Heatherton School

Buckinghamshire

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 9 (Boys) 142 (Girls)
  • Age Range: Girls: 3 - 11 years, Boys in Nursery only: 3-4 years 11 months
  • Founded: 1912

General Information

Founded in 1912, Heatherton is set in an attractive green and leafy location on the outskirts of Amersham.

Heatherton provides an excellent all-round education. An experienced staff of specialist teachers encourage each child’s individual academic and emotional development. High standards are achieved across a broad curriculum with small classes (max 20), a caring ethos and a close relationship with parents. At 11 pupils progress to both local independent girls’ senior schools and Buckinghamshire grammar schools. Excellent results are produced at all stages of school performance tests and the girls are tracked from an early age, both pastorally and academically.

Heatherton is part of the Berkhamsted Schools Group.

Facilities

Musical, artistic and sporting talents flourish at Heatherton. A thriving orchestra, individual instrument lessons and many drama, ballet and music productions are an important part of life in a school year. Art and design skills are celebrated in display and exhibitions, both internally and externally. Each pupil is offered a wide range of sporting activities – swimming, netball, gymnastics, dance, athletics, tennis, lacrosse and cross country.

An extensive range of educational visits and activities in the UK and Europe are organised each year. The school has recently introduced an additional Enrichment Curriculum to its pupils’ timetables, offering the girls exciting opportunities to expand their knowledge, with topics as diverse as mindfulness, team-building and Tudor cooking.

In September 2015, the Heatherton Nursery became Co-Educational, providing for both boys and girls. Heatherton has been recognised for its ‘outstanding quality of provision’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Its ‘calm, purposeful environment’ and ‘a host of stimulating learning opportunities’, were just some of the features highlighted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate who are now citing Heatherton’s EYFS as an example of very best practice. Heatherton remains a girls’ school from Reception class to Year 6.

Wrap-around care is available, providing care from 07:30am until 18:30pm.

Open Days

2017. Fri. 2nd March, 10am -12noon. Headteacher’s speech at 10.15

Please call on 01494 726433 if you would prefer to speak directly to our friendly admissions team or would like to arrange a visit to the School before the next Open Day. Alternatively, email admissions@heathertonhouse.co.uk.

Fees

2017/2018. Early Years – Year 6: £1,500 - £4,360 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Debbie Isaachsen

Contact for enquiries: Yasmin Rouse, Admissions Officer

Heatherton School
Copperkins Lane
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6 5QB

[t]: 01494 726433
[f]: 01494 729628
[w]: www.heathertonhouse.co.uk

Location Description

Rural, to the north of Amersham, but close to A416.

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School News

Heatherton House independent preparatory School Buckinghamshire

Heatherton House, the top independent girls’ school in Amersham, has been celebrating after their Year 5 and Year 6 Small Schools 200m Relay Team swam

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their way to victory in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming Championships, which were held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley in May. The girls had worked really hard to qualify for the event and came from third position at the start of the race to take the gold medal. It is the eighth time Heatherton House has taken the top spot in this event in the 17 years of the Championships.

Swimming Captain Holly says: “It was really nerve-wracking, especially as we only took the lead towards the end of the race, but it was such an amazing feeling when we saw the scoreboard and realised we had won. I am so proud of our team and we all want to say a big thank you to our amazing teacher Mrs Adams, our swimming coach Gilly and our mums and dads who have supported us through all the training and qualifiers.”

The girls received their medals and trophy from Olympic Silver Medallist and GB Breaststroke Record Holder Michael Jamieson, who happily posed for photos with the team.

Heatherton’s PE Co-ordinator Caroline Adams couldn’t have been prouder of the squad: “Congratulations to all the girls, swimmers and reserves who have worked so hard to achieve this. The wonderful result recognises the total dedication our girls put into their training and competing.”

Head teacher Debbie Isaachsen says: “What an incredible achievement and a real testament to the huge importance we place on perseverance and working as a team here at Heatherton.”

 

Photo: Heatherton House’s IAPS National Swimming Champions 2017 with PE teacher Caroline Adams

 

Heatherton House independent girls prep school Buckinghamshire

We have all been celebrating this week after Heatherton’s swimming team won the Bucks Small Schools Mixed Medley trophy at Woodside Pool in Watford.

We are now

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looking forward to the South East qualifying round in Guildford on Saturday 20th May in the hope of qualifying for the English Schools Swimming Association finals in Sheffield this June.

Heatherton House pulled off a feat of statuesque proportions last Friday when we completed a whole school Mannequin Challenge. https://www.facebook.com/HeathertonHouse/videos/377303395936384/

“We have been looking at

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the power and influence of social media in our Current Affairs and Thinking Skills lessons,” says Heatherton’s Headteacher Debbie Isaachsen. “So we thought we’d try videoing our very own Mannequin Challenge, post it on Heatherton’s Facebook and Twitter feeds and see how many people watched it.”

