Part of the Maria Montessori School, our beautiful Bayswater Nursery (Montessori Children’s House for children aged 2½ – 6 years) and Montessori Elementary (primary/prep school for children aged 6-12 years) classes are set in an atmospheric church building where light floods the rooms from leaded and stained-glass windows and the children can play and learn in a sheltered garden; moving freely between indoor and outdoor settings.
Bayswater has a strong parent community as children can stay from the age of 2½ to 12 years which means they really get to know each other and their teachers.
It is a calm, joyful and nurturing community. The Children’s House accommodates a maximum of 16 children while the Elementary accommodates 24 children.
Children’s House (nursery/preschool-aged 2 ½ – 6 years):
Children work individually or in groups, with hands-on activities designed to help them develop physically, socially and intellectually. Each activity is complete in itself; and also prepares for later activities so that the children move from one activity to the next, mastering each new challenge with ease.
Children explore and find things out for themselves. They become confident in their own abilities because the environment naturally encourages them to persevere and correct their own mistakes.
Children develop the ability to concentrate on tasks and see them through in a logical way. They learn to read and write with ease and develop an understanding of mathematics in a concrete way.
There is ample opportunity for exploration of the world, the animals, people and plants in it and children express themselves through music, drama and art.
Elementary (primary/prep school 6 – 12 years):
At this stage, children are ready for more complex work as they move towards abstract ways of thinking.
They begin to be more curious and question why things work the way they do. Many new materials are introduced as they develop their imagination to embrace concepts beyond their immediate environment and gain real-life knowledge from external sources.
At this stage children are more interested in working in groups, collaborating and learning from each other. The teacher’s role is to guide them in their research as they learn to make full use of a library, books and the internet. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and academically challenging. It covers the full range of subjects required by the National Curriculum while maintaining essential Montessori principles and much emphasis is placed on the interconnection between different areas of study.
Families whose children are enrolled in our Children’s Houses are entitled to a place in our Elementary classes.
See what our parents say in the video below:
“The way in which staff develop pupils’ independence, resilience and personal and social development is a strength. Pupils are confident, motivated and eager to learn.” Read our latest Ofsted Report
Our Bayswater teachers hold the world-recognised Association Montessori Internationale Diploma qualifications and have years of experience in nurseries and classrooms. All children at Bayswater enjoy high-quality free-range and seasonal food from British suppliers prepared by a specialist caterer. Our Children’s Houses are accredited by Montessori Education UK.
Address: St Matthew’s Church, St Petersburgh Place, Bayswater W2 4LA
Nearest stations: Bayswater, Queensway, Paddington, Notting Hill Gate