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We are an Independent (fee-paying) school in central West London for boys and girls aged 11-18. [SEE MAP BELOW]. Our nearest stations are Kensal Rise, Queens Park, Kensal Green and Ladbroke Grove. Bus routes that go within 5 minutes of the School are: 52, 452, 6, 28, 187, 18, 228, 316 and 302.

Most students join us in year 7 (age 11+) or year 9 (age 13+), however we do have students join us in other year groups based on circumstances.

Our office hours are 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday, including school holidays.

You can call us directly on 020 8960 5899. We’re very friendly and it’s the fastest way to understand if we are the right fit for you and vice-versa.

Enquiry / application process

The first phone call is normally quite short and informal. We like to understand what your requirements are, and you can see if you think Bales is right for you.

Then we normally arrange a visit to the school for the pupil and parens/guardian.

We require all potential new students to bring past school reports to the first meeting. We are not highly academically selective, however we require evidence of good behaviour/attitude. We believe we can make a huge difference to any student no matter what level you start at. To do this, however, we require a strong desire to succeed, to work hard, and to contribute to life at Bales. We aim to maintain a friendly, positive atmosphere where academic success is pushed without wanting to be a “grade factory”. While it is important to get good grades, there has to be a balance and the unrelenting pressure to achieve top grades at all costs is something we do not think is positive in the long term for students. There must be a mix of academic, social, cultural, sporting and extra-curricular learning in a broad education! Being at school can be – and we think should be! – fun too.

Useful info:

Our next Admissions Day is Wednesday 10 May 2017 for 11+ and 13+ entry in September 2017.

Bales FAQ:

School admissions: http://balescollege.co.uk/admissions/entry-standards/

School Fees: http://balescollege.co.uk/school/school-fees/

Sixth Form fees: http://balescollege.co.uk/sixth-form/fees/