Local Belsize Schools

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Abacus Belsize Primary School
Haverstock Hill

We have grown from the seed of an idea to meet the need for an inclusive community school, into the reality of a happy, nurturing primary school at the heart of Belsize Park. We look forward to welcoming your children into our warm and enthusiastic spirit as the school grows and flourishes.

It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that we opened the doors to our first pupils at Abacus Belsize Primary School this past September 2013. As a team we are committed to building a school that is the local school of choice for Belsize Park residents and the surrounding area.

"We are dedicated to delivering an exciting and enriching curriculum to all of our pupils. I look forward to welcoming our new pupils through the door and ensuring we grow with them and continue on this fantastic journey together. We look forward to planting and growing learners of the future as our school grows too.”

Vicki Briody
Abacus Belsize Primary School


Ofsted Abacus Belsize Primary School
Report May 2015

Overall Effectiveness: Outstanding


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The Octagon Nursery

We believe that children should learn through their own play and exploration. This is why the Octagon has an equal measure of free play and organised morning activities. We also believe that children should only attend nursery part time.

The Octagon Nursery was established in January 1986 by Trisha McConnell & Helen Chiefetz who had originally worked together at Eton Nursery. The nursery has been running for 30 years and is currently under the leadership of Janette Holding who has been at the nursery since 1986, becoming the manager in September 2011.

The staff in total has over 75 years nursery education experience between them. The Octagon is situated in a church hall with use of 3 toilets and a kitchen. There is an outside area which has recently been extended. The garden can be used all year round as it has been refurbished with artificial grass.

St Saviour's Church Hall Eton Road NW3 4SU 020 7586 3206

Hampstead Hill School

Hampstead Hill School is an independent nursery and pre-prep school based in St Stephen’s on Pond Street. It is a non-selective yet very academically rigorous school.

There are five year groups for ages 2 to 7 years old. Children are prepared for 7+ entrance examinations to a wide range of future schools while offering a balanced and nurturing environment to learn and grow. It is extremely popular with working parents due to the extended hours compared to other independent pre-preps in the area.

The school is open 51 weeks of the year from 7.45am to 5.45pm, which is unheard of among pre-preps in Central London! Due to its lovely location, extended hours and excellent academic results, the school is massively oversubscribed.

Andrea Taylor
Hampstead Hill School


St Christophers

St Christopher’s is an independent day school for approximately 230 girls aged between 4 and 11 years. It was founded in 1883, and is a member of IAPS (the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools).

St Christophers

The school is situated in a quiet, residential area of Belsize Park, and conveniently placed for all forms of transport. It occupies a large Victorian house with a spacious garden. In 1972, a Charitable Trust was formed to take over the School, under whose Governing Body extensive improvements and modernisation of the buildings and equipment has been carried out.

Recent refurbishment work is now finished and we now have 7 new classrooms fully equipped with computers and SMART boards. The curriculum is designed to reflect the school’s aims in the manner in which it is delivered, balancing creativity with rigour. The staff are trained in, and encouraged to use, Philosophy for Children and de Bono’s Thinking Hats as a means of encouraging independent thinking.

Susan West
St Christopher's School



Founded by the Girls’ Day School Trust in 1876, South Hampstead High School has been at the forefront of elite girls’ education since its inception. The school has always responded effectively to the changing needs of education and society, and is proud to be one of the most successful girls’ schools in the country.

The school settled into the purpose-built site at 3 Maresfield Gardens in 1882. The fabric of the Victorian school building was modified to cope with new demands, advances in science and technology, and, in particular, an increase in pupils.

South Hampstead High School today

The school is currently embracing itst history and hasrecently completed building a new school on the original site. The South Hampstead High School seeks to nurture individual potential, and enable the girls to achieve the headiest of ambitions, encouraging a love of learning. The pupils excel at sport, drama and music and the extra-curricular programme offers something for everyone.

Helen Pike
South Hampstead High School









Abacus School