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School Development

The Reverend Francis Wrottesley can have had little idea in 1889 when he established a school in Belsize Park for his three sons and a small number of local pupils, that his creation would go on to have such an illustrious history and become such a leading and highly regarded prep school.

One of the key features of The Hall over the years has been its capacity to adapt and develop to differing circumstances and times. Histories of the school reveal that it has always been innovative in aiming to provide a broad and enriching experience for the pupils and its reputation for academic excellence and high standards have long been treasured.

We believe that the previous twelve Headmasters would be rather pleased to see The Hall of 2024 – a happy, energetic and positive community that continues to seek to provide the best education possible for the pupils in our care. A school that is looking forward and is committed to evolve and progress, not least in terms of a physical transformation of our senior school estate. In addition to some exciting new construction work, we have innovatively redesigned the existing estate within the same overall site ‘footprint’ using sustainable materials and repurposing existing spaces to new uses.

Transforming learning spaces

The Board of Governors has committed to a programme of investment to meet the school’s future requirements. We believe a revitalised senior school building will transform the teaching and learning of The Hall for the future. 

  • 3 new classrooms with spacious breakout areas will be built under a green ‘barrel’ roof on top of the Wathen Hall
  • A new science laboratory will offer 67m2 of additional specialist space, fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment
  • The sports hall will be refitted with multi-sports mechanical and electrical installations, equipment and lighting, as well as new bleacher seating, lighting and sound systems for enhanced drama and music performances.   
  • Specialist teaching spaces will be upgraded for Science, Art & 3D Art, DT and Computing
  • The Cooper Hall will be upgraded with new flooring, acoustic systems and storage systems for music and drama performance 
  • The redesignation of the Old Library and Pit areas will offer 77m2 of flexible social and learning space for exhibitions, meetings and performances

It is a very exciting time and we value all support in helping to bring our ambitious plans for The Hall to fruition. If you would like to learn more or feel you could contribute to the fundraising, please contact


23 Crossfield Road, London NW3 4NU
Office: 020 7722 1700


54 Eton Ave, London NW3 3HN
Office: 020 7722 1700


69 Belsize Park, London NW3 4EH
Office: 020 7722 5456
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