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Spring Term open days roundup

Hampshire schools searching? Here’s some of the best local schools with open days this Spring Term. Form an orderly line, please…

Hampshire Schools Open days
Clockwise right to left: The Pilgrims’ School; King Edward VI School; Yateley Manor; Stroud School; Forres Sandle Manor; Alton School.

School shopping? First, new or next – have a gander at some of the school open days coming up over the 2022 Spring term in your part of Hampshire.

Alton School, Alton

An independent co-ed Catholic day school in the market town of Alton, East Hampshire, Alton School educates pupils of all faiths, from six months in the nursery up to Sixth Form. Smaller than other schools in the area with great pastoral care, pupils are given plenty of opportunity to shine. The next open event for Reception – Year 6 is Friday 28 January 2022. Year 3 Taster Day (Entry 2022) is Tuesday 8 February 2022. The open event for Years 7 – 13 is on Friday 11 March 2022.

Ballard School, New Milton

Ballard is a non-selective, co-ed situated in the New Milton area of the New Forest. The school covers age groups starting from Nursery at 2 up to GCSE at its 32-acre site, dominated at the centre by a beautiful Arts and Craft house. The next open morning is on Friday 18 March 2022.

Bedales School Nursery, Prep and Pre-Prep, Steep

Part of the famous Bedales School in Steep, near Petersfield, Dunannie and Dunhurst (the Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep here) all actively encourage students to be free-thinkers and strong team players, all backed up with impressive academics. The next Nursery and Pre-Prep open events are on Tues 1 Feb 202 and Tues 15 March 2022. The next Prep open event is on Sat 5 March 2022.

Churcher’s College Junior School, Liphook

The gateway to the famous co-ed senior school in nearby Petersfield, Churcher’s co-ed Junior School has nurturing staff, a good all-round curriculum and popular extra-curricular activities, with bags of space to play and learn for pupils aged 3 – 4 years in the nursery and 4 – 11 years in the Junior School. The next ‘School in Action’ open events are Friday 21 January and Friday 18 March.

Ditcham Park, near Petersfield

Located in a seriously idyllic location on South Downs near Petersfield and close to the West Sussex border, with sweeping views and a strong reputation locally, find out more about this co-ed day school for pupils aged 2½ – 16 years at its virtual open morning on Saturday 12 Feb 2022.

Durlston Court, Barton on Sea

Durlston Court Preparatory School is a non-selective, co-ed, day school for children aged between 2 -13. Located in the village of Barton on Sea, just on the Hampshire border with Dorset, the school is set over 16 acres and located extremely close to the coast. Educated in a small, nurturing close environment, pupils here have excellent pastoral care on tap. The next Open Week is Mon 31 Jan – Fri 4 Feb, with places available for September 2022.

Embley, Romsey

A selective, co-ed Nursery, Prep and Senior day and boarding school for 2-18-year-olds, set in huge 130 acres of pristine Hampshire countryside, Embley challenges and nurtures – academically and creatively. The next Reception open morning with stay and play is on Wednesday 26 January. The next whole school open mornings are Wed 16 Feb and Thurs 17 March.

Farnborough Hill, Farnborough

As far as estates go, they really don’t get any grander than this. Housed in a Grade I listed building – along with the 65 acres of surrounding parkland – this Catholic girls’ senior school draws on the experiences of inspirational female role models past and present. The ethos here is all about building resilient, independent women of thought and action. Check out our review and book in for the next open event on Friday 4 February.

Forres Sandle Manor, Fordingbridge

Big news from this bucolic, co-ed prep day and boarding school on the Hants/Dorset border for ages 2 – 13. It has just announced three additional years provision, allowing pupils to stay on at its leafy New Forest setting until 16 and their GCSEs. Read our review, then book a spot on the Whole School open day on Friday 11 Feb.

The Gregg School, Southampton

A country house oasis tucked away in an urban city setting, The Gregg School is an independent, non-selective co-ed senior school in the outskirts of Southampton with 360 pupils aged 11 – 16. A real openness to ideas at a senior level contributes to a confident cohort of good communicators and high levels of self-esteem. The next ‘Meet the Headteacher’ open events are on Thurs 13, Thurs 20 and Tues 25 Jan 2022. The next open morning is on Thurs 10 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

King Edward VI School, Southampton

A busy city school with a university vibe, KES is renowned selective co-ed senior day and Sixth Form school in the Upper Shirley area of Southampton. For September 2023 applicants, there are Taster Mornings on Thurs 5 May 2022 for those entering in Year 9 in 2023 and Tues 10 May 2022 and Tues 17 May 2022 for Year 7 (2023) applicants. Read our new review, then find out more about admissions here.

Kingscourt School, Catherington

Tucked away just off the A3 between Petersfield (15 miles to the north) and Portsmouth (17 miles to the south) Kingscourt is a small, non-selective co-ed nursery, pre-prep and prep-school in the small village of Catherington, East Hampshire. Parents and kids who go here love the village feel and the focus on outdoor learning. The next School in Action Open Morning is on Monday 31 January 2022, or you can take breakfast with Headteacher Amanda Bembridge on Wed 16 Feb.

Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hook

A selective co-ed day, boarding and flexi-boarding senior school and Sixth Form set in a vast, 1,200 acres on the Surrey border, Lord Wandsworth College has an inclusive, community feel in a rural setting. The next open events are on on 1 Feb, 4 March and 15 March.

Mayville School, Southsea

Onwards to Mayville High School, an independent co-ed day school close to the seafront in Southsea, Portsmouth, with 500 pupils aged 2 – 16. Now in its 125th year, it caters especially well for budding performers, kids with SEN (especially dyslexia) and pupils that risk getting lost in larger schools. For parents considering home-schooling, the new Mayville Online virtual offer is certainly worth a look. Mayville’s next whole school open events are on Sat 26 March 2022 and Sat 21 May 2022.

Meoncross, Fareham

A co-ed day school for kids aged 2.5 to 16 situated in the village of Stubbington (just outside Fareham), Meoncross has a lovely rural feel – close to the seaside, without being too far away from society. The next Nursery and Lower School Open Morning is on Wed 26 January 2022, from 10.30 – 11.30am.

The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester

Tucked away beside the Cathedral and Winchester College in the heart of Winchester, The Pilgrims’ School is a day and boarding prep Cathedral school for boys aged 4 – 13, with an academic, musical cohort and brotherly culture. The next open event is a Pre-Prep open morning on Friday 11 Feb. If you think your son might have what it takes to join one of Pilgrims’ two professional choirs, book a taster session on Saturday 22 January 2022.  

The Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth

A co-ed school for nursery to Sixth Formers (2 ½ – 18 years) in the heart of Old Portsmouth, The Portsmouth Grammar School has a record for high achievement across the board and a strong reputation in the county. Read our full review and book a place on the next open afternoon on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Prince’s Mead, Kings Worthy

Prince’s Mead is a co-ed Prep school (3 – 11 years) in the village of Kings Worthy, just outside Winchester, with 13 acres of gorgeous Hampshire countryside centered around the beautiful Worthy Park House. Along with excellent academics, there’s a big emphasis on green living, outdoor learning and a total abundance of bucolic charm. Book a spot on the next open day on Friday 11 March.

Sherfield School, Hook

A co-ed day and boarding school for children aged 3 months to 18 years in the village of Sherfield-on-Loddon, just outside Hook, Sherfield has all the trappings of a proper country pile, from oak-panelled walls and sweeping staircases to original frescos in the sunny orangerie. Purpose built in 2020, the boarding block is ultra-smart, with modern, private, ensuite rooms for each pupil. Sherfield School has a Story Adventures Morning on Thursday 27 January 2022 for prospective reception pupils.

Stroud School, Romsey

Set in 22 acres of countryside in Romsey (25 mins from Winchester and Southampton), Stroud School is King Edward VI Preparatory School. A well-respected, co-ed prep school, housed in a grand Victorian manor house for children ages 3-13, it has an all-encompassing, wholesome approach to education with a good dose of outdoor learning and a family feel. Stroud School’s next open morning event is on Wednesday 9 March 2022 from 9.30am.

St. Johns College, Southsea

A co-ed independent day and boarding school for children aged 4 – 18 in the heart of Southsea, the St. John’s ethos is respect for all and quality relationships in an inclusive, collaborative community. The 6-acre campus is located in the city, with an additional 32-acres of playing fields in nearby Farlington. The next open event is 14 – 17 March 2022. To book a place, or a personal visit and see for yourself, call 02392 815 118 or email

St. Nicholas School, Church Crookham

Located in the village of Church Crookham, just outside of Fleet, St. Nicholas School is set in over 30 acres. Educating kids from nursery right through to Year 11, boys and girls are taught together in the Infant section and it’s single-sex (girls’) in the Juniors and Seniors (age 7 to 16). An inclusive school that champions academics and wellbeing, book a spot on the next open morning on Saturday 5 March here.

St. Swithun’s School, Winchester

Located on the same campus as the illustrious St Swithun’s senior school, just outside Winchester city centre, St. Swithun’s Pre-Prep and Prep is all-girls environment (bar the preschool) with places for day pupils aged between 3 and 11. Read our review for the full lowdown, then book a place on one of the upcoming Prep School open afternoons. Years 3 and 4 are on Friday 28 January 2022. Reception is on Friday 4 February 2022.

Walhampton School, Lymington

Right by the Solent, with an excellent view of the Isle of Wight and The Needles on a clear day, Walhampton in Lymington is a non-selective co-ed nursery, pre- and prep with boarding facilities for kids aged 2 – 13. Forest school, sailing, riding and a general Swallows and Amazons ethos are just a few of the things that make it hugely popular with parents and pupils. The next open events are on Friday 11 Feb and Friday 6 May 2022.

Yateley Manor, Yateley

Situated in the Northeast Hampshire town of Yateley, Yateley Manor is a co-ed nursery and prep school for pupils aged 2 to 13. Strong academics, good pastoral care and a confidence-boosting ethos are just a few of the things it has to recommend it. Find out more in our brand new review and book for one of the next open Mornings on Friday 28 January, Friday 25 February and Saturday 19 March

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