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  • Hampstead School
    Westbere Road
    NW2 3RT
  • Head: Matt Sadler BA (Cantab) PGCE
  • T 020 7794 8133
  • F 020 7435 8260
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 1,316 ; sixth formers: 282
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th April 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st February 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Wowzers results when you consider that nearly half the pupils are bilingual (over 60 different nationalities), nearly half are on pupil premium and five per cent have EHCPs. ‘Think big, work hard, be kind,’ is – lest the students forget - plastered across banners, appears on student resources and uttered by most teachers in most lessons. By and large, the message gets through, with high participation rates in class and really good questioning in particular a two way street. Teachers here don’t just go to the students with their hands up - mini whiteboards, group conversations and good…

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What the school says...

We pride ourselves on our reputation as an inclusive high achieving school, where expectation is high and success is natural. Hampstead School's orderly, purposeful and secure community ensures that young people will achieve their personal best. In 2012 we recorded our fourth successive year of best ever increasing results and have been recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Matthew Sadler BA PGCE. Newcastle born and bred. Started here as a newly qualified teacher in 2010 (the same day as previous head). Was an assistant head at a school in Chiswick and deputy head at a school in Sutton before returning to the fold. Attended his local comp, Kenton School; history degree from Cambridge; PGCE from IoE. Teaching ‘sort of’ in the blood as both parents were teachers, albeit for a short time. Grounded, benevolent and surprisingly mellow given his extreme efficiency. Big on social justice and closing education gaps for those with disadvantaged backgrounds, he loves nothing more than the idea of a ‘proper comp with a genuinely comprehensive intake’, making him the perfect fit. Also refuses to run ‘an exclusive sixth form that isn’t geared towards the school’s cohort’,...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

SEN provision is very strong in Hampstead school and the staff strive to include all students regardless of their needs. The school is keen to stress that it is not specialist in any key area but is always willing to acquire the necessary skills in order to support its students. 09-09

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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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Who came from where

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