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Meet the Headmaster

Peter Clare Hunt 1 Copy

Welcome to Northcote Lodge - a school of which I am proud to be interim headmaster this Michaelmas term, and one of which I am not only extremely fond, but also have many years of experience, having been deputy head here before moving on to a headship elsewhere.  When I was approached by the Principals to come out of retirement to run the school until the arrival of the new Headmaster next term, I jumped at the chance.


I hope that you enjoy finding out more about this wonderful school and come and see the magical alchemy of academic excellence, sporting prowess, musical achievement and dramatic performance that makes it so special and successful.  More importantly, I hope that we can convey the vibrancy and happiness that permeates the place; because that, above all is what really matters. Happy boys will enjoy school and do well – and that is what we offer here, in spades.


Embracing the best of the traditional country prep school tradition in the heart of London.


We combine the very best in modern education within a traditional setting and moral framework to ensure that we educate the ‘whole boy’. This means that alongside academic excellence, we also place great value on manners and respect for others. It is these softer, but essential skills that will equip a boy for life beyond his senior school into a future workplace where collaboration, creativity and innate self-confidence will matter more than ever.


Our curriculum is geared to a 13+ exit, and boys regularly win places and scholarships in all subjects to some of the country’s leading public schools – both day and boarding. Above all, we will work with parents to ensure that a boy goes to the school that is right for him.


With 260 boys and no plans to get any bigger, we are small enough for everyone to know each other well and large enough to field teams that can hold their own against much bigger schools. Sport is a large part of a Northcote boy’s life and we are lucky to have the green expanse of Wandsworth common just across the road.  With a long but rewarding school day we can offer boys the opportunity for plenty of extra-curricular opportunities and the benefit of doing all homework at school so that come 6.00pm a boy can go home and relax, knowing his day’s work is done.


So - a wonderful setting, dedicated staff, exemplary pastoral care and a rewarding day provide an excellent preparation for boys as they move on to the next stage in their education and life beyond.  If this is something that you feel would be right for your son, please come and meet us.  


Most of our boys come to us from Broomwood Hall Lower School, so a place there is pretty much a guarantee of a place with us; however, we do have limited spaces for boys from other schools at 8, and we are always happy to meet and chat to parents about the possibility of their son joining us.  Above all, I hope you enjoy learning more about us and we look forward to meeting you and showing you around a school of which we are all inordinately proud.


Peter Clare-Hunt


26 Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW11 6EL Location Map