, smaller classes and more extracurricular options. Though fees will need to be paid in order to attend a London private school, tuition is generally lower than that of the city's international schools.

Generally, these schools do follow the national curriculum of the UK, although more and more are offering students the opportunity to study for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

The majority of private schools are selective, especially at the senior school level. Places at the best schools are highly sought after and students are expected to sit an interview and pass an exam to get a place. Expat children are welcomed at private schools in London, and many of the schools in central London have children of dozens of different nationalities.


Private schools in London 

City of London School

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 10 to 18
Website: www.clsb.org.uk

City of London School for Girls

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 7 to 18
Website: www.clsg.org.uk

Dulwich School, South London

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: GCSEs and A Levels
Ages: 3 to 18
Website: www.dulwich.org.uk

Emanuel School, Battersea

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: GCSEs and A Levels
Ages: 11 to 18
Website: www.emanuel.org.uk

Durston House School, Ealing

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 4 to 13
Website: www.durstonhouse.org

Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: Cambridge IGCSE, International Baccalaureate
Ages: 11 to 18
Website: www.godolphinandlatymer.com

Harrow School

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: Cambridge IGCSE, A-levels
Ages: 13 to 18
Website: www.harrowschool.org.uk

James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, A-levels
Ages: 4 to 18
Website: www.jags.org.uk

Keble Prep, North London

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 4 to 13
Website: www.kebleprep.co.uk

King’s College School, Wimbledon

Gender: Boys only up to Year 11 (7 to 16) and co-educational Sixth Form (16 to 18)
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, A-levels
Ages: 7 to 18
Website: www.kcs.org.uk

Notting Hill and Ealing High School, Ealing

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, A-levels
Ages: 11 to 18
Website: www.nhehs.gdst.net

Orchard House School, Chiswick

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11
Website: www.orchardhs.org.uk

Queen's Gate School, South Kensington

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 4 to 18
Website: www.queensgate.org.uk

South Hampstead High School, Hampstead

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, A-levels
Ages: 7 to 18
Website: www.shhs.gdst.net

St Paul’s School, Hammersmith

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: Cambridge IGCSE, A-levels
Ages: 13 to 18
Website: www.stpaulsschool.org.uk

Westminster School, Central London

Gender: Boys only up to Year 11 (7 to 16) and co-educational Sixth Form (16 to 18)
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 7 to 18
Website: www.westminster.org.uk