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Hampshire Private Schools & Special Schools 


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In Hampshire

For anyone planning a move to or within Hampshire in South East England we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic Hampshire.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Hampshire's famous British cities and towns include Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester.

Hampshire has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Hampshire is the perfect blend of city, coast and country, blessed with the natural beauty of two National Parks and thriving culture, with history and heritage at its heart." Visit Hampshire

Hampshire is on the border of the English Channel, famous for its ports and its proximity to the Isle of White. Hampshire shares a border with Wiltshire and Dorest to the west, Surrey and West Sussex to the East and Berkshire to the north. 

Actor Colin Firth, famous for roles in films such as Love Actually, Mama Mia, Bridget Jones & Pride and Prejudice, was born and raised in Hampshire! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Hampshire, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Hampshire(or you already live in Hampshirebut are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Hampshirethere is a big choice of high quality Hampshire schools, with a number of the Hampshire’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

Hampshire’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In Hampshire UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Hampshire and in the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton towns like Winchester,  Petersfield and Alresford by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the UK and worldwide.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Hampshire, some of the best of which being:



St Swithun’s Prep School

Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-11 Years, Day

Children at St Swithuns all enjoy a huge range of opportunities to shine wherever their interests lie; they are guided to give their very best, astonish their audiences and receive their applause. They are the leaders of tomorrow, St Swithuns are honoured and privileged to be a key influence in thier pupils development.

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Twyford School

Winchester, Hampshire, England, SO21 1NW

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi)

Twyford is a very special school. They put the happiness and fulfilment of each and every child at the centre of all they do, recognising that every child has unique gifts and that the overtly positive and encouraging educational environment which exists at Twyford enables their pupils to flourish and thrive.

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The Gregg School

Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO18 3RR

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-16 Years, Day

The Gregg School has an outstanding reputation for providing a caring environment with a family atmosphere in which students are able to develop and learn with confidence and where academic, cultural and recreational pursuits combine to encourage an all-around experience. Expectations are high, great value is placed on students' development of personal and social skills, leading to an increased sense of responsibility.

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Farleigh School

Andover, Hampshire, England, SP11 7PW

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

Farleigh School is a leading co-educational IAPS Catholic boarding and day Prep School of 450 children, aged 3 to 13, situated in 70 acres of beautiful parkland in the Test Valley of Hampshire, close to the A303 (M3) and just over an hour from London.

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Lord Wandsworth College

Hook, Hampshire, England, SG29 1TB

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-19 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly, Flexi)

Nestled within a 1200 acre campus of soft rolling hills and wooded valleys is a school where pupils are thriving. Lord Wandsworth College is a school with an inspirational charitable foundation, a passion for the individual and one which nurtures character and inner self-confidence in a world full of complexity.

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Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Hampshire, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Hampshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In Hampshire, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Hampshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In Hampshire, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Hampshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Hampshire, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Hampshirearea (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Basingstoke & Deane, Hampshire, UK

Basingstoke (87,200), Deane (5,300), Oakley (5,000), Kingsclere (3,100)

>  Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK

Bishops Waltham (6,500), Bursledon (8,000), Botley (5,000), Netley Abbey (6,300), Hamble (4,600)

>  Fareham, Hampshire, UK

Fareham (47,200), Netley (6,300), Swanmore (2,700), Hambledon (700) 

>  Gosport, Hampshire, UK

Gosport (70,800), Bedhampton (8,800), Botley (5,100), Bursledon (8,000), Southwick (13,195) 

>  Havant, Hampshire, UK

Havant (45,800), Waterlooville (64,300), Leigh Park (27,500), Hayling Island (16,800)

>  Rushmoor, Hampshire, UK

Rushmoor (95,000), Aldershot (37,200), Farnborough (57,400), Cove (6,500)

>  The City of Winchester, Hampshire, UK

Winchester (95,000), Shedfield (3,900), Bishops Waltham (6,600), New Alresford (5,400)




Winchester is a very popular place to live and many people move to Winchester each year, or to near Winchester and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Winchester are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Hampshire capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Winchester, England, UK

> FACT 1:  In 2016, The Sunday Times named Winchester as the best place to live in Britain. 

> FACT 2: Famous Actor Colin Firth is from Winchester! Born in Grayshott, he was educated at Montgomery Alamein School (King’s School). It was at the school when he first got into acting, starring in the Christmas school pantomime at the age of 5. 

> FACT 3: Head down to Winchester in July and experience the ‘Hat Fair’. This is the UK’s longest running festival of street theatre. Winchester has long been a supporter of Buskers, celebrating all things theatrical since 1974.  

> FACT 4:  If you walk down the corner of Great Minster Street and The Square, you will see a series of 24 bollards painted in the style of famous artists. The Colour Factory, a Winchester based art course company, painted each bollard in the style of famous artists. 

> FACT 5:  You can play Winchester Monopoly! The board game released a Winchester edition on the 12th of October 2017. Roll the die for a chance to land on famous landmarks such as Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austens’ house and King Alfred’s Statue. 

> FACT 6: Richard Adams’ drew inspiration for his book Watership Down from the beautiful countryside near Winchester and Newbury. 

> FACT 7:   Jane Austen often enjoyed short breaks in Winchester and spent the last weeks of her life living in the town. After suffering from a short illness, she unfortunately passed away and is now buried in the Cathedral’s North Isle. 

> FACT 8: Winchester saw the opening of the first public library opening in the UK. This was after the Public Libraries Act was passed in 1850. 

> FACT 9:  Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, its beautiful Gothic nave stretches 558ft, making it the longest nave in Europe.

> FACT 10:  Winchester College is the oldest public school in England. It was established by William of Wykeham who was the Bishop of Winchester in 1382. 

Where To Live In Winchester, UK

Winchester and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool.  There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country lifestyles, Winchester and the areas near Winchester is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Dock Lane Winchester, Durford Wood Winchester, St. James Lane Winchester , Kitcombe Lane Winchester , Empshott Winchester , Chequers Green Winchester, Shelden Green Road  Winchester, Rookery Lane Winchester, The Coppice Winchester, Church Lane Winchester, Sleeper’s Hill Winchester, Ashe Winchester

Commuting To And From Winchester By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Winchester is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London, Southampton, Portsmouth,  Salisbury and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Winchester To London: London is about 70 miles by road from Winchester via the A3 and driving to the centre of London from Winchester normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Winchester, with trains taking from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to get to London.

>  Winchester To Southampton: Southampton is about 14 miles by road from Winchester via the M3 and driving to the centre of Southampton from Winchester normally takes under 30 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Southampton from Winchester, with trains taking from 16 minutes to half an hour to get to Southampton Central. 

>  Winchester To Portsmouth: Portsmouth is about 30 miles by road from Winchester via the M27 and driving to the centre of Portsmouth from Winchester normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Portsmouth from Winchester, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour get to Portsmouth Harbour



Nearest Airports To Winchester, UK

The nearest airport to Winchester is Southampton International Airport (SOU) which is 8.2 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Heathrow (LHR) (under 47 miles), Gatwick (LGW) (under 50 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 90 miles).




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