Welcome from the Head

South Hampstead High School is a uniquely cosmopolitan community: as academic as it is creative, as liberal as it is rigorous, as illustrious as it is industrious.

When you visit South Hampstead High School you will easily see why we are a different school: bright and open, at the reflection of our pupils. The artwork on the walls and in the Atrium mirrors the creativity we nurture. When I walk into a classroom, I unfailingly witness progressive teaching and intellectual efforts – not unlike mini think tanks. Wandering in the corridors during breaks, I am always impressed by the care girls have for each other and for their teachers. Their enthusiasm is boundless – as is their energy: after a delightful lunch, girls engage in exciting and challenging extra-curricular activities – perhaps yoga or meditation, a visit to the Freud museum with the Classics Society, or daring experiments at the Mad Scientist Club.

We are one of the country’s pre-eminent independent day schools for girls, and pride ourselves upon offering girls a challenging, supportive and joyful environment. Our students are unashamedly ambitious, decisive in their choices, inspired by the excellent teaching and learning we deliver.

They develop a spirit of endeavour - personal, moral and intellectual.  They achieve excellent results in public examinations, and their university destinations are far-reaching: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh or New York University to name but a few. 

At South Hampstead High School, we recognise that girls have different needs and aspirations, and we aim to cater for all. It is with excitement that we equip them with the resilience and confidence they need to make life choices. They learn to be reflective and mindful citizens not only in our local community but also globally.

As our previous Deputy Head, I am delighted to be leading the school towards more successes in my role as Acting Headmistress until January 2017. If you attend an Open Day, you will meet our teachers and students, and quickly see for yourself how remarkable an education at South Hampstead High School is.

I encourage you to learn more about our Headmistress elect Vicky Bingham and South Hampstead High School through visiting our senior school and junior school.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sandrine Paillasse

Headmistress (Acting)

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