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Hemdean House School

Independent School for Boys and Girls

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    Our next Open Morning will be on Friday 6th March from 9.30am to 12.00pm. Come and enjoy a tour of the school and see our pupils at work. Then join members of the PTA and staff for a tea/coffee with an opportunity to discuss any questions you might have about our school. If you are unable to attend the open morning we would be delighted to arrange a visit at a more convenient time. Please call Mrs Elliott in the office to arrange a date on 0118 947 2590. We look forward to welcoming you to our school.
  • Twitter Feed is active - Tweet Tweet

    February 4th - Our Twitter feed is now active. Please log on and take a look. There are lots of tweets about what is going on in school including videos with photos of the children taking part in the Wildlife Trusts workshop and visits out of school. It includes useful retweets and recommended reads, I have also found this useful guide- 'Parent’s Guide and Tutorial for Twitter' - Click on the link below to access the feed - you don't have to set up you own account to see it.
  • Do you want contribute to the running of the school?

    February 5th - The Governors of Hemdean House School are looking for additional members. The board of governors meets five times a year (in the evening) to determine the general policy of the school. Discussions take place on school finance, school policy documents and the school development plans. If you feel you could make a contribution to the running of the school, please write in to the Chair (Mrs A Hooper), care of the school, outlining your relevant skills.
  • Dr Portas from Reading University visits school for workshop

    February 6th - Dr Antonio Portas visited the school today to deliver a Electromagnetic Spectrum workshop to Yr 9 - 11. The girls performed experiments on measuring the speed of light using microwaves, sun ultraviolet radiation, thermal cameras and visible light using spectrometers. They all found it very useful for their GCSE studies. We look forward to having him back again.
  • Chinese Dance workshops for whole school

    February 10th - The whole school has been taking part in Chinese dance workshops today as part of their studies around Chinese New Year. Every class from nursery to Yr11 was involved. Fans, parasols and dragon heads were used in the workshops. The day culminated in a presentation of their work to their parents. Year 4 have also been learning how to write Chinese characters and other junior classes are undertaking art work based on the Chinese New Year. A very busy day but great fun.
  • Sir Linkalot at Hemdean House School

    February 25th - Andy Salmon (aka Sir Linkalot) visited Hemdean House School today. He taught the children how to remember all sorts of spellings by employing the underused learning-tool, linking. All year groups from Year 1 to Year 11 took part. He also ran an after school session for the parents so that they could support their children in putting the technique into practice.
  • Mya in Year 6 wins the Reading Primary Schools Music Festival Poetry Competition

    March 5th - Congratulations to Mya in Year 6 who has won the Reading Primary Schools Music Festival Poetry Competition. This is the first year that the Poetry Competition has been run in conjunction with the Music Festival. Mya will get to read her poem at the Festival which is taking place at The Hexagon on Tuesday 17th March. To read the winning entry visit the main news page


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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