History of The School

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The Hampshire School was founded in 1944 by the visionary artist and teacher June Hampshire. June Hampshire’s daughter and pupil is the legendary actor Susan Hampshire OBE.  

June Hampshire began teaching when she founded a prestigious dance school in 1928. Her vision was an all-round education that would help children to 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. Our current headmaster, Donal Brennan, joined the school in January 2014 from Hill House and is leading the school, staff and children into excellence at a rate of knots.

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). Headmaster Donal Brennan is an Independent Schools' Association member (ISA).

How to visit us and see the school

Please call us on 0207 352 7077 or to book a tour.

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