Pre-School, Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory
A Warm Welcome I am delighted to welcome you to The Hampshire School Chelsea, where I believe our children experience an exceptional learning journey in our nurturing and supportive ethos which celebrates children’s development, and lays the foundations for dreams and ambitions to be fulfilled. Founded in 1928 by the actress, June Hampshire, the school motto ‘Alte Spectemus’ (Aim High), reflects our commitment to high aspirations where academic excellence and personal well‑being are valued. We are a reflective learning community in which all learners are respected and supported to strive to achieve their best. Our children are inquisitive, each with their own unique abilities, interests and aspirations. These aspects are developed by our academic curriculum which is broad, rigorous, and challenges pupils to search for knowledge, learn new skills and develop a growing awareness of their capabilities. A strong sense of belonging builds confidence and respect through high expectations academically, socially, and emotionally; our extensive array of extra-curricular clubs and activities enrich our wraparound care programme. Across the school, from age 3–13, our Growth Mindset approach to learning encourages every pupil to build the confidence to succeed. Furthermore, the School’s ‘Five Core Values’ of resilience, respect, responsibility, community and
excellence provide the scaffolding for our children to develop these key life skills and strive for personal fulfilment and high standards. We work in partnership with our parents to fulfil the School’s ambitious aims whilst meeting their high expectations. The academic preparation for 11+ and 13+ is all embracing; the pupils are given our absolute support in finding and securing places at senior schools perfectly suited to their talents, interests and aspirations. I invite you to visit The Hampshire School Chelsea in order to fully appreciate the School’s inclusive educational provision, and to discuss the important next steps in your child’s education. The Hampshire School Chelsea is a very special place. A warm welcome awaits!
Dr Pamela Edmonds Head
The Perfect Setting Housed in the Old Chelsea Library just off of King’s Road, The Hampshire School Chelsea boasts outstanding facilities that blend modernity with the historic, which includes an enviable outdoor playground. We have a holistic approach to the learning and development of each individual and, as a result, class sizes are tailored to ensure children get further time, care and attention from their class teacher. The learning is delivered by highly qualified staff through a combination of focused teaching, experimentation and play. Our Pre-School children, incorporating the Pre‑Nursery, Nursery and Reception classes, have their own section of the school that provides a ‘home away from home’ learning environment. This setting allows the children to engage in purposeful play and enriching experiences, where they practise the key skills they have learnt.
They benefit from being fully integrated in the whole school community, with our oldest children visiting to read and play with them through our buddy system. Children in Reception make the smooth transition to Year 1 to continue their learning journey in our pre-preparatory setting and beyond. It is the perfect learning environment to nurture and inspire every pupil to acquire the confidence to try their best and develop a lifelong love of learning. The relationship between home and school is highly valued, and we welcome parent visits to ensure they are well informed of their child’s progress and development.
The children can blossom in all areas which helps them learn and progress whilst enhancing their emotional intelligence. PARENT 4
A Culture of Care A caring and supportive ethos permeates all aspects of school life at The Hampshire School Chelsea. Our Five Core Values and high level of pastoral care, for which the School is renowned, ensures that each child is highly supported and valued. The pupils develop their growing self-esteem, resilience and well-being in an ethos of consideration and respect for one another. Responsibility is promoted so that every pupil can confidently make decisions and choices for themselves. Furthermore, our children value our School’s diversity and learn from each other in a spirit of equality. We encourage the use of key thinking skills across the curriculum and school life so that every pupil strives for personal, as well as academic, excellence.
The school is extremely successful in fulfilling its aim to value, respect and support all learners by providing a high quality education in a stimulating environment, in which the overriding principle is to care for one another. ISI REPORT 2015 7
A Love of Learning The Hampshire School Chelsea promotes ambition and achievement. We want children to be engaged, challenged and inspired to achieve results far beyond their natural expectations. We have a team of highly committed and inspirational teachers who have a total commitment to supporting pupils on their individual learning journeys. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to the needs of our pupils and their future aspirations. The children have exceptional opportunities for personal development and our Growth Mindset approach supports this aim by encouraging every pupil to relish challenge, acquire a range of strategies for problem solving, valuing hard work, developing resilience and building the self-esteem needed for success and educational fulfilment.
The Hampshire School Chelsea’s Five Core Values Develop resilience. Create an atmosphere of mutual respect. Encourage responsibility in every pupil. Value and develop strong partnerships in our community. Inspire a love of learning so that pupils strive for excellence.
Pre-School First steps Children can join Pre-School in the term they turn three years old. Our youngest learners have a broad range of opportunities to refine their skills and have access to a variety of resources that will enrich their play. Through an inclusive curriculum, they are encouraged to develop their own character and personality by being introduced to the thrill of learning in a warm and nurturing family environment. The children at The Hampshire School Chelsea develop outstanding social, language, aesthetic and academic skills through play, music, drama, art and physical education. They are assessed through observation of this learning and through regular discussion with the child. As children progress, they learn numeracy and literacy concepts, and explore creative and world topics.
