Battersea – a new educational epicenter of London


As eyes are drawn to Prince George starting school at Thomas’s Battersea this academic year, Gabrielle, Head of Education Advisory reflects on how Battersea is drawing more attention to itself as a new educational epicenter of the Capital.

Over the years Battersea has transformed from an industrial heartbeat to a sought after area with converted Victorian houses, luxury apartments and green spaces. According to Foxtons, average property prices in Battersea in the last year alone increased by 21.1%.

With the Battersea Power Station project fully underway, the area is set for a larger transformation -luxury offices and homes are being constructed and lifestyle facilities established to cater for the new owners. Just down the road towards Vauxhall, Nine Elms is also transforming, where embassies are relocating from central London’s most expensive districts to Nine Elms.

Great schooling is a key draw to the area.

For families looking to establish their home in London, Battersea is ideal – it has great schooling. It has a wide range of public and private schooling catering from nursery to sixth form, and the majority of public schools in the area have Good Ofsted ratings with a handful of Outstanding.

The area has growing career opportunities.

The presence of the Royal College of Art has encouraged creative industries to the area, notable examples are Victoria Beckham and Foster + Partners. Whilst Apple will be the anchor tenant of the renovated Battersea Power Station, housing 1400 staff from 2021, Nine Elms will establish itself as a new diplomatic hub for London, housing the US Embassy from late 2017. There is reported relocation interest from the Dutch and Chinese Embassies.

The final part of the puzzle is improving the area’s transport links.

As Battersea evolves, transport links are also set to improve with the Northern Line extension opening at Battersea in 2020, and a new pier on the MYBA Thames Clipper opening at Battersea Power Station in October 2017.

Gabrielle provides a continuum of services that address children’s ever-evolving needs, from first steps and nursery education to university education and first job careers advice.


Gabrielle’s top tips for choosing a school

Take tours of schools without your child in the first instance – get a feel for how the school operates, the quality of the facilities and experiences. However, it is an emotional process, once you have shortlisted, take you child along to see what they are drawn towards.

Be honest about your child’s needs, personality and interests when applying for schools to ensure they are matched to your child.

Be honest about your needs. Although your child’s future is of utmost importance, ensure that a school’s location fits into or can be shaped to suit your working and lifestyle commitments.