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CurriculumsBritish and Italian
Languages of instructionEnglish and Italian
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Italian
Native English and Italian teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Italian)
Class sizes Average 12 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: £15,900
to: £17,750
Address: 154 – 156 Holland Park Avenue London W11 4UH, United Kingdom
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Native English and Italian speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Italian

For children needing extra support in either of the two languages, we provide additional sessions with specialist Italian/English as an additional language teachers and teaching assistants.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French and Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Tablets, computers, smart boards available in all classes

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

We use virtual classrooms to share relevant information and teaching resources to support the children teaching and learning. During the COVID-19 lockdowns we ensured our pupils were supported in navigating these challenging times but also succeeded academically by opening virtual classrooms for all the year groups. If we ever need to return to home learning, we are equipped to support our pupils in the best possible way.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

The school is secular and all faiths are respected.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Homework is spread throughout the week, allowing for the optimum home life / study balance.

Waiting list

It depends on the year group, but we can have a waiting list. We recommend that parents complete our registration form as soon as possible if they are considering our school.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

To apply for admission the first thing to do is to register your child with us. Registration can be made any time after the child’s birth. Places are normally offered at the beginning of the December before entry.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes. Please contact our Admissions Office on admissions@sial.school and we will guide you through the process.

School start time

Our busy school day starts at 8:20 AM when our doors open.
Nursery: Children should ideally arrive by 8:30 AM so as to be ready for registration by 9:00 AM.
Primary school: Children should arrive by 8:20 AM so as to be ready for registration and the start of lessons at 8:30 AM.

School finish time

Nursery: 3:15 PM
Primary school: 4:00 PM

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we offer wraparound childcare on site from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

School bus service available

We are considering offering a school bus service for drop-off only.
Contact the School Office if you would be interested in this service which would cost approximately £10 per day per child.

School provided lunches

Yes, we are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious meals made from scratch on site for children during their time spent at school.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

To complement and enhance our broad bilingual curriculum, we provide a wide variety of opportunities that promote academic, creative, physical and community achievement.
These include: individual music lessons, whole school performances and concerts, educational trips, forest school for EYFS, visitors and workshops in school, breadth of extra-curricular activities, etc.

After school clubs
We offer clubs in both languages: from yoga, to ballet, from puppetry to video-making, from football to cooking, etc.

Sports activities included

Two hours of PE per week for all the classes, including Nursery run by specialised teachers, done alternatively in school and at the park. Swimming lessons are organised at the local swimming pool.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Library, Art Room, Music Room, Hall, Outdoor Playground

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

SIAL.school is the only school in the UK to teach all subjects in English and Italian, from Nursery to Year 6.
With a unique bilingual and bi-cultural enriched curriculum in which the standards set by the Italian Ministry of Education are integrated and complemented by the EYFS Framework and National English Curriculum, SIAL.school welcomes children aged 3 to 11.
Your child will learn not only to speak but to read and write in both languages, gain valuable knowledge of both cultures and ways of life, and have broader opportunities when it comes to choosing secondary education.
The school is located in the heart of London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just a short distance from Holland Park.

Teaching approach of the school

Native Italian and English teachers and assistants work in parallel with groups of children on a common curriculum that covers the educational objectives of both school programmes (Italian and English). Each teacher has an assigned classroom and the children move from one environment to another, acknowledging that in one classroom only Italian is spoken and in the other one only English is. The physical separation of the spaces allocated to a specific languageactually helps and accelerates the development of a bilingual vocabulary in a completely natural way. The inclusion of art subjects in our bilingual curriculum is also aimed at fostering spontaneity in language learning: the children take art, music and drama lessons in both languages from pre-school onwards, with specialist mother-tongue teachers. The arts are a very powerful tool, because they activate all the sensory channels necessary for the development of memorisation processes and the cognitive sphere, while at the same time stimulating and involving the emotional sphere.

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