We had the pleasure to have Ornella from The Italian Bookshop at our school more than once over the last few months, but yesterday was the first time in two years that our pupils were able to go back to the bookshop and meet with her among her beloved books!

A special morning for our children who had the chance to travel across the neighbourhood and enjoy a storytelling session in Italian.

We love to offer them multiple opportunities to enrich their learning experience at our bilingual school and Ornella's workshops are always a hit!
A few weeks ago our KS2 children took part in a special workshop organised by Native Scientist, a non-profit enterprise that works with international scientists and teachers to promote science and language learning among school pupils.

Is there anything better than becoming scientists for a day, while building and expanding our science vocabulary in Italian?
That was an awesome experience and we would like to thank Native Scientist for visiting our school and taking our children on such a fun learning journey.

You can read more on our blog:

In the meantime have a look at some of the pictures taken on the day in the original post shared by Native Scientist on their page:
Looking back at last Friday - what a night!
We were honoured to host an amazing play written and directed by Francesco Riva on his own experience as a dyslexic child.

Our bilingual school hosts a variety of cultural events over the school year and it is always great to see our community gather together, contribute to the discussion and share beautiful moments.

We cannot wait to see you all again on the 19th May for another brilliant event organised with The Italian Bookshop - this time we will guide you into Dante’s Divina Commedia. Further details will be available soon, save the date!
We have at least three reasons to be happy this week: we have been blessed with enough sunny and warm days, our children are back in their classrooms after the Easter break and we have just launched a brand new school website!

We hope you enjoy using it and find it useful - either your child is currently attending our bilingual school or you are gathering information to choose a nursery or primary school for the upcoming school years.

Please tell us what you think; your feedback is most welcome.
The school will open after the Easter break on the 20th April and we very much look forward to seeing our pupils and hearing about everything they have done during the holidays!
In the meantime we are pleased to announce that in the first week back to school we will be honoured to host an amazing event in Italian, organised by Italian Bookshop, in collaboration with Consolato Generale d'Italia a Londra, as part of the programme Vivere all'Italiana.

DiSlessiA... Dove Sei Albert? is a play written and directed by Francesco Riva, about his experience as a dyslexic child.

Join us on Friday 22nd April at 6:30 PM to attend the play and be part of the conversation about dyslexia, every child's uniqueness and the importance of kindness and listening.

Free tickets are available here:
The school is now closed for the Easter holidays, but we could not wait until we are back to share with you some pictures taken last Sunday at the British Museum.

After the special tour of the National Gallery which took place last February, this month our Parent Association organised another amazing activity at the British Museum: a great opportunity for Italian children in London to explore an extraordinary collection escorted by an entertaining Italian native speaking blue badge guide. Thank you Guida a Londra!

Our Parent Association is working very hard to promote initiatives and events open to the public, supporting our mission and making the school known across the Italian and international families in London.
We are proud to say that profits from ticket sales were donated to support the activities organised by the Ukrainian Social Club, located next door to the school.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event Semi di Lampedusa, organised by SIAL Courses and Comitato Tre Ottobre last Friday.

To be able to bring together the Italian bilingual community and host events in Italian for both young and older audiences is an honour for us.

Further details here:
We would like to congratulate our Year 6 pupils who have performed extremely well in this year's 11+ examinations! We are enormously proud of them all.

Over the last two years all our pupils have secured a place at their first choice school, among which are Kensington Park School, Fulham Prep, Hill House, Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park), Queen’s Gate School, and Maida Vale High School.

Our school offers a unique bilingual English/Italian curriculum preparing pupils to continue their educational journey in the UK, in Italy or in international schools with remarkable results.

If you are interested in a bilingual education for your children, do get in touch with our Admissions Office and book a school tour. Further details are available on our website.
Our pupils in Early Years have enjoyed celebrating Holi last week.

Holi is the festival of colours celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Celebrating events and festivities from around the world is an integral part of our school curriculum. Such celebrations bring the students closer to each other’s traditions and cultural beliefs and develop respect and understanding for each other’s customs and traditions.

After listening to the story behind the festival the children made cards and decorated their own t-shirt using a variety of colours. Their creations are on display for them (and us!) to enjoy.

The children were later escorted to the local park where they had fun throwing coloured paints. That was a wonderful day!
At our bilingual school we are very proud to host a variety of cultural events over the school year. All these events are designed and offered with the Italian bilingual community in mind, together with amazing partners that share with us the mission of promoting the Italian language and culture in the UK.

