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We lost count of the number of parents who, when asked what they loved about the school, began with the phrase, ‘For the right child…’ by which it transpired they mean a bright-eyed boy who thrives on filling his time, toeing the line, being inquisitive and constantly pushing himself. Extracurricular taken seriously, with a strong work-hard, play-hard ethos. ‘The word on the street is that it’s nose-to-the-grindstone as soon as boys get through the gates, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,’ says head...

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What the school says...

Habs is The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year 2017. We consider ourselves a unique and special school, and deliver an exciting curriculum supported by a huge range of co-curricular activities. Our stunning grounds and facilities, along with a variety of shared activities with the adjoining Girls' School, ensure a well-rounded education geared to the needs of the most gifted and talented. We are a community that truly nurtures excellence, which is why we are one of the top schools in the country.

Information regarding scholarships and bursaries, entrance examinations and the admissions process, the curriculum and co-curricular activities, and many other details, are available on our website.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Basic Communication Skills at an English Independent School (Graded Drama Music Lit Speech)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2002, Peter Hamilton MA. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Southampton and Christ Church College, Oxford, where he read modern languages (French and German). Taught at Radley before becoming housemaster and head of languages at Westminster. Then to King Edward VI Southampton, as head.

‘He has an exceptional mind, but wears his cleverness lightly,’ says one member of staff. Like his pupils, businesslike, energetic and sharp. Feels his contribution has been to ‘reinvigorate’ an already high-octane offering and he hasn’t taken his eye off the ball once during his reign, say parents. Some boys told us he can be ‘a bit distant’ – ‘most of us only see him in assemblies, but we appreciate that much of his role is about managing the image of the school behind...

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Special Education Needs

The curriculum provides equality of access and opportunity for all our students to make progress. For those few boys with additional educational needs (e.g.dyslexia, dyspraxia), monitoring and support is co-ordinated by the school's learning support team who work in close collaboration with the House system and academic departments. Two members of the learning support team hold specialist qualifications in specific learning difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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