Lucky Stars

During the Waterlow Ground -breaking week we ran three competitions to give every girl a chance to own a light in the hall and have their name recorded on the map of stars.

The Senior and Junior School tombolas raised over £150 to buy Maple the school dog her very own star and she picked the two winning entries who were:

Rebecca (Yr 12) and Alicia (reception) - a fabulous choice to include girls from either ends of the school.

The Shine a Light Quiz was won by Georgia and her friends who all requested that their prize be given to Maisie (Yr 10).


And the winner is? Results of our Seat Fabric Survey

It was neck and neck as the votes came in during Ground-breaking week for our seat fabric survey. Parents and pupils were asked to choose between four samples to decide what fabric we should use for our new retractable seats in the Waterlow Hall.

Through Survey Monkey and voting at the Junior school we collected 388 responses and the winner is…..



Shine a Light ground-breaking

Strawberries and fizz as we celebrate the last day of the old Waterlow Hall and toast the success of the Shine a light campaign so far.

The Shine a Light club has helped to promote this pupil led campaign with energy, enthusiasm and huge creativity. Girls throughout the school have stepped up to raise funds and to date over £28,000 has been committed to the campaign through this appeal.

Any funds raised this term will be matched by a very generous donor and so far this means an additional £8,000 to the appeal. Can you help us make it more?

Sponsor a light today and ‘Double your donation’

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Waterlow Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came to view the Waterlow Exhibition today and took part in the Shine a Light competition.

Don’t forget to cast your vote on our seat fabric survey

Ground-breaking week

Join us for our Ground-breaking week as we say goodbye to the old Waterlow Hall before the builders move in and transform the space.

We could not have got to this stage without the huge support we have had from the pupils, parents, former parents and our alumnae. People have been giving up their time, expertise and making donations to ensure that we can start work on the project this summer.

We still need to raise £500,000 but thank you for getting us this far.

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Waterlow Hall Exhibition


Join us on Wedesday 26th June for an open house exhibition in the Waterlow Hall.

·     The Virtual reality film of the new building will give you a chance to ‘walk into the new hall'

·     The Architectural plans will be on display with sample boards for walls, floors and lights

 ·    The design concept for the ‘Map of Stars’ and ‘Musical Frieze’ will be presented

 ·    You can win a light in our ‘Shine a light’ tombola run by the ‘Shine a Light’ club

·     The proposed seat fabric options will be on display and we invite you to choose which one you prefer

The Hall will be open from 12.30 to 4.30pm so please feel free to drop in anytime.

Girls' Graffiti


Usually our estates department are busy painting over the marks on the walls but this week and next for the first (and possibly only time) we are asking the girls to get busy writing and drawing on the walls of the Waterlow Hall. The message has gone out for pupils and staff to ‘Leave Their Mark’:

As we say goodbye to the old Waterlow Hall,
this is your opportunity to cover the wall.
A chance to get creative and record your thoughts,
using words or pictures or digits and noughts.
They could be good, they could be bad,
they could be happy, they could be sad.
Thoughts on the school or thoughts on exams,
things you have done and things you have planned.
Music you’ve heard or plays you have seen,
anything goes but please keep it clean…..

Year 4 outshines the rest

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Over 40% of our year 4 parents have already joined our Waterlow Hall Campaign.

We launched the campaign in March this year and have been delighted by the response so far. Former parents, alumnae, governors and staff have all got involved and more than a quarter of our current parents have already made a donation or pledge but it is our year 4 parents who have shown the most enthusiasm.

We still have £500,000 to raise and we still need your help so if you would like to get involved and be part of this fabulous project please do join our campaign.

Fascinating Facts - Building boosts bursaries


Did you know that any revenues generated by the Waterlow Hall will be invested directly back into our bursary funds?

One of our aims for the new Waterlow Hall is that it can be used by all sorts of schools and community organisations and the governors have made a commitment that any proceeds received from the hall will be invested directly back into our bursary scheme.

South Hampstead has a long history of providing an education for all girls regardless of a family’s financial means. Bursaries are awarded to able pupils whose parents cannot afford the fees and at various times in the past nearly half the girls attending South Hampstead would have done so with a bursary award.

We are determined to improve access to education and the Waterlow Hall will provide an ongoing income which can be used directly to help fund these bursary places.