Do not miss the chance to join us and our friends at SIAL Courses this Friday 25th March at 5:30 PM for an interesting talk about migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and human rights.
This event is organised in collaboration with Comitato Tre Ottobre and in partnership with The Italian Bookshop and CinemaItaliaUK.

Register here:
Auguri a tutti i papà!

Do you know why dads are celebrated today in Italy, while in most other countries including the UK their celebration falls on the third Sunday in June?
The 19th March is the Feast of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers. This is the reason why Italy, but also Spain and Portugal have chosen this day to show appreciation to all fathers.

We talked about this and our beautiful traditions with our children in Early Years, while encouraging them to explore their artistic side to create colourful cards and share their love for their dads.

Being a bilingual and bi-cultural school it is very important to us to offer our children a privileged point of view on both the cultures shaping their identity: celebrations and festivities are always a good occasion to get a grasp of traditions and folklore that they may not be able to fully experience living abroad.

Are you celebrating today?

The only English/Italian bilingual and bi-curricular primary school with nursery in the UK SIAL school has a fully bilingual and bicultural curriculum.

The main objective of SIAL school is to create an Italian school which is fully integrated with the British context in which it operates. It will be a school which integrates the Italian Curriculum, internationally recognised as the great strength of the Italian school system, with the best aspects of the British education system, in particular its educational objectives and teaching methods.

Operating as usual


Our first week of school flew by and we couldn't be happier: it has been great to see our pupils settling in, familiarising themselves with the school setting and eager to learn -exploring all the school subjects in English and Italian.

Curious to know what happened in our classrooms over these first days at school?
Flip through our first Weekly Bulletin for the school year 2023-2024:

Photos from's post 11/09/2023

Our bilingual school opened its doors for the first time 13 years ago but we never get used to the emotional rollercoaster that is the first day of school.

Welcoming the little ones starting nursery and reception with us, as well as being reunited with all the pupils that we have got to know so well over their educational journey at our school is always an honour and a pleasure.

We have an exciting school year ahead of us, we’ll make it count!

Photos from's post 29/08/2023

We are getting ready for a new school year… are you?
Our pupils will start on the 11th September but our school will reopen its doors a week earlier: do get in touch with the Admissions Office to book a school tour or schedule a call with our Headteacher and find out what makes our bilingual school unique.
And do not forget our Open Day, taking place on Wednesday 11th October - further information available on our website.


Our school is currently closed for the summer holidays, but there is always a chance to take a peek inside our classrooms. Start with flipping through our Weekly Bulletins, then book a private tour as soon as our bilingual school reopens on Wednesday 5th September.

Download our weekly bulletins:


A new episode of our TV programme Chi è? is available on Complitaly - News: have you watched it yet?
This time it's Francesca's turn to tell us all about a talented and charismatic Italian singer who won the last edition of Sanremo Festival and represented Italy at Eurovision this year.

We would love to hear from you what your children think about the inspirational people chosen by our pupils for their own episode: did they know them? Who is their favourite? Tell us in the comments!


Watch the new episode of our TV programme Chi è? entirely created by our bilingual pupils. This time it's Emiliano's turn to tell us all about one of Italy's most beloved and popular actors, directors, and screenwriters.

We would love to hear from you what your children think about the inspirational people chosen by our pupils for their own episode: did they know them? Who is their favourite? Tell us in the comments!


It is always bittersweet when a school year ends, knowing that we have to say goodbye to the pupils who are ready to transition to secondary school as well as those who are leaving for many different reasons.

We certainly are on an emotional rollercoaster right now and the beautiful messages we are getting from the families who are leaving us are truly a blessing. We feel happy and proud. They are telling us we are doing things right.

We are going to miss you but we can't wait to see you spread your wings. Good luck children!

Read more on our blog:


Watch the new episode of our TV programme Chi è? entirely created by our pupils with Complitaly - News.
This time it's Marta's turn to tell us all about the greatest Italian poet, born and raised in Firenze and considered the “Father of the Italian Language.

We would love to hear from you what your children think about the inspirational people chosen by our pupils for their own episode: did they know them? Who is their favourite? Tell us in the comments!


Watch the new episode of our TV programme Chi è? entirely created by our pupils.
This time it's Enrico's turn to tell us all about an incredible woman who has broken several records and inspires young people all around the world... from space!

The tv programme "Chi è?" has been entirely created and produced by our children during a recent after-school club held at our bilingual school in collaboration with Complitaly - News.

