Paddington: best-rated schools

There's plenty of outstanding state schools for all ages in Paddington, as well as the private school where princes William and Harry were pupils.

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There are two primary schools judged to be “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted: Hampden Gurney in Nutford Place and Gateway in Capland Street. King Solomon Academy (co-ed, ages five to 18) in Penfold Street is an all-through state school, all judged “outstanding”. The two state comprehensive schools – Westminster Academy in Harrow Road and Paddington Academy in Marylands Road - both in new buildings; get good results at GCSE, both are judged “outstanding”.

City of Westminster College on Paddington Green is the local further education college which is judged “good”. St Marylebone CofE (girls, ages 11 to 18) in Marylebone High Street is one of the top performing comprehensive schools in the country.

There are a number of private primary and prep schools. L’Ecole Bilingue Elementaire (co-ed, ages three to 11) is a bilingual school teaching in both French and English; Abercorn (co-ed, ages two to 13) is in Marylebone Road; Wetherby (boys, ages seven to 13) in Bryanston Square (where the princes William and Harry were pupils); Connaught House (co-ed, ages four 11) is in Connaught Square. Halycon London International (co-ed, ages 11 to 15) in Seymour Place opened in September and teaches the International Baccalaureate; Francis Holland (girls, ages 11 to 18) is in Clarence Gate; Lansdowne College (co-ed, ages 14 to 19) in Bark Place and Davis Laing and Dick College (co-ed, ages 14 to 19) in Marylebone Lane are both sixth form colleges. The International Community School (co-ed ages three to 18) in York Terrace and Star Street is another school teaching the International Baccalaureate.

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