Our Ethos & Aims

At the heart of Heathside School Hampstead is the belief in the Freedom to Learn.

Freedom to Learn

Heathside School Hampstead is a warm and nurturing prep school that welcomes girls and boys from nursery to Year 6. Our friendly and supportive community provides the perfect environment for pupils to learn and grow with confidence. We cherish childhoods and believe in fostering compassion, individual responsibility, self-motivation, and achievement.

A Grounded Vision and Ethos: Our vision at Heathside is to empower pupils to acquire, demonstrate, articulate, and value knowledge and skills that will shape them into independent lifelong learners, making a positive impact on the world they will inherit.

Our Aims

Rooted in the values of knowledge, nature and nurture, we cultivate confident, thoughtful, and caring individuals who embrace a well-rounded understanding of the world and have a strong sense of respect for themselves and others.

At Heathside School Hampstead, we have specific aims that guide us in our pursuit of excellence:

  • Outstanding Outcomes: We are committed to achieving outstanding outcomes for each child and young person who enters our doors. Our dedicated teachers and staff work tirelessly to ensure every pupil reaches their full potential academically and personally.
  • Confident and Responsible Citizens: We strive to nurture confident, responsible, independent, and resilient young citizens. We provide an environment that encourages individual growth and allows pupils to explore and express their unique potential.
  • A Culture of Safety and Wellbeing: The safety and wellbeing of our pupils are paramount. We maintain a vigilant culture that ensures every child is happy and thriving. Our caring community supports the emotional and social development of each pupil.
  • Centre of Excellence for Teaching: At Heathside, we are proud to develop a Centre of Excellence for outstanding teaching. We encourage our teachers to embrace innovation, be brave in their approaches, and continuously enhance their skills to deliver the best educational experience for our pupils.

Freedom to Learn: At the heart of Heathside School Hampstead is the belief in the Freedom to Learn. This is the essence of our educational philosophy. We empower our pupils to explore, question, and discover at their own pace, providing them with the tools to become independent, lifelong learners. With the freedom to learn, we unlock the potential within each child, allowing their curiosity to soar and their imaginations to thrive.

Our Values


Confidently rowing away from the tide, this is knowledge the Heathside way. We offer children a genuinely unique learning experience, from being on first-name terms with one another to ditching restrictive uniform, from welcoming dogs to never putting an age limit on play – we are proud to teach children differently.


The Heath is an extension of our school and one of our most cherished teachers. Whether it’s welly boot shelves in the halls, ducklings in the classroom, Forest School on the Heath or our bid to ban single-use plastic, our children learn to respect and thrive within the natural world.


We believe in raising children who value empathy and compassion, who treat one another with generosity and respect. Our teaching is firm but kind, patient but with clear boundaries. At Heathside, we’re a family.

Explore our website to learn more about our unique approach to education, our nurturing community, and our commitment to providing an exceptional learning journey for every child at Heathside School Hampstead.


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