Photos from's post 05/07/2023

This is the last week of school and even if we are all counting down the days to the summer holidays, our teachers know how to hold our pupils' attention. With fun and interactive activities children learn better and enjoy their time in the classroom, getting ready to say goodbye to their friends for a well-deserved break!

For further details about the activities carried out at our bilingual school, flip through our weekly bulletins:


🇬🇧 Today is a big day at our bilingual school: our pupils performed in front of the whole community this morning after several weeks of hard work to bring on stage a beautiful adaptation of the Pied Piper. They sang and acted in both languages and made us extremely proud.

We would like to thank Miss Anna, our music and drama teacher, as well as all the teachers who supported our pupils throughout the rehearsals.

It was also wonderful to see how many parents and carers joined us to cheer for the children and enjoy our end of year performance. Thank you all!

🇮🇹 Oggi è un giorno speciale per la nostra scuola bilingue: stamattina i nostri alunni, dopo settimane di grande impegno, hanno portato in scena davanti all'intera comunità scolastica uno splendido adattamento del Pifferaio Magico. Hanno cantato e recitato in italiano e in inglese e ci hanno resi veramente orgogliosi!

Ringraziamo di cuore la maestra di musica e recitazione Anna Oggero, così come tutti gli insegnanti che hanno supportato i bambini durante le prove.

Un grazie speciale va anche ai genitori e tutori che hanno affollato il nostro teatro per assistere allo spettacolo e fare il tifo per i nostri piccoli grandi attori. È stato meraviglioso!


In the first episode of the programme Chi è?, our own Eugenio tells us all about the most famous of all Romans.
Show the video to your children and let us know what they think: we do hope this will spark curiosity and encourage them to look up other inspirational people, interesting anecdotes and cultural facts. Learning more about Italy can be good fun!

The tv programme "Chi è?" has been entirely created and produced by our pupils during a recent after-school club held at our bilingual school in collaboration with Complitaly - News.

Photos from's post 28/06/2023

Residential school trips allow primary-aged children to gain independence and responsibility, improve teacher and student relationships and definitely offer the opportunity to make lifelong memories.

Ask our Y5 and Y6 pupils, who have just got back from their residential trip to the Isle of Wight!

They enjoyed four fun-filled days of sports, history and nature, from surfing to a tour of Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House, not to mention invigorating swims and challenging matches of Jurassic Adventure Golf at Sandown Beach.

Un programma tv creato dai bambini della e Complitaly 24/06/2023

Learning everything about video production, producing an original web TV programme and even appearing on camera like professional hosts: can you believe that all this happened during our latest after-school club?

Thanks to our collaboration Complitaly - News our pupils had the opportunity to attend a brand new after-school club held in Italian where they learnt from scratch how to create and produce a web TV programme.

They chose their favourite character among the most famous and inspirational Italians, from historical figures to people who excelled in their field, such as Dante Alighieri or Samantha Cristoforetti, did some research about their lives and achievements and went on camera to tell us all about them.

The first episode will be launched next week and the original format called "Chi è?" (Who is it?) will keep us entertained for the whole summer.

Watch the trailer and get to know the pupils at our bilingual school who were involved in the project:

Un programma tv creato dai bambini della e Complitaly Grazie alla collaborazione con Complitaly i nostri alunni hanno avuto l'opportunità di creare e produrre da zero il loro programma tv.

BOOK O'CLOCK - C'è una macchia sul mio disegno 15/06/2023

We are delighted to remind you that there are still few place available for BOOK O'CLOCK, the brilliant book club in Italian for children aged 4-11 taking place at our school next Thursday.

Join the host, Gloria Danili and her first guest, author and illustrator Marianna Balducci on Thursday 22nd June at 5:30PM for a fun and creative event.

While booking your free ticket on Eventbrite you will also have the opportunity to add a donation to support the Italian Red Cross and their work in the flooded areas in Emilia Romagna.

BOOK O'CLOCK - C'è una macchia sul mio disegno Lettura ad alta voce e laboratorio creativo

Photos from's post 13/06/2023

Last Friday we held our annual Sports Day, and what an amazing day it was, also thanks to the fantastic sunshine!
Well done to all the children for their hard work participating in all the events. It was wonderful to see so many of the parents and carers there too, cheering on the children and even taking part in some races!


Yesterday The Italian Bookshop closed down for good after 30 years and our heart goes out to Ornella.