So, when you donate to the Waterlow Hall Campaign you aren’t just helping us transform music, debating and drama at the school, you are also helping to transform lives by making a South Hampstead education accessible to all.

Ready, steady, go......

So exciting to have appointed a contractor to work on the Waterlow Hall project.

Now we are just waiting for the doors to close and work will start on our new Waterlow Hall.

A chance to say thank you

This week is volunteering week and is a chance for us to say thank you to everyone who has given up their time to help us with the Waterlow Hall Campaign. Your impact cannot be underestimated - in fact we did some analysis and it shows just how important our Campaign Board, Committee and parent reps have been in motivating others to get involved.

If you are a parent with a daughter in Year 1 or 12, we need your help!


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You don't have to be in the Club to be part of the Campaign


The ‘Shine A Light’ appeal belongs to every girl in the school and pupils from all the years have been getting involved from Olivia in Reception through to Rosie in Upper Sixth.

Leila ate her way through 26 cupcakes to secure a winning ticket to have her name on the Map of Stars.

Leni, Amalia and Maya all chose to celebrate their birthdays by lighting up our ceiling.

42 girls entered our ‘Shine a Light’ postcard competition to promote the appeal.

Clara & Ella swam and sold their way to raising £150 for the campaign.

The Upper Sixth girls even donated 5 minutes of their retrospective to the project and campaign - thank you girls!

Together our pupils have helped to raise over £20,000 and now a secret donor has offered to match every additional ‘Shine a Light’ donation.

You don’t have to be in the club to play your part - simply encouraging your parents to put your name on our map of stars is enough - but if you can help us with more ideas you are very welcome. The Shine a Light Club runs on Wednesday lunchtimes and the next meeting is after half term.

Sunshine, serenity and sweet music

Violins and Flowers

Violins and Flowers

Our Music in the Garden event brought together some or our outstanding current music scholars with alumnae, parents and staff who are all renowned musicians in their own right.

To celebrate music past, present and future at South Hampstead and to promote our Waterlow Hall project, Dr Steve Collisson put together an outstanding programme of Brahms, Elgar and Mendelssohn all played within the beautiful setting of Sir Clifford Curzon’s original music room at Millfield Place.

At the end of the Concert, Vicky Bingham paid tribute to the musicians and shared the plans for the new Waterlow Hall and the future of the school with those present.

‘An event like this one makes you conscious of what has gone before. In 2026, the school will celebrate 150 years since it was founded and everything about this event sings to that history. South Hampstead is a huge family and today, joined as we are by former Heads, governors, staff, alumnae and our brilliant pupils, it has been a truely family occasion.’

The sun chose to shine on this exceptional event which came about thanks to vision of the Chair of Governors Helen Strange and the generosity of the Whitmore Family.

To view the photos and the programme for the event

Bid on the auction here

#WaterlowHall #Fascinatingfacts - Waterlow wellness

This week is ‘wellness week’ at South Hampstead. The new lighting sytem in the Waterlow Hall can be programmed in an infinite number of ways to suit the multiple uses the hall will have.

In particular, we can create a calm environment and simulate natural light. This, alongside temperature control and acoustic panelling will ensure the best possible environment for all the girls taking examinations within the hall.


Who was Waterlow?

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Ernest Albert Waterlow

Did you know that the Waterlow Hall stands on the site of the original Waterlow House building which the school purchased in 1921. The name remembers Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow RA (24 May 1850 – 25 October 1919) who was an English painter and lived in the house. He was born in London, and received the main part of his art education in the Royal Academy schools, where, in 1873, he gained the Turner medal for landscape-painting. He was elected associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1880, member in 1894, and president in 1897; associate of the Royal Academy in 1890, and academician in 1903; and he was knighted in 1902.

He began to exhibit in 1872 and produced a considerable number of admirable landscapes, in oil and watercolour, handled with grace and distinction. One of his pictures, Galway Gossips, is in the Tate collection.

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Video did not kill the radio star

One of the plans for the new Waterlow Hall is to start a South Hampstead pupil radio station. Find out why ‘Every school needs a radio station’ according to Interactive Schools and see if you can name just some of the South Hampstead Alumnae who currently speak to us every day throught the broadcast medium of radio.