Heatherton School Nursery

10 Copperkins Lane, Chesham Bois, Amersham HP6 5QB

Heatherton School Nursery, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Heatherton School Nursery, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Heatherton School Nursery, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Heatherton's Nursery offers both boys and girls an outstanding start to their education journey. Based in a large, refurbished and specially designed early years area with wonderful outdoor space, it is part of Heatherton School, a leading girls' independent prep school in Amersham.

Heatherton School Nursery is run by highly experienced and caring staff who get to know every single child personally and can unlock their individual potential. They work in close partnership with parents to ensure that every child develops a lively, enquiring mind, feels happy and settled, and fulfils their potential in all aspects of progress and growth.

Children learn through planned, purposeful play, exploration and investigation. They have two fully qualified teachers as part of the team, with an extremely high staff to child ratio, meaning they are able to offer a true child-centred pattern of learning. This enables them to respond to the individual learning needs and interests of children and to tailor their education to suit them, and at their pace.

Heatherton’s Nursery offers children quality teaching and experiences. Every week, children enjoy interactive music and modern foreign languages sessions with Heatherton’s specialist teachers. The children also take part in weekly ballet lessons taught by their highly experienced ballet teacher, as well as popular PE and ball skills sessions, run by external experts.

Children are able to choose activities that interest them and are allowed time to complete their chosen tasks in both the outdoor and indoor area, which features a purposeful wooden play frame, a fully equipped IT zone, separate role-play space, a dedicated creative area, and a cosy room for circle time. There is also an impressive outdoor area with numerous ride-on toys, water play, large sand-pit and dedicated garden and digging zone.

Owner: Berkhamsted Schools Group Ltd

Person in charge: Vicki Bowden (Head of Early Years Department)

Local Authority / Social Services: Buckinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 5

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 34

Age Range: from 3 years 0 months to 4 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: School Holidays

Admission Information: Co-educational nursery. Boys & Girls from the term they turn 3.


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8.1 Heatherton School Nursery has a Review Score of 8.1 (8.147)

The Review Score of 8.1 (maximum of 10) for Heatherton School Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 1 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Heatherton School Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.1 out of 5 from 1 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 5 for Heatherton School Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (12 Excellents x 5) ) ÷ 12 Ratings = 5

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 3.147 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Heatherton School Nursery is based on 1 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 = 3

    2. Target of 6.8 positive Reviews (34 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 1 Reviews ÷ 6.8 Target = 0.147

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

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  • Mother of Child

This is a very well organised nursery with fantastic, caring staff. I believe it has the right balance of structure and free play and I feel like my daughter is treated as an individual, with her likes being observed.

There is a good level of communication and I feel involved in what my child is doing. Staff are approachable and proactive and are positive role models for the children.

I honestly can't recommend this nursery enough. Prior to this, my daughter attended another nursery (with the same Ofsted rating) and there really is no comparison.

How likely would you be to recommend Heatherton School Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Staff Profiles


Dawn Miller

Job Title: Early Years Teaching Assistant

Joined: 2014


Dawn (NNEB, Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education) has worked with children for over 30 years and joined Heatherton three years ago.
"I really enjoy using all our lovely resources to run messy and creative play with my group."


Kathy Mahoney

Job Title: Early Years Teaching Assistant

Joined: 2015


Kathy ((NVQ Level 3 CACHE in Children's Care, Learning and Development) has worked with all age groups, from EYD to Key Stage 2, throughout her 14 years in education. "I really enjoy working in our small groups to nurture and encourage confidence."


Rachel Lovelock

Job Title: Early Years Teaching Assistant

Joined: 2016


Rachel (Level 3 CACHE Cover Supervision: Specialist Support For Teaching) joined Heatherton a year ago and has extensive experience working within nursery environments. "I love sharing my passion for books and stories with the children."


Shellie Chase

Job Title: Deputy Head of Early Years and Early Years SENCo

Joined: 2015


Shellie (BA Hons, GTP, QTS) has over 10 years' teaching experience. "It's wonderful to see and hear our children's excitement when they apply the skills we have taught them. I feel very proud to be part of such an incredible Nursery."


Vicki Bowden

Job Title: Head of Early Years

Joined: 2007


Vicki (BEd Hons) has worked at Heatherton for 10 years. "I love working in the Early Years Department of Heatherton. We are lucky to be able to have small groups within our department so that we can plan for individual children."