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First day timings:

Kindergarten 9:40am – 3:00pm (collect from classroom)

Pre-Reception 9:30am – 3:00pm (collect from classrooms)
(1/2 day collection at 11.45am from classroom)

Reception: 9:15am – 3:15pm (collect from classrooms)

Year 1: 9:00am – 3:20pm (collect from gate)

Year 2: 8.50am – 3:30pm (collect from gate)

Please note from Friday 2 September normal timings will resume. Please refer to the handbook sent out in your pack for details.


Herne Hill School is the largest independent Pre-School and Pre-Prep in the UK focusing on 2+ to 7 year olds (Kindergarten – Year 2). It is well known within its area of South London as an oasis of happy learning and as the largest feeder into the reputable Dulwich Schools. We are a member of the Independent Schools Association, the Independent Schools Council and the National Day Nurseries Association and are proud of the stellar assessment by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the results our children regularly obtain and what our parents say.

By focusing on Early Years education since our foundation in 1976, we have developed a strong expertise in making the critical transition from pre-school to school seamless. Children joining our Kindergarten or Pre-Reception can avoid the disruption of a 4+ change and have continuity for up to five years in what are arguably their most important formative years. Children joining in Reception also benefit from the smooth progression from a play-based learning approach to more structured lessons.

The school’s grounds and facilities lie tucked away behind St Paul’s Church on Herne Hill and combine to provide a ‘homely’, safe and nurturing feel while at the same time being open, green and deceptively large – the perfect environment for young children to blossom and enjoy discovering how to learn. The buildings consist of an Old Vicarage, a recent purpose built teaching block and a new, state-of-the art hall and Kindergarten building which provides a number of additional benefits, including enhanced Kindergarten provision.

Our pupils consistently achieve excellent results, with the vast majority moving on to the local school of their choice. We invite you to explore our website, contact us for further information and visit on one of our regular tours to see the school in action and experience our unique atmosphere.

We are looking forward to meeting you!