“Children are human beings to whom respect is due,
superior to us by reason of their innocence
and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
~ Maria Montessori
Paint Pots Montessori Schools Bayswater is currently located at the top of the Westbourne Park Baptist Church overlooking the railways which cause great fascination for the children. We have two rooms that are connected by a hall and we keep all internal doors open so that children can independently choose which space they would like to work in. Our environment is carefully designed so that all activities are at the children’s height and to encourage freedom of movement and choice. The space allows the children to share a wide range of Montessori materials and enables them to discover, explore, learn and enhance their skills at their own pace. We rotate the activities on display to ensure the environment is always fresh and enticing.
On arrival the children go to the cloakroom with their parents to hang up their coats and change their shoes before coming upstairs to begin their day. They are greeted by one of the teachers and from the minute they arrive at school are free to choose their own activity. They can work independently, with their friends or with a teacher. At Bayswater we are all passionate about the creative development of the children and have a wide variety of creative techniques and ideas. Frequently the children come and tell us exactly what they would like to do and it is our role to empower them and help them help themselves. As every activity has a positive learning goal we can trust the child to follow their own instincts and make their own choices.
The only time we will interrupt the free work cycle is to take them to nearby Westbourne Gardens or Porchester Square Gardens. We ensure that we go outside every day, either in the morning or the afternoon, encouraging the children to be aware of the importance of fresh air and excercise. Nature is a magical world for children and the children assist us by bringing nature into the classroom to inspire their enquiring minds. We cook once a week introducing them to a wide range of culinary techniques and healthy food, naturally including the occasional sweet treat!
Once the children reach the age of three they have the choice to stay for the full day at Paint Pots Bayswater. The children bring in packed lunches and are involved in preparing the tables and washing up the crockery afterwards. Lunch time is a relaxed and social part of the day where we all sit down and eat together. On Wednesday mornings, Miss Tania from Club Frere Jaques provides a French class (at an additional cost) to a small group of children. Mr Michael also provides a vibrant and original music session on Mondays. We have a weekly “Show and Tell” where parents are welcome to join us and it is during this time that the children proudly show us their treasured possessions or relate their stories. We like to work closely with the families and parents and believe communication between home and school to be vital.
We have very exciting times ahead as from September 2014, our Ofsted Outstanding Montessori accredited school in Bayswater, will be moving to a new location at St Stephen’s Church, Westbourne Park Road,W2 5QT. Our experienced team will include our current Head Teacher Vinni Lewis and our current Deputy Head, Celia Adamson.
At St Stephen’s we have our own entrance into the school, which leads the children upstairs into an open atrium overlooking the church with two rooms either side. The environment is carefully designed and the space allows the children to share a wide range of materials, enabling them to discover, explore, learn and enhance their skills at their own pace. The children can work independently, with their friends or with a teacher promoting good self esteem and social skills. Parents are involved in the children’s learning and are always welcome to share their experiences with us.
The natural environment is a place of wonder for children and is integral to our curriculum. We are lucky to have a choice of three local gardens where we take the children daily. One afternoon a week we take them to Paint Pots Hyde Park for a true Forest School experience where the children can explore with mud, tools, den building and fire-making, enabling the children to take risks in a safe environment.
The children start at Paint Pots Montessori School Bayswater at 2 years 6 months.
Porchester Road (Entrance on Westbourne Park Villas)
London W2 5DX
T: 07527 100534
St Stephen’s Church
Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QT
T: 0207 223 0123Please note: this is the phone number for our Office.
Mornings: 9.15am – 12.30pm
Afternoons: 1.15pm – 3.45pm