New head appointed for Prep School

A new Head Teacher, Helen Donnelly, has been appointed for Romsey-based Hampshire Collegiate Prep School.

Starting in the new academic year, September 2012, Helen joins with more than 20 years’ teaching experience. Helen leaves the post of Head of Junior School at LVS Ascot in Berkshire where she taught for 10 years. Her appointment comes following stiff competition, believed to be as a result of Hampshire Collegiate School’s recent glowing independent inspection results.

Replacing the current Head, Teresa Rogers, who is taking early retirement to pursue educational and personal interests, Helen is endorsing her thorough confidence in the school by relocating her family and bringing her own daughters, Niamh, age five, and Emma, age three, into the school’s care.

Prior to her years at LVS Ascot, Helen was a Science Coordinator and Head of Year at two very different independent schools. She has also worked in three challenging inner city schools as well as being a Senior University Lecturer in Teacher Education. Her experience in teaching all areas of the curriculum in Key Stages One and Two, in addition to extra-curricular activity, is vast and Hampshire Collegiate is looking forward to her knowledge being of benefit to its pupils from nursery level through to Year Six .

Of her appointment, Helen said: “I am genuinely excited about the move; I can see how good the school is already while believing it also has so much potential. There is just ‘a something’ about Hampshire Collegiate. Despite the enormity of the family’s relocation it was a position I just had to accept and we’re all looking forward to the move. The atmosphere and buzz, the friendly and committed nature of the teaching staff and the unique characteristics of the children are infectious and I am thrilled to soon be a part of it.”

Welcoming Helen to his team, Hampshire Collegiate School Principal, Hector MacDonald said: “Helen’s approach knits with ours perfectly. She wants to get to know each child as an individual. Our focus here is very much about nurturing fully rounded children who are ready for real life, have strong academic qualifications but also have life skills which prepare them well for the future in front of them. Renowned for her broad beaming smile, Helen will certainly instill that confidence in them and we are excited about that.”

Dramatic success for Hampshire Collegiate Prep School

Children at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School were thrilled to receive high drama results following their latest London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exam.

The LAMDA figures revealed 12 children scored 90 out of 100, 43 per cent achieved distinctions and 48 per cent attained merits.

The co-educational independent school which is well known for its dynamic extra-curricular activities offers its pupils annual 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: “LAMDA is an excellent way to really channel acting ability and improve speech. The professionally recognised exams help develop a child and build their confidence. We are pleased to see all our students who study LAMDA demonstrating a marked improvement in their abilities.”

Drama is an essential part of the Prep School’s curriculum and is incorporated in their lessons through speaking, listening and role play. Their specialist drama room and LAMDA exams provide a unique selling point for the Romsey-based school.

Kings and Queens to attend royal event at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School

As the whole nation prepares to be gripped by the Diamond Jubilee, pupils at Hampshire Collegiate Prep School are donning their best fancy dress for a royal street party to celebrate the momentous occasion.
On Friday June 1, the co-educational independent school will be turned red, white and blue as children, parents and staff mark 60 years on the throne.

Taking place from 3pm to 5pm, the friends of HCS parent group has organised an afternoon of fun-filled activities. The event will give children the opportunity to dress up in their best Kings and Queens’s outfits, take part in a range of party games as well as enjoy the food on offer and some typically British music.

When? Friday June 1

Time? From 3pm

Where? Hampshire Collegiate Prep School, Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6ZE

What? Cutting of the ribbon on the new early years Explorers Garden by the Queen (one of the younger pupils complete with corgi). Plus Jubilee street party with pupils in royal fancy dress with parents and teaching staff.

Prep school hosts first UK conference

Romsey-based Hampshire Collegiate Prep School is hosting the UK’s first ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ (LOC) Conference aimed at the Independent sector on 22nd May 2012.

Attracting delegates from more than 36 schools across the UK, the conference will demonstrate how the prep school’s specialist teaching techniques, using outside space and dedicated outdoor classrooms, can provide a modern approach to learning.

Originally organised for other members of the United Church Schools Trust (UCST), which owns Hampshire Collegiate Prep School, awareness of the Conference has spread and will now incorporate delegates from independent and state schools outside UCST as far afield as Somerset and Sunderland.

Fiona Walker, Project Manager of the LOC programme at Hampshire Collegiate Prep, is looking forward to sharing experiences. She said: “We are so passionate about the increased achievement we see amongst the children here that we decided to be proactive and create this conference for others to learn from. We’re keen to get the message across that Learning Outside the Classroom can assist with all subjects; children often engage quicker through this route. It is exciting to see so many showing an interest.”

The school has invested more than £30,000 into the LOC scheme, which includes a covered amphitheatre, a dedicated outdoor classroom (called ‘LOC HQ’), and an explorers’ garden, all maximising the school’s extensive grounds, woodland and open spaces. Resources such as dedicated IT equipment, compasses, identity charts, curriculum trails and boxes continue to be introduced.

Fiona continued: “We take a very different approach and ensure every child benefits from the extensive grounds we’re so fortunate to have. They are our inspiration. Every subject uses the outside space and we are seeing outstanding results academically.”

Hampshire Collegiate Prep School opens its doors

Hampshire Collegiate Prep School is opening its doors to the public on Thursday May 10. The school is running an evening of hands-on events and demonstrations to mark the occasion, showcasing the school’s academic success recently endorsed by an independent inspection report.

The co-educational independent school has made significant changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is now open all year round, incorporating a successful nursery and purpose built facilities for Early Years.

Visitors to the open event will learn more about the school’s contemporary approach to education and its innovative ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ programme which takes place in the school’s extensive 130-acre grounds.

Among the information on offer will be advice on the school’s dynamic extra-curricular activities which include extended learning in areas such as design technology, art, orchestra, choir, photography, animation, journalism and various sports – all activities aimed to help develop a child for modern society. In addition, visitors will be able to speak with the school’s specialist and dedicated teaching staff.

Teresa Rogers, Head of Hampshire Collegiate Prep School, says: “Children can come to us from age two-and-a-half until they are at the end of year six.  We are small enough for teachers to know the children really well, yet large enough to provide an outstanding range of learning opportunities, inside and outside the classroom.  Each child has their own unique profile of interests and talents and our passion is in helping them to develop these and to truly reach their potential.

“The latest ISI Inspection report highlighted the significant improvement across all areas taking most criteria to ‘excellent or outstanding’ from ‘satisfactory’ ratings at the last inspection in 2007.

“In the past few years the school has made some significant advances to enhance the focus on each individual child and I would urge anyone looking for an exciting prep school to come along on the day to meet the staff and talk to the children.”

The open event will run from 6pm to 9pm at Hampshire Collegiate School, for more information visit or call 01794 512206.