Alumnae Newsletter
January 2020

Alumnae News

We start the new decade with renewed energy and excitement as we celebrate the completion and opening of our new Waterlow Hall.  I hope that over the next few months many of you will join us as we celebrate at our Waterlow Festival of events. Full details are below but highlights will be the lecture from Professor Alice Roberts as part of our Speaker Series, and the Annual Reunion Lunch.


Even if you are unable to attend these events do consider helping us with our consultancy events as we seek to understand the best way to improve access to South Hampstead through our bursary programme. And do remember, you are always welcome to come back to visit, meet the girls and share your experience. You are an invaluable part of our school community.

Headmistress, Mrs Vicky Bingham

Waterlow Hall Festival

Reunion Lunch

Calling all those with school memories, those with South Hampstead friends, those who have supported and nurtured us. It's time to come back and join us for the 2020 Alumnae Reunion. More than 100 people have already signed up for our Annual Reunion Lunch on Sunday 8th March and we would love you to join us. View the guest list here.

Book your place
Waterlow Hall Festival
Come & Sing

Our new Waterlow Hall will be a wonderful concert venue. 'Come and Sing' in our alumnae choir at the reunion lunch, as our Director of Music, Dr Steve Collisson puts together a concert in a morning. A wonderful opportunity to sing out in our new Waterlow Hall.

Register to take part here
Waterlow Hall Festival
Professor Alice Roberts

As part of our Waterlow Hall Festival Week celebrations, you are warmly invited to hear from academic and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts on Thursday 30th January - the inaugural Speaker Series event in our brand new performance space.

Book your tickets here
GDST Alumnae of the Year
We need you....

to send us your nominations for the GDST Alumnae of the Year and GDST Trailblazer award. We have hundreds of amazing alumnae at South Hampstead and this is your chance to recognise them. You can complete your own nomination or just send your suggestions to and we will do the rest. The deadline is February 2nd so don't delay.

How to nominate
Alumnae Speakers
Drama Debates

South Hampstead and GDST alumnae Jilly Moore (1978) and Izzy Tranter (Heathfield 2009) joined actress Gemma Knight Jones to share fabulous advice with our drama students at our Careers in the Theatre forum last term.

Follow the latest Drama on Twitter
Networking Events
Inspiring Each Other

Thank you to Notting Hill & Ealing GDST who opened up this event to our alumnae. As networks become increasingly important, we are working closely with fellow GDST schools to provide opportunities for alumnae to meet up and share experiences. Our next networking event will be on media and journalism. If you would like to be involved please contact us.

Inspiring Each Other
Alumnae Speakers

It is always a pleasure when alumnae come back to work with current pupils. Thank you to: Eva Sampson (2004) for her Drama Workshop; Kate Mennis (2015) for her talk on Classical Literature; Lola Busari (2005) for sharing her writing experience; Talya Sher (2018) for advice on Engineering; Susan Blum (1973) for her invaluable leadership training; and Ada Liebenau (2016) from UCL who helped at a recent spectroscopy lesson with A Level Chemistry students.

Read more
Alumnae Speakers
Upper Sixth Speaker Series

Every Friday the Upper Sixth gather to hear from speakers as part of our speaker programme. Last term Vicky Prais (1989) joined us to speak about her work as a Human Rights Lawyer.

Find out about her work
Giving Back
A Local Legacy

We were honoured to be included in a legacy from a local resident who has chosen the South Hampstead bursary fund as her beneficiary. It is a wonderful endorsement of our future plans and her trust in the school.

Towards 150
Alumnae Event
In Conversation

In October we invited alumnae parents to come and join their daughters for a very special assembly with their former Headmistress, Averil Burgess, in conversation with Mrs Bingham. 

Read about the event
Alumnae News
Renowned Writers

Our 'Renowned Writers' series highlights alumnae who have published books. This term our writers have covered topics as varied as Shakespeare to beer with a healthy dose of science and drama thrown in. Follow the series on the website and do let us know if you would like to be featured.

