As a leading independent school in Hampshire, our role is much more than simply ensuring that the exam syllabi are covered. In all curriculum areas, from Prep to Sixth Form we constantly strive to make subjects meaningful, stimulating, engaging and, certainly in the younger years, hands on and experiential. Whereas exam subjects can be quite narrowly defined, we believe that in having a greater vision of what an Alton education is for, we can help our pupils learn key cross-curricular skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking, communication skills and so much more, ultimately creating intellectually brave, morally sound, confident young people.
In the Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, focusing on play-based activities with the individual child at the centre of all we do. Children explore the woodland, hunt for bugs in the meadow and try out new skills in the adventure playground. Planned activities and daily walks help to stimulate curiosity and encourage independent learning.
Alton Prep School
We value every child in our care. Whatever their ability, we give children the learning environment, the opportunities and the encouragement they need to develop their personal potential.
As an independent prep school we are able to go beyond the confines of the National Curriculum. There is emphasis on the core subjects, since future success in all areas of a child’s education is founded on reading, writing, numeracy skills, speaking and listening. Specialist teachers ensure a firm foundation in science, the humanities, modern languages, PE and the creative arts, together with lessons in religious and moral education. ICT is taught as a subject in its own right, and as a tool for learning. But there is also plenty of fun and hands on experience, with our expanded highly successful Forest School, as well as a range of stimulating extra curricular activities and trips.
Alton Senior School
Our Senior School is vibrant and diverse. We teach the full range of disciplines delivered by subject specialists and maintain high levels of attainment for all. Small classes foster a confident and independent attitude, ensuring children are educated, cultured and have a zest for learning. In the first three years of the Senior School pupils follow a common curriculum, including modern languages, Latin and individual sciences.
In year 10 pupils will follow a traditional core curriculum – English, English Literature, mathematics, religious education, geography or history, a modern or ancient language and science.
All pupils study the Sciences separately up until the end of Year 9. In Year 10, girls can opt to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at IGCSE level or to follow a Combined Science GCSE course. In addition to this extension of Core subjects pupils will be able to choose from a range of other subjects. Pupils maintain a consistent and very high standard of GCSE examination results in all subjects.
Alton Sixth Form
As an Independent sixth form, we ensure small class sizes and these are a vital foundation for success. Our aim is to nurture individuals who are educated, cultured and have a zest for learning. With our wide range of courses, experienced and dedicated teaching staff and strong sense of community, we help students achieve the best possible results. We ensure every student has a bespoke timetable tailored to meet their individual aptitudes, needs and goals.
Students who are aiming for Oxbridge entry, for strongly contested courses such as Medicine or Veterinary Science, or for Russell group universities are invited to weekly Academy lessons. These lessons are designed to challenge students by extending their knowledge and understanding through academic topics and current issues outside their A level studies.