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Independent school in London for boys and girls aged 11-18

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Bales Independent School is located in central west London W10, between Queens Park and Notting Hill. We offer private Secondary education from year 7 to GCSE and A-Level, and also except students to our Independent sixth form college. We are a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and celebrated our 50th year in operation in 2016. Students can join us in any year group.
Independent school for boys and girls aged 11-18
Bales is located in central west London W10, between Queens Park and Notting Hill. We offer Secondary education from year 7 to GCSE and A-Level. We are a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and celebrated our 50th year in operation in 2016. Students can join us in any year group

Bales College is an independent private school and sixth form for boys and girls aged 11–18, providing general academic secondary education from year 7 to GCSE and A level.
Many thousands of students have gone through the school to take GCSE and A-Level examinations over the last 50 years.

Private School in a Fantastic Setting

We are based on a quiet, tree-lined campus in W10, between Notting Hill and Queens Park and close to Maida Vale and Ladbroke Grove. The school prides itself on an atmosphere of inclusiveness and positive learning.
We have submitted a planning application to build additional rooms and facilities for September 2018. This will further improve the learning environment for pupils.
At the school, we offer a high degree of individual care for your child and our deepest aim is to have him or her secured in every way.We aim to make learning fun and rigorous.
The transition from year 6 should be smooth. In years 7 and 8, the student should progress in all respects in terms of social style and character development.
We have four core values in our ethos:





Respect is for and between individual students and staff, and for the subject and task in hand. Energy and humour are brought into our working day, while our motto is Semper Perstare – always persist.
Bales is regulated by Ofsted and the ISA (Independent Schools Association).
Our most recent Ofsted inspector (October 2016) said:
“The school has significantly improved in the last years and now provides a high quality education for all students from year 7 to year 13”

Teachers go above and beyond


Teachers at Bales College go above and beyond the standard curriculum to ensure pupils at the school, and parents, see the value in learning in our progressive environment. They help students to develop new skills and life experiences, always willing to spend time discussing any issues or anxieties the students may be facing.


Teaching at Bales is about adapting to individual abilities, especially in smaller classes, and helping students to reach a level needed to achieve exam results, gain the qualifications and be able to follow dreams into further education and eventual working life. The school leadership team is also closely involved in monitoring academic progress, both with class results and general classroom work.

Small Classes for Engaged Learning


Classes are kept small to give teachers the flexibility to adapt to individual needs. Students who may be struggling to keep up can be given different work to get them up to speed. Likewise, highly academic students can be pushed to get exceptional grades, without affecting the other students’ progress.


As an independent school, we pride ourselves on tailoring all teaching methods suit each child, meaning each can have a positive learning experience.


Students at Bales are also encouraged to mix with the other year groups. This type of vertical integration creates a positive environment on the school campus, both in terms of learning and creating strong social networks.

An open and honest dialogue with pupils


We encourage an open and honest dialogue between home and school. We communicate with parents to ensure that students have all the support and discipline they need to complete homework and prepare for tests, and that any worries from either the parent or student are heard by the school and any issues can be rectified as swiftly as possible.


We also give parents detailed feedback on progress through school reports and parents evenings. Our Head of Key Stage 3 is always contactable by email and phone to discuss anything with parents.

Students generally join in year 7, year 9 or year 12 although we are flexible and do take students in any year group.

Admissions Day: Wednesday 10 May

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