Retirement Village treated to a theatrical performance

Residents at Grove Place Retirement Village, Nursling, were treated to a theatrical performance from students, age seven to 11, at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School.

The Prep School, which recently received high drama results, took along selected speakers to share their talent with the local residential home.

The co-educational independent school is well known for its dynamic extra-curricular activities and offers its pupils annual London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams. LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK and provides private schools with comprehensive speech examinations.

Sophie Gordon, head of drama at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School, said: “The residents really enjoyed the children’s performance and their confidence and natural ability in engaging with the audience.”

Artistic Hampshire students brighten up Romsey Abbey

Talented art students from Hampshire Collegiate School have launched their own exhibition, ‘Art in the Abbey’.

Year 13 students; Chloe Griffin, Samantha Eastaugh, Stephen Jarman and Jessica Pitt-Pitts, are showcasing their A-Level art work at Romsey Abbey until Sunday September 30.

Pupil, Chloe Griffin, said: “I am delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to display my work within the very building which led to its creation. The principal pieces of work for my final exam were developed from photographs that I took of the interior of the Abbey. The Abbey’s wonderful architecture inspired me to produce what I think is the best work I have ever done.”

The Romsey-based co-educational independent school has excellent art facilities and its A-Level students consistently achieve outstanding art results with 100 per cent attaining grades A to C.

Jane Pascoe, Head of Art, added: “We are very proud of the work our Year 13 students have produced and we are absolutely thrilled to have the privilege of being able to show it in such a marvellous, and visually rich setting.”

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Leaving the classroom behind for this year’s Romsey Show

Staff and pupils from Hampshire Collegiate School will be leaving the classroom behind them as they take to their exhibition stand at this year’s Romsey Show.

On Saturday September 8, the co-educational independent school will be sticking to its tradition of exhibiting opposite the member’s tent (stand P192) at the popular agricultural show.

On the day, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the prep school’s new head teacher, Helen Donnelly. Helen, who starts her new role in September, will be at the stand between 11am to 1pm meeting and welcoming guests.

Hampshire Collegiate School Principal, Hector MacDonald said: “I would urge anyone who is perhaps looking for a new school in the area or has anyone questions regarding their child’s education to come visit us.”

The Romsey-based school will also be showcasing its recent A-Level art work to celebrate the school’s fourth year of its art students achieving a 100 per cent pass rate, plus the prep school’s nursery activities will be on hand to keep youngsters occupied.

Anyone is welcome to pop by the stand to find out more about the school’s dynamic extra-curricular activities and speak with the school’s specialist, dedicated teaching staff.

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A Mega result for Megha and Hampshire Collegiate School

She’s one of Hampshire’s top GCSE students – not only scoring an astonishing 10.5 A-star grades in every subject; she has also gained an A-star in A-level maths, representing some of the best results in the school’s history.


Megha Bhandari, 16, from Romsey-based Hampshire Collegiate School, sailed through her GCSE exams that her teachers entered her for another paper in A-level maths two years early.
She will now go onto study AS level biology, chemistry, physics, further maths and spanish at the co-educational independent school’s sixth form.


Modest Megha said: “I was very pleased to get the grades I did. The subject I love most is maths, I like problem-solving and working out how to think about things logically.”

She attributes her success to her teachers and her love of the subjects she chose.
Megha, who lives in Bassett, Southampton, also partakes in a selection of hobbies which she says goes hand in hand with her studies: “I play the piano, table tennis, racquet sports and I also enjoy reading and Indian dancing.”


This summer, as well as enjoying a holiday to America, Megha has just completed a self-study maths programme, The Kumon Maths Programme,  which has 58,000 students studying at more than 600 study centres across the UK. The programme helps children develop their skills in mental arithmatic from simple mathematics to more complex maths.


Commenting on the school’s overall GCSE results, Hampshire Collegiate School Principal, Hector MacDonald said: “In all but two criteria these have been the very best results in the history of the school.  The combination of very bright well-motivated students, and generous committed teachers, pushes up our wonderful results year upon year. Students set targets and we are so pleased that in the vast majority of cases outperform.  It is a very purposeful process, with a great bond formed between each student and their teachers and tutor.”

End of term Olympic spectacle

Pupils from Hampshire Collegiate Prep School celebrated the end of term in style with their very own Olympic Games spectacle.

The week-long extravaganza, which kicked off with an Olympic-themed Sport’s Day, saw pupils building their own Olympic villages, creating sports themed board games and sculptures from rolled newspaper and art straws, and finishing off the week with a profusion of home-made relay torches.

During the week, one Prep classroom in particular was turned into a display room exhibiting homework projects submitted by children who had researched individual athletes.

Deputy Head of the Prep School, Mr Giles King, said: “The children had a wonderful week and were really inspired by the different things they found out and the chance to participate in various activities. The Olympics coming to the UK is a great opportunity and, through all this work, the children at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School will have had an amazing experience of being a part of it.”