Find out what our staff, pupils and notable South Hampstead alumnae think about the project and how much it means to them.


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“As an actress, I have the opportunity to be everyone, to try on everyone’s shoes. It is a wonderful way to build an understanding of the world.”
— Helena Bonham Carter (SHHS 1984)

Joanna MacGregor (SHHS 1978)
Musician and Campaign Ambassador

‘South Hampstead gave me the opportunity to be bold, and explore my creative interests in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I had the gift of a free education, encouraging me to be academically ambitious, and introducing me to a world of ideas and possibilities.’

Gemma Rosefield (YO 1999)
Professional Musician - Campaign Ambassador

‘Environment can have a huge impact on performance and aspiration. Music played a huge part in my life at South Hampstead and the proposed Waterlow Hall will be a truly inspiring venue. I am honoured to support the campaign for this project and help South Hampstead make this vision a reality’

Charlie Ely (SHHS 2007)
heatre Director - Campaign Ambassador

‘The performing arts are so important - creativity is so important - to personal and professional development, whatever career you choose.’


Despina Tsatsas (2000)
Theatre producer and Campaign Ambassador

"Theatre at South Hampstead laid the groundwork for my career. Through the leadership of our drama, music and art teachers we learned vital lessons about the collaboration and joy of making something in a group, as well as experiencing first hand the impact of creative expression.

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Lilah Fear (YO 2017) 
Ice dancer - Campaign Ambassador

'I was well prepared for all of the experiences by my time at SHHS. I learned a lot about leadership as part of the Head Girl Team and loved my time as a Music Scholar. The music department at SHHS is truly inspirational and I know it and the whole school would benefit greatly from the Waterlow Project.'



Ms Etheridge

has recently been appointed our new Director of Debating and Public Speaking.

'I am hugely excited about the re-development plans for the Waterlow Hall. Our girls will benefit from a wide range of public speaking opportunities in this state-of-the-art facility, from small-scale talks and presentations to competitions and debates in collaboration with other schools. The flexible seating, fantastic acoustics and impressive appearance of the new hall will make it the ideal venue to host South Hampstead’s exciting programme of events. The new space will open up huge possibilities for the future of public speaking at South Hampstead – I can’t wait to make the most of it!'

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Mr Clarke

The man to go to if you need something done at SHHS, Mr Clarke has been part of our estates team for eight years and knows Waterlow Hall like the back of his hand -Our lighting and sound desks are antiquated and face completely the wrong way! That means we are forever calling in outside suppliers which is expensive and time-consuming. The new lighting and technical gantry will be fantastic and allow the pupils to get much more involved in this side of things. There is also very little storage in the current hall so we are always having to squeeze equipment in behind screens and move things around. The plans for the new hall include great storage which is neatly hidden away. The other thing I am really looking forward to is the air conditioning. That will make such a huge difference to the whole experience of being in the hall’

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Mrs Bernstein/Mrs Kamps

Mrs Bernstein and Mrs Kamps see the possiblities for physics with the new Waterlow Hall

‘The redeveloped hall presents all sorts of opportunities for teaching and learning. The new lighting rigs and technology will help us to explain about colour mixing, LEDS, semi-conductors and much more and the whole building will enable us to show how physics can be used in all sorts of creative industries and the wide variety of STEM careers that are available to our pupils.’

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Mr Clulow

Mr Clulow has worked in the Estates department here at South Hampstead for the past 3 years.

The Waterlow Hall is used for so many different things that we are in and out setting it up and moving the furniture numerous times every day. The new seating will make such a huge difference to the versatility of the Hall and the time it takes to get it ready for assemblies, talks, productions, concerts, functions and all the other uses the hall has. Roll on retractable seating – we can’t wait!

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Mr Christensen

The head of music in the junior school is really looking forward to the new hall - “Having conducted several large-scale Junior School events and productions in a space which is essentially un-equipped for instrumentalists new to ensemble playing, I thoroughly look forward to a hall designed for live music; where tiered seating allows every member of the audience to enjoy the results of the hard work our girls put into orchestra and choir rehearsals week on week; where flexible staging makes it easier to produce events ranging in scale from our Year 1 Strings Project to the Year 6 Musical Production; and, finally, where world-class acoustic engineering make concerts more enjoyable for both performer and listener”