An in-depth guide to the early years of education in the capital, tackling issues from nursery choice to selection at 7/8+.
Sebastian Hepher was appointed as Principal of the Eaton Square Schools Group in September 2019. This includes four nurseries, a Pre Prep., Prep and Upper School; an education from 2.5 years through to 18 years old.
Sebastian Hepher was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich and then qualified as a teacher in 1989, with B.Ed (Hons). He began teaching within secondary education in the maintained sector, teaching at Hurstmere Boys School, Sidcup, Kent and subsequently the The London Nautical School, in Central London.
Mr Hepher then moved into the Independent sector. He joined Eaton House Pre Prep School in 1990 before being asked to lead the new Prep School, Eaton House The Manor, in 1993. Mr Hepher led and grew this school from the small, embryonic phases to where it is today, as one of the leading Prep Schools in the country.
Mr Hepher joined Eaton Square School in 2010, since when the school has grown significantly, as has its standing. The pupils now follow a more academically rigorous and stimulating curriculum, whilst at the same time having wonderful opportunities through the extra-curricular provision. The School has been led through two ISI inspections under his Headship where the findings were Excellent on both occasions.
Mr Hepher is a Council member of IAPS and is Chairman of IAPS 1S (70 Prep Schools in London and southern suburbs) and currently sits on the 1S Committee too; he was previously the Treasurer for IAPS 1S.
Headmaster of Eaton House Belgravia, Huw May is an advocate for the strong 120-year academic heritage of the school, tailoring all his Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory teaching specifically to the learning styles of boys.
An experienced headmaster, Mr May has taken on six headships in total, including Head of Girls at Sydenham High, head of Roedean Junior School, Head of St Mary's Hall Junior School and Head of Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep School.
Mr May has created a school buzzing with intellectual and creative energy that inspires all the boys to get involved, academically and in every way.
A passionate believer in immersive learning and fluid rather than crystalline intelligence, Mr May wants Eaton House Belgravia boys to achieve a higher state of learning through agile thought and advanced problem solving. This, he believes, is the key to the leadership of the future.
Philippa Cawthorne is currently head of Bassett House School, a leading co-ed prep school for boys and girls aged 3-11 in Notting Hill, West London, known for its nurturing and inclusive ethos.
After an initial career in the army, Philippa first discovered her passion for teaching when teaching English as a foreign language, then later in the role of mother and mentor to her children.
Philippa has been a London head for 12 years, firstly at Eaton House The Manor, Clapham where Philippa was head of the Pre-Prep before moving to Bassett House in 2013. She has a wealth of experience of independent schools having taught in boarding schools in Dorset and Hampshire before moving to a day school in Woking.
Philippa Cawthorne believes in promoting a positive mindset. Her favourite mantra is ‘I can’t do it’ to which the children at Bassett House respond with a hearty roar ‘YET!’
Magoo was previously Head of Knightsbridge School from 2006-2015 and Head of Garden House Boys' School from 2000 - 2006. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) before being commissioned in the Coldstream Guards.
During his military career Magoo served in the UK, Belize, Spain, Cyprus and Germany and was latterly Adjutant of the battalion in Bosnia. He was Aide de Camp to Lieutenant General the Hon Sir William Rous for two years and Coldstream Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for two years.
As Principal, Magoo oversees the KS Brand , the KS extra-curricular provision for children/parents and staff (80+ clubs, week-end activities and holiday activities) as well as the Alumni.
Magoo is a keen sportsman and sports fan and lists other interests as "children, travel, public speaking/entertaining, writing children’s stories and his family". Magoo is the founder of Knightsbridge School and created the KS Code which concentrates mainly on the military pseudonym ‘Keep It Simple’.
Emily Turner is one of the founding Editors of angels & urchins. She started life in children’s book publishing before qualifying as a solicitor. She left the world of law on the arrival of her daughter and has been with a&u ever since.
She writes on a range of topics including travel, what’s on and education. She has four children who have all gone to different schools so, when it comes to finding the right school for the right child, she has certainly practised what she preached!
Anya Waddington is the angels & urchins Schools Editor and writes on a range of educational issues. She also edits the angels & urchins Schools Guide (published annually in September). Anya studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia for her first degree and then went on to do an MA at London University in Modern Literature.
She worked in book publishing for many years and has been at angels & urchins for over ten years. She is an academic support volunteer at IntoUniversity and is on the governing board of a North London prep school. As the parent of three children (two of whom are now at university) she has frontline experience as a parent in all-boys, all-girls, co-ed, boarding and day schools and has the scars to prove it!