There’s hardly an Italian in London who hasn’t heard of her, her lovely bookshop and the countless events hosted within those walls.

And how many times our pupils were inspired by listening to the beautiful stories Ornella read for them, walking through Kensington to visit her bookshop or even here at school!

The bookshop may be closed for now, but this story doesn’t end here. There is too much to do, too many ideas, too much passion.
Ornella, we are rooting for you.

Photos from's post 02/06/2023

Before closing for the half-term holiday, we couldn't miss the chance to celebrate World Bee Day. We had such a wonderful time and our Assembly last Friday was the perfect way to end such a busy week!

All children took part in several activities and learned about these amazing and useful insects: some pupils read their poems and sang a brilliant song about bees written by them, while other children explained pollination and the role of bees for the environment.

Well done children! Together we can build a better future and leave the world a better place for you.

Photos from's post 30/05/2023

Learning about different types of texts can be fun!
A couple of weeks ago in Y3 it was all about instructional texts and we thought we'd learn how to give instructions and state rules by playing a new game.

The children had a lot of fun running around and passing the ball in the outdoor area.
At the end of the game it then seemed much easier to sit down and write the instructions.

This is the essence of the 'learning by doing' pedagogical method: pupils will learn something better and faster if they perform the action and reflect on their experience.

Photos from's post 24/05/2023

During the Walk to School Week 2023 our children in EYFS enjoyed participating in a variety of activities.
We discussed the importance of being active and staying healthy and completed a chart which indicated the different ways of travelling to school.

We also participated in an activity where we had to count our steps as we walked along a colour bunting and record our results by circling the colour we arrived at.

A good way to get moving while practicing numbers and colours!

Photos from's post 22/05/2023

Last Wednesday, it was National Numeracy Day! We watched a live lesson and started our posters for the ‘Number heroes’ competition thinking about creative ways we can use numbers in our future careers. The future is bright for our Years 5 and 6 pupils who all have high ambitions and very, very creative goals!


This is how we make the most of a sunny day at school, taking our science lesson outdoors!

This term, we are studying forces. So far we have looked at what a force is, gravity, air resistance and water resistance. This week, we have been designing boats based on our knowledge of air resistance, water resistance, upthrust, buoyancy and streamlining.

Sitting on the grass and getting some fresh air, our Y5 and Y6 pupils spent a lovely hour with their teachers. Sometimes even little changes to the school routine can make the day (and the learning) more exciting


Calling all Italian new parents and parents-to-be living in London: do not miss this great event organised in collaboration with DottoreLondon and under the patronage of the Consolato Generale d'Italia a Londra.
Join us on Tuesday 16th May at 5:30 PM at our bilingual school for a couple of hours full of information, resources and tips shared by a number of Italian doctors and health professionals working in the UK.

Register here:

Photos from's post 25/04/2023

Another wonderful event in Italian aimed at primary school children took place at our bilingual school yesterday.
We would like to thank Judi Abbot for giving all the young attendees the chance to find out how illustration works and even have a go at illustrating their own book cover, inspired by Gianni Rodari’s Libro dei Perché.

This event was organised in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute London, on the occasion of FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London.


We are getting ready for an exciting Summer Term: the school will reopen on Wednesday and we can't wait to welcome back our pupils and hear all about their Easter break.
While setting up our classrooms and preparing teaching materials, we would like to share with you an interview with our Headteacher who speaks warmly about our project, the whole idea behind the creation of an Italian school back in 2010 and the reality of a bilingual educational setting that puts children at the centre.

8 tips to Make your School More Sustainable | Kensington Mums 06/04/2023

While the school is closed for the Easter holidays, we thought we’d share some tips we put together for Kensington Mums on how to make an educational setting more eco-friendly. has always been committed to work towards becoming a sustainable, environmental and eco-friendly community and as a recognised eco-school we are happy to share our experience.

Read the full article:

And if you would like to visit the school and see our approach in action, don't forget our Open Day on Thursday 27th April at 09:00AM - we very much look forward to meeting new families interested in our bilingual school!

8 tips to Make your School More Sustainable | Kensington Mums Here are 8 ways to support your school’s programme on sustainability.


Before the school closes for the Easter Holidays, we would like to thank all the families who joined our forum on the transition to secondary school last week.
We appreciate that choosing a secondary school for their child feels like a daunting and confusing task for most parents - this is why every year our Headteacher hosts a presentation to give guidance on the application process and support each family in identifying a selection of appropriate schools for their children.
This is a process that actually starts in KS2 and continues throughout year 6, involving
the senior leadership team and the class teachers.

