The American School in London

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The American School in London
Logo of The American School In London.png
United Kingdom
TypeInternational school
Color(s)Orange and Black
Head of SchoolRobin A. Appleby

The American School in London (ASL) is an international, private, independent school in St John's Wood, London, England for students from kindergarten through high school.

76% of students have at least one parent with a US passport, but the school’s admissions policy stresses that the school tries to admit a diverse student body, and 41% of pupils have at least one other passport. It is, however, very much an American school. The school takes children aged four through 18 and provides an “American education with a global perspective." The kindergarten classes are inspired by the Reggio Emilia method. The school has been rated “outstanding” across the board by Ofsted. The high school has a great track record for Ivy League placements.[1]


The school was established in 1951 by journalist Stephen Eckard. It was first situated in Eckard's home, and was a school primarily for 13 students.

Visitors to the school have included U.S. Presidents Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during their visits to London.[2] At a visit to The American School In London, Mr Obama made a short speech in which he talked about the US-UK relationship and the importance of children as the future.[3]

According to the Good Schools Guide, 80% of the 1,350 students hold US passports, and half of those are multi-passport holders from dual national families.[4]

A 2013 Ofsted inspection report rated ASL as "outstanding" in all fields inspected.[5]

In 2011 Walters & Cohen won an invited competition to design a new community arts building for the American School in London. The new building’s sculptural quality is fitting to the work that goes on inside. The ground floor provides exhibition space, with art, sculpture, ceramics and photography studios on the upper three floors. An elegant concrete frame provides long span, column-free studio space at all levels, bringing in daylight from the north and south and creating a flexible, spacious and comfortable environment in which pupils can develop their art.[6]

New photographs - published on the Architects Journal website on 27 January 2017 - reveal the school’s new £10 million underground sports centre and swimming pool, and a four-storey arts block complete with an exhibition space and studios for photography, sculpture and ceramics.[7]

About 20 years ago the school brought in architectural practice Orms to look at a masterplan for the school’s future development. The 15-year plan was aimed at providing more sports facilities, more science teaching space and better facilities for the arts. These two projects – a swimming pool and sports centre by Orms and an arts building by Walters & Cohen won via an invited competition in 2011 – complete this masterplan, marking the final chapter in this phase of the school’s development.[8]

Current and former heads[edit]

  • Stephen Eckard, founder, head of school 1951–1971
  • Jack Harrison, head of school 1971–1986
  • William E. Harris, head of school 1986–1991
  • William Greenham, interim head of school 1991–1992
  • Judith L. Glickman, head of school 1992–1998
  • William C. Mules, head of school 1998–2007
  • Coreen R. Hester, head of school 2007–2017[9]
  • Robin A. Appleby, head of school 2017-present

Notable students[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "London international schools". London Pre-prep.
  2. ^ "History". The American School in London.
  3. ^ "G20 summit: Crowds gather to meet Barack Obama as he speaks of close US-UK ties". The Telegraph.
  4. ^ "The American School in London". The Good Schools Guide.
  5. ^ "American School in London". Ofsted. 5 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Project by Walters & Cohen Architects". Walters & Cohen Architects.
  7. ^ "15 years in the making: American School in London revealed in new photographs". ISG.
  8. ^ "Orms and Walters & Cohen add the finishing touches to the American School in London". The Architects’ Journal.
  9. ^ "News Post". The American School in London.
  10. ^ "Kathleen Turner". Wikipedia. Wikipedia. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  11. ^ "OBE for Broxbourne MP Charles Walker". Hertfordshire Mercury. December 30, 2013. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°32′05″N 0°10′36″W / 51.5348°N 0.1766°W / 51.5348; -0.1766