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Pastoral care and inclusivity
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Entrance & admissions information

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Learning support & SEN information

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What says..

Beyond the core curriculum, debate and discussion are central to life here. Girls talk about everything, argue about anything but learning to listen critically to opposing views and resist the echo chamber are equally important. Just as we begin to think it not possible to be wowed by another facility, we are led into the cool, wood lined temple that is the 400-seat Waterlow Hall, venue for concerts, recitals, plays, debate competitions and opened by Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman (South Hampstead and GDST’s own royalty). The same parents who said they chose the school for its academic reputation acknowledged that one of the things they appreciated most was the school’s low key attitude to academic pressure...

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  • South Hampstead High School
    3 Maresfield Gardens
    NW3 5SS
  • Head: Mrs Anna Paul
  • T 020 7435 2899
  • F 020 7431 8022
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • South Hampstead High School is a mainstream independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school. South Hampstead High School fees are £22,764 pa, and the school does not offer boarding. Want to know more? Access the South Hampstead High School review.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 700; sixth formers: 188
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £22,764 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: South Hampstead High School – Junior School

What the school says...

A top academic school for girls, South Hampstead is a lively, cosmopolitan and supportive community. Art, Music and Drama are outstanding; Young Enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes thrive. As the school is close to London's centre, pupils make full use of the capital's galleries, museums and historic places. Four acre Sports Ground 5 mins away. Entry 4+ 7+ 11+ and 6th Form. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Since September 2023, Anna Paul. Previously senior deputy head at Godolphin & Latymer, where she was responsible for overseeing pastoral care. She studied English literature at Durham University and then did a PGCE at Cambridge. An English teacher by background, she went on to teach at The John Lyon School and North London Collegiate School and lives locally with her young family.

Selective, competitive entry at all points. At 11+ more than 600 girls apply for 55 places to join the 46 or so who have moved up (without having to take an exam) from the junior school. Increasing numbers join from local state primary schools. ‘We make a conscious effort to balance the intake,’ says the head.

The school is part of the London 11+ Consortium; for 11+ entry in September 2023 there is a new...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

South Hampstead aims to ensure that all children who are accepted into the school receive a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, regardless of any disability or personal and educational difficulties they encounter. The Senior School has a Learning Needs Co-ordinator. Every member of staff is made aware of pupils' educational needs and difficulties. A variety of teaching methods are employed with these in mind. However, the school is not resourced to offer specialist assessment nor specialist teaching to girls with special educational needs. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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