Finton House School

London - S and SW

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 150 (Boys) 170 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1987

General Information

At Finton House we believe that children learn better when they are confident and inspired. This belief informs our approach to education. Small class sizes, specialist teaching, cross curricular integration, workshops, trips and special events all contribute to the development of a love of learning.

Facilities

We have a specialist teaching block housing Science, Design Technology and Music facilities and a new playground, Learning Support building and library. There are dedicated facilities and specialist teaching for Art - with a redesigned Art Room in 2016 - Games and Information Technology. Boys and girls participate in athletics, gym, dance, swimming and playground games lessons. In addition boys play football, rugby and cricket, whilst the girls play netball, rounders and hockey.

Every year we have places available to children with known Special Needs and this group can comprise about 10% of the school roll at any one time. These pupils are supported by a dedicated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, a team of Special Needs Assistants and in-house therapists. In addition we are able to provide one-to-one tuition for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia or speech and language difficulties and specialist teaching for gifted and talented pupils.

Timetabled lessons are supplemented by an extensive range of optional after-school clubs. These include various sports clubs as well as rounders, karate, debating, Art Club and computing.

Entrance Requirements

Non-selective

Scholarships

Bursaries are available.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2018/2019. Lower School (Reception - Year 2): £5,126 per term, Upper School (Years 3 - 6): £5,196 per term

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr B Freeman

Contact for enquiries: Mrs L Wheeler

Finton House School
171 Trinity Road
London
London - S and SW
SW17 7HL

[t]: 020 8682 0921
[w]: www.fintonhouse.org.uk

Location Description

Finton House is on Trinity Road in Wandsworth, near Wandsworth Common Train Station (with service from Victoria Station) and Tooting Bec Station (on the Northern Line). It is about a mile south of the South Circular and Clapham Junction.

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School News

Finton House independent preparatory school London SW17

We would like to congratulate all six girls who qualified to participate in the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018. Over 5,000 children had tried to

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qualify for finals day and only the top 20 swimmers in each age group in every stroke were invited back. Finton House School was represented by a team of one Year 6 and five Year 5 children who all swam incredibly well on the day. With over 3000 spectators at the Aquatic Centre, the excitement and atmosphere was infectious as the girls got prepared for their races!

Issy, our Year 6 record swimmer, qualified for the 50metres backstroke and impressed us with a new personal best time. The standard of the races were so high this year that Issy just missed the podium, but she still achieved an incredible 5th place. We also had 3 individual qualifiers: India (25 metres backstroke), Sophia (25metre freestyle) and Emily (25 metres breaststroke). Well done to Emily who finished her race as 9th in the country. India and Emily made it through to the final where India produced an amazing swim with a new school record of 17.25 (just beating Issy’s silver medal performance last year of 17.35). The Finton crowd cheered excitedly when it was announced that India won the silver medal. What an achievement!

The U10 medley relay team consisting of Freya, Emily, India and Sophia just missed out on the medals finishing 5th in the country. In the freestyle relay the team comprising of Hannah, India, Emily and Sophia stormed into the lead going into the last leg and incredibly Sophia managed to hang on a couple of hundredths of seconds. GOLD MEDAL for the mighty Finton – which makes these girls the Number 1 under 10 freestyle relay prep swimming team in the country!

What a brilliant performance by all our individual swimmers and teams! We are very proud of them all.

We would like to thank our supporters on the day who came down to the Aquatic Centre to cheer our girls on. The children really appreciated seeing so many teachers there to support them.

Thank you must also go to our PE Department and all supporting staff who did an exceptional job in preparing the competitors for the finals and helping out on the day.

The full list of results from the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018 is available to download here.

Finton House independent preparatory school London SW17

Finton House School were tasked with a challenging space mission on their STEM Day recently. The children arrived at school in the morning

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to discover a crashed spaceship in the playground which had appeared overnight. This rapidly fuelled some early morning speculation as to what may have happened.

The children were then quickly ushered into assembly where a newsflash told them that an alien had apparently crash-landed at Finton House. A few CCTV clips showed the alien in various parts of the school, including sitting at the Headmaster’s desk. As the assembly continued there was sudden uproar as the alien walked past the window behind the presenter. Clearly something had to be done.

