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Hampstead Fine Arts College

– A letter from the Principal

“I am delighted to introduce you to Hampstead Fine Arts College, founded in 1978 for the study of the Arts and Humanities. Our aim has always been to instil a love of learning in students of all ages and to help students achieve entry into outstanding higher education establishments.

Our ethos is rooted in the belief that, with the right encouragement, students flourish both academically and creatively. All subjects are taught with expertise and enthusiasm by tutors who have a genuine love of their subject…”

Students are fortunate to be taught by many who, as well as being highly experienced educators, are often distinguished musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and actors. The informal nature of relationships between staff and students strengthens high expectations and encourages a rigorous approach to work.

The college is a unique bridge between school and university, a place that encourages self-discipline and self-motivation. On leaving, our students graduate to top universities and leading Art, Design, Music and Performing Arts Colleges in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.”

Hampstead Fine Arts College

The school is located in a charming part of Belsize Park, with the main site situated in a secluded courtyard, originally a Victorian dairy, away from the bustle of the street.


The spirit of creativity and close, personal teaching remain hallmarks of the school’s atmosphere. Teaching staff are committed to helping students identify their own unique way of contributing something special to the wider world. Most students join the college because they are seeking a school that will allow them freedom of expression and remove some of the restrictions of traditional independent alternatives. Students wear no uniform, and are taught primarily in round-table formats, reminiscent of university seminars rather than traditional classrooms. Despite this, there are high expectations for behaviour and performance. The Good Schools Guide quotes a parent who summarises it well, “What we like about the college… is the industrious informality. They take the job seriously, but don’t wear it too formally.”


Virtually all students leaving the senior school go on to higher education at a range of universities and Art, Music, and Drama schools. Typical destinations include the University of Oxford, King’s College London, Central St. Martin’s, and Edinburgh, to name a few.

Fine Arts College recently opened its lower school for younger students.
24 Lambolle Place, London, NW3 4PG
Centre Studios, 41 - 43 England's Lane, London, NW3 4YD

Hampstead Fine Arts College

Lambolle Place, London, UK

Hampstead Fine Arts College

41-43 England's Lane, London NW3 4YD, UK

A haven of culture, creativity and kindness amidst the tumult of north London selective schools.

The Good Schools Guide