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  • Hampstead School
    Westbere Road
    NW2 3RT
  • Head: Mr Jacques Szemalikowski
  • 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: 1,340; sixth formers: 290
  • 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..

Brand new, all-singing-all-dancing facilities to the tune of £18.5m mean that most of the previous archaic-looking classrooms have been replaced – think bright, light, carpeted modern rooms and particularly large and shiny science labs, with lovely wide squeaky-clean corridors to get from A to B. A melting pot of culture and diversity, with a whole host of activities to keep even the most apathetic child interested, we think this is what all urban comprehensive schools should look like. But although there is room to make mistakes here...

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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 2006, Jacques Szemalikowski MA BSc PGCE NPQH CPhys MinstP FRSA (50s). This head needs no Red Bull! Positively explodes with energy, a dynamo. Five minutes in his company and you are left exhausted. ‘I don’t know anyone like him – I always think he must be thinking 10 different things as he’s speaking,’ one parent told us. ‘And you know that if any of those 10 things need acting on, he’ll do them – probably today!’ He joined to make a difference, and during 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; parents also like the fact that he has four children of his own (‘It means he really gets...

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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

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

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

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

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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