Towards and Beyond our 150th anniversary

In 2026, South Hampstead High School will celebrate its 150th anniversary. We hope that the new Waterlow Hall will be the launch pad for key new initiatives that we will introduce over the next eight years and will be the focus for our celebrations in 2026.

‘Towards and Beyond our 150th anniversary’ is our masterplan for the future of South Hampstead High School. We hope you will join with us to make our vision a reality.

#Waterlowwisdom

We have been talking to lots of parents over the past few weeks about the project and it is great to hear such positive comments like this one from a year 11 parent:

‘I have seen, first hand, the transformative effect of a wonderful hall - every student in the school saw and felt the benefits on an almost daily basis - also the wider community too - its become a hub of community and school life.  The whole SHHS community needs a dynamic hall like this - there is no question about that. I have everything crossed that everyone is as generous as they can possibly be and the final phase can go full steam ahead.'  

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Pick up a penguin...

We were delighted to recognise two parents who have given huge support to the Waterlow Hall campaign with the presentation of a South Hampstead penguin.

Our penguins were commissioned from the Belgian artist William Sweetlove to celebrate the completion and opening of the senior school building in 2014. The colony of life-size blue and gold penguins, dotted throughout the school, has been providing an injection of colour and humour ever since, even inspiring the name of our student magazine.

The artist chose the penguin, complete with water-bottle backpack, to typify the school’s somewhat quirky and irreverent outlook. Our pupils, just like penguins, are quick, resilient and highly social; eager to dive in, and displaying excellent vision in choppy water, each has their own distinct call. As one of the few species where males and females share the chick-rearing, penguins possess an egalitarian outlook which resonates well at South Hampstead. Interestingly, penguins have more feathers than the average bird.

As part of the commission, the artist moulded a number of smaller, limited-edition replicas of the original sculptures. These are proudly presented to members of our community who have made a significant and important contribution to the school.

Thank you.

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Inspiring spaces - Inspiring pupils

Last week we met a number of senior school parents who joined us for Campaign Board receptions to talk about the Waterlow Hall project and the fundraising. These events are specifically aimed at generating support for our campaign and huge thanks go to the very generous hosts of these events and parents who gave up their time to join us. We have more receptions planned over the next few weeks (see Events) and if you would like to be included on the guest list, let us know at development@shhs.gdst.net

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Breakfast Drop-In - Wednesday 3rd October

If you are new to South Hampstead or just haven’t had a chance to see our exciting plans for the Waterlow Hall come and ‘drop in’ this Wednesday morning. The plans, film and model will be on display in the current Waterlow Hall at the Senior School from 8.00am until 9.00am and anyone is welcome. It is also a great opportunity to see what we have done so far. For more information contact development@shhs.gdst.net or visit our events page.

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Stage 2 complete and £1 million committed to our new hall - Thank you

We are delighted to let you know that as of today, over £1 million has been pledged and raised towards the Waterlow Hall development. This is a huge achievement and comes on the very day that the Hall re-opens after the completion of the stage 2 works.

Everything is now ready for us to move to the final stage and we hope to do this in July 2019 as long as we can raise the money needed. If you would like to get involved with our fundraising campaign, please contact development@shhs.gdst.net or visit our support us page

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Alumnae support for the Waterlow Hall Project

Over the summer, several Alumnae got in touch to find out more about the Waterlow Hall project having read about it in our alumnae magazine 'Resplendens'.

Mona Bayard who left South Hampstead in 1963 contacted us to find out how to support the campaign:

'It is wonderful, and surprising, how easy it has turned out to be to take part in this project which is so close to my heart - my heart as a student, with fond memories of directing our class entry in the drama competition ("Noah" by Andre Obey Act 1) and enjoying the small role of Polixenes in the school play of the "Winter's Tale."

Mona lives in the US and made her donation through the British Schools and Universities Fund which allows her to make a tax free gift from the USA. If you would like to find out more about making a gift from overseas, please just contact Development@shhs.gdst.net or visit SupportUs

The Transformation of Waterlow Hall : STAGE 2 PROGRESS

The ceiling has been stripped out and a new acoustic lining added to the roof of the Waterlow Hall. The structure for the technical gantry is already in place and new doors are about to arrive. Once decoration is complete, stage 2 of the redevelopment will be finished and the hall will be back in use. Now all we have to do is raise the remaining balance of our £3 million target to be able to complete the transformation. If you would like to get involved please visit Support Us

 Painting the new acoustic ceiling and putting in the gantry

Painting the new acoustic ceiling and putting in the gantry

#WaterlowWisdom - Despina Tsatsas (2000)

'Theatre at South Hampstead laid the groundwork for my career in theatre'

Despina Tsatsas (2000) recently joined the Young Vic theatre as Executive Director and has agreed to be one of our Campaign Ambassadors for the Waterlow Hall. To find out what she has to say about the importance of theatre visit the Ambassadors page.

Waterlow Hall Stage 2 is underway

The yellow planning applications are up outside the school and the Hall has been stripped in preparation for stage 2 of the works. It will reopen in October for the rest of the school year ready for the final transformation in July 2019 if we can raise the £3 million needed.

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Erection of plant equipment, plant screen & associated ductwork to Waterlow Hall main roof and lower roof including the reinstatement of existing photo-voltaic panels above new ductwork runs & relocation of existing photo-voltaic panels to Maresfield building roof.

Application number: 2018/2521/P
Application type: Full Planning Permission

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Alumnae support

The latest edition of the alumnae magazine Resplendens is out and features a family who have been educated at South Hampstead for over a century. We are delighted that Ruth Levy (1957) and Joan Arnold (1966) have not just been part of this great South Hampstead legacy but have also chosen to support the Waterlow Hall Campaign in memory of their mother Betty Arnold (nee Hailey) who attended the school from 1915 - 1920).  Thank you.

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Step Inside with our Virtual Reality model

More than 100 people took a journey inside the Waterlow Hall plans yesterday as we revealed the Virtual Reality model of the proposed transformation.

Huge thanks must go to Matt Lade who designed and set up the model and to Jessica Learmond-Criqui who made it all possible.

We hope to have another viewing for girls in the senior school in the autumn so look out for details.

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