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South Hampstead High School, GDST

By Coby F

2 years ago

Address: 3 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SS
Website: www.shhs.gdst.net
Founded: 1876
Number of Pupils: 930
Ages: 4-18
Fees: £5,309 to £6,498 per term; bursaries and scholarships available
Head Teacher: Mrs Vicky Bingham (MA Oxon)
Religious Affiliation: All faiths
Entrance Procedure: Admissions at 4+, 7+, 11+ and 16+ via assessment
Contact: Mrs Kirsty Ions, Head of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days available to book online

The Curriculum

An outstanding breadth of opportunity in the curriculum and co-curricular activities. A stimulating enrichment programme; outward-looking Global Issues course; the Head teaches philosophy to all year sevens.

Games & The Arts

An ethos of inclusive excellence pervades sport and the arts. A great tradition of high achievement in music, art and drama; poets, writers and artists-in-residence. Over 30 sports available: fixtures for all abilities; ‘Going for Gold Programme’ for the elite.

Pastoral Care

At least two, if not three, tutors per form and a strong peer-mentoring system. Great talks for pupils and parents on welfare issues. Counselling provision and full-time nurse; mindfulness and yoga. Excellent food and sport also critical components of the approach to well-being. All receive individual attention and tailored guidance as part of the school’s higher education and careers offering, The Futures Programme, to prepare for life beyond school.

University Places

Over 85 per cent to first choice university; typically 20 per cent+ to Oxbridge.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Opening doors, hearts and minds. All girls encouraged to develop creativity, humanity and a commitment to life-long learning. The aim is for all students to leave South Hampstead as confident, adaptable and pioneering young women, ready to make their mark on the world and to lead happy, successful lives.

Outstanding Characteristics

Academic powerhouse, with kindness and curiosity at its core. Buzzing co-curricular programme. Girls encouraged to lead activities, be themselves and express their opinions. ‘Speaker Series’ welcomes incredible high-profile visitors in to talk. A busy, vibrant and unpretentious school that fosters intellectual spark, creativity, debate and a real joy in learning.