Relocating to London or already living in Fulham. We explore the advantages of Fulham and the education options, both British and international schools, available in this popular area of South West London.
Life in Fulham
This area is located on New King’s Road and is considered the chic part of the borough. Since the rise in Chelsea prices, a lot of independent businesses have relocated to this part of the borough. Many people love Fulham, as it reminds them of nearby Chelsea, whilst keeping the unique charm of Fulham. Families appreciate the close proximity of Parsons Green prep school, a high performing London prep school. Leaver’s destinations at 11+ include the Harrodian, King’s College Wimbledon, Latymer Upper and Francis Holland.
Near Bishops Park, to the west of the borough and on the borders of the river Thames is the Peterborough Estate. French, international and relocating families choose this area, especially for its proximity with the primary school École Primaire Marie d’Orliac. Marie d’Orliac is one of the four feeder primary schools for the Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle in Kensington.
French Bi-lingual Schools
In terms of education, there is a wide range of top schools for your children. If you wish for them to be in the French education system, the school École Primaire Marie d’Orliac will be your choice. It welcomes children between 3 and 10 years old, and the children continue their education to Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in Kensington until they are 18 years old. For pre-school age children, there are two Montessori nurseries: Dawmouse Montessori Nursery School, children between 2 and 6 years old, and Sinclair Montessori Nursery, welcoming children between 2 and 4 years old. The latter offers French and Spanish classes. To find out more about Montessori education in London, read our blog on Montessori schools.
State Schools in Fulham
English state (free) schools in Fulham include the London Oratory School for Roman Catholic children and alma mater of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sons. The Oratory takes boys from 7-18 years and girls from 16-18 years. The London Oratory is a high-performing state school. It’s tough to get in and helps if you are musical. Another highly sought-after state school in Fulham is Fulham Boys School. It opened in 2014, and takes boys from 11-18 years. Fulham Boys aims to be one of the best schools in this country – state or private – in the next ten years, so watch this space! State primaries include Fulham Primary School, OFSTED rated good with outstanding features.
English Independent Schools
Private schools in Fulham include Fulham School, previously Fulham Prep. It is a high-performing co-educational school for children from 4-18 years of age. Fulham School offers the highly regarded IB diploma. Read our IB blog to learn more about the advantages of studying the IB.
In nearby Hammersmith, you are spoilt for leading girls’ secondary schools. These include the highly regarded St Paul’s Girls’ School, Godolphin and Latymer and St James. Top girls prep schools in Hammersmith include the sought-after Bute House, the main feeder school for St Paul’s Girls’ School, which takes girls from 4-11 years.