Our history & team

Herne Hill School was founded in 1976 as a nursery school in the charming grounds of the Old Vicarage, tucked away behind St. Paul’s Church. Building on its success and responding to parents’ requests, it expanded in 1986 to also become a pre-preparatory school.

In the late nineties, the purpose built Mulberry building was added. It was recently extended to provide modern, bright and spacious classrooms which combine with the homely, cosy feel of the Old Vicarage and the adjacent Nature Area to create an environment uniquely suited for young children and conducive to learning. The addition of the Oak building in 2016 with its Kindergarten, multi-function hall and kitchen has further enhanced these unique facilities. From early 2021, the Kindergarten will be based at a recently purchased additional property at 99 Herne Hill, which is currently being refurbished to specifically meet the needs of our youngest children.

Today, Herne Hill School is a thriving, buzzing school with approximately 300 boys and girls aged 2-7 years. The school is independently owned, with the Director, Mr Dominik Magyar, taking an active role in overseeing the direction of the school since 2002. His correspondence address is the school’s address, and he can be reached by calling the school number during both term times and holidays.

Leadership team

The Headteacher, Mrs Ngaire Telford, has been involved at the school since 2001, first as a parent of her four children and then, since 2007, as a highly respected teacher in both Key Stage 1 and Early Years and as a strong Deputy Head before being appointed Head from September 2016. She is in charge of all curriculum and teaching matters and is supported by a number of senior teachers.

The school’s Senior Leadership Team is composed of Dominik, Mrs Ngaire Telford and Mrs Anne Thompson (Bursar), who has been with the school since 2003.