Hampstead school celebrates 65th birthday

Headteacher Andrea Taylor whose mother founded the school cuts the birthday cake with Elsie, Alexand

Headteacher Andrea Taylor whose mother founded the school cuts the birthday cake with Elsie, Alexandra, Lucas, Seren and Amar at celebrations for Hampstead Hill School's 65th birthday. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A headteacher whose mother founded a Hampstead school 65 years ago had a little help from her pupils to cut the first slice of a giant birthday cake to celebrate the anniversary.

Children at Hampstead Hill nursery and pre-prep school in Pond Street enjoyed bouncy slides and a show from an entertainer at neighbouring St Stephen’s Church last Friday to mark 65 years since Hazel Riches opened a nursery in 1949.

Her daughter and current headteacher Andrea Taylor, who has since expanded the independent school to accept children in Years 1 and 2, celebrates the birthday every year.

She said: “It’s to remember my mother and what she started here – it’s very much still a family business.

“It’s a good opportunity for the children to learn something about Hampstead, about where they come to school and about where a lot of them live.”