Hemdean House School

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Hemdean House School
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Coordinates51°28′17″N 0°58′30″W / 51.47134°N 0.975134°W / 51.47134; -0.975134Coordinates: 51°28′17″N 0°58′30″W / 51.47134°N 0.975134°W / 51.47134; -0.975134
TypeIndependent day school[1]
MottoLaborate et Gaudete
("Work and Rejoice")[2]
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England[1]
FounderFrancis Knighton
Head teacherHelen Chalmers[1]
Age3 to 11
Houses     Knighton
Colour(s)Light blue and Dark blue
AlumniLizbeth Webb

Hemdean House School is a mixed, independent, primary and nursery school for children aged 3–11. It is situated in the centre of Caversham in Reading, Berkshire, England.

Hemdean House School was founded in 1859 by Francis Knighton. In 1862 land was bought for £320, the new building was named Hemdean House.[3] The school operates as a non-profit UK registered charity[4]

The school used to have a girls senior school which was closed in 2016.[5] The school was listed 29th in the Sunday Times list of 100 best performing independent schools in the UK.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Hemdean House School". Independent Schools Council. 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Small school with big expectations". Henley Standard. 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Hemdean House School". Hemdean House School. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection report October 2017 (PDF) Retrieved 12 February 2018
  5. ^ Anderson, Chris (21 April 2016). "Hemdean House School in Caversham considering closing senior school due to low pupil numbers". Reading Chronicle. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ "School praise". Henley Standard. Higgs Group. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ Kirk, Huia. "Elsie Smith". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Obituaries: Lizbeth Webb". The Telegraph. 22 January 2013. ISSN 0307-1235.

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