Alumnae newsletter
March 2021

Alumnae News


A year ago I wrote to you all as we closed our doors until further notice. We may have remained locked down for much of the year, but I am delighted that we were able to welcome pupils back on 8th March for the last three weeks of the term.


This newsletter is full of the ways that our alumnae community has been contributing to everyday school life, supporting our plans and driving national initiatives, in spite of a year of restrictions. I cannot thank you enough for the contribution you have made.


We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back to South Hampstead as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do join us for our very special annual reunion online tea party in May.


Headmistress, Victoria Bingham

Annual reunion

Share your school memories with friends and teachers all over the world at South Hampstead's online reunion tea party at 4pm on Sunday, 9th May.  All current staff, former staff and alumnae are welcome and we are organising specific reunions for the classes of 1961, 1971,1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011.  Please register by 25th April to receive your reunion gift pack in the post. Mugs & tea provided!

Sign up here
Speaker series

Diana Fox Carney and Mark Carney explored the tensions between economic and environmental values at our latest, inspiring Speaker Series event.

Read more and listen to the talk
Giving back
Minerva circle

Former teacher, school governor and bursary board member Lynn Frank recently joined our Minerva Circle. She shares her motivations and school memories with alumnae.


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Network and careers
Motivational Monday

Thank you Abi Gewirtz (class of 1983), Jenny Kleeman (class of 1997) and Eve Townsend (class of 2016) for sharing their career stories in our Motivational Monday series on our website and LinkedIn alumnae page. If you would like to feature, please let us know.

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Giving back
‘Class of’ bursaries

We will soon be launching our ‘Class of' bursaries inviting alumnae to make small, regular donations to support a bursary award. Contact us if your year group would be interested in this initiative, or if you would like to lead a ‘class of' bursary.

Find out more
Alumnae news
In the news

Congratulations to our alumnae who continue to achieve career success across all sectors, including alumna Naomi Ishiguro who published her first book 'Common Ground' this week. 

More alumnae achievements
School news
Diversity & inclusion

This term we conducted a Flair survey with staff and students to review our understanding of race; award-winning architect and GDST alumna Elsie Owusu OBE spoke to students on why diversity and inclusion matters: and our on-going curriculum review focused on the music department.

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Alumnae news
View from the Archive

Thank you to alumna Betty Spector (class of 1939) who told us her memories of South Hampstead during the 1930s:  from performing in school plays, to being awarded a scholarship to the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York and spending the war years in Long Island. 

Read Betty's story
Alumnae news
Audrey Walker

Alumna Kirsten Cubitt writes about her memories of art teacher Miss Walker in The Guardian. You can read the full obituary here

Send us your memories of Miss Walker
Sheila Wiltshire

We are sad to announce that former headmistress Mrs Sheila Wiltshire OBE recently passed away, aged 96.

Mrs Wiltshire was the head of South Hampstead High School from 1969 until 1974.

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Alumnae news
Pen pals

At the start of our third lockdown in January, our pen pal scheme helped connect current students and alumnae.

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Blog post
Pastoral spotlight

In light of recent media stories, our latest blog post from Senior Deputy Head Zoë Brass, reflects on how best to equip young people to navigate their early relationships. Zoë heads up the pastoral programme at SHHS.

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Giving back
Bursary mentoring

Our former bursary students Datshaine Navanayagam, Amanda de Winter and Lola Bursari have helped us to establish a mentoring scheme for pupils on fee-assisted places. They will support pupils from their application and throughout their school life.

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School news
Feast partnership

Thanks to alumna Emily Burton (class of 2015), South Hampstead now has a new partnership with FEAST With Us, a charity that helps to alleviate food poverty in the local community and raise awareness of food and plastic waste. 

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Alumnae Giving Back

Thank you to all our alumnae who made contributions to our bursary, speakers and Project Zero funds after receiving our Philanthropy Review in the autumn. You can find out more about our progress and how you can join these initiatives here.

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Giving back
Project Zero

South Hampstead's 365 Club encourages pupils and staff to commit to environmental resolutions for a whole year. For her pledge, Headmistress Vicky Bingham has challenged herself to run 1000 miles and raise money for The Woodland Trust’s 1000 Woods Appeal.

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School news
One year on

On its first anniversary, Waterlow Hall is shortlisted for the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2021.

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Medics and scientists

Are you an alumna working in medical or scientfic research? If yes, we'd love to profile you for the 2021 edition of Resplendens, our annual alumnae magazine. Please contact us if you'd like to tell us more about your research.

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GDST Talks

GDST Talks is a series of online seminars for parents and alumnae, led by distinguished experts who share their experience and advice on the pressing issues of the day. Their next talk is on 'Helping Your Daughter to Navigate Friendships', given by Andrew Hampton, the founder and CEO of the award-winning initiative 'Girls on Board'.

Book here
Dates for your diary
29 AprilGDST Talks: Helping your daughter to navigate friendships
6 MayGDST Talks: Managing the transition from primary to secondary
9 MayAnnual alumnae reunion
28 June Alumnae drinks - classes of 2015 to 2020
5 octTowards 150 concert: alumna and pianist Joanna MacGregor CBE

South Hampstead stats


alumnae and students who joined our lockdown pen pal scheme in 2021


donated to Feast to help combat local food poverty


alumnae already registered for our virtual tea party