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Hemdean House School

Independent School for Boys and Girls

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  • Opportunities to visit Hemdean House School in 2015

    Open Morning Dates for 2015: Friday 6th March - 9.30-12.00, Friday 22nd May - 9.30-12.00, and Friday 25th September 9.30-12.00. The Year 7 Entrance Exam: Saturday 7th February 9.30-12.30 and the Year 6 Visitors Day:Tuesday 20th October. Please contact the School Office on 0118 947 2590 for more information or to book an appointment. We are very happy to show visitors around the school at any time.
  • Congratulations to Year 6 - First Prize in the National ISA Art Competition

    Congratulations to last years Year 6 who have won first prize in the recent ISA National Art Competition with their Animation 'Jungle Jail'.
  • Author Kate Poel visits Hemdean House School

    The children's author Kate Poel visited the school on Friday to host a workshop for the junior school pupils. Students in years 3 to 6 found out about plot and character development, how to put a story together and generally what it is like to be a writer. Kate used her new book 'Zachary Mackerel - the Meanie in a Bottle' to illustrate the workshop. All the pupils enjoyed the afternoon and Kate finished off by signing copies of the book.
  • A Cracking Christmas Fair

    Friday 5th December - The annual Christmas Fair was a cracking success this year. The pupils did an amazing job with their ideas for stalls and showed great entrepreneurial skills. The smaller children were thrilled that Father Christmas was able to send one of his helpers to deliver presents. A lot of fun was had by all and we raised just under £1,000 our best Christmas Fair for many years. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
  • Carols in Caversham

    Friday 5th December - Years 5/6, the senior girls and members of staff walked down to St Martins Precinct in Caversham to bring some Christmas cheer to the shoppers. The public were entertained with Christmas Carols on a very chilly morning. The pupils were raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of their community fund raising activities.
  • Junior School Play - Countdown to Christmas

    Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th December - The Junior school pupils put on 3 great performances of Countdown to Christmas. The play is a set in a church hall and features the various user groups in the run up to Christmas. All the junior pupils took part with Joel and Daisy taking the roles of the vicar and his wife. The songs were all very catchy and everyone remembered their lines. Looking forward to the summer production.
  • Year 1& 2 visit Reading to Museum for a Victorian Christmas

    Friday 12th December - Year 1 & 2 walked to Reading Museum to enjoy a taste of a Victorian Christmas. They learnt about how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian times and that many of the traditions we carry on today started in the Victorian era. They enjoyed some Victorian games and then staged the pantomime 'Aladin' before walking back to school. It was a long but very enjoyable day.
  • Mrs Lewis retires after nearly 20 years at the school

    Monday 15th December - Assembly this morning was a celebration of the work Mrs Lewis has done for the school over the past 20 years. Mrs Lewis has been a teaching assistant in the infants for many years and has helped all the children learn to read. She has also helped out with the extra curricular street dance and ballet clubs. Presents were presented from the staff, the children and the parents. We wish her all the best in her retirement which promises to be anything but quite as she is going to be looking after her young grandson.


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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