West Hampstead

The Rainbow Montessori School includes three beautiful nurseries, junior school and training college all situated in prime locations throughout North West London. Our very first nursery was established by Rainbow’s founder, Linda Madden, in our West Hampstead premises in 1982 and was followed with the opening of a second nursery in Highgate Village the following year and by Queen’s Park in 2009. Our nurseries cater for children aged 2 through to 5 years old.

Our ‘West Hampstead’ Rainbow Montessori Nursery in West Hampstead was the very first Rainbow Montessori School to be set up by Linda Madden in 1982. Its instant success paved the way for all our future nurseries, our Rainbow Montessori Junior School and our Rainbow Montessori Training College!

Our West Hampstead Nursery is situated within the premises of an incredibly spacious, bright and beautiful church hall on

Sheriff Road which is only moments from West Hampstead tube, train, and bus links. One of the most beautiful features of this nursery is its ample play area and stunning garden which our students have proudly taken part in creating.

As with all our Rainbow Nurseries, Sheriff Road follows traditional Montessorian teaching methods and structure. At Rainbow we always strive to provide the best quality environment and educational materials for your child- Sheriff Road is MEAB accredited and all our teachers are fully qualified in Montessori education by recognized Montessori Training Colleges.

The curriculum at West Hampstead Nursery is very varied and always fun filled! If you would like to find out more about what our West Hampstead Nursery gets up to and what activities and outings they have planned please feel free to take a peek at our public blog.


Our Teachers

Raluca Coroama

Head Teacher


My name is Raluca Coroama and it is my privilege and great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Head Teacher here at Rainbow Sherriff Road. I am originally from Romania and began my Montessori journey by qualifying as a teacher with MCI and I have worked with Rainbow for the last 4 years. . I have a three year old son myself and understand well the vital importance of the early years for our children. I thoroughly look forward to building new friendships, bonds and memories with the children and adults alike.

Maggy Miller

Montessori Teacher & Head of Nurseries (based at West Hampstead) Mont. Dip. MCI Early Years 3 – 6


As an original member of Rainbow Montessori staff, Maggy's career has spanned Rainbow's entire 30 years making her an expert in her field! As a close friend and colleague of Rainbow Montessori's original founder Linda Madden, with whom she worked directly under, Maggy has been involved in all aspects of the school especially the three nurseries where she is currently overseeing the management as Head of Nurseries.

Stacey Brennan

Deputy Head Teacher

StaceyHi my name is Stacey, I have been at Rainbow for two years now I first joined the Queens Park team and now I am at West Hampstead site to further my knowledge I have gained over the years.

I have a keen interest in the Montessori system of education and I would like to use this experience at Rainbow to also grow in my role as a single mother to my 9 year old son.

I am eager to learn more about Montessori and to develop my role further. I look forward to learning alongside the children at Rainbow and meeting you all!

Siobhan Cottle

Classroom Assistant

Siobhan CottleHi my name is Siobhan I have always had a passion for teaching. I was a nursery practitioner for almost 10 years, I wanted to gain more knowledge about the Montessori system and that is how I found Rainbow! I look forward to meeting you all and learning more on this Rainbow journey

Marta Cordero

Nursery Teacher

My name is Marta Cordero, I am from Barcelona and I hold a degree in Primary Education and a HNC in Early Education and Childcare.

I have been working for different schools back in Catalonia and I have collaborated in a large number of cultural associations.

Now, I am working at the Catalan School of London on Saturdays, teaching my language to English children, and I am very happy to be part of the Rainbow team as I strongly believe in the Montessori method... can't wait to learn more about it and put it in the practice!

Miss Marta.

Azusa Nishizaki

Classroom Assistant

I am Azusa Nishizaki and I am currently studying to be a qualified Montessori Teacher (Birth to Seven).

I am originally from Japan and a mum of two primary school age boys. In addition to Montessori teacher training, I have an academic background in special education.

As a MCI student, I spent a wonderful time at Rainbow Highgate Nursery last year. I am happy and excited to continue my Rainbow journey at Sherriff Road Nursery.

I believe each child's uniqueness and differences make the world interesting!

Miss Azusa

Tsehay Alemayehu

Montessori Teacher

Hello, my name is Tsehay (pronounced Se’ha-y) and I am delighted to be part of Rainbow Montessori School Nurseries.

I am originally from Ethiopia and I have been living here in the UK since 1991. I gained my Montessori Early Years Teaching diploma from MCI, London, and I have been working in Montessori environments for the last 7 years. I am a mother of two children aged 14 and 11.

I enjoy working with children and I am enthusiastic about delivering the Montessori way of education. I believe Montessori philosophy and method of teaching are the best start for children and equip the individual child for life in a wider sense.

I very much look forward to meeting you all.

Miss Tsehay