Maple Walk School

London - W and NW

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 100 (Boys) 100 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4-11 years
  • Founded: 2004

General Information

Maple Walk is a happy, successful and vibrant independent primary school, for girls and boys aged 4-11, in Harlesden, North West London.

We provide a secure and supportive environment for effective learning and personal development. Maple Walk is committed to giving every child a first-class traditional education in the arts and sciences, drawing as a resource upon the Core Knowledge approach, which imparts knowledge through traditional academic subjects.

We have a friendly, well-resourced environment with low pupil to teacher ratios, in which children learn and flourish. Opportunities outside the classroom abound.  Through sporting activities and first-class music, art and drama, we encourage every child to find their own particular strength.


Maple Walk is housed in purpose-built accommodation including 12-classrooms with interactive white boards and a multi-purpose hall. The Reception class area is separated to allow free flow outside play with a play house, sand and water and bikes. There is an all-weather soft surface for play, trim trail and a climbing wall.

In addition to class music, individual lessons are given on a variety of instruments.

Football and netball are the key sports taught alongside swimming, hockey, rounders and athletics. Children are encouraged to participate in House competitions and also represent the School in outside sporting events.

An extensive range of after school clubs are organised each term ranging from Glee club to art and from science to athletics. The after school dance club has competed at the National Dance Challenge 3-years in a row and has reached the finals twice.

Maple Walk comes with a host of eco-credentials, including a ground source heat pump for heating and hot water, solar PV panels for electricity and growing sedum roof to attract local wildlife.

Open Days

2020. Monday 4th May, 9:30am; Thursday 21st May, 14:00pm and Monday 1st June, 9:30am


2019/2020. £3,580 per term.


ISI Inspection 2012
ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs S Gillam

Maple Walk School
62A Crownhill Road
London - W and NW
NW10 4EB

[t]: 020 8963 3890

Location Description

Maple Walk School is in Harlesden, North West London, beween A404 and Roundwood Park.

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School News

Maple Walk independent preparatory school London NW10

Problem solving, reasoning and teamwork were the order of the day when ‘The Problem Solving Company’ came to visit.

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Every class participated in these fun and interactive workshops; the large equipment made for practical and engaging sessions that were enjoyed by children and staff alike!  Here we are using higher order thinking skills to solve some challenging problems!

Thank you to the Friends for enabling these amazing workshops.

Maple Walk independent preparatory school London NW10

Reception classes have been learning all about ‘People who Help Us’ and were extremely excited when firefighters came to visit last week. Children

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learned all about how to stay safe in the event of a fire at home. Here they are having a tour of the fire engine, sitting in the driver’s cabin and getting to grips with some of their equipment. 

Thank you to the brave firefighters who came to visit.

A super day! 

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It was a fun filled, maths-inspired day at Maple Walk. Thank you to staff and children who ‘dressed up for digits’ to raise

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money for the NSPCC and show support for the fantastic work the charity does to prevent children from harm. 

Year 6 have been busily preparing lessons for children throughout the school – each one tailored to the maths topic of the year group they were teaching. It was such a pleasure to see them in action – a fantastic effort all round.

Thank you to the families who so generously denoted. We raised over £262 for the NSPCC!

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Problem solving and critical thinking were the order of the day when Explore Learning came to town! Following successful workshops with Year 5 pupils,

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Maple Walk have been invited to enter a team of pupils who will have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathematical problem in a bid to compete at the Grand Final at The Natural History Museum!

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We are extremely proud to announce that ‘The Attack of Plastic Pollution’, created by Maple Walk and Faraday children

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and directed by Dora, who runs the club, have won Best Animation at the Cardiff International Film Festival. Find out more about the festival here:

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We are immensely proud of our Upper School girls’ football team who came up against some strong opposition in the ISA Football Tournament

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this week. Eleven teams competed from all over the country and the Maple Walk girls came third! 5 games, 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss and a victory against Ipswich high for the plate! A fantastic team effort… well done girls!

Maple Walk independent preparatory school London NW10

This week a group of pupils visited the National Gallery to see our artwork on display.

Our sculpture, inspired by the work by artist Joseph Wright of

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Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, is on show until August.

Every year, as part of the Gallery’s Take One Picture programme, primary schools nationwide focus on one of their paintings and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context, or composition.

Take One Picture aims to inspire cross-curricular learning, as well as a lifelong love of art.

Our artwork was created last year and the project was funded by the Friends of Maple Walk.

This year we will be looking atMen of the Docks, by George Bellows.

For further information on the programme, visit the National Gallery website.

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Our enthusiastic Animation Club has released their latest film.

Attenborough is a fantastical story imagining how the famous broadcaster and environmentalist, David Attenborough, tackles plastic pollution in the

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On his journey on the high seas he encounters dolphins with plastic bags on their heads, seahorses carrying plastic cotton buds and a poor turtle with a straw up his nose.

He also meets Poseidon who grants him 3 wishes and the story imagines a world without plastic pollution.

