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  • Hampstead School
    Westbere Road
    NW2 3RT
  • Head: Mr Jacques Szemalikowski
  • T 020 7794 8133
  • F 020 7435 8260
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 1,290 ; sixth formers: 240
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 13th September 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 2nd February 2012

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 16th October 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

His mantra is ‘Every child can achieve, every child will achieve, whatever it takes’ - and he does what he can to ensure this is not just hot air. He organises trips to Oxford so that his students can be aspirational: ‘I want them to know this can be for them too. I want them to be the movers and shakers of the modern world.’ Fizzes with activity – plenty to do. Music is popular and heavy investment in this department has meant that each of the school's 1,300 students is offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The football team recently won the Bliss Inner London Cup...

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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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Since 2006, Mr Jacques Szemalikowski MA BSc PGCE NPQH CPhys MinstP (50s). This head needs no Red Bull! Positively explodes with energy, a dynamo. Five minutes in his company and you are left exhausted. With four young children of his own, this guy is driven. He is here to make a difference, and in his tenure as headmaster of Hampstead School, he has.

A graduate in astrophysics, and a teacher for 25 years before his first headship at The Warwick School, Redhill, Mr Szemalikowski is somewhat old school in his principles and discipline. A misbehaving student can find themselves holed away for the day in the exclusion zone, ‘our naughty step’ – a small building situated at the back of the playing fields. He makes no apologies for his rigorous approach...

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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

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