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This is a friendly school where ‘fitting in’ is unlikely to be a problem.‘It feels like home’, said one year 6 girl who admitted she would be sad to leave in the summer. Students do seem to wear their smart bottle green and scarlet uniform with pride and without any of the usual customisations one might expect of fledgling teens. Parents who contacted us all agreed that their children were ‘very happy’. ‘She loves her teacher,’ said one and ‘kind’ and ‘kindness’ were keywords that regularly arose in describing the school… 

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Founded in 1928, The Hampshire School Chelsea is distinctive as a 3-13 co-educational preparatory school for its location in London, its heritage rooted in the performing arts, and because it offers a holistic education which aims to develop happy, curiosity, confident and intellectually stimulated children who embrace their potential at every stage of school life.

We provide the foundations for each child’s love of learning to flourish within a nurturing and caring ethos. We are a reflective learning community and value the quality of our relationships with our parents and whole school community. The School motto, ‘Alte Spectemus’ reflects our commitment to high aspirations in all aspects of our educational provision. Further, our Growth Mindset approach, and five core values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility, Community and Excellence, encourage personal fulfilment, academic progress and excellence throughout.

Aiming high is a fundamental element of the broad and rigorous academic curriculum at The Hampshire School Chelsea which is further strengthened by an extensive extra-curricular clubs programme. We pride ourselves on supporting the children’s development across the breadth of curriculum subjects for academic, sporting, artistic and creative talents to be nurtured.

Preparation for the finest local day and boarding senior schools at 11+ and 13+ is extensive and we have an enviable record of successful transition to selective senior schools.

We are situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with easy access from most areas of the London region. The schools generous facilities provide a vibrant, supportive and creative learning environment that encourages challenge, curiosity and choice for all.

The school website aims to convey what makes The Hampshire School Chelsea so special, but there is no better way to get a clear impression of our educational provision than by visiting us. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Since September 2018, Pamela Edmonds BEd MEd EdD, originally qualified as a maths and PE teacher. She enjoyed a globetrotting teaching career whilst bringing up her two daughters, both now grown up and living in London.

Comfortably settled as head of St Cedd’s School, in Chelmsford, she uprooted when the Hampshire School, Chelsea came calling. This was, she admits, a ‘wobbly’ time for the the Hampshire: staff turnover was high and pupil numbers were dropping.

In her late 50s, neat and precise in manner, she exudes a cool professionalism and quiet authority. Her EdD contained modules on educational management and policy and these are being put to good use. She has a vision for this school - establishing a greater academic focus while not losing its...

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Special Education Needs

All children at The Hampshire School have an entitlement to classroom based support as set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2002) and access to the whole range of school activities. Children requiring School Action Plus/ Early Years Action Plus can be accommodated by the school with the parents/carers funding specialist provision either in school or externally. It is integral to the school’s ethos that all children experiencing special educational needs are respected, encouraged and viewed in a positive way. At The Hampshire School children on the SEN register have Individual Education Plans (IEPs)which set out a number of targets to support children on their identified needs. Children on the SEN register receive at least one hour per week of individual support on their identified targets. Progress is closely monitored and the IEPs are reviewed regularly. Parents are given regular feedback and are consulted on the target setting for the IEPs. Provision for EAL is tailored to the child's needs. Children receive in class support, group and individual tuition, aimed at achieving full access to the whole school curriculum, as their language skills develop.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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 Y
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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