Throughout the day, children completed various problem-solving activities (relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to return the alien to its home planet. Our young engineers in Year 1 helped the alien by designing their own rockets and making straw rockets with fins to give them stability. Working in teams, Years 5 and 6 used Spheros (controlled by the iPad) to calculate and programme a route through a giant map of the universe back to the alien’s home.

Everyone visited the giant Science Dome, which was like a planetarium, to see footage of the space station, enjoy a journey to each planet and even a rollercoaster ride through the rocks and ice of Saturn’s rings. “It was totally awesome” reported one Year 3 pupil.

Another highlight of the day was the self-built rockets launching in the playground. To the amusement of the children, one of the rockets was so well built that it landed on the School’s roof.

At one point in the afternoon, a UFO was spotted in the sky: “Perhaps that’s the alien’s friend coming to rescue him”, cried the children in Year 1.

It was a very memorable day filled with valuable hands-on learning experiences, engaging the whole school and every member of staff!

Ben Freeman, Headmaster of Finton House, said: ‘there’s nothing like this kind of immersive learning to trigger massive enthusiasm for a whole range of subjects. It takes a great deal of planning and resource, but the dividends are incalculable.’

Finton House independent preparartory school London SW17

Prize Day 2017 took place in the Wandsworth Civic Suite on Wednesday 12th July, giving the school community the chance to celebrate the exceptional progress

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and achievements of the past school year. Exquisite performances and singing by the Finton House Wind Band and House Choir created a beautiful celebratory atmosphere in the hall as parents and pupils arrived dressed for the special occasion.

The ceremony started with an address from the Chairman of the Governors, Mark Chilton, followed by the Headmaster, Ben Freeman’s review of the year.

The students were then called up to receive their prizes, in recognition of their efforts and achievements. Prizes were awarded for academic, sporting, creative and artistic success as well as for exceptional progress and for notable attitude and service to others.

Staff joined in with parents to clap and cheer for the prize winners. It was most striking to note the way in which the pupils proudly held their trophies and glanced at their parents in the audience for recognition of their great achievements. Fintonians know that they can achieve anything if they strive hard enough and Prize Day is a great testimony to their achievements.

The Upper School song ‘Everybody Sing’ reminded the audience of the superb musical talent of the pupils within the school. Also our budding musicians from the Lower School performed really well, singing ‘Power In Me’ with great enthusiasm. The audience truly loved both performances which was reflected in the loud applause at the end.

The final act was the presentation of the prestigious Headmaster’s and Governors’ Awards. The winner of the Headmaster’s Prize this year was Sally B. Sally has exceptional musical ability, and her love of the subject has sustained her through what have been some very difficult personal circumstances. She has continued to blossom and develop a gorgeous character and personality that will take her far.

The Governors’ Prize went to Isabel D. Isabel embodies so many of the Finton values and is respected by staff and pupils for her integrity, honesty, resilience and sense of fair play. She is a kind friend, who listens to others, cooperates and shows forgiveness where it is due. She has been an outstanding Prefect this year and sets a great example to our younger pupils.

While the prize giving was accompanied with laughter, smiles and loud applause, a sudden change of atmosphere could be felt in the hall as Year 6 pupils gave their final speeches on stage. One student said, “Even though some things are challenging in life, I have learnt that working hard and not giving up will help me achieve my goals. I will never forget Finton House.” The film premiere of ‘Class of 2017’ saw many pupils and parents in tears which was a very emotional moment for the whole school community. The children hugged each other and held hands as they watched the video about their seven years at Finton House School. Although we are very proud of our Class of 2017, we are also very sad to see them go!

Headmaster Ben Freeman wished them the best of luck and concluded the event with the following message to Year 6: “The education you leave with and the values you will have absorbed along the way will always stand you in good stead – life skills that will always take you far if you hold on to them. And I know you will because you are now an Old Fintonian.”

Finton House independent preparartory school London SW17

The atmosphere on our Sports Day 2017 was fantastic as the whole school community came together to watch the 4 houses Macmillan, Charrington, Thomson and

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Nunneley, which are named after the founding families, compete on the day for the prestigious annual Sports Day Cup.

