Wetherby (boys, ages four to eight) in Pembridge Square is famous as the pre-prep school attended by Princes William and Harry, where their mother Diana, Princess of Wales was photographed with them in their uniform of grey blazers with distinctive red trim.
Pembridge Hall (girls, ages four to 11) is the sister school also in Pembridge Square, and Chepstow House (co-ed, ages four to seven) in Pembridge Villas is part of the same group.
Other private pre-preparatory and preparatory schools are: Notting Hill Preparatory School (co-ed, ages four to 11) in Lancaster Road; Hawkesdown House (boys, ages three to seven) in Edge Street; Lloyd Williamson School (co-ed, ages two to 13) in Telford Road; Bassett House (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Bassett Road, and Norland Place (boys, ages four to eight, girls, ages four to 11) in Holland Park Avenue.
There are three bilingual schools serving Notting Hill’s increasingly international residents. Instituto Español Vicente Cañada Blanch (ages five to 19) in Portobello Road is owned by the Spanish government; La Scuola Italiana a Londra (co-ed, ages three to 11) is in Holland Park Road and La Petite École Française (co-ed, ages three to 11) is in St Charles Square.
Tabernacle School (ages three to 18) in St Anns Villas is a small all-through private Christian school.
Southbank International (ages three to 11 in Kensington Park Road, with the senior school in Portland Place) teaches the International Baccalaureate. There are two private GCSE and A-level colleges specialising in retakes: Lansdowne College (co-ed ages 14 to 18) in Bark Place and David Game College (co-ed, ages 14 to 18) in Notting Hill Gate.
Notting Hill also has a good choice of state schools judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. The primary schools are: Thomas Jones in St Mark’s Road; the very popular Fox Primary School in Kensington Place; Bevington in Bevington Road; Saint Francis of Assisi RC in Treadgold Street; and Barlby in Barlby Road.
The comprehensive schools are: Holland Park (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Airlie Gardens, which made the news when it sold some of its site for housing to fund a new school building; Cardinal Vaughan RC (boys, ages 11 to 18, girls in the sixth form) in Addison Road. Sion Manning RC (girls, ages 11 to 16) is judged “good”. St Charles Catholic Sixth Form (co-ed, ages 16 to 18) is “outstanding”. A new state comprehensive school, the Kensington Aldridge Academy, opens in Silchester Road in September.