“We like to do things a bit differently,” says Year 5 pupil Annabel Fanning. “Instead of just one class videoing themselves standing like mannequins, we thought we’d try the whole school! We got it on the second try – it was such fun!”

Since posting the video on their social media, Heatherton’s whole school Mannequin Challenge has been shared and watched by over 5,000 people – and the numbers are growing every day. “The challenge was a lot of fun to take part in and brought the whole school together,” reflects Head Debbie Isaachsen. “It also taught the girls a very valuable lesson about the power and reach of the Internet.”

 

Heatherton House independent girls' preparatory school Buckinghamshire

Heatherton pupils from Years 3-6 joined representatives from the Royal British Legion and members of the public to take part in a special Armistice Day

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service held outside St Michael and All Angels Church on Sycamore Road, Amersham on Friday 11th November.

Led by The Reverand Debbie Oades, the short and powerful service featured readings, poems and prayers read by Heatherton pupils, members of the church and the Royal British Legion.

Heatherton House was extremely honoured to be invited to take part in this significant community event,” says Headteacher Debbie Isaachsen. “I was very proud of the respectful and mature way our girls conducted themselves.”

Year 6 pupil Hannah, who was chosen to read a prayer at the service, says: “It was important to me to read my prayer well as I wanted to show respect for all the people who fought for us and our freedom.”

Heatherton House independent girls' preparatory school Buckinghamshire

On Saturday 17th September, the Heatherton Cross Country team went to Berkhamsted Prep School to compete in their annual House Cross Country race. Heatherton entered

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as a House and competed against the other six Houses from Berkhamsted. Everyone was very excited and also a little bit nervous as it was the first race of the season.

The first race featured six Heatherton girls from Year 4, who all ran brilliantly – in particular, Aoife (2nd), Juliette (4th) and Elizabeth (9th). Well done also to Lily, Chloe and Carrie who all ran very strong races to gain points for the overall team score.

The Year 3s, despite it being their first ever cross country event, also had an amazing race with Poppy coming 5th, Amelie, 6th, Eleanor, 8th and Annabel, 9th.  Well done also to Millie, Sophia and Evie who all finished brilliantly to gain points for the overall team score.

The Year 5s also had a brilliant race with Annie finishing 6th, Isabella, 13th and Meg, 15th.

The morning finished with the Year 6 race and everyone was very successful, including Hannah A (1st), Ellie (4th), Holly (5th), and Eleanor (8th). Well done also to Amber R and Hannah P who ran strongly to collect more points for the team.

Then came the team results, where everyone’s points are added up for the overall positions. To our delight, Heatherton came 1st in the girls’ event! A great team effort! A big thank you to Mrs Adams and to all of the Berkhamsted staff for a fantastic morning. We are now looking forward to the Berkhamsted Cross Country Invitation Relay event on the 27th September. Go Heatherton!

Hannah Ashby and Ellie Shield, Cross Country Captains

Heatherton’s swimmers really did us proud last Friday evening when they took part in the English Schools’ Swimming Association’s Relay Qualifiers at the Woodside Pool

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in Watford.

Our team won both the Bucks Small Schools’ heats in the freestyle and medley relays, qualifying for the South East qualifying round at Guildford in April and retaining the Bucks shields. We did incredibly well to qualify for the Herts, Bucks and Beds small schools swimming final, which was much bigger this year due to a change in the category increasing the size of what constitutes a small school, and we came 5th out of 21 schools.

Well done girls for a great and late evening of swimming, for Liz Ashby’s help as an official time keeper, to coach Richard Osborne for his support and training and to our loyal band of parents cheering us on.

Debbie Isaachsen has been appointed as the new Headteacher at Heatherton House Independent Girls Preparatory School, Amersham. She replaces Peter Rushforth, who retired in December

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after over 12 years as Head of the School.

Raised and educated in Buckinghamshire, Mrs Isaachsen returns to the area to take up the post at the start of the new term. She comes to Heatherton from Cheltenham College Preparatory School, where she was Head of Lower School since 2010 and previously Deputy Head of the Pre-Prep Department.

“I am delighted to be leading such an incredible school,” said Mrs Isaachsen. “Heatherton House quite rightly has an enviable reputation in the area for being a forward-thinking, innovative and inspiring school. Its warm, family-feel ethos is second to none and it has benefited enormously from being part of the Berkhamsted Schools Group.

