Athelstan House School(12 Posts)
Both my children attended Athelstan, and it has proved to be a great start for them both. My daughter left last year and at her assesment days for prep schools the feedback I got was very positive, what impressed the teachers was her general knowledge outside of the school curriculum. This is what I feel the school does best and what sets them apart from other schools, the quality of teaching is of the highest standard. The classes are small (10-14 children). Every child is given a role and a chance to shine (even the quietist). My son is still at Athelstan and loves it, every day he has a story to tell me, his knowledge sometimes astounds me!
Quite agree its a fantastic small school that really brings out the best in all types of children. My eldest went to Athelstan then onto LEH junior and is now in the senior. My other 2 are presently at Athelstan. Both will be leaving this year and both of them (as well as I) will greatly miss the school and the wonderful head, deputy head and teachers.
Does anyone have experience of commuting to London with kids at Athelstan House? We are looking to move to the area and have our children join Athestan. But I can't figure out the commute into London, the only option seems to be a slow train from Hampton Station (45 minutes into London Waterloo).
I commute from Hampton to Carary Wharf - its by slow train from Hampton but you can go via Twickenham peak time and change to pick up a fast train from Twickenham to waterloo which cuts the time down a bit.
Thanks so much for your feedback! How long does it take you to get into waterloo would you say? We were thinking of perhaps dropping off at the school, driving from either Athelston or Newland House to Twickenham station. Would that make sense do you think? Would it be crazy busy in the morning?
Thanks again for any inside info!
We live less than 10 minutes walk from Athelstan so it was all pretty easy. changing at Twickenham meant you can get to Waterloo in around 30 odd minutes rather than 40ish. Driving to Twickenham would be pretty busy. My middle DD just started at St Catherine's Twickenham so I know the route well. Also parking at Twickenham can be impossible although the Waitrose always seems to have spaces and that is right by the station. Personally if you are going to commute I would say live close to the school and the station (and luckily Athelstan is close to Hampton station)
I also commute from Hampton into the city. I agree with richmond44, quickest route is via Twickenham, which saves time but I have to stand all the way. Sometimes, for the sake of an extra 10 mins, I stay on the slower train and sit down all the way. I would avoid crossing the Squires junction by car in the morning school run at all costs. There are more trains from Teddington if you can get there easily (cycle?) , but difficult to park near the station after about 6.30am.
Great little school, my son is very happy at Athelstan. A very good location as it is 3/4 minutes walk to Hampton station, so convenient if you have to commute. They offer a very good breakfast club from 8am (which only cost £1 per day) and a free after school club, which is both fun and relaxed. It is a great feeling at collection time knowing that you have nothing to worry about and that your child is in good, caring hands.
It's a fantastic school, the Head teacher and all the staff are amazing. If you wanted to chose a school where you know your child is going to be given the best start to their school life I personally believe you can't beat Athelstan House School. I know practically every other parent with children in the school will join me in this sentiment.
The facilities are great given it's small school. They also do swimming every week from Reception, they have a great specialist PE teacher and do lots of extracurricular activities.
With it being a small school the children get such attentive teaching that they are able to flourish as individuals.
When assessing where to next to send our eldest child we told Heads of the schools that our children were currently in Athelstan. Without fail they ALL said that they love getting children from Althelston because they are such grounded kids.
We (and more importantly our children) absolutely love it!!
I feel the glowing reviews gives you a completely wrong picture of Athelstan. It is nothing like any of the above posts.Please keep an open eye. I must say I’m totally disappointed with the school. I will write a detailed review later.
But just a warning to all the future parents , please don’t go by the reviews , the school is not for active, assertive, bright children. I would strongly recommend you to visit Jack and Jill or Newland House before you make a decision.
mom14 - I find your comment " the school is not for active, assertive, bright children" flawed and offensive. 3 out of the 3 girls at AHS who chose to sit LEH 7+ exam this year were not only offered places but received a glowing review from the head. Numerous other offers were received by the year 2 class including Guildford High, The Mall, Newland House, Rowan Prep, Denmead and St Catherines amongst other selective schools in the area. 2 scholarships were awarded to a class of 14.
So if your measure of 'bright' and 'assertive' refers to academic performance, you may want to reconsider your statement.
I will also add that none of the children were tutored and achieved these results on their own steam and the foundation AHS provided them.
Both my girls have been at AHS since nursery. They are both confident and happy people with a love of school and the learning environment.
I am happy to be contacted privately by prospective parents to answer any questions you may have about the school.
I totally agree with TedTalker. My daughter has been at Athelstan since nursery and absolutely loves going to school. She has flourished both socially and academically and has far exceeded our expectations in the 7+ assessments, without the need for tutoring! The statement from Mom14 about Athelstan not being a school for active, assertive and bright children is fundamentally incorrect, as the amazing results achieved by Yr2 prove. More importantly, my daughter has had an amazing start to her school life and I would absolutely recommend this wonderful school.
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