Philip Williams, headmaster at Eaton Square Upper School, Mayfair, looks forward to the school year ahead.

2017 is set to be an incredibly exciting time for Eaton Square as we prepare to open the doors to our brand new senior school next September.

Based right in the heart of London at 106 Piccadilly, Eaton Square Upper School Mayfair is located in a stunning Grade-1 listed building directly opposite Green Park. The building’s rich history, iconic design and central location make it the perfect base for many families with young children across central London.

Connected to our existing Eaton Square Pre-Prep and Preparatory schools. As well as the wider Minerva Education group (which includes Hyde Park School in South Kensington and The Lyceum School in Shoreditch) the new school will cater for up to 420 students aged 11 upwards. Eaton Square Upper will span across four storeys and a basement, featuring a purpose-built student canteen, lecture style classrooms, multiple science laboratories and a beautiful art room. What’s more, we’ll also be taking full advantage of our local surroundings through partnerships with local sports clubs, outdoors lessons in Green Park and regular trips to London’s most well-known cultural institutions. The idea for Eaton Square Upper was born out of a clear need for a new senior school in the capital – and after talking to our current parents, it was apparent that many were keen to see their children progress from prep to senior school with a seamless transition and continuity in care and provision of services.

Not only will the school be available to children already attending one of our preparatory schools but we will also be welcoming new students on a non-selective basis. Continuing with our longstanding family-focused ethos, our admission process will take a holistic approach that will incorporate online test results, a reference from the pupil’s current head and interviews with pupils and parents. Rather than hoping to select from one particular gender or strata of current academic level, we will provide an education which celebrates the diverse skills and aptitudes of pupils in London and maximise the benefits of enabling them to interact and learn from each other.