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The best Montessori Schools in London

With no year groups, no subject departments, no timetables, no assessments, and no teachers in the traditional sense – who are referred to as “guides” – Montessori schools focus on “practical life skills”. Find out where your child can receive this unique education in London.

The best Montessori Schools in London

From incubating duck eggs to tending to basil in the garden, a Montessori education is unconventional. This method of schooling, which focuses on creativity, exploration, and personal development, aims to produce more mature, creative, and socially adept children. It discourages traditional competitive measurements, with exams and grades replaced by self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play.The brainchild of Maria Montessori – Italy’s first female doctor – the schooling system was pioneered at the turn of the 20th century to educate poor children in Italy. Her philosophy was: “The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. A child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be.”Montessori schools are typically privately funded in the UK. Most offer preschool and early years education, but there are some junior schools and a few senior schools. Let’s explore some of the best Montessori schools in London.

Rose House Montessori – Forest Hill

Founded in 2005 as a Montessori Pre-School, today Rose House offers pre-prep and prep school for children aged two to 11. Children are given the opportunity to explore the hands-on Montessori curriculum in an environment that offers freedom, practical activities and sensorial materials.


My Montessori School – Hammersmith

This Montessori nursery for children aged two to five adopts a conscious individualised approach to learning that integrates the physical, social, and emotional development of its children. Self-esteem, confidence, independence, resilience, and social skills underpin the school’s ethos. These skills help its children integrate better into their community and make a seamless transition to primary school.



Paint Pots

This independent group of nurseries – based in Notting Hill, Chelsea, and Hyde Park – has offered a creative and nurturing Montessori education for children aged two to five since 1988. Children are encouraged to develop their independence and confidence across a broad curriculum. Each child is valued as an individual, with teaching tailored to their needs.

Maria Montessori Institute

Established in 1965, the MMI offers an authentic Montessori education for children aged two to twelve across five sites: Bayswater, Hampstead, Hornsey Rise, Notting Hill, and Abbey Road. Classes are separated into two age categories: Children’s Houses (nursery/preschool – age two and a half to six) and Elementary classes (primary/prep school – age six to twelve).

Apple Montessori School – Ealing

Based at Trailfinders Sports Club, with full access to its 18 acres of green space, this nursery offers a total of 30 children aged two to five an enriching Montessori education. They pride themselves on providing an individual learning journey for each child by making each day a magical, stimulating, and educational experience.

Good luck with the school search for your child. Choosing a school that matches your family’s requirements will be one of the most important decisions you make during your move.

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