Renowned Writers
Alumnae events
The Medical Panel

Each year we ask some of our medical students and doctors to come back to speak on a panel about careers in Medicine. Thank you to Natalia Abramovich (2014), Dr Alyson Elliman (1966), Michal Kelly (2018) and Val Wass OBE (governor) who gave up their time to inspire the next generation of South Hampstead medics.

Get involved
Giving Back
Rungway Mentoring

The GDST Rungway is a careers mentoring app which allows pupils and alumnae to connect with each other and share questions and advice about future career paths.  Watch the video to find out how you could help and benefit from this service - please sign up. 

Join the GDST Rungway app
Giving Back
Learning Without Limits

We want to extend the outstanding opportunities we can offer at South Hampstead to all girls, regardless of their means. Over the spring holiday we will be running a series of consultancy events with alumnae about our bursary programme. If you are interested in being involved and can spare a morning, please contact us.

Towards 150
Alumnae Events
Waterlow Gala Dinner

Thanks to everyone involved for making the Waterlow Hall auction and gala dinner such a success. More than 300 people joined us at the Banking Hall for a memorable evening. Guests included staff, parents, pupils, alumnae and four Headmistresses,  past and present.

Read about this event
Giving Back
Aspirational Futures Fair

We will be hosting an Aspirational Futures Fair on Tuesday 10th March, presenting a diverse range of career and higher education pathways.  If you or your company are able to offer a talk or workshop, or provide a stall for the fair please contact us.

Find out more

Alumnae Reunion

Class of 2014

In October, our Sixth Form Alumnae Captains invited back the Class of 2013/2014 to celebrate their 5 year reunion. It was a great chance for current Sixth Formers to quiz former pupils about life after school and, of course, for old friends to meet up.

Read about the event
Alumnae Giving Back
Interview Success

Thank you to all the alumnae who came back to help us with 'mock interviews' last term.  20% of our cohort received offers from Oxbridge this year including one of our new entrant bursary students. We wish them all well with their examinations later this year.

School Archive
Digital Archive

Take a look at our digital archive site. It is early days but there is already a wealth of material including the magazines from the 1970s through to 2010. We hope to add to this site as funds become available.

Access our Digital Archive

School Archive

Who are they?

This is just a taste of some of the photos now available on our archive website. Can you help us identify the people in the pictures? Please continue to send us photos and historical information. If you can help with labelling or identifying anything on the site, then please contact

View archive photos
School Archive
Feminist 'Cross Dressing' Head

A local newspaper recently featured an article on former Headmistress, Miss Benton: 'Her standards were high. Insisting that there were no ‘girls’ subjects’, she encouraged her students to study science.'

Read the article
Alumnae News

All alumnae and former staff can receive the GDST alumnae magazine 'GDST Girl for Life' (March) and the South Hampstead alumnae magazine 'Resplendens' (June) free of charge. If you have not had a copy before, it may mean we do not have your correct postal address so do update your details below. 

Update your details
Alumnae New
Pass it on....

Over half our alumnae are missing out on this newsletter as we do not have their email address. If you are in touch with contemporaries who would be interested, do pass it on and encourage them to register with an email as part of the GDST network.

Update details here
School News
Project Zero

South Hampstead has been in the press a lot recently. You can view recent stories about Project Zero, Sixth form choices, awards, STEM subjects and more on the website.

Read more
Alumnae news
Don't forget

We need you to send us your nominations for the GDST alumnae of the year.; let us know if you can help with future panels or talks.; join us for the alumnae reunion in March; sign up for the Rungway mentoring scheme; update your details and come back and see us soon....


Contact us
Dates for your diary
30 January South Hampstead Speaker Series - Prof Alice Roberts
2 FebruaryAlumnae of the Year nomination deadline
8 March Alumnae Come & Sing
8 March Annual Reunion Lunch
20 March GDST Girl for Life Magazine publication
April 2020Bursary Consultancy Groups
13 May GDST Alumnae of the Year Awards
June 2020Resplendens Magazine publication