St Nicholas Preparatory School, London, UK

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Telephone: 020 7225 1277

23 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PT

ABOUT St Nicholas Preparatory School, London, UK

St Nicholas Preparatory is a co-educational independent day school in Kensington, London, SW7, for children aged 3-11 years. St Nicholas offers education from Nursery and Early Years through to Key Stage 2. The National Centre for Distance Education programme is offered for bilingual French speakers from Year 1 to Year 6.

The Nursery at St Nicholas follows the Montessori philosophy and includes the statutory guidelines as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage. The National Curriculum for England and Wales (from Year 1) is enhanced with a rich array of extra-curricular opportunities provided by specialist teachers.

Small class sizes, a beautiful garden and enviable, easy access to London’s culture means all children experience the best of city life. St Nicholas is a warm, friendly, family-oriented school with the motto of: “Be happy in order to learn”.

“The school is successful in meeting its aims.”

“The curriculum is outstanding.”

“The quality of teaching and assessment is good and teaching is often outstanding.”

“Provision for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.”

School Inspection Service, October 2013

We achieve excellent results year on year, allowing students to move on to destination schools that rank among the best in the country.


Alison Melrose

Alison Melrose has worked in co-educational and single-sex London Prep schools for over 20 years. Alison was educated at North London Collegiate School before reading education at Durham University.

Starting her career at Norland Place leading on pre-prep curriculum and enrichment, Alison moved to Broomwood Hall where she was Head of one of their schools for eight years and latterly worked centrally across the group as a Director.

During her teaching career, Alison has worked across all Prep age groups and has been a co-opted school governor for over seven years, leading the development of a bilingual curriculum and school improvement.

Alison joined Cognita in 2017 to develop the expansion of our London schools and has also been appointed as Head Elect of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School which opens in September 2020 in Kensington.

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
3-11 yrs
English National Curriculum, Montessori
Type of School
Day School
Main Language
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