Heatherton School (Girls School)
An independent day school for girls aged 3-11 years in Amersham. Co-ed nursery, ages rising 3-4 years.
Contact name: Yasmin Rouse (Admissions Officer)
Address: Copperkins Lane, Chesham Bois, Amersham, HP6 5QB
Telephone: 01494 726433
We had expected that the quality of teaching would be better than at a local state school. It wasn't. We realised too late that the maths teaching in particular was appalling. As most of the parents realised, the only hope your child has of getting to grips with basic arithmetic is to pay for an external tutor. Many of the Heatherton parents are fine with that.
Perhaps we were exceptionally unlucky but in my daughter's year group, over 6 parents out of a class of 20 eventually took their daughters out and sent them to a different private school in the area having lost patience with the headmaster's lack of response to legitimate and constructive criticism.
The school doesn't seem to know what it is for. There is an impressive sounding range of extra curricular activities but mostly so superficial that too many girls fail get to grips with the basics.
If you want a fluffy environment to park your daughter, great.
If you want her to be well prepared for secondary school expect to use a lot of private tutors. Or look elsewhere.