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Nadia Ward, Headteacher, Heathside School Hampstead

Nadia has worked in pre-prep and prep education for over 20 years, working mainly for the Eaton House group where she was Deputy Head for 10 years. Following the acquisition of Eaton House by Dukes Education, Nadia worked for several Dukes schools sharing her expertise, particularly in Early Years and safeguarding. Nadia has robust experience of guiding families through preparation for 11+, ISEB Pre-Test and Common Entrance exams for the majority of the UK’s top independent schools and has an excellent understanding of how to best to prepare every child to fulfil their academic potential.

Nadia trained as a Montessori teacher and is passionate about making sure that every child has strong foundations and develops a love for learning. Nadia holds a BEd (Ist Class Honours) from UCL and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from The University of Buckingham. A life-long learner, she is currently studying for the National Professional Qualification for Headship and will complete the course in March 2023.


Nadia has a firm belief in delivering a holistic, well-rounded and inclusive education for every child in her care. Nadia has worked across all primary key stages and believes it is vital for all teachers to keep their approach to teaching fresh and innovative, she is keen for teachers to engage in meaningful discussion and participate in regular professional development.

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