South Hampstead High School

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South Hampstead High School
South Hampstead High School.png
Motto More Light
(German: Mehr Licht)
Established 1876
Type Independent day school
Headteacher Helen Pike
Location 3 Maresfield Gardens
South Hampstead
Greater London
NW3 5SS
England
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 Yellow and Navy          
Website SHHS

South Hampstead High School is an independent day school in Hampstead, north-west London, England, which was founded and is still supported by the Girls' Public Day School Trust (GPDST). It is for girls aged 4–18 and operates over three sites. Entry into the school is selective at ages 4+,7+,11+ and 16+.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1876, the ninth school established by the Girls' Public Day School Trust, as the St John's Wood School, with 27 pupils. From 1946 until the late 1970s, it was a girls' direct grant grammar school, with around half the intake paid for by the local council.[1] It opened in its present form in 1980. In November the school will mark its 140th anniversary.

Staff[edit]

Head Teachers[edit]

  • Victoria Bingham 2016 - present
  • Sandrine Paillasse 2016 (acting)
  • Helen Pike 2013–2016
  • 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 second in the country for A-Level results according to the Financial Times league table.[3]

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.[4]

School motto[edit]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr. K. Lindsay (31 May 1946). "Direct grant status". Hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Rosalind Goodfellow
  3. ^ Financial Times
  4. ^ "Table 2: Top 100 schools by Oxbridge admissions hit rate" (PDF). The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ "Julia Briggs – obituaries". The Times. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Himmelweit, Sue; Mohun, Simon (15 October 2008). "Obituary: Irene Bruegel". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Michael Ratcliffe (23 October 2007). "Obituary: Ann Chegwidden". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Picardie, Justine (2 December 2007). "Amanda Harlech: a charmed life". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Una Ledingham". British Medical Journal. 2 (5473): 1314. PMC 1846661Freely accessible. 
  11. ^ The way we were: my life in pictures, The Times 23 August 2005
  12. ^ "Ruth Mace". Ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  13. ^ Fiona MacCarthy (27 August 2008). "Obituary: Diana Rowntree | Art and design". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Official website