I am currently looking for schools to send my son to for Reception year. I wanted to ask if there is anyone who sends their child to Hampstead Hill School or has in the past. I have heard good things about it but am worried it’s a family profit business and that I’ve read from previous posts that it is a bit chaotic. Is this still true? Is it nurturing but still gets the children into good schools at 7? The last posts were from a while ago so just wanted to get a more up to date response. Many thanks
From Y1 onwards it gets more hothouse, with tons of homework etc. Whether it’s good or bad, depends on the person. If you want SHHS or UCS then go for HH, they send a lot to these two schools. Also City, though not so many children.
Lulu that is not true - some independent schools run for profit if they are owned by a proprietor. However some are also run by a charitable trust and any surplus made go goes back into the school. The charitable trust schools have criteria such as offering up to 100% bursaries, strong community links with use of facilities, staff etc.
Hi, other good schools in the area are Lyndhurst, hereward house, abercorn , arnold house, northbridge house, heathside prep, devonshire house, st anthonys. (no idea about waiting list/application dates)!
Hi All - I am looking at HH too primarily because of the extended hours they offer which works for working parents. Most others end at 330pm and I have no idea how to manage after that ! Does any one know any child minders or after school clubs around that area that do pick up ? Also any thoughts on a 2 year old going to HH for a full day till 530pm? A lot of people have told me they typically won't last that long in school and will come home realllyyy cranky !
adijagmom: Our daughter is at HHS (early years). She’s extremely happy there, and we benefit greatly from extended hours (and no school holidays!). Also means that parents are mostly working couples, which we like. Staying till 5:30 isn’t a problem for our girl, although most children at HHS will be picked up earlier. For pick up you can ask one of the teachers - I see lots of them take children from/to school.
@whampsteader - thanks a lot. I know it is a real saviour for working parents and I liked the school so was almost final but then heard a lot of mums tell me I was letting him be there too long so got confused again. When you say the teachers pick up - is it before 530 ? or for after 530 ?