Meet our Headmistress

“Our families look for a place for their children to grow up to be grateful, open-minded and inspired to give something back to the world.”

Hilary Wyatt – Headmistress

“We are a co-educational independent preparatory day school for children aged 2-11 in West Kensington, London.

We are ambitious for our pupils. This means we want them to have fun as they learn, because we know happy children succeed.

“Unique. A relaxed, yet focused atmosphere unlike any we have encountered elsewhere.” – The Good Schools Guide.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our school.”

Hilary Wyatt

About Hilary Wyatt

Hilary Wyatt has been teaching for 30 years and has 17 years’ experience of being in senior leadership teams.

She has worked in London prep schools for 15 years, eight as the Head of a pre-prep, and seven years as a Headteacher.

Hilary read English at university, has a Masters’ Degree in Education and an NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). She has also worked with the ISI (the Independent Schools Inspectorate) since 2014.

She has two grown up daughters, Elizabeth and Alice, who attended St James Senior Girls’ School. The girls flourished at the school, and both feel that it has made them the successful young women that they are today.

Where next?

The Pause

At St James, we feel it is important to introduce our pupils to stillness and allow them to discover how to be inwardly free and deeply at ease within themselves. A short period of 5-10 minutes at the beginning and middle of every day is allocated to quietude in which pupils may meditate, contemplate or simply be still – according to their own spiritual inclinations.

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