Our staff

Find out how our teachers and staff help instil a lifelong love of learning and confidence in our happy children.

Teachers and Staff

At Heathside School Hampstead, our educators are united by a core belief: that nurturing individuality forms the cornerstone of empathetic and effective education, leading every child to realise their true potential.

Committed to maintaining an environment of personalised attention, we maintain a high staff-to-pupil ratio. Our teaching team is not only highly qualified but also deeply aligned with our values of compassion and growth, a sentiment echoed by our carefully selected teaching assistants.

Within our community, an array of specialist teachers flourishes, specializing in disciplines such as mathematics, English, computing, French, music, physical education, art/design technology, and Latin. This diversity of expertise enriches our curriculum and caters to the multifaceted growth of each pupil.

We go further to ensure every child thrives by offering access to highly-trained staff dedicated to identifying and assisting those with specific learning needs. For those requiring extra support, our team collaborates with specialists like speech therapists, working in tandem to uplift and empower our pupils.

At Heathside School Hampstead, our educators embody our values, creating an environment where individuality is celebrated, potential is nurtured, and every child’s journey to excellence is guided with empathy and expertise.

Senior Leadership Team

Nadia Ward, Headteacher

BEd, Med, Montessori Diploma, NPQH QTS


Nadia trained as a Montessori teacher and is passionate about making sure that every child has strong foundations and develops a love for learning.  Nadia holds a BEd (1st Class Honours) from UCL and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from The University of Buckingham. Nadia is also a co-opted member of the ISA’s Inclusion Committee.

A life-long learner, she is recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in March 2023.  She is married to Jason, a psychotherapist who has a grown-up son.

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Sara Williams-Ryan, Headteacher Designate (from Spring 2025)

We are thrilled to announce that the new Head of Heathside School will be Sara Williams-Ryan, currently the Head of Falcons School in Putney. Sara will join us in the first quarter of 2025.

Sara is an excellent fit for Heathside, bringing with her six years of experience as a Head, along with strong leadership qualities and a comprehensive understanding of the role’s demands. There are many similarities between her current school and Heathside – both are co-educational institutions with a strong family focus, nurturing ethos, and a commitment to academic excellence, sports, and the performing and creative arts.

Originally from Spain, Sara completed her schooling and first degree in Switzerland. After university, she moved to the UK, starting her teaching career in the state sector before transitioning to the independent sector at Ibstock Place School as Head of Modern Foreign Languages. Sara has completed her PGCE and MA in Education and has held significant responsibilities at Emanuel School, including pastoral care and languages. She also brings valuable experience as a school Governor in both state and independent sectors. Sara is married and has adult twin daughters.

Sara’s extensive experience, coupled with her vibrant and enthusiastic personality, make her the perfect choice to lead Heathside into the future, once Nadia leaves us at Christmas 2024 to pursue new horizons in Dorset. She will guide the school with energy, determination, and a clear focus on maintaining and enhancing Heathside’s unique ethos and culture.


  • Zoë Humphrey – Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Donna Simon – Head of Operations
  • Madeleine Mead-Herbert – Assistant Head and SENDCo
  • Imogen Stone – Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), Head of English
  • Karen Murphy – Head of Early Years
  • Kenneth Evans – Finance & HR Manager

Operational Team

  • Fiona Murdoch – Head of Admissions & Marketing
  • Nancy Haniford – Marketing Coordinator
  • Volodymyr Kostyk – Security and Maintenance Operative
  • Andy Mirza – Data Protection

Safeguarding Team

  • Libby Nicholas – Safeguarding governor
  • Zoë Humphrey – Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Scott De Blasio – Deputy DSL
  • Madeleine Mead-Herbert – SENDCo & Deputy DSL

Teaching Staff

  • Anais Lacombe – Class Teacher, Head of MFL
  • Anna Patulska – Class Teacher
  • April Nicole – STEM Teacher
  • Beatriz Barrientos – Class Teacher
  • Belbi Kalia – Class Teacher
  • Carolina Fattori de Toledo – Forest School Leader
  • Dean Sullivan – Nursery Lead (Swans)
  • Duina Puig – Class Teacher
  • Fabienne Viner-Luzzato – Teaching Support Assistant
  • Fouzia Elanqaoui – Nursery Lead (Cygnets)
  • Freddie Bols – Head of Performing Arts
  • Glaucia Botkai – Nursery Lead (Swans)
  • Gonçalo Rodrigues – Head of Sport
  • Hamid Haidari – Class Teacher
  • Hannah Gibeon – Class Teacher
  • Hollie Thomas – Teaching Support Assistant
  • Imogen Stone – Class Teacher
  • Jelena Bogavac – SEN Specialist
  • Julia McLearon – Art Teacher
  • Karen Murphy – Head of Early Years
  • Laurelle Campbell – Class Teacher
  • Lucy Corroll – Nursery (Cygnets) Teaching Support Assistant
  • Maria Shepelina – Class Teacher
  • Miradije Gecaj – Nursery (Cygnets) Teaching Support Assistant
  • Natasha Neumann – Sports / Teaching Assistant
  • Scott De Blasio – Class Teacher
  • Stefano Russo – Head of Maths
  • Vitoria Machado Mendes Dos Santos – Teaching Support Assistant

SEN Learning Support Team

  • Abdul Samuel
  • Abeer Farsoun
  • Carine Spira