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Girls’ independent prep school in Amersham with co-educational nursery for pupils aged 3-11

At Heatherton, we believe our role is to inspire, support and foster a love of learning that will sustain your child throughout their education journey

Nicola Nicoll welcomes you to Heatherton

Heatherton is a forward-thinking, innovative school with a very special close family feel that is renowned in the Buckinghamshire area. We are in the enviable position of being a prep school within the Berkhamsted Schools Group, so we are able to retain our nurturing ethos while still benefiting from all the facilities, resources and teaching expertise that comes from being part of this outstanding and historic family of Schools.  Heatherton was founded over 100 years ago and is an IAPS with a kite mark for excellence and an admirable record for success.


Of course, what makes any school special is its pupils.  Working with the Heatherton pupils has been a delight and inspiration; they are clearly so happy, excited, confident and love their School.  The girls genuinely know and endorse the School’s values to aim high with integrity, to be adventurous and to serve others.  These values are close to my heart as I passionately believe in the ability of education to change and shape lives.  As we know, the world is rapidly evolving, and it is essential that an outstanding education enables good grades and qualifications whilst equally supporting the development of soft skills, emotional intelligence and character.  Heatherton School offers a safe and supportive environment for pupils to learn from both successes and challenges and prides itself on a promise never to leave anyone behind.  With small class sizes, having a teacher and TA in every classroom, a team of dedicated, caring and passionate staff, broad opportunities in extra-curricular activities, each child is treated individually empowering them to thrive.

My desire is that every pupil leaves Heatherton educationally enthused and motivated, confident, polite, curious, resilient, outward-looking and entirely ready to take on the next steps of her educational journey.

Choosing a school can be a little like house-hunting; you check the facts on paper to see if it could theoretically be the right place, but you don’t know that until you visit in person.  Only then do you have a real sense of what it is really like and whether your child could be happy there.  The minute I walked into Heatherton School, I knew it was the place for me – I felt the warm, friendly, family-like, buzzing atmosphere -and I hope you will too.  I very much look forward to welcoming you to come to see for yourself.

Mrs, Nicola Nicoll, BSc (Hons), MEd

Headteacher of Heatherton


Our Values and Aims

At Heatherton, our pupils’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.

Our values and aims – which are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools – instil in every pupil the confidence to face challenges without fearing failure and to feel safe in their learning environment.

Our weekly Fab Friday assemblies and termly Awards Ceremony celebrate our core values in action, both in and out of the classroom.

Our values and aims are shared by the Berkhamsted family of schools.


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Heatherton · Feb 17

We love this reading den that a Year 5 pupil has constructed herself!📖

Heatherton · Feb 11

As part of Enrichment at Heatherton today, Miss Dobson and her group did some pebble painting.🎨🖌️

Heatherton · Feb 5

The cutest cupcakes for Crazy Hair Day🧁#ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

Heatherton · Feb 5

Incredible effort from Year 6 sisters.👭 #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

Heatherton · Feb 5

Wow - such amazing hair!🎀 #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

Heatherton · Jan 26

It seems as though Year 3 and their families are very talented at building snowmen!⛄

Heatherton · Jan 26

These photos were taken down a Year 5 pupil's microscope. Can you guess what they are of?

Heatherton · Jan 25

Okay, now that was an amazing aim...Embracing the school value of 'Aiming High' right from Nursery!⭐

Heatherton · Jan 25

It looks as though there were a few Heatherton snow angels this weekend! 👼 ❄️⛄️

Heatherton · Jan 22

The rain doesn't stop us☔ #berkoaroundtheworld

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