Read more on our website:

Laboratorio per bambini: Illustra una storia di Gianni Rodari 30/03/2023

We are delighted to invite you to a lovely workshop in Italian with Giuditta Gaviraghi, aka Judi Abbot, taking place at our bilingual school on the 24th April 2023 at 5:30PM.

On the occasion of FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London, and the Italian Cultural Institute London bring you this free event where children aged 4-11 years will have the chance to find out how illustration works and even have a go at illustrating their own book cover, inspired by Gianni Rodari’s Libro dei Perché.

Places are limited, register here:

Laboratorio per bambini: Illustra una storia di Gianni Rodari Laboratorio gratuito all'interno del Festival of Italian Literature in London, in collaborazione con l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura a Londra

Photos from's post 27/03/2023

At the heart of every event we host lies the desire to bring the beauty and richness of Italian culture to London. What a joy it was to welcome Giusi Battaglia and her amazing Sicilian recipes last Friday and let our bilingual school become a busy professional kitchen for a night!

A special thanks to the amazing partners who made this possible: The Italian Bookshop and Cairo Editore, and again to Giusina in Cucina, Ornella Tarantola and Simonetta Agnello Hornby.

Watch the video recorded by - News and get a taste of this incredible night:


Today at 10:00 our teachers will be at the North Kensington Library for a fun storytime in English and Italian - will you join us?
It is free and you don't need to book, just pop in if you are in the area!


Red Nose Day is about coming together and spreading joy while raising funds to help people going through the toughest times of their lives. We will do our part hosting a wonderful bake sale outside the school this Thursday from 2-4pm.

If you are in the area pop by and buy one of the delicious home-made cakes on sale or help us raise money for Comic Relief by donating on Justgiving:


This week in the run up to International Women’s Day our pupils carried out some beautiful activities: starting from a lovely art and craft idea, children in EYFS recreated a mimosa bouquet to bring back home, while older children discovered Ipazia and her contribution to mathematics, astronomy and philosophy.

But our work goes far beyond the 8th of March.

We are committed to empower the young girls in our classrooms throughout the school years, nurturing their potential and encouraging them to pursue their passions and dreams.

By challenging stereotypes and teaching gender equality to boys and girls, we believe we can help build a more inclusive and equal society.

📸 Our girls from Y4, 5 and 6 participating in an Inter-borough Football Tournament.

Photos from's post 03/03/2023

What a day! We celebrated World Book Day with a number of creative activities and had a lot of fun. Check the pictures to see how adorable our pupils looked.


We are getting ready to celebrate at school, but this year we really want to engage the local community and offer more children the opportunity to fall in love with books and reading.

This is why - as previously announced - we asked our pupils to share their opinions on the latest books they have read and write some beautiful reviews to inspire other children.

The good news is you will also find these reviews on display at The Italian Bookshop! Make sure to pop by the shop and have a chat with Ornella: we can't think of a better way to celebrate World Book Day than inside a lovely bookshop managed with such care and passion.


On the occasion of World Book Day we are honoured to collaborate with North Kensington Library and share with you the reviews that our pupils have written both in Italian and English, after immersing themselves in reading some beautiful books over February half-term.

Their reviews will be on display from the 2nd March at the library and we are sure you and your children will find inspiration for your next choice of reading!

We are also delighted to announce that our teachers will be running a bilingual storytime on Wednesday 15th March, aimed at children under 5.

The event is free of charge, but registration on Eventbrite is recommended.

And that is not all - we have more surprises in store to celebrate World Book Day, follow us to know more!

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SIAL is a full-time bilingual Italian and English School with Scuola dell’Infanzia (EYFS, i.e. Nursery and Reception), Scuola Primaria (KS1 & KS2: Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5) and Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado (SSI: Y6, Y7 and Y8) fully recognised by the Italian Ministry for Education (we are a “scuola paritaria”) as well as by Ofsted.

The main objective of SIAL is to create an Italian school which is fully integrated with the British context in which it operates. It will be a school which integrates the Italian Curriculum, internationally recognised as the great strength of the Italian school system, with the best aspects of the British education system, in particular its educational objectives and teaching methods.

Classes have a maximum of 20 children in Nursery and 16 children in all other classes (Reception, KS1 & KS2 and SSI).

SIAL is fully recognised both by the British and the Italian governments (we are a “scuola paritaria”).

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