1st January 1944

History of the School

The Hampshire School was founded in 1928 by June Hampshire, the visionary artist and teacher. June Hampshire’s daughter and pupil is the celebrated actor Susan Hampshire OBE.

June Hampshire began teaching when she founded the dance school in 1928. Her vision was a comprehensive education to help children achieve outstanding academic results and a deep appreciation of culture. After serving in the WAAF in WWII, June Hampshire put her plans in place. Her renowned dance school soon expanded to include a rigorous academic curriculum. Her daughters Jane and Ann joined the school to teach. Arthur Bray took the helm as headmaster in 1986.

The school’s unique mix of taught classes, enquiry-based learning, music, dance and cultural trips in London and Europe was very popular from the beginning. The Hampshire School grew so quickly that the school moved to bigger premises in 1946. June Hampshire’s daughter Jane Box-Grainger became Head when her mother retired. For a time, Jane Box-Grainger ran a sister school in France to expand students’ cultural reach.

The Hampshire School is accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and is an Independent Schools’ Council member (ISC).

In the Centre of Chelsea

15 Manresa Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NB

The Hampshire School Chelsea

15 Manresa Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NB

Francis Holland Preparatory School opening in September 2024 on the site of The Hampshire School, Chelsea
On 29th November 2023 Francis Holland Schools Trust acquired The Hampshire School, Chelsea and will be governing the school for the remainder of the 2023-24 academic year.
From September 2024, Francis Holland’s Junior School, at Sloane Square, will relocate to the site of The Hampshire School and open Francis Holland Preparatory School for girls aged 4-11.
To enquire about admissions to Francis Holland Preparatory School please visit Francis Holland Prep Admissions
 To find out more about Francis Holland Prep, please visit the Francis Holland School, Sloane Square website
Updated January 2024