Aims & Ethos

Welcome to our School.

Hampstead Hill School is an independent Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School based in St Stephen’s, a magnificent Grade I listed former church, and the adjacent School Hall in the heart of Hampstead, London. (

Hampstead Hill is a non-selective school catering for children aged 2 to 7+ years.  There are five Year Groups at Hampstead Hill and each Year Group consists of four classes. The Lower School, based in St Stephen’s Hall and the Garden classrooms, is made up of Early Years (age 2–3), Pre-Reception (age 3–4) and Reception (age 4–5) and the Upper School, based in St Stephen’s, is made up of Year 1 (age 5-6) and Year 2 (age 6-7).

Hampstead Hill provides the peace of mind and security that comes with traditional teaching and values.  Alongside a wide and varied syllabus we offer a balanced, nurturing and happy environment that gives children a stimulating and exciting introduction to early education and encourages them to learn and grow.

In the Upper School our goal is to prepare children for the academic challenges of the 7+ entrance examinations to a wide range of future schools.  At the start of the Summer Term the Year 2 pupils, who have finished entrance examinations, move into Post Exam classes and the Year 1 pupils move into their Year 2 classes, giving the children due to sit 7+ examinations three full terms with the Year 2 Class Teachers.

With so many parents running extremely busy lives, it is important that a School recognises the pressures of today’s working arrangements.  Hampstead Hill offers flexible hours for younger children, with facilities available for up to ten hours a day, 51 weeks a year.  For parents who need it from the end of Reception Year onwards (5 years and over) we run a varied, exciting Holiday Scheme during all half-term and holiday periods.

NB: There is an additional daily charge for this service, which varies according to activities.