Hampshire is one of the largest authorities in the country, and as such, we can offer an unrivalled diversity in teaching and non-teaching opportunities; from the challenges of the urban and city school through to the rural primary which will provide a vibrant environment for development and promotion.
Hampshire schools are encouraged to operate and develop in a way which serves their local community, reflecting the cultural diversity the county has to offer. We feel this is best achieved through local management, with the Local Authority (LA) providing a supporting role wherever needed.
The county of Hampshire has over 160,000 school-age children in approximately 3 nursery, 430 primary, 70 secondary (8 with sixth form units) and 26 special schools.
More details can be found about the different types of schools in your area.
Whilst the majority are community schools, the LA has forged strong partnerships with Diocesan Bodies, and seeks to maintain the provision of places in Church schools. We have both Church of England and Roman Catholic schools across all phases of education and in rural, urban and suburban settings.
The county has 26 special schools, with an additional 55 units in mainstream schools, providing education and support for children with moderate, severe or complex learning difficulties, physical and sensory disabilities, and emotional and behavioural issues.
With the County Office in Winchester, and Local Offices in Fleet, Havant, Winchester and the New Forest, Hampshire Authority has an established network of advisors which provides a responsive and flexible service to the schools in their respective areas. There is also a strong ethos for collaboration and liaison, with regular meetings of Headteachers in phase, cluster and area groupings, aimed at maintaining a policy of communication and cooperation with the LA and between schools.
In Hampshire, we pride ourselves on providing first-class learning opportunities for our teachers both internally and with outside course providers. For new Headteachers, in partnership with governors, the LA operates a structured induction development programme which also helps develop close working relationships with other Headteachers and LA colleagues.
Hampshire's most recent Annual Performance Assessment confirmed that we are an Authority that provides excellent education and has an excellent capacity for further improvement. We are continually looking for innovative ways of improving standards in our schools, which can only be achieved through a commitment to our staff.
You will find yourself well supported in our schools, with help forthcoming from colleagues from both your own school and others, as well as the Local Authority. Together with your Induction Tutor in school, we have many supportive networks locally and countywide to support school staff in many different subject areas. Cluster groups are used to develop your curriculum knowledge, whilst Area Support groups involve Inspectors from the Inspection and Advisory Service who provide training seminars on various school issues.
Hampshire has a lot to offer. We hope you will join us.
Hampshire has around 430 primary, infant and junior schools catering for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. There is an interesting mix of schools, ranging from small village primaries to large infant and junior schools in bigger towns. The catchment areas for our primaries are equally diverse, encompassing the rural, urban and coastal communities that make Hampshire such a beautiful county.
Hampshire consistently has average primary class sizes lower than averages for the whole of England.
We have around 70 secondary schools within the Authority, serving the educational needs of the county’s 11 – 16 year olds. This makes us one of the largest authorities for secondary education in the country.
A number of our secondary schools have become dedicated centres for excellence in Technology, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Sports and the Arts.
Most Hampshire secondary schools are 11-16 comprehensives, and the number of 16-year-olds moving on to further education increases every year. In addition 6 secondary schools offer post-16 education with sixth forms for 16–19 year olds. Sixth Form and Further Education colleges are independent of the Authority but continue to work closely with schools.
There are 26 special schools in the Authority, many being recognised by Ofsted for their good practice and effectiveness. Special schools are a vital part of the range of provision for pupils with special education needs in Hampshire. The specialist provision that these schools offer complements the work of the mainstream sector in ensuring that a first class education is provided to all pupils, irrespective of their special needs.
The wide variety of organisational structures within special schools might appeal to both the primary-trained and the subject specialist staff trained to work in the secondary sector. Some schools use the primary model of curriculum delivery whilst others are subject specific. If you think the variety and challenges of a special school might appeal to you, contact your local school and arrange a visit.
Teachers move into special schools in a variety of ways, sometimes through circumstances rather than design. When asked how and why they moved into working in a special school one teacher responded:
"I came into special education by accident really. I did some supply work in one school and enjoyed it immensely. The pupils were really friendly and there was a strong commitment to learning from everyone. It appealed to me and now I would find it hard to work anywhere else."
Recruitment into special schools is open to NQTs. Training and other professional development opportunities are provided on both a countywide and a school-specific basis to ensure teachers have the necessary skills to work with pupils with special needs. Don't feel intimidated: training and support are provided to ensure that you get the best out of us and the pupils get the best out of you.
If you are interested in working in a special school or finding out a little more, please contact a school in the location in which you are interested and have a chat.
Many teachers working in special schools have a mainstream background with little or no specialist training, but have found the challenges and satisfaction of working in a specialised setting professionally stimulating and personally rewarding.
There are many church schools across Hampshire. They are either in the Church of England dioceses of Guildford, Winchester, Portsmouth or Salisbury, and have ‘CE’ or ‘Church of England’ in their names, or in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth with ‘RC’ or ’Catholic’ in their names. They are schools in all phases of education, in rural, urban and suburban settings, and part of the maintained system of education. Each church school has a Christian ethos and it is this that makes them distinctive.
Acts of collective worship are Christian and church schools strive to be places where all members of the community are valued and teamwork is encouraged. They provide an education underpinned by Christian principles and values. You will find strong links with the local Christian community, the Church, parish and Cathedral. They will also have supportive governors who wish actively to promote the school’s Christian character.
All Church of England and Catholic schools are supported by the Local Authority with the added bonus of advice from a team of diocesan officers and advisers. Diocesan support comes in many forms, including practical ideas on school worship, RE, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, multicultural education, preparation for inspection and performance management.
Teaching in a church school is a very rewarding experience, not least because there is an added dimension. If you would like to find out more about this added dimension and you think teaching in a Church school could be for you, then contact the following: