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, and engaging. We believe in holistic education and help our pupils learn key cross-curricular skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking, communication skills and so much more. We aim to nurture intellectually brave, morally sound, confident young people who are prepared for life.
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 make the most of their 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. There is also plenty of fun and hands-on experience, with our highly successful Forest School as well as a range of stimulating co-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.
All pupils study the Sciences separately up until the end of Year 9. In Year 10, pupils follow a traditional core curriculum – English, English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Education, Geography or History, a modern or ancient Language, and Science. They can opt to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at IGCSE level or to follow a Combined Science GCSE course. In addition, 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 which 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.
All Sixth Formers attend weekly Academy lessons designed to challenge students by extending their knowledge and understanding through discussion of academic topics and current issues outside of their A level studies.