Setting off sparks: Co-curriculum

We are proud to be a busy, buzzing school with a lot going on. Alongside every girl’s timetable of lessons there is a busy calendar of talks, trips, clubs and community activities that complement her formally-taught subjects. They are not just optional extras – we see them as critical to academic and life success.

The range of clubs and societies lets each girl create her own programme of activities before, during and after school. From Debating and Doctor Who to Symphonic Orchestra and Space Society, the options give everyone the chance to have fun and excel. We actively encourage girls to try their hand at new things and engage with people from other year groups, as well as launch and lead societies themselves. Read our co-curricular booklet for an overview of the range and depth of clubs and societies on offer over the course of the year.

Our Speaker Series evening events aim to open minds for both pupils and parents, and we’ve been helped with an array of inspirational and influential guests. Recent high-profile speakers have included Dame Stella Rimington, former director-general of MI5, Olympic Gold Medallists Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, and Michael Gove, who was duly quizzed in characteristic South Hampstead style!

We open hearts, too, with a flow of opportunities for community and charity work within school, coordinated by the student-led charity team, as well as the friendly (and rather competitive) House events. South Hampstead girls have an outstanding record in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, too, learning a great deal from participating in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Staff stories

Ms Kate Martin
Head of Drama
The girls are full of energy here… there is an incredible amount of talent.
Previously a professional actor and singer, Ms Martin’s on-stage highlights include playing the lead in The Mousetrap in the West End as well as Shanghai and touring with the musical Sister Act as a nun. She has also appeared in TV ads, juggling fruit for Benecol and emulating Miranda Hart for a bed company!