Our Review of Hampton Court House School
We regularly review the UK’s leading independent schools, as part of our expert Education Consultancy service. In this article, we review Hampton Court House, a co-educational independent school for pupils aged 3 to 18. If you are trying to determine whether this school is the right fit for your child, contact one of our education consultants today.
Hampton Court House School opened in 2001, five years after being founded by Lady Eliana Houston-Boswall and her son Alexander Houston-Boswall in 1996. The school is situated in its own private parkland on the edge of Bushy Park in Richmond upon Thames, London, which is only a 40-minute drive away from Central London.
Linguistics play a significant role at Hampton Court House School. This love of languages comes from founder Lady Houston-Boswall’s own love and study of languages, which inspired her to establish a school where children have the opportunity to gain fluency and confidence in foreign languages. Up until year 4, classes are taught in both English and French by native French teachers. As we were shown around the school, the reception class were singing a song to learn colours in French. This focus on languages continues throughout the school with Mandarin, Latin, Spanish and German being introduced from year 5 onwards. All languages are also taught by native speakers to ensure the ‘right accents’ are learnt from the start.
The school is also proud of its Art and Music. Students are given regular opportunities to perform in concerts and shows. The Art department is housed in dedicated outbuildings, where children’s artwork covers every inch of the brick walls, giving them the sense that the space belongs to them. Sport is also timetabled once a week and there are organised games, usually football, at break and lunch times.
Despite the grand architecture and the sprawling surrounding of Bushey Park, Hampton Court School has a warm and close-knit atmosphere. The school dog greeted us on arrival and there was a sense of calm as GCSE students sat on sofas around the grand fireplaces, playing chess and revising for their exams. Class sizes are small and the teachers make an effort to get to their students outside of class time. There is no school uniform, rather students come to school dressed in ‘school appropriate’ clothing.
Although the students are given the freedom to pursue their individual talents and interests, the school is academically rigorous with strict homework schedules and impressive grades. With personal development, behaviour and welfare, and Early Years provision rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018, students that choose to leave the school after Common Entrance typically go on to a selection of leading schools, including Eton College, Westminster School, Bryanston School, Marlborough College, Winchester College, Stowe School, Wellington College, and Millfield School. Headmaster, Guy Holloway, has been leading Hampton Court House closely with the founders for many years to provide an education with broad and global outlook, in a relaxed but hard-working atmosphere.
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