Principal’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website, we hope you will enjoy learning about what we do. 

Walthamstow Montessori School is a very special place. I founded the school in April 2001 as I was frustrated at not being able to find a Montessori school for my own daughter. Having been a Montessori teacher myself since 1990 lots of local parents persuaded me to consider opening a school in Walthamstow. Soon I had 100 people who had heard about my plans and registered their interest. We opened the school at full capacity and have stayed that way ever since - so please be prepared for long waiting lists!

In 2004 we became an independent school and continued the Montessori education of children up to the age of 11, becoming one of just a handful of schools in the country to do so.

We have a school full of like-minded parents who are looking for a different education that really puts children at its heart. Our curriculum is broad and exciting and our teachers have excellent experience in their subject areas and are passionate about what they do. That passion infuses their teaching and so the children are learning from people who really care about education and believe in the Montessori method.

No two days are ever the same at WMS, in one week alone we have had a Chinese food demonstration, painted pictures in the style of Picasso, made totem poles from clay, celebrated Eid, learned about the slave trade for Black History Month, visited the local park to collect Autumn leaves, visited Fenton House to look at the history of keyboard instruments, listened to and created our own rap music, collected food for a local children’s home and watched a spider spinning its web.

Our children thrive in a nurturing and safe environment where small class sizes ensure that every child is a special person and given the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace with the right level of encouragement and challenge. Children can start with us from the age of 2 years. Others start at 3 or 5 and occasional places do arise at other times so please do enquire. For parents and other interested people we offer Montessori training to those who wish to learn more for themselves and  can provide paediatric first aid training and safeguarding training.

We have a Nursery for our very youngest children from 2 years. Our Lower School comprises the pre-school classes which we call 'Kindergarten' and Reception and Lower Prep which are equivalent to Infant classes in state school. Our Upper School contains Upper Prep, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classes which are Junior school equivalent classes.

We have no fixed catchment area and most of our children come from the following places; Walthamstow, Woodford, Loughton, Leyton, Buckhurst Hill, Ilford, Leytonstone, Stamford Hill, Tottenham, Hornsey, Crouch End, Enfield, Chingford, Stratford, Highams Park.

A school is a busy place but we pride ourselves in building strong relationships with all of the families that come to us and love sharing with you what we do. We are delighted that you are considering our school for your child’s education. We never forget that you are your child’s first educator and that you have a choice about where to send your child for their continued education.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school to really experience the warmth and excitement for yourself.


Yours faithfully,

Lorna Mahoney
Principal and Founder

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