Last year we reported on how Maple Walk Prep School, based in North West London, seemed to excel and now it’s been officially recognised by The Independent Schools Inspectorate. (the government approved independent inspectorate for independent schools) . It has awarded them their highest accolade of ‘excellent’ in all areas, namely for the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements and also that the quality of the pupils’ personal development.

This is an outstanding achievement and goes to show that the premise the school was founded on for providing a private education at the lowest sustainable cost hasn’t hindered their remarkable progress. Progress attained by nurturing children’s wellbeing and academic best through fun, kindness and respect for one another.


However, it comes as no surprise to those locally and who travel in to benefit from the Maple Walk way, which brings out the best in each of its 4-11 yr. old boys and girls. The happy and vibrant schoolprovides a safe, supportive and stimulating environment with small classes, fantastic range of clubs ((, embracing the Growth Mindset ethos of resilience and a Core Knowledge approach for outstanding learning and personal development where children flourish, developing self-confidence, self-esteem and social awareness.

We took a closer look at the report. In March, just before we went into lockdown entering the unchartered territories of a pandemic the rigorous, intensive 3 days inspection praised the school academically for, amongst other things:


‘ Pupils exemplary attitudes to their learning are supported by excellent teaching which enables them to become highly effective learners’

‘Pupils demonstrate maturity and a wealth of knowledge across the curriculum’.


Many would see this as a given for a private education but its recognition of the softer less tangible life skills that matter just as much for the school, that will set children up for whatever the future holds for them. As the ISI observed;

“ Pupils display high levels of self esteem, self-confidence and resilience”

“ Pupils treat each other with considerable kindness and respect and the quality of relationships between pupils and adults is excellent.”

“pupils are socially aware and so are able to work extremely effectively with others. They collaborate freely across the age groups showing good negotiation skills.”


Sport was also highlighted and remains high on the school’s agenda often played at nearby Roundwood Park before, during and after school.  Alongside the Independent Schools Association Competitions they also have success in local and county football, bocci, netball and gymnastics tournaments. They have gained particular notoriety in cross-country competitions with pupils regularly taking home medals in a range of regional heats.


This ability to straddle both private and community initiatives for pupils to benefit from diverse experiences reflects the importance the school places on providing a first class rounded education for a rounded child. Another example is the school choir, which often collaborates with local care homes.


Which brings us onto music and the arts. Whether its performing in the polished productions school as “Darwin Rocks’, whole school poetry competitions, competing in national dance and art competitions there is no shortage of opportunities for pupils in school and in afterschool clubs which offers skateboarding, Taekwondo, DT, animation, coding, cooking, newspaper club and more.


Its no wonder that, within this environment, children’s secondary offers are as excellent as all the other areas of the school not to mention the impressive number of scholarships with the 2020 Yr. 6’s off to; Alden ham School, Belmont, City of London, Emanuel, Godolphin and Latymer, Francis Holland, Maida Vale, Northbridge House, Latymer Upper and Queen Elizabeth Boys (a full list can be seen here :


Furthermore, it is clear from word on the street and school parents that they are excellent in a crisis, not even a pandemic can stand in their way!!


We wouldn’t be surprised, given its low fee structure and guarantee of an excellent rounded education with or without a pandemic, if the school sees an influx of reception registrations as well as in year transfers as many parents seek to find some certainty for their children’s’ future education.

To register your interest, book a virtual open day, hear more about their ethos and teaching methods, visit the school website.

The next Virtual Open Days will be Sept 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 12,19

Maple Walk School
62a Crownhill Road
London, NW10 4EB

For admissions & enquiries: 020 8965 7374