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06 Feb 2019

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Local author opens New Library

30 Nov 2018

We were lucky enough to have a local author S.D. Mayes, open our school library today.
Our book club were able to share their favourite books with her, before she spoke to years 3-6 about being an author and what inspired her book ‘letters to the pianist’
It was wonderful to see some of our past pupils, who not only donated books to the library, but also talked to the year 6’s about senior school.
A really fantastic afternoon at Hemdean House.

More in the media gallery

Visit and see the school in Action

08 Nov 2018

You do not have to wait until our next Open Day, just contact the school and come and see us in action.

The head teacher and staff warmly welcome prospective pupils and parents.

Call us on 0118 9472590 for more information.

Hemdean House Forest School achieves Platinum award

27 Sep 2018

Hemdean House School wins top platinum award for Berkshire

Hemdean House School in Caversham, Reading has been awarded a prestigious platinum award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and being a woodland ambassador.

The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen almost 10,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.

Schools win awards for participating in green activities, both in and out of the classroom. Hemdean House School undertook special projects to map and survey the flora and fauna of their woodland as well as planting 30 trees, numerous bluebell bulbs and creating habitats for the woodland wildlife.  All of this helped them to consider the biodiversity and the sustainability of the area. 

Helen Illingworth, Forest School Leader at Hemdean Hosue School said “The children have been motivated by the projects and to see their enthusiasm and pride in protecting the woodland has been inspiring.”

Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees. The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities. As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and at gold an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges this environmental accolade. Only a handful of schools have moved on to achieve platinum, making this a huge accomplishment for the school.”

The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed by everyone. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, as well as protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.

The Green Tree Schools Award is free to take part in and during 2018 the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Schools ordering their first pack of trees are eligible for 2 points on the award. Find out how your school can get involved at

International Day

01 Jul 2018

A successful International Day showcased pupils and staff talents and activities from various cultures and nationalities.

View the photographs in the media gallery.

Pangbourne Orchestra Day

18 Jun 2018

Our musicians recently enjoyed an Orchestra Day at Pangbourne School  where they took part in a joint orchestra. 

View the photographs in the media gallery.

Merged Foundation Stage Class for 3 year olds.

12 Jun 2018

Having had such a successful year with our current Merged Foundation Stage Class we will be continuing to welcome year three children at Hemdean House.  This has proved to be both a very popular and successful educational model with the younger children benefitting from dedicated teaching and experiencing specialist subject teachers from an earlier age.  Please contact Mrs Dickason, our Head of Early Years or Mrs Chalmers, our Head Teacher via the school office for more information.

Woodrow High House

29 May 2018

‘All year group pupils and teachers recently enjoyed an adventure day at Woodrow High House, near Amersham where they took part in fun activities.  A great day was had by all.’

View the photographs in the media gallery.

Hemdean House Tea Party

03 May 2018

On National Tea Day Hemdean House held a grand tea party; see some pictures in the Media Gallery here.

Head Teacher's Summer Term Letter

12 Apr 2018

Read Mrs Chalmers Summer Term letter here.

Photographs from Jonah - The Years 3 and 4 Play

12 Apr 2018

Photographs from the Years 3 and 4 production of Jonah can be seen in the Media Gallery here

Astronomy Workshop

13 Mar 2018

Chris Menmuir of the Reading Astronomy Society returned to the school to give an astronomy workshop. He enjoyed the day as much as the pupils and sent this lovely message to the school:

"Thank you for inviting me again! It is a pleasure to come into your school, the pupils are enthusiastic, interested and very well behaved, and I get great feedback from your colleagues. Please do thank them for me. And thank you for the card and the mug - I really like the message! I was fortunate to have wonderful teachers - not that I fully appreciated it at the time! - so I'm happy to give back whenever I can."

Highclere Castle Trip Photos

12 Mar 2018

On March 12th, years 4 to 6 took a trip to Highclere Castle (known to parents as Downton Abbey) to see the wonderful exhibition of Egyptian antiquities collected by the 5th Earl of Canarvon, who together with Howard Carter unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun. Pupils entered into the spirit of the day and enjoyed dressing up as ancient Eygptians. More photos in the school gallery here.

Spring Concert Photos

05 Mar 2018

Congratulations to the all the performers for a wonderful programme of music at our Spring Concert, and a special thanks to Mrs Parker and Mrs Lee for their hard work in preparing and organising the event. See the photos in the media gallery here

NSPCC Number Day - Photos

02 Feb 2018

On Friday 2nd February 2018 our school took part in Number Day, raising £101 for the NSPCC. It was a fun day, starting with the Year 6 class assembly and moving on to a variety of maths activities, enjoyed by all. Year 5 and 6 - and our lovely visitors from Thameside School - got actively involved in "The Battle of the Robots". See the media gallery here for photos.

Year 6 Art Jam Studio Workshop - Photos

01 Feb 2018

On Thursday 1st February 2018, the Year 6 pupils participated in a fantastic workshop at the Art Jam Studio in Caversham. They worked with clay to represent a river scene linking with their current geography topic of 'Rivers'. The finished pieces will be collected in two weeks. More photos in the media gallery here.

Netball Match vs Caversham Prep School - Photos

31 Jan 2018

We played a friendly netball match at Caversham Prep School on Wednesday 31st January 2018. Both teams demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and the match was played in a really friendly atmosphere with a great display of skill. Many thanks to Caversham Prep School for accommodating the fixture. More photos in the media gallery here.

Hemdean House in Families Magazine

10 Jan 2018

Hemdean House features in the January edition of Families Magazine. Read the article here.