The Swaminarayan School was founded in 1991 by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj to provide education along the lines of independent British schools, whilst reinforcing Hindu culture and tradition. It is a non-profit making co-educational school for children aged two and a half to eighteen years.
We admitted our first eighty or so Prep School pupils in September 1992 and the Senior School took its first intake the following September. Now there are over 460 pupils in the school and we have already produced our first graduates.
Since those early days we have made excellent progress in all areas. The most striking aspect of this school that visitors always comment on is the purposeful atmosphere, both in the classrooms and throughout the school.
The recent inspection report said:
“Throughout both schools, pupils retain their composure before and during lessons, show self-control and acquire a sense of purpose about their schooling.”
On academic standards the inspectors said:
“Most of what the school provides is either good or outstanding and fully supports the school’s aims to develop pupils’ values, self confidence and way of life and to promote high academic standards.”
In the Prep School, “Teaching is consistently of a high quality. The introduction of thinking maps and the ‘Philosophy for Children’ programme which helps pupils to think and learn for themselves has been highly successful.”
In the Senior school, “Much of the teaching provides excitement, challenge and enrichment beyond the normal curriculum.”
Considering the fact that The Swaminarayan School in Neasden has been in existence only since 1992, the achievement of its pupils is nothing short of extraordinary. The school has always achieved excellent examination results and has been at the top of the Brent performance tables for a number of years. In January 2008 it was listed fourth in the table of top independent schools published by the Daily Telegraph. In 2009, however, the GCSE results surpassed all previous records. Fifty-four percent of the grades were either A* or A with many students achieving a string of A* and A grades.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of extracurricular activities including clubs, sports, drama & dance performances. An extensive programme of instrumental lessons, both Indian and European, is also on offer to all pupils. The school arranges regular day trips to museums, parks and other places of educational interest. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and residential outings are also a feature of the school.
Over seventeen years of vision, investment and hard work from trustees and governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as parents and pupils, have made this an outstanding school which continues to go from strength to strength. It occupies an enviable position in the examination performance tables year after year, with students gaining admission at top universities such as Oxford, Imperial, UCL, Warwick and the LSE. As a consequence, places are increasingly sought after, with waiting lists in a number of year groups.
Many of our former students attended the TWENTY YEAR CELEBRATION on Friday, 28th September.