Pastoral care

Sixth Form students can feel pressure on many sides, but at South Hampstead there’s a friendly and supportive community to help you thrive and deal with challenges.

As Sixth Formers, our girls will have their very own home from home: Oakwood, the Victorian former residence of the Debenham family, is a place to work, play and let off steam. There are quiet corners to study and catch up with tutors as well as a buzzing common room complete with table football, comfy sofas, marshmallow-topped hot chocolate and oven‑fresh cakes. The Sixth Form team nurtures a real sense of community: small form groups, regular social events and open dialogue with amazing tutors all signal a shift in the learning environment.

There’s a genuine focus on encouraging each individual to flourish and express themselves. Girls can study any combination of A Levels and wear whatever they choose. They have the freedom to speak up, speak out, be themselves and maybe start a society to meet and inspire like minds, however weird or wonderful the area of interest.

Our Sixth Form student welfare committee is active in promoting health and happiness throughout the wider school community. Expert speakers are invited in to discuss issues such as mental health and drug and alcohol use, while workshops encourage healthy eating and sleeping, mindfulness and effective exam preparation. All our parents have access to Tooled Up Education, a digital library of evidence-based resources on all aspects of parenting, education and family life, founded by one of the nation’s experts in parental engagement in children’s lives. Read more here. Our on-site nurse and professional counselling provision allows students to access support on any issue, completely free of stigma.

The teachers put in so much effort to ensure we are all happy in our personal and academic lives.

Former Head Girl