About Our School


Athelstan House School is a non-selective, independent pre-preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-7 years for Richmond Upon Thames and surrounding area.


At Athelstan House School we welcome children of all cultures, beliefs and abilities.


We attach a high priority to helping lead children towards an understanding of ‘fairness’ towards others and of being sensitive towards the feelings and needs of those around them.





Elsa Woolf - Head

What Ofsted says:

‘Pupils attain a high standard in reading, spelling and mathematics. They are well prepared for the next stage of their education.’


‘A strong emphasis is placed on pastoral care and the school helps pupils to develop into confident, articulate young people.’


‘The care shown by staff to pupils is of the highest order and results in pupils developing self-esteem and gaining a balanced awareness of the world around them.’

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Progress Meetings

Thursday 15 October

These are for all classes and will begin at 5.30pm. Appointments will be arranged the previous week.

Posted on 02-10-2015 11:10:56 BST



School Photographs

Thursday 8 October

Please ensure your children come to school neat and tidy, in full uniform, with blazers. Girls should wear the winter pinafore and boys, long trousers.

Posted on 18-09-2015 20:11:02 BST



Harvest Festival

Whole School Assembly - Friday 16 October

To celebrate the Harvest Festival we will be collecting food for the Greenwood Centre/ local food bank and children can bring their gifts into school. The Rev Vicci Davidson of Hampton Methodist Church will be leading our school harvest festival assembly.

Posted on 18-09-2015 19:55:16 BST



Parenting Workshops open to all

Thursday 1 October at 1.30pm

The workshop will comprise of three sessions and you are welcome to attend all three, or to choose the one(s) that are of most interest to you. The sessions and timings are as follows:

Special Time 1.30pm-2.00pm
Mrs Woolf will introduce you to a tried and tested method of managing children's behaviour with just ten minutes of one-to-one input each day. She will discuss the philosophy behind the method and give you some ideas about what type of activities might be successful.

Maths 2.00pm-2.30pm
Jill Collins will do a whistle stop tour of the New Maths Curriculum for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We will discuss the key language, imagery and apparatus used to help children acquire and understand new concepts. We will also look at what key skills the children are learning in each year group.

Phonics 2.30pm-3.00pm
Jill Collins will guide you through the sequence for teaching letter sounds and sounds represented by more than one letter. We will discuss the importance of a multi sensory approach and teaching the correct pronunciation to help blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.

There will be a short question and answer slot at the end of each session.

To reserve a place please contact the school office on 0208 979 1045 or email Turn on JavaScript! indicating the sessions you would like to take part in.

Posted on 18-09-2015 19:41:12 BST



Open Mornings

Autumn Term

Friday 9 October
Friday 4 December

Open mornings 9.30 - 11.30am

Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to come along and are given a tour of the school by current pupils. You will have the opportunity to meet the Head, Mrs Elsa Woolf and other members of staff. It is an ideal way to experience a normal working day at school and get a feel of the nurturing, family atmosphere at Athelstan. If you would like to come along, there is no need to book and we look forward to welcoming you!

Posted on 18-09-2015 19:19:37 BST


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