The Animation club wrote, scripted and drew the animation.  They also recorded the voiceovers, in a collaborative project with sister school Faraday.

The Animation Club has previously won awards for their work.  For further films visit our  Animation Club page.

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Lives of the Artists

Our creative Animation Club has launched their latest film – Donatello and Brunelleschi.

The story, which involves original artwork by our pupils and is scripted

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and animated by the club is a collaborative project with Faraday’s sister school Maple Walk.

The animation is inspired by the seminal book by Vasari, Lives of the Artists.

Club leader and the producer of the film, Dora Martinkova, sent the film to leading historian and bestselling author Ross King, who is known for his work on Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci.

Mr King said the film is, “…very creative, clever and entertaining…”

He added: “I love the ‘special delivery’ scene when the Crucifix comes to Donatello. The students have done real justice to the friendship of the two men! I also like the ‘subplot’ in which Donatello learns to accept and deal with criticism, and to make his art better as a result. There’s a lesson there for us all!”

Meanwhile, leading Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon shared our film on his website and called it, “Quite simply one of the best Art History programmes we have seen this year”.

Our club has gone from strength to strength and has already won a number of animation awards.

To see our other films, visit our Animation Club page.

Following on from the success of our first series of parenting workshops, we are pleased to announce the following new dates, hosted in conjunction with

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Busy Rascals:  Follow the links to book tickets and/or to register your interest.

MAY 2018

Wednesday 16th May 7pm “20 Alternatives to losing your cool with the kids” (with Rebecca Sheikh of Flourishing Childhood)…

JUNE 2018

Wednesday 13th June 7pm “Screen Detox Parenting Talk” (with Rachel Vecht of Educating Matters).…

JULY 2018

Thursday 5th July 2018 7pm “The Power of Attachment: Understanding what it is and why is it important to me and my child” With Dr Amelia Roberts, UCL Deputy Director for the Centre for Inclusive Education

Book via: More information on the Events and Workshops page of

Booking Details to follow. Please email to register your interest.


Saturday 6th October 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm “Gentle Parenting” With Bestselling Parenting Author, Sarah Ockwell-Smith The Gentle Discipline Book

Book via: More information on the Events and Workshops page of

Booking Details to follow. Please email to register your interest.

Saturday 6th October 2018, 1.30pm-4.30pm “Gentle Sleep” With Bestselling Parenting Author, Sarah Ockwell-Smith The Gentle Sleep Book

Book via: More information on the Events and Workshops page of

Booking Details to follow. Please email to register your interest.

DATE TBC “The Power of Play and how to use it with your child to manage emotional and behavioural issues” (With Rebecca Sheikh of Flourishing Childhood). Please email to register your interest.

DATE TBC “The Importance of Sleep in school aged children and the impact it has on cognitive, attentional and emotional functions” With Dr Frances Knight, UCL.

Please email to register your interest.

Maple Walk is delighted to announce that pupil Emanuele has been selected as a Fourth Plinth Schools Award winner.

His artwork, entitled Pollution, was selected as

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the Brent Schools entry from amongst dozens of drawings and sculptures.

Nearly 4,000 children from across London entered the competition this year.

The Fourth Plinth Schools competition gives children the opportunity to get involved with public art and echoes the coveted national sculpture prize

Emanuele will attend an awards ceremony at City Hall.

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Our pupils have received some fantastic offers from a range of independent and state schools.

We are enormously proud of how our children have grown in

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confidence through the years and how hard they have worked to achieve their personal best.

For a list of results, visit out 11+ page

Here is one of our former pupils talking to our Year 5 and 6 children about life at secondary school.

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Our spectacular animation club have done it again!….their latest film will be shown later this year at the National Gallery.

The film, entitled Penelope, was inspired

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by Pintoricchio’s Penelope with the Suitors (about 1509) and will feature in the Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ exhibition from 9 May to 12 August.

The project began as part of Maple Walk’s Art Week, where pupils from across the school worked on a range of pieces inspired by Pintoricchio’s work.

The Animation club then used some of those pieces in their film, which was written by a Maple Walk pupil.

Each year the National Gallery invites primary schools nationwide to focus on one of its paintings and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context, or composition.

To see the finished film and others created by our club visit our Animation Page

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Pupils have taken  part in a range of fantastic dance workshops.

The lessons, supplied by specialists the Education Group, explored multi cultural and historical dancing.

Reception children

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learned about African dance via the Lion King story and Year 6 looked at dance through the ages.

Elsewhere, there was the Charleston, Baroque, Salsa, Greek and Classical.

Thanks to the Friends of Maple Walk for funding the workshops.

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Maple Walk school pupils saw more cross country success this week when they took part in the ISA North London Cross Country Competition.

Four pupils qualified

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for the nationals later this year, representing London North.

A total of 21 Maple Walk pupils ran in the competition, on a freezing cold day and over a tough course.

Many achieved personal bests.

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