7.45am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday (51 Weeks per year)
In the Hampstead Hill School Early Years setting and Reception Year children are taught reading, writing and mathematics as part of the daily syllabus, working to fulfill the aims of the EYFS and beyond. Other classes include language development, simple nature study, art, craft, cookery, nutrition, poetry, & drama, PE & games, modern languages and swimming (Reception Year). History, geography and science are taught from 4 years of age. Singing, movement and music in every form are some of our most important occupations and the Reception Year classes put on two Concerts during that year. The School building is surrounded by a large garden which is in constant use by the children throughout the year and is an added source of happiness in their school life.
From mid-July each year the Reception Year classes join together to form a Junior Holiday Scheme (additional costs may apply). They enjoy many and varied educational and fun activities including music/drama/art & craft workshops, sports courses, nature rambles, visits to museums and places of interest and day-long outings.
It is expected that all children in Pre-Reception will stay at school until at least 2.15pm daily as we cannot fit the expanding syllabus into the mornings only from this stage. We are happy to accommodate any different combination of hours should this be requested and we can also offer extra hours to any family whose child usually attends on a part-time basis but need more on a temporary basis, in an emergency or in any other circumstances. The School is not under any obligation to keep a child’s place open if fees are unpaid or in arrears, unless a special arrangement has been made.
Children who choose to sit the 4+ assessments for other schools remain on our waiting list for places in the Upper School. You will be asked to fill in a form about your intention to sit these assessments at the appropriate time.
The Lower School remains open throughout the year, except for Bank Holidays and a period at Christmas and New Year which varies according to where the Festive Season dates fall.
Three months notice is required, in writing, before a pupil is withdrawn or fees will be charged in lieu.
We offer a variety of sessions ranging from half-days to full time.
Reading is an integral part of the Hampstead Hill School curriculum. We aim to foster an enjoyment of reading and a love of books. Children read daily on a one-to-one basis with a member of staff and also take part in paired reading with a friend and guided reading sessions in small groups.
Pupils at Hampstead Hill School benefit from an unusually interesting and attractive site in the heart of leafy Hampstead.
Lower School children in Early Years, Pre-Reception and Reception have playtimes during the day in the main garden where there is a variety of equipment, and in the two-tier meadow where they can play imaginatively.
Some Lower school classrooms are situated in the original school hall adjacent to St. Stephen’s, while others are set in the grounds.
Lower school children also have access to St. Stephen’s for movement and exercise classes and the Reception Year music, singing and dance classes are all held there. This hall is also a wonderful venue for Reception Year termly shows.
The school benefits from being only a few minutes walk from all the wonders of Hampstead Heath with its various playgrounds as well as the historic and most interesting Kenwood Estate. We are also privileged to have special access to the South End Green Peace Garden and the Belsize Nature Reserve.
Hampstead Hill School gained ‘National Healthy School Status’ several years ago. All our lunches and snacks are prepared and/or cooked on site and wherever possible we use fresh, locally sourced produce. Any frozen and packaged foods contain ‘no’ added salt and/or sugar and are preservative and additive free.
ALL fresh meat, fruit and vegetable produce is delivered daily and all ‘meat alternative’ products are Soya based protein and egg free.
Our menu was designed with the help of a well-respected nutritionist and is available for download below.
In Reception Year the children have PE and Swimming lessons every week during term time. We use the main hall of St Stephen’s for PE and the swimming pool just down the road from School at the Royal Free Recreation Club.
Each Reception Year class splits their children into small groups of similar ability for swimming so that they have some one-to-one time in the water. Swimming is taught from the side of the pool by a Reception Year teacher, who is also a qualified swimming teacher, and one of the class teachers always goes in the pool with the children. Because every child’s swimming ability is different, with some already able to swim, some confident in the water and some who have never been swimming before, our main aim over the course of the year is to improve their confidence and skills in the water to an appropriate level.
Children wear comfortable school regulation tracksuits with white polo shirts underneath and the school coat on top. Very young children in Classes 1 to 4 can wear their own outdoor coats, hats and scarves.
There is a grey fleece hat and matching scarf for the very cold weather.
There are no regulation shoes at this stage but we would be grateful if children wore plain coloured footwear without flashing lights.
If girls prefer they can wear a grey pinafore dress with the white polo shirt and a tracksuit top.
Girls wear the regulation blue and white summer dress with either their tracksuit top or regulation cardigan and white socks.
Boys wear grey shorts with the regulation white polo shirt and a tracksuit top or regulation slipover.
For outdoors children can wear the regulation school blazer or a navy or black lightweight anorak or kagool. All children must have the regulation white sun hat.
In Reception Year girls wear a grey pinafore dress with a white blouse, or white shirt and tie, and school regulation cardigan or jumper. Girls’ socks / tights should be white or grey.
Boys wear grey trousers with a white shirt and school tie and regulation jumper or sleeveless slip over. Boys socks should be grey or white.
Both boys and girls wear the school regulation coat but can also wear the blazer in appropriate weather.
There is a regulation fleece hat and matching scarf for the very cold weather.
Gloves should be grey, navy or black.
On PE and swimming day both girls and boys wear the school regulation grey tracksuit with the regulation polo shirt and school coat or blazer.
In Reception Year footwear should be black or navy school shoes except for PE and Swimming day when children should wear Velcro fastening trainers which are as plain as possible – no flashing lights.
For swimming and PE children should have the regulation kit bag with a one piece swimsuit, swimming hat and towel.