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. It has been co-educational from day one as we have always believed in the merit of young boys and girls learning from and with each other.

In the late nineties, the purpose built Mulberry building was added. It was recently refurbished 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 conducive to the learning and development of young children. The addition of the Oak building in 2016 with its multi-function hall and kitchen has further enhanced these unique facilities.

From the summer term 2021, the Kindergarten moved to a recently purchased additional property at 99 Herne Hill, which has been comprehensively and meticulously refurbished to meet the needs of our two and three year olds.

Today, Herne Hill School is a thriving, buzzing school with approximately 300 children 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 Telford and Mrs Anne Thompson (Bursar), who has been with the school since 2003.

Prospective parents considering joining at our first and largest entry point, the Kindergarten, will invariably also meet our Head of Kindergarten, Miss Natalie Sweilam.

Natalie Sweilam working with Kindergarten children