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

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

Many 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. The school takes children aged four through 18 and provides an education based in American pedagogy with an international perspective. The kindergarten classes are inspired by the Reggio Emilia method. The school has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.


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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

A 2018 Ofsted inspection report rated ASL as "outstanding" in all fields inspected.[4]

In 2011 Walters & Cohen won an invited competition to design a new community arts building for the American School in London. The ground floor provides exhibition space, with art, sculpture, ceramics and photography studios on the upper three floors.

Some years ago the school brought in architectural practice Orms to look at 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 – mark the final chapter in this phase of the school's development.[5]

Current and former headsEdit

  • 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[6]
  • Robin A. Appleby, head of school 2017–present

Notable studentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History". The American School in London.
  2. ^ "G20 summit: Crowds gather to meet Barack Obama as he speaks of close US-UK ties". The Telegraph.
  3. ^ "The American School in London". The Good Schools Guide.
  4. ^ "American School in London". Ofsted. 5 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Orms and Walters & Cohen add the finishing touches to the American School in London". The Architects’ Journal.
  6. ^ "News Post". The American School in London.
  7. ^ "OBE for Broxbourne MP Charles Walker". Hertfordshire Mercury. December 30, 2013. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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