Following Heatherton’s ranking of third in the 2015 Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools, Richard Backhouse, the new Principal of Berkhamsted Schools Group, says he is delighted that a leader of Mrs Isaachsen’s calibre will take Heatherton forward to continued success: “Debbie has extensive teaching and leadership experience from both the independent and maintained sectors, having taught in all year groups and across all disciplines in both Prep and Pre-Prep. A willingness to innovate and develop the curriculum has been a hallmark of her leadership at Cheltenham College Prep School.”

Mrs Isaachsen has recently been awarded a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership, where her study choices were directed towards teacher performance and teaching and learning.

She is married to Alex, Director of ICT at Cheltenham College, and has two children aged nine and 11.

 

Year 6 pupils from top girls school Heatherton House truly embraced the Harvest spirit of giving last week when they visited nearby residential care homes

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to entertain and chat to the residents.

Shortly after performing at the school’s annual Harvest Festival, where the whole school prepared and performed Harvest-themed songs and poems, small groups of Year 6 girls were taken to both Abbey Court in Chesham and Kings Lodge in Amersham.  The girls then performed their favourite Harvest songs in front of the residents before sharing home-cooked biscuits with the appreciative audience and enjoying some wonderful conversation. Victoria Gore, Housing Officer at Abbey Court in Chesham, said: “Our residents thoroughly enjoyed watching the girls sing their harvest festival songs. The pupils were very polite and friendly towards our residents, taking the time to chat and offer them biscuits and cups of tea. We really appreciate the effort that was made and would welcome Heatherton House School back to Abbey Court any time!”

But it wasn’t just the residents who got a boost from the visit. Year 6 pupil Sylvie Evans, who helped entertain the residents at Kings Lodge, said: “We all really enjoyed the experience. It was great fun performing and the audience all seemed to really enjoy it. I especially loved talking to everyone after we sang. The residents were so friendly and chatty and it was really interesting to hear all about what school was like when they were young.”

To finish off their Harvest celebrations, Heatherton House made a large gift of food and toiletries to the Chiltern Food Bank, thanks to very generous donations from pupils and their parents.

Leading girls school, Heatherton House in Amersham, Bucks, opened its nursery doors to little boys this September for the first time in nearly 10 years!
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decision to allow boys to join this outstanding Early Years Department was taken last year by Headmaster Peter Rushforth: “We are always introducing new ways to develop our pupil’s learning opportunities and this exciting decision to re-introduce boys back into our nursery is just another example of our dedication to innovation.”
Current parent, Mrs Sampson, whose son Felix joined the nursery this term, said: “We’d heard from local parents how wonderful the nursery at Heatherton was and when we came to see it, we were blown away. The outdoor space is incredible and there is a really friendly atmosphere.”

Heatherton House, the top independent girls’ school in Amersham, have been celebrating after their Year 5 and Year 6 Small Schools 200m Relay Team swam

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their way to victory in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming Championships, which were held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley on Saturday 9th May. The girls had worked really hard to qualify for the event and stormed their way to the gold medal, knocking 10 seconds off their qualifying time in the process. It is the second year in a row that Heatherton House has won Gold in this event and the seventh time in the 15 years of the Championships.

Swimming captain Alex Lawman says: “We were all so nervous on the day, but we had worked really hard as a squad, so it was amazing to take the gold medal. We couldn’t have done it without our PE teacher Mrs Adams, our coach Richard and our amazing parents who always support us.”

Heatherton’s PE Co-ordinator Caroline Adams couldn’t have been prouder of the squad: “Congratulations to all the girls, swimmers and reserves who have worked so hard to achieve this. The wonderful result recognises the total dedication our girls put into their training and competing.”

Headmaster Peter Rushforth says: “What an incredible achievement and a real testament to the huge importance we place on working hard and working as a team here at Heatherton.”

Year 6 girls at Heatherton House School in Amersham have recently been in a fervour of Election2015 excitement. As part of their Current Affairs and

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Thinking Skills lessons, the girls were tasked with creating their own political parties, complete with manifestos, election strategies and Party Leaders, to prepare for a Heatherton House Election Day on Thursday 7th May.

The girls really threw themselves into preparing promotional banners and posters that they displayed around the school. Lunchtimes and breaks were spent canvassing and persuading pupils and staff alike who to vote for, and during lessons and before and after school, the different parties worked hard on their PowerPoint presentations for the big Election Day assembly.

Party manifestos ranged from promises of bouncy castles in the playground, more trips to Thorpe Park and optional homework to more serious pledges to create a special Internet Police, to donate more taxes to charity and to give children more of say in the way the country is run. Sarah Tobin, the leader of the winning ‘Blue’ party and a firm believer in voices for children, stated:  “Children may only be 27% of the population, but we are 100% of the future.”