The curriculum is further enhanced by weekly lessons in French, physical education, swimming, ICT, ballet, music, art and library sessions with our specialist teachers. In addition, the children enjoy participating in educational school trips and our unique Forest School; an outdoor learning environment that fosters social and communication skills, the ability to work in groups effectively, high self‑esteem, resilience and confidence. We ensure that every child receives individual attention, feels supported to learn, make friends and aim high. Our Pre‑School’ curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines which is an excellent preparation for Year 1.
Our son has been at the school for five years since joining Early Years. It has been an amazing experience for him, and we really appreciate the holistic approach to learning. PARENT 11
Pre-Preparatory Year 1 to 4 In the Pre-Preparatory, children at The Hampshire School Chelsea build on their all-round skillset with our personalised curriculum. Core skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics are developed by stage not age thus laying firm foundations for future successful learning. Specialist teachers bring their specific subject knowledge into the classroom and enthuse children with a passion for sport, art, music, drama, French, ICT and so much more. Lessons include hands-on and enquiry-based learning where children are encouraged to engage passionately in class as they master new and more complex concepts.
The teachers and staffs’ support, coupled with the rich and nurturing environment of the school, has made the transition from Early Years to Pre-Preparatory seamless. PARENT 12
Preparatory Year 5 to 8 As children progress through to the Preparatory School, they develop an extensive range of learning skills, acquire knowledge in specialist subject areas and have a wealth of opportunities to discover where their particular talents lie. From Year 5, all of the children’s lessons are delivered by specialist teachers specifically targeting outstanding results at 11+ and 13+. Our teaching methods promote high academic standards as well as the excitement and enjoyment of learning. All children are assessed, supported and encouraged according to their particular talents and learning needs, ensuring a unique educational journey through the School.
The strong pastoral care system, membership of the House System and School Development Groups, help the pupils develop their understanding of the wider community and their future world.
The Hampshire School’s ethos of kindness, a courteous and a friendly atmosphere jumps out at you as soon as you walk into the building, be it a child or a teacher, a member of staff or even the parents of the students here that will smile and greet you warmly. PARENT QUOTE 15
A Wide Range of Opportunities The school was founded on the ethos of a love and passion for the arts and, to this day, we continue to offer a broad and varied range of extra‑curricular activities to reflect and encourage this passion. At The Hampshire School Chelsea, we ensure our pupils gain the chance to express themselves creatively, and with performances throughout the year we provide many opportunities to gain confidence and build self-esteem. Whether it’s a carol service, a speech festival or a production of a play, we aim to encourage and nurture a passion for the Creative Arts.
We also have clubs, classes and teams dedicated to all major sports, and have regular sports fixtures with other schools. We offer a thrilling and extensive range of after-school activities and clubs that includes archery, art, chess, computing, dance, drama, Spanish, Latin, Italian, ICT, poetry, swimming, football, rugby, fencing and much more.
Over 50 different after school clubs and activities offered each term. 16
Preparation for Senior School The Hampshire School Chelsea prepares pupils for a broad range of day and boarding schools at both 11+ and 13+. We prioritise finding the right school for each individual child and we have an enviable record of our pupils obtaining places at their first choice schools. Preparing our pupils for entrance examinations is always at the forefront of our minds; in addition, our close relationship with all our target senior schools supports this transition.
With our robust approach to preparing all pupils for the next stage in their educational journey, a smooth and successful transition to Senior School is assured.
Destinations of Leavers at 11+/13+ Brighton College
British School in Tokyo
City of London Boys’ School
St Edward’s, Oxford
City of London Girls’ School
Junior King’s Canterbury
Kensington Park School
St Paul’s School
St Paul’s Girls’
Putney High School
In Partnership with our Parents An integral element of a child’s learning journey at The Hampshire School Chelsea is a strong partnership with parents; children learn best when effective partnerships exist. We encourage parents to be actively engaged in their child’s learning through dialogue, regular meetings with teachers and attendance at information events and workshops. Parent surveys provide an effective tool for reflection. There is a very active Parents Association who host a range of social occasions for the school community and welcome new families to The Hampshire School Chelsea.
The school has really helped bring out the best in my children on a human, academic, sportive and artistic level. Teachers are very approachable and work in close partnership with the parents in supporting the children’s learning. PARENT
A Flexible Approach For Parents At The Hampshire School Chelsea, we work in partnership with our parents to provide a support network that manages both parents’ aspirations for their children and their busy schedules. Our extended day, incorporates our Clubs and Activities Programme, ‘Prep’ session of supervised homework, and the daily Stay and Play which operates until 6pm. This reassures our school community that every child can take part in further enrichment via a safe, supervised and secure environment.
For parents who require it, we offer a daily travel service for our pupils, with bus routes through South West and West London.
The before and after school care at the Hampshire School Chelsea is so helpful to busy parents. PARENT 23
Pre-School, Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory The Hampshire School, Chelsea, London SW3 6NB 0207 352 7077