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Guide to London’s International Schools

International Schools

Bonjour, mes enfants…

With the summer holidays just around the corner, a growing number of families are starting to think about how to provide their children with a first-class international education. Along with helping our tenants find a rental home in London which is situated near to the school of their choice, we have put together this comprehensive guide to the Capital’s independent schools which offer a global educational programme.

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, 35 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2DG. Tel: 020 7584 6322

Perennially popular, the Lycée Français goes one step further than most international schools and follows the French educational system, overseen by the French Government. Founded in 1915, this intellectually challenging independent school caters for boys and girls from 4-18 and attracts pupils from 48 different nationalities. Results are outstanding and GCSE and A level options include Russian and Arabic. Correspondingly, places are hotly contested and attract a fair share of glitterati offspring, including Nicolas Sarkozy’s son and Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, both pupils in recent years.

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L’école primaire André Malraux 44 Laurie Road, London W7 1BL. Tel: 020 8578 3011

A feeder to the Lycée, this is one of the school’s three primary school annexes, and has been preparing children aged 4-10 since 1997. Located in the family-friendly, leafy suburb of Ealing, the school is sited in a former 1930s English school that is picture perfect with green spaces, a spacious playground and pretty classrooms.

 Looking for a property in W7? Contact our Ealing office on 020 8280 0140


The American School in London, 1 Waverley Place, London NW8 0NP. Tel: 020 7449 1200

Founded in 1951 by American journalist and former teacher Stephen L Eckard, who was working for the BBC. Following early success, fundraisers raised $7m in the mid-60s for a purpose-built site, which was opened by then Secretary of State for Education and Science, Margaret Thatcher, MP. More recently, the school was visited by US President Barack Obama and follows an American curriculum from Kindergarten, using the resources that the capital has to offer to develop ‘international citizens’. US citizenship of at least one parent is almost essential for parents who aspire to enrol their children for its OFSTED-rated ‘outstanding’ education.

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International School of London, 139 Gunnersbury Avenue, W3 8LG. Tel: 020 8992 5823

One of the first schools in the UK to offer the IB Diploma it delivered its first graduates in 1978. The ISL boasts an outstanding languages programme and this saw it selected by Qatar’s Supreme Education Council to open a school in Doha. Additionally, it acquired the Prins Willem Alexander School, a leading Dutch school in Surrey, with 1,600 students across the three sites. The result is a vibrant multi-cultural educational facility whose pupils represent 52 different countries and 21 languages.

Looking for a property in W3? Contact our Ealing office on 020 8280 0140


King Fahad Academy, Bromyard Avenue, W3 7HD. Tel: 020 8743 0131

Founded in 1985, the King Fahad Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School and the only Islamic school in the UK authorised to offer the IBO programmes. Originally created to support the schooling of children of Saudi diplomats, the academy offers a bilingual education for children from 3-18 years thanks to its consistently strong performance.

Looking for a property in W3? Contact our Ealing office on 020 8280 0140


Japanese International School, 87 Creffield Road, Acton W3 9PU. Tel: 020 8993 7145

Led by Japanese teachers on secondment from the country’s Ministry of Education and supported by leading companies, the Japanese International School combines an elementary, junior high and senior high school divisions, educating children from 6-15 years. Sited in the old West Acton Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls building, it incorporates a hugely popular Saturday school.

 Looking for a property in W3? Contact our Ealing office on 020 8280 0140


International Community School, 4 York Terrace East, Regents Park NW1 4PT (Primary School). Tel: 020 7935 1206; 21 Star Street, London W2 1QB. Tel: 020 7402 9273 (Secondary School)

Offering International Baccalaureate programmes across all stages of education – from primary and middle years through to the IB Diploma at 16+, the school links to a residential programme with English language programmes, including a summer school including adult courses for accompanying parents, to support its international pupils.

Looking for a property in NW1 or W2? Contact our Hyde Park Office on 020 7408 9866


Southbank International School, 63-65 Portland Place, W1B 1QR. Tel: 020 7631 2600

With campuses in Westminster, Kensington and Hampstead, Southbank International School bills itself as, ‘a school without walls’. Free-thinkers apply here. Founded in 1979, the school has always used London as its classroom with a rich curriculum that covers the International Baccalaureate programme from 3-18 years.

Looking for a property in W1? Contact our Hyde Park Office on 020 7408 9866


Halcyon London International School, 33 Seymour Place, W1H 5AU. Tel: 020 7258 1169

Founded by four international families whose business experience maps several sectors, the driving force behind the Halcyon is a passion for education and the school offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma programmes. Sited next to the beautiful Marble Arch and nearby Hyde Park, the location provides an idyllic spot for a central London-based education.

Looking for a property in W1? Contact our Hyde Park Office on 020 7408 9866


We also offer a search facility here, where you will be able to find a property within a certain distance from your chosen school.


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