South Hampstead High School

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South Hampstead High School
Motto More Light
(German: Mehr Licht)
Established 1876
Type Independent day school
Headteacher Helen Pike
Location 3 Maresfield Gardens
South Hampstead
Greater London
Coordinates: 51°32′46″N 0°10′38″W / 51.5462°N 0.1773°W / 51.5462; -0.1773
Local authority London Borough of Camden
DfE URN 100076 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff circa 80
Students 900
Gender Girls
Ages 4–18
Colours Gold and Navy          
Website SHHS

South Hampstead High School is an independent day school situated in Hampstead, north-west London, England. 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 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[1] 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.


Head Teachers[edit]

  • 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

Former teachers[edit]

Academic results[edit]

In 2011, South Hampstead High School was ranked 2nd in the country for A-Level results according to the Financial Times league table.[3]

In 2010, South Hampstead High School was ranked 6th in the country for A-Level results[4] and 11th for GCSE results.[5]

Over one fifth of the student body goes on to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, putting the school 18th in the country in terms of Oxbridge admissions.[6]

School motto[edit]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mr. K. Lindsay (31 May 1946). "Direct grant status". Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Rosalind Goodfellow
  3. ^
  4. ^ "A-Level Exam Results 2010 | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "GCSE Exam Results 2010 | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Table 2: Top 100 schools by Oxbridge admissions hit rate" (PDF). The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ "Julia Briggs – obituaries". The Times. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Himmelweit, Sue; Mohun, Simon (15 October 2008). "Obituary: Irene Bruegel". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Michael Ratcliffe (23 October 2007). "Obituary: Ann Chegwidden". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Harding, Louette (30 March 2008). "Britain's Biggest Female Fraudster Admits: 'It was fun while it lasted' | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Picardie, Justine (2 December 2007). "Amanda Harlech: a charmed life". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Una Ledingham". British Medical Journal 2 (5473): 1314. PMC 1846661. 
  13. ^ The way we were: my life in pictures, The Times 23 August 2005
  14. ^ "Ruth Mace". Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  15. ^ Fiona MacCarthy (27 August 2008). "Obituary: Diana Rowntree | Art and design". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Official website