About Us


Welcome to Hemdean House School

An Independent Primary and Nursery School for girls and boys (4-11)

Based in the heart of Caversham, Hemdean House School has been providing an exceptional education to the children of Reading, Henley, Shiplake, Caversham and the surrounding areas for over 150 years.

The aims of the school underpin our policies, our ethos and the safe and happy working environment:

  • to enable pupils to fulfill their full academic potential.
  • to foster an enjoyment of work through the curriculum and extra-curricular provision.
  • to build pupils' confidence and self-esteem.
  • to encourage consideration and respect for others.
  • to teach the value of self-discipline.

The school is a happy, caring community, with a family atmosphere in which each member - pupils, teachers and parents - are valued.  Teaching takes place in small classes with each pupil receiving individual attention and being able to make their own unique contribution to class activities and wider school life.  Some subjects have specialist teachers giving pupils a greater depth of subject knowledge.  Pupils grow in confidence as they work and play happily on their way to achieving their goals.

We offer a number of extra-curricular activities in sport, dance, music and drama and are able to provide after school hours care for all ages.

Hemdean House has recently been accredited as a Forest School and pupils enjoy many opportunities for outdoor learning in the private woodland within school grounds.

Visitors to the school are always welcome, so if you would like to know more about us please contact us by email: office@hemdeanhouse.co.uk, or by phoning 0118 9472590 and arranging a suitable time for a visit.


Hemdean House School actively welcomes families from overseas whilst relocating to Reading from abroad for the duration of their stay in the UK whether for one term, one year or longer.  The school is proud to be the educational solution for many families living in the area as a result of relocation posts and provides a happy, friendly and nurturing family environment whilst supporting children from overseas settle, integrate and continue their education in a new school, country and surroundings.    Testimonials and recommendations from international families with children currently enjoying a Hemdean House education are always available.



Please find below a letter of introduction from our head teacher.