School Information

National Curriculum / Rainbow Curriculum

National Curriculum

Rainbow's curriculum is clearly laid out with reference to the government's attainment targets and key stages, enabling parents to clearly understand their child's progress. Montessori education is particularly suited to achieving the cross-curriculum approach encouraged by the National Curriculum. The idea of cross-curriculum themes was originated by Dr. Montessori and is achieved by regular project work encompassing and developing many different subjects at the same time.


Rainbow Curriculum

The emphasis in the Montessori classroom is on the inter-related nature of the various subjects taught. Traditional areas of study are complemented by subjects reflecting a rapidly changing world - History, Geography, General Science, Music, the Arts, Drama and Physical Education are joined by Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Design & Technology.

Our children are encouraged to do further research in their class and individual projects by regular field trips and excursions. We have had recent visits to the National Gallery, Mount Fitchet Castle and the Isle of Wight, to name but a few. Additional trips to theatres for special drama productions and workshops have also been arranged such as the Globe Theatre and the London Symphony Orchestra.

There is regular homework, which is mainly given as preparation or research for projects. Parents are requested to be involved and help their children with this and any other extra work, which may be sent home

Extra Activities

In addition to core subjects, a number of optional classes are available including:


Spanish, Mandarin,Japanese and Italian






Art and Dance

Yoga and Well-being.

Pupils’ achievements

Rainbow Montessori pupils regularly have their poems published following success in a national poetry competition. We have had two children that have been successful in securing full scholarship places at the Purcell School of Music. Two of our children have also won a nationwide poster competition for Amnesty International after which the posters were used as part of Amnesty's campaign. In addition, one of our children won a competition organized by Shelter by designing their new collection box.


A feature of Montessori education is that each child is continually observed and assessed by their teachers. Parents are requested to meet the teachers once per term at which point they will receive a summary of their child's progress. There will also be a full written report on each child per year.

Competition and examination are not a part o f the Montessori method. However, older children approaching entrance examinations will be given tutorial guidance on request.

2018    - Ofsted Report -  Queens Park Nursery:  ‘Partnerships between staff and parents are strong’

Ofsted Inspector gave our Queens Park Nursery a full investigation in September 2018 and noted that:

Staff confidently know how children learn and develop through play. Children make good progress in relation to their starting points.
Staff prepare children well for the next stages in their learning and development, including the move on to school.
Children benefit from a calm and caring learning environment. They settle readily and make friends to play with easily. Children are confident to ask for help when needed.

Please click to see the full Ofsted report 

2017    - Ofsted Report -  West Hampstead Nursery:  ‘Parents are pleased with the good service they receive from this attentive team.’

Ofsted Inspector gave our West Hampstead Nursery a full investigation in September 2017  and noted that:

Children benefit from a welcoming and nurturing learning environment. They settle well and make friends to play with. They are confident to ask for help when needed.

Children who speak English as an additional language achieve equally well. Staff prepare children well for the next stages in their learning and development.

They say that their children progress well and look forward to coming to nursery

Please click to see the full Ofsted report 

General Information

It is a requirement that all requests for leave o f absences are addressed in writing to the school, with as much notice as possible please. If a child is unable to attend through sickness, telephone as soon as possible and confirm it in writing on the child's return to school. If your child is likely to be late for school, please telephone the school administrator by 9.30am. Four 'late arrivals' will equal one unauthorised absence.

There are three terms of school per year. Each term is between 10 and 12 weeks long. Half term is one week. Exact dates are displayed on the school notice board and on our website .


Rainbow's school uniform is colourful and practical (i.e. jeans and sweatshirts). Details are given in the uniform list available on request. Children are required to wear full school uniform daily.

There are also winter hats and summer caps to comply with our heath and safety policy. An apron is needed for artwork and cookery.

School coats (including raincoats)
Any appropriate style but must be in a ‘school’ colour i.e. red, blue/navy or yellow

RMS sweat shirts
or approved Rainbow jumpers/cardigans/fleeces

White polo shirt (long or short sleeved) or Rainbow T shirt,

Polo neck jumpers for winter (under sweatshirts), white, navy or red.

Outdoor shoes suitable for the season – any colour.

Indoor shoes black or white plimsolls
NO CROCS (for H & S reasons)

Tights/leggings any in school colours (red, blue, yellow & white) or Rainbow tights

Skirt/Jeans blue denim

Winter: winter cap or beanie
Summer: sports cap for boys and girls or summer boater for girls


Girls:  Yellow & white striped or check dress/skirt

Boys: Navy shorts (denim or smart/casual)

For P.E.

Navy Montessori sweat shirt
White Rainbow Montessori T shirt
Navy tracksuit bottoms or royal/navy shorts
School baseball cap & sports trainers.

Gym bag for PE & outings.



Harrow School Outfitters, 32, High Street, HARROW ON THE HILL, Middlesex. HA1 3L Tel: 020 8422 1045

From 2nd January 2015 the new address is:

The Outfitters

23 High Street

Harrow on the Hill

Middlesex, HA1 3HT

0208 422 1045


All Rainbow Montessori class teachers are fully qualified by a recognized Montessori college both here and abroad.

Currently at our nurseries there are 8 full time and part time teachers and 3 visiting teachers, most of whom have degree qualifications in addition to their Montessori diplomas.

Additionally, teachers and/or staff hold the relevant qualifications in the following areas: Fire Marshalling, First Aid, , Health and Hygiene, Child Protection, and Special Educational Needs.

Parent Handbook / School Policies

Here is the Parent Handbook (PDF download) of school policies relating to your child.  

 Click Here>  Parent Handbook

Please ensure you have  read and understood these policies as they form part of our terms of admission.

Policy areas included, are:

School history
Philosophy of the school
Special Educational Needs
Race and Culture
Parental Participation
Food Management
Health and Safety
Sickness and Medication
Head Lice
Future school
Extra lessons
English as an Additional Language
Sporting Aims
Uniform & Property

Behaviour, Bullying, Sanctions
Accident Procedure
Exclusion for Illness
Child Protection

Religious Education
Sex Education
Disability Discrimination
School Trips
Complaints Procedure (inc. any registered complaints)

If required, the full school policies are available in the office on request. 

Parents Welcome!

You play a vital role in your child's education and we try to maintain a very open communication with you. We welcome parents to come and share culture, talents, or help on outings. As a parent you are automatically a member of our parent/teacher association charity known as Friends of Rainbow (F.o.R). Each class has a parent representative to help inform you of current events and future plans and parents are given regular updates.

Contact Information

Our Principal Office is:  125 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6RG

Our Principal contact telephone number (both in and out of term time) is: 020 7328 8986

To contact the Proprietor:  John Madden or Head of Nurseries : Maggy Miller. Please call or write to the school address on the contacts page.