Moving to Chelsea? Area Guide to Schools and Transport
Chelsea is one of the in-demand areas for people moving to London and it isn’t hard to see why. Beautiful houses, a deluge of iconic fashion stores and plenty to keep the family entertained. We have recently published a couple of guides to the area and what can be expected when you move to Chelsea and this guide is for those that are living in the area with their family.
In Chelsea, you have the choice of three primary schools (ages 3-11). Park Walk Primary has most recently been given a ‘good’ grading by Ofsted (October 2016) and under the leadership of Miss Caldwell, Park Walk has a healthy weighting towards PE and sports. Servite Roman Catholic School on Fulham Road is more traditional academic orientated with a focus on Christian values.
It is also worth noting that Servite RC School had an ‘outstanding’ rating at its last inspection in 2007. The other primary school in Chelsea, Ashburnham Community School on Blantyre Street, is another recipient of an Outstanding rating.
There are three main independent prep (junior) schools in Chelsea. Hill House International Junior School, Cameron House School and The Hampshire School. All three have good reputations and attract students from the local area.
Moving up to secondary school (ages 11-16), there is the Chelsea Academy which in 2012 received an ‘Outstanding’ rating. In particular, on their scorecard, it is worth observing that the Chelsea Academy has a much higher rate of students achieving Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths or English (58%) than the national average (43.3%).
After finishing their GCSEs at the Chelsea Academy, students living in Chelsea can opt to stay on for the sixth form at the Academy, which has a specialism for science. Alternatively, Kensington and Chelsea College has a more creative and contemporary feel to it.
Kensington and Chelsea College also offers a wide range of courses for those looking to brush up on their skills or gain formal accreditation as an adult learner.
There aren’t any independent secondary schools in Chelsea itself, however, there are a number of well-respected schools within easy travel distance in neighbouring boroughs. Boarding schools further afield are also popular choices for families considering independent schools for secondary years.
Although there is only one tube stop in the district of Chelsea, Sloane Square (for Circle and District) on the far East border, there is a multitude of other options available for getting in and out of Chelsea. For example, Chelsea is just a short walk away from Victoria Station offering train, tube and coach options.
Kensington (Circle and District lines) and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line) tube stations are on the border of Chelsea, and will be convenient for many residents.
Thanks to its reputation for late night restaurants and bars, the area is well served with night buses, both in and out of Chelsea, going in all directions that you could possibly need. Of course, on a nice summer’s day, we would highly recommend taking full advantage of the scenery and exploring the area by foot or on a bike. The road network in and around Chelsea is always busy, however, many residents prefer the convenience of travelling in their own car or by taxi, particularly on hot or wet days.
As you can see, for those moving to Chelsea with kids there are plenty of very good options available in terms of schools and education. The area is also well connected for transport, so if you are heading to work in the city or you are looking to take your late night party in to town you won’t struggle to find transport to get you there.
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