South Hampstead High School
(German: Mehr Licht)
|Type||Independent day school|
|Location||3 Maresfield Gardens
|Local authority||London Borough of Camden|
|DfE URN||100076 Tables|
|Colours||Gold and Navy|
South Hampstead High School is a prestigious independent day school situated in Hampstead, North-West London. The school was founded and is still supported by the Girls' Public Day School Trust (GPDST). It is a through school for girls from 4 - 18 and operates over three sites. The Senior School is currently housed on a temporary campus whilst a brand new state-of-the-art building is under construction. The Junior School operates from two beautiful old houses nearby and the Sixth Form has its own building, Oakwood House. Entry into the school is selective at ages 4+,7+,11+ and 16+ and there is always a high demand for places.
The school was founded in 1876 as the ninth school established by the Girls' Public Day School Trust (the largest group of independent schools in the UK). It started life as the St John's Wood School with only 27 pupils. From 1946 until the late 1970s it was a girls' direct grant grammar school, whereby around half the intake were paid for by the local council. It opened in its present form on 30 September 1980.
- Helen Pike 2013–present
- Elizabeth Nicholas 2013 one term
- Jenny Stephen 2005-2013
- Vivien Ainley 2001-2004
- Jean Scott 1993-2001 (Chairman from 2001-6 of the Independent Schools Council, and also Head from 1986-93 of St. George's School, Edinburgh)
- Avril Burgess OBE 1975-93 (President from 1988-9 of the Girls' Schools Association)
- Sheila Wiltshire 1969-1974
- Prunella Bodington 1954-1969
- Muriel Potter 1927-1954
- Dorothy Walker 1918-1926 (Miss McGonigle 1926 one term)
- Mary Benton 1886-1918
- Rita Allen-Olney 1876-1886
- Edith Allen, mother of food writer Raymond Postgate and Dame Margaret Cole (who married G. D. H. Cole), and wife of classicist John Percival Postgate
- Rosalind Goodfellow, who taught history 
- Marianne Lutz, Headmistress from 1959-83 of Sheffield High School for Girls taught history from 1947–59.
- Margaret Nevinson, suffragette, and mother of the painter Christopher R. W. Nevinson (taught classics in the 1880s)
In 2011, South Hampstead High School was ranked 2nd in the country for A-Level results according to the Financial Times league table.
- "Mehr Licht" - More Light (German)—the reputed last words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Notable former pupils
- Naomi Alderman, author
- Madalyn Aslan, author
- Alma Birk, Baroness Birk, 1970s Labour politician
- Helena Bonham Carter, actress
- Prof Julia Briggs
- Irene Bruegel
- Ann Chegwidden, film editor
- Janet Neel Cohen, Baroness Cohen of Pimlico, author and former BBC governor
- Joyti De-Laurey, Britain's biggest female fraudster (and moreover, the daughter of the victim was herself an SHJS pupil).
- Lynsey de Paul, singer/songwriter/pianist/actress
- Una Ellis-Fermor, Hildred Carlile Professor of English from 1947-58 at Bedford College
- Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP since 2005 of Hornsey and Wood Green
- Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, actress
- Antonia Forest (Patricia Rubenstein), British children's author
- Jill Fraser MBE, theatre director
- Jane Green, author
- Vivien Greene (née Dayrell-Browning), wife of author Graham Greene
- Charlotte Haldane (née Franken), writer, and first wife of evolutionary biologist J. B. S. Haldane from 1926–45
- Amanda Harlech, model 
- Margot Heinemann (briefly), left-wing writer
- Elizabeth Irving (Lady Brunner), actress and founder of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
- Elsie Janner, Baroness Janner CBE, wife of Barnett Janner, Baron Janner
- Miriam Karlin, actress and activist
- Suzy Klein, radio and television presenter, writer and producer
- Angela Lansbury, actress
- Una Ledingham (née Garvin), physician in the field of diabetes mellitus and pregnancy, and daughter of James Louis Garvin
- Nora Lee (née Nora Francisca Blackburne), actress and casting director 
- E. C. R. Lorac, crime writer
- Daisy Lowe, model
- Prof Ruth Mace, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology since 2004 at University College London
- Joanna MacGregor, classical & contemporary pianist
- Lucasta Miller, writer
- Kate Moross, graphic designer
- Julia Neuberger, Rabbi
- Freya North, author
- Ruth Padel (prep school), poet
- Margaret Quass, educationalist
- Netta Rheinberg MBE, cricketer
- Diana Rowntree, architecture journalist
- Jordan Scott, photographer, daughter of Sir Ridley Scott
- Georgia Slowe, actress
- Anna Stothard (briefly), author
- Rachel Sylvester, senior columnist at The Times newspaper
- Flora Twort, English painter
- Fay Weldon, author
- Olivia Williams, actress
- Sula Wolff, child psychiatrist
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- Rosalind Goodfellow
- "A-Level Exam Results 2010 | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- "GCSE Exam Results 2010 | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- "Table 2: Top 100 schools by Oxbridge admissions hit rate". The Guardian (London).
- "Julia Briggs - obituaries". The Times. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Himmelweit, Sue; Mohun, Simon (15 October 2008). "Obituary: Irene Bruegel". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Michael Ratcliffe (23 October 2007). "Obituary: Ann Chegwidden". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Harding, Louette (30 March 2008). "Britain's Biggest Female Fraudster Admits: 'It was fun while it lasted' | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Picardie, Justine (2 December 2007). "Amanda Harlech: a charmed life". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- Una Ledingham. PMC 1846661.
- The way we were: my life in pictures, The Times August 23, 2005
- "Ruth Mace". Ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Fiona MacCarthy (27 August 2008). "Obituary: Diana Rowntree | Art and design". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011.