Eaton House School Belgravia
About this school
Eaton House Belgravia
Eaton House Belgravia for boys aged 4–11 has been in existence since 1897, and is part of the very fabric of Chelsea and Belgravia. It is a place where bright minds can excel in an environment which offers so many opportunities, opens minds to fluid thinking and instils a lifelong love of learning. Boys leave to join some of the best Prep and Senior schools in the country.
Boys will experience a happy, confident and ambitious start to their education, in a traditional yet modern and welcoming academic environment. Despite being non-selective at 4+, in 2020 some 30 per cent of 7+ and 8+ pupils received offers for Westminster and St Paul’s, with others choosing a range of other top schools, or remaining until 11+.
The Good Schools Guide (2020) points out, ‘This would be an impressive record for a selective school, let alone one with EHB’s broad intake.’ The Good Schools Guide also comments that Eaton House provides ‘Excellent preparation for the top academic Prep schools that the boys are aiming for’ with a fast pace and boy-friendly teaching from ‘excellent, nurturing’ staff who ‘know their boys and care for them.’
The happiness and wellbeing of the boys, which is a contributing factor to these outstanding results, is paramount under an energetic team, led by experienced Headmaster Huw May. New boys are welcomed by ‘buddies’, supported by a welcoming House structure, and presented with a clear code of good conduct to live by. This means that all the new Kindergarten boys soon find their feet, supported by children in other years that look after them, as they become part of such an energetic, action-packed and exciting community.
Mr May encourages all boys to behave with kindness, manners and team spirit at all times, becoming part of a mindful, supportive learning community. The Good Schools Guide (2020) says he is ‘Ambitious for his school, shows vision and is full of enthusiasm for developing each boy’s all-round potential, emotionally as well as academically.’
Individual potential is developed through a personalised plan created for each boy which looks at his life at Eaton House Belgravia in the round – both academically and socially. Mr May is determined that no boy shall ever feel overlooked or unsupported at his time at Eaton House Belgravia.
Parents are always involved in all aspects of their son’s education, with the option to talk to teachers at collection and drop-off, and there are two week assessment plans for each boy in the run-up to exams.
The teaching strategy is to inspire and support creative, analytical thinking and to fix any challenges that individual boys have with unobtrusive support. This means that every boy feels confident as he continues on his academic journey up to speed in every class.
Boys take exams at 7+ or 8+, or they move up to the Prep School to take their exams at 11+. Eaton House Belgravia takes the view that if a boy is ready at 7+, he will sit his exams at that age, in close consultation with the parents. Alternatively, he may choose to sit at 8+ or stay on in the Prep and take the 11+. Each of these options depends on the child, as boys blossom academically at different rates.
Eaton House Belgravia’s Prep School has an excellent teacher-to-pupil ratio and an exceptional degree of 1:1 support towards exam preparation. This means that each pupil will receive a first-class education and achieve the senior school of his choice. The School has high aspirations for every boy, and the progress that they make in the Prep is remarkable.
The day starts and ends in a traditional way, normally, with a handshake with the Headmaster. Pre-Prep boys learn Composition, Comprehension, English, French, Grammar, ICT, Reading, Mathematics, Music, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Science, Spelling, Phonics, PSCHEE, RS, and Verbal Reasoning. In addition, the boys will have lessons in Drama, Games and Art and enjoy a number of educational trips each year.
For Prep boys, the subjects covered are Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, PSHEE, Science, Theology, and Philosophy & Religion.
Beyond academics, sport and the performing arts are both central to school life. A combination of onsite PE lessons and offsite games and swimming sessions enable boys to develop key sports skills.
Most of the boys have individual music lessons and some play several instruments to a very high standard by the time they leave. There are regular Music Assemblies in school and termly Music Competitions in which boys can showcase their talents. Belgravia’s big annual musical production is enjoyed by many students, and boys can win Colours in music, singing, drama, the arts and sports for outstanding service to the school.
All pupils will engage in sports such as football, cricket, rugby and athletics every day as the School strongly believes that it is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Boys have a chance to enter competitions and challenges throughout the year. In addition, they can take advantage of over 30 clubs, which vary according to age.
In March 2020, Eaton House Schools appointed a new Head of Wellbeing, Ms Paula Kearney, who is available to help support all the Eaton House Belgravia parents and children. She established a wellbeing hub and offers 30-minute consultation sessions, which can be arranged face-to-face or online, by families or pupils who want to talk about any issue connected with wellbeing, learning or family life.
Eaton House Belgravia produces ‘energetic and interesting boys’ (Good Schools Guide 2020). The school harnesses this energy, encouraging every generation of boys to be recognisable for the strength of its intelligence and moral integrity. When they leave EHB, they should want to make a difference in the world and to lead by example.
Above all, during their time at the school, Eaton House Belgravia boys should thrive on trying new things, get involved and have lots of fun!