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Hemdean House School

Independent School for Boys and Girls

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  • YEAR 7 ENTRANCE EXAM - Saturday 7th February

    The Entrance Exam for Year 7 2015 will be held in the school hall on Saturday 7th February 2015. Please contact the school office to register. If you would like to visit the school please call the school office to arrange an interview and tour with the Headteacher.
  • Year 3/4 play the first football match of the term against The Hill

    January 12th - Year 3/4 played the Hill today and won 5-4! Congratulations to all. The match was played in a very friendly atmosphere. There was great support from parents who enjoyed a tea or coffee to keep them warm.
  • Hot Lunches arrive at Hemdean House School

    January 14th - Hot Lunches have arrived at Hemdean House. The children enjoyed roast chicken with all the trimmings followed by chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce. Hot lunches will be available each Wednesday this term and we are looking to increase the number of days if they remain popular.
  • Senior Girls visit The Pitt Rivers Museum

    January 16th - The senior girls visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford today to attend a workshop on evolution. They learnt that evolution is not something that happened in the past but is something that is happening every day. The workshop included a case study on the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches which are evolving into 2 separate sub species.
  • Year 4 visit Ufton Court as part of their Tudor history studies

    January 20th - Year 4 visited Ufton Court today as part of their history studies. They had a tour of the house, had lessons in archery and played Tudor games. The children then made quills and ink using Tudor methods, and discovered that writing with them was not as easy as it might seem.
  • New home corner equipment has arrived in reception

    January 23rd - The new home corner equipment purchased by the PTA has arrived in reception. The children are loving playing with it and are busy making tea and doing the washing. Thank you to everyone that supported the PTA fundraising that made this purchase possible.
  • The Wildlife Trusts help the infants look after wildlife

    January 28th - The children learnt about the different animals which could be found in the grounds and ways of giving them a home over the winter. They made bird feeders, bee hotels, log piles, toad abodes and hedgehog homes all around the school grounds. They also planted wild flower seeds in homemade pots ready to plant in a wild garden when the weather starts to warm up. Despite a blustery day the children enjoyed exploring the hidden pockets around the school and can not wait to get outside for some more learning!
  • Year 6 Netball Match

    January 28th- The Year 6 girls took on Caversham Prep in a netball match today. The team, somewhat depleted by illness, had a good game but unfortunately went down 3-4 at the final whistle. Better luck next time girls.


The nursery is situated in the original lodge at the entrance to the grounds of the main school; it has its own enclosed garden and provides a secure, stimulating and caring environment for children between the ages of three and four by well-qualified and experienced staff.

Junior School

Children are taught an enhanced core curriculum by experienced and well-qualified junior specialist teachers as well as by subject specialists in Art and Design, French, Drama, Music, I.C.T. and P.E. (and in Science and Geography in Years 5 and 6). The typical number of children in a class is between 12 and 16.

Senior School

Year groups of no more than 12 girls are taught the full range of National Curriculum subjects, by specialist, well-qualified teachers. Work is set at the appropriate level for girls of different abilities within a class, with extra one-to-one support available, or more challenging tasks set, where necessary.


Parents, staff, governors and former pupils all play an active role in the continued success of the School. Indeed it is a global community with former pupils living all round the world or making their mark during gap year travels, overseas study or, in an increasing number of cases, through international reputations in their chosen fields.

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