Proud Headmaster Mr Rushforth said: “It has been such an insightful and valuable exercise for our Year 6 girls to take part in their very own General Election. They have really risen to the challenge and I’ve been very impressed with the skills of diplomacy, teamwork and persuasion the girls have displayed.”

 

Photo: Heatherton House girls vote in their own General Election

The girls at Heatherton have been having a lot of fun getting involved with the Great Heatherton Bake-off – in aid of raising funds for

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EduHaitian.

This term we’ve been fundraising for EduHaitian. We started the week with a thought-provoking assembly, telling us how the charity helps children affected by the earthquake in Haiti go to school. The girls were told how the 2010 quake devastated the country – along with homes and other buildings, four out of five schools were destroyed, meaning education in Haiti is now a privilege, not a right. After working in the country, Emma and Olivia, who used to work at Heatherton, set up EduHaitian to try and help make a difference.
To raise money, the girls have also been baking and icing cakes at home to sell at our cake sales in aid of EduHaitian and, together with a raffle and a challenge to cover maps of Haiti with coins, we’ve raised over £245.

Heatherton House Prep School in Amersham had a very special visitor on Friday, Liz Walsh the Mayor of Amersham.
The girls were very excited to

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have such an important guest in the school and also learn a little bit about what the job of Mayor entails.
After handing out some prizes in assembly, Mrs Walsh went to a meeting of our very own school council, where the girls were able to ask her some questions and find out how about local government works. They were fascinated to discover that both the school and local council operate in very similar ways.
Our school council are currently surveying the pupils to ask what improvements the children would like in the playground and Mrs Walsh explained to the girls how she too is currently working on similar ideas in the King George V Playground; and how important it is to consult local residents, asking them their ideas and then representing their interests. However, when you have a lot of people making a decision it’s not always plain sailing, and the girls discussed how voting is important.
Mrs Walsh then spent some time with Year 1, who were full of lots of good ideas for what they’d like to see in the revamped playground, and Year 6. ‘Meeting the Mayor was really interesting,’ said Sarah from Year 6. ‘I had no idea how much work she had to do every day and how busy she is.’

To find out more about Heatherton House School, visit www.heathertonhouse.co.uk or call 01494 726433.

Heatherton House, the top independent girls’ school in Amersham, have been celebrating this week after their Year 5 and Year 6 Small Schools 200m Relay

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Team swam their way to victory in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming Championships, which were held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley on Saturday. The girls had worked really hard to qualify for the event and were seeded 1st in the race. The eight-strong team didn’t disappoint on the day and stormed their way to the gold medal, with a time of 2.13.01 minutes – just four seconds off the record set by Heatherton House in 2006.

Swimming captain Amelie Brown says: “I was really excited to be captain of the Heatherton swimming team, but it was also very nerve-wracking standing up waiting for my turn to swim. When we won, we were all so excited – it’s absolutely amazing. We do train really hard, so it’s incredible to take the gold. I’ll never forget standing on the winners’ podium – it was a wonderful moment.”

Heatherton’s PE Co-ordinator Caroline Adams couldn’t have been prouder of the squad: “Congratulations to all the girls, swimmers and reserves who have worked so hard to achieve this. The result recognises the dedication our girls put into their training and competing. We couldn’t have done it without the huge input from our swimming coaches Richard Osborne and Gilly Hughes, who work tirelessly for the school.

Headmaster Peter Rushforth says: “What an incredible achievement and a real testament to the huge importance we place on working hard and working as a team here at Heatherton.”

Heatherton’s swimming team are now looking forward to the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA ) Primary Schools Championships that take place on Saturday 21st June.

 

Photo: Heatherton House’s National Champions

This Wednesday 1 October Heatherton House School, Amersham, held its annual Harvest Festival, which is always a lovely occasion. Celebrating with us were residents from

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Kingslodge in Amersham and Abbey Court in Chesham. The Year 6 girls had previously made some delicious biscuits which they served, together with drinks, to our special guests before the Assembly began. ‘We really loved talking to everyone,’ said Izy from Year 6. ‘It was such fun and we talked about all sorts of things, one of the ladies has been coming to our Harvest Festival for a long time and said she always really enjoys it.’
The girls then escorted our guests through to the hall for our Festival, where they were entertained by songs and poems performed by all the girls, from Nursery to Form 5. Beforehand the girls had bought in lovely harvest boxes full of goodies, our guests were presented with a box each and the rest were distributed by our Year 6 girls to a selection of local homes and individuals in the community. Headmaster Peter Rushforth said: ‘Events such as these are special for all concerned. The girls always enjoy the opportunity to share this timeless tradition.’

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