The best primary state schools in London
Good and outstanding primary state schools in London certainly aren’t in short supply – there are 342 ‘outstanding’, state-funded primary schools in the capital to be precise.
With so many to choose from, you won’t struggle to find a state primary school that scores top marks.
Here are the top ten very best primary state schools in London:
- Fox Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea works to enable all children to reach their full potential through living its core values of respect, resilience, collaboration, curiosity and inclusion.
- St Joseph’s RC Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in Willesden, north London, has a real Catholic community of over 500 girls and boys, 70 staff and a flourishing nursery.
- Thomas Jones Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in Notting Hill, west London, consistently ranks in the Sunday Times top 250 primary schools and falls within the top 1% of schools nationally.
- Bousfield Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea balances high academic standards and creativity with well-behaved children, loyal and hardworking staff and governors, and supportive parents.
- The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in Southwark, south London, has qualified for two SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards by being in the top 20% of primary schools nationally for its pupils’ high attainment.
- The London Oratory School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” Catholic school for boys aged 7–18 and girls aged 16–18 in West Brompton, west London, opened the Junior House in 1996, offering a specialist music education to boys aged 7-10 with a focus on choral liturgical music. Pupils are selected based on musical aptitude.
- St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in Woolwich, south-east London, strives to provide a safe environment in which children can learn to make reasoned judgements, aspire to do and be their best, organise their time, and develop enquiring minds, self-confidence, initiative, and independence.
- Sir William Burrough Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “outstanding” primary school in Tower Hamlets, east London, provides rich learning experiences through thematic topics designed to inspire, engage, and delight the children and provoke high levels of enquiry.
- St John and St James Primary School
This Ofsted-rated “good” primary school in the London Borough of Hackney, east London, has been awarded several awards for its outstanding contribution to different elements of education: School Games Gold Award, Rights Respecting Gold Award, Eco-Schools Bronze Award, Mayor’s Gold Club Award, Healthy Schools London: Bronze and Silver Award, International School Award, Hackney Spanish Primary Award, and TFL Silver STARS Award.
- Paxton Primary School
This primary school in Lambeth, south London, strives for the highest standards by working to maintain a shared ethos of achievement, respectfulness and caring among its children, parents, and staff.
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Note: there are many ways to rank schools, so different sources may give different rankings.