The children impressed the audience with some all-time-high school records in the 800m and 1500m runs, sprints and long jumps. Although a competition, Fintonians made us very proud with their attitude towards the event. They showed respect, cooperation, endeavour and resilience on the day.

All teams had a brilliant time and of course everybody hoped for their house to win the cup. The excitement could be felt on the field as the children prepared for the final announcement of the winner by Mr Ben, Headmaster. After some very nerve-wrecking minutes, the results were out…and Macmillan was announced as the winner of the Sports Day 2017!

At this point there was no way to stop the green team; they jumped, screaming and hugged each other, happy about their well-deserved victory! The house captains proudly picked up the trophy and a loud cheer went up from the crowd to congratulate them, as they posed for a victorious photograph.

The other houses congratulated the winning team in true Finton House style. What a fantastic way to finish the academic year for sports at Finton House School!

Finton House School's new headmaster, Ben Freeman

Mr Ben Freeman took up the post of Headmaster at Finton House at the start of the summer term. Ben has joined the school from

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Windermere Prep in Cumbria, swapping his rural commute for the busy cycle lanes of South London.

“I have ended up practising what I have been preaching for twenty years and have stepped out of my comfort zone. What is the worst that could happen?” is Ben’s reply to curious parents and friends. “The move from rural north England to SW17 has gone well and I am really looking forward to the challenge of leading Finton House through its next exciting chapter.”

 

The school was transformed recently into “Fintonia” – a Christmas village reminiscent of Harry Potter’s “Hogsmeade”. With the playground under a beautiful stretch tent

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supplied by InTent, the whole area decorated with thousands of lights, and the school choir singing carols, the scene was set for a magical evening.

The children were able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, and enjoyed games and activities including mini-Quidditch, as well as shopping from “Honeydukes” sweet shop and “Zonkos” toys. For adults there was mulled wine from the bar, manned by the lovely staff from Jacksons, the event’s sponsors, as well as the delicious Cleavers’ barbecue and a host of stalls for Christmas shopping.

The proceeds of the fair will go towards the school’s bursary, helping to fund free places for local children whose parents are unable to meet the cost of an independent school education.

Three hundred book characters descended on Finton House to celebrate World Book Day on 5th March and you may have seen some of us on

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the front page of The Times!

There was a whole school paired reading activity, several Harry Potters wizarding around the place and children were wonderfully entertained by author Gareth Jones.

The buzz in the playground at Finton House was louder than usual on Thursday 5th September as the Autumn Term got underway.  The reason for

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the excitement was the unveiling of the new playground, improved classrooms, new cloakrooms and the subject specialists’ rooms in the beautifully designed Emma Thornton Building.  There were two opening ceremonies, one in the morning for the children and another in the evening for governors, staff, parents, founders and colleagues of Emma Thornton (married name Emma McKee), Headmistress from 1996 to 2002 and Governor from 2005 to 2008. Emma sadly died of cancer in 2011, and the new building is dedicated to her memory. Speeches were given by Adrian Floyd, Headmaster, Mark Chilton the Chair of the Governors and Peter McKee, who declared the building open after which parents were invited to tour the new facilities.

For anyone keen to have a look for themselves, the school’s next Open Evening is on 10th October from 6.00 – 8.30pm. Contact Lucy the Registrar for further details on 020 8682 5757.

Paul Richards, our DT teacher writes…

We were fortunate to have Saul Eisenberg join us for DT Day on 23rd September. Saul runs ‘The Junk Orchestra’

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and on the day he rolled up in his ‘mobile office’ and we shared our vision! Saul set about training the Year 6 children so that they could go off to Reception, Years 1 & 2 and teach them how to make shakers, maracas and trumpets.
Meanwhile, Years 3 & 4 were threading bottle tops and cans for the ‘sound house’ which Year 5 finished off by drilling and screwing the drums to the outside.
Finally Saul got the whole school together for a jam session just before home time.
It was wonderful to see Year 6 working so well with all the year groups, without them it would have been impossible to do what we did.
It was a fantastic day which involved all the children and really embodied the spirit of Finton House.

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