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School wanted to make the grounds ‘magical’ – and the staff have certainly done that. The school feels like something out of Swallows and Amazons, with Portmore Pond for sailing, Sandwalk Pond for fishing and a jaunty shepherd’s hut on the lawn. Pupils spend as much time outdoors as possible, for learning as well as play. We spotted a year 6 class learning about teamwork and communication in the outdoor classroom (a vast open canopy with a log fire and benches) in the woods. There’s plenty of…

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What the school says...

Walhampton champions JOY in all it does and we believe, with a passion, that the prep school years should be some of the happiest, busiest and most rewarding of one’s life.

No other Prep school has a more distinct ‘Swallows and Amazons’ spirit sitting so comfortably alongside academic excellence.

Overlooking the sea and the rolling hills of the Isle of Wight, Walhampton enjoys 100 acres of stunning grounds set within the ancient New Forest. Few schools can match this location. Sailing on our lakes, honey from our beehives, tree climbing club, den building, daily riding lessons… as much learning goes on outdoors as it does in class. The spirit of this place shapes character. Head, heart and hand. Walhampton builds physically, emotionally and mentally robust young leaders.

Alongside academic rigour and excellence, Walhampton strives to develop big hearted and kind pupils. We want young people to experience the joy of service, compassion and community. Our strong links with a community in Cambodia, WW2 veterans, a local hospice and care home and the Worldwide Veterinary Service… these are links that demonstrate Walhampton is a truly outward-looking school. We are busily building bridges with diverse communities near and far. We do this especially well.
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Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since December 2020, Jonny Timms, previously senior deputy head at Caldicott where he developed academics and pastoral provision, as well as being safeguarding lead. English and history degree Edinburgh and Toronto Universities. Began teaching through the Teach First scheme at the Harris Academy in Peckham, and after two years moved to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh in 2010 where he taught English and ran a boarding house. Has an MA in educational leadership and is an ISI boarding and team Inspector. Married to Sophie who works in international development and is also actively involved in the school; they have two children.

Entrance

The school is non-selective. Children attend a trial day for informal assessment. One pupil told us she enjoyed her trial day so much she started at Walhampton the very next day.

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Special Education Needs

Hordle Walhampton has a Learning Support Unit with four specialists including one to help with EFL needs. There is also a part time learning support assistant who works with individuals needing extensive help in the classroom. Children are supported on a one to one basis or in small groups where appropriate, and have a variety of learning needs including dyslexia. There are strong links between subject teachers and the Learning Support Department and meetings are held regularly to share information and strategies to help. There are also strong links between the Learning Support Department and the director for Pastoral Care in the school. Moderate or severe levels of disorder are beyond the resources of the school. Children with mild Aspergers and ADD conditions have been successful with support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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