Explore Local Schools in Your Area
From traditional village schools to outstanding sixth form provision and exceptional independents, the New Forest area excels in terms of educational provision, delivering what many parents aspire to for their children: academic excellence combined with the experience of a country childhood. Across the New Forest area, most primary schools are rated ‘good’ by Ofsted with many achieving the accolade of ‘outstanding’, including primary schools at Bransgore, Hordle, Milford on Sea, South Baddesley, St Luke’s in Sway and St Ives First School in Ringwood.
Secondary schooling is similarly robust: Arnewood School in New Milton is considered ‘outstanding’ while Ringwood School is rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ sixth form provision, and Brockenhurst College (aka Brock) is not only considered ‘outstanding’, but described as one of the most successful sixth form colleges in the UK.
Exemplary independents include Ballard School, Durlston Court, (featuring in The Times top 100 independent prep schools), Forres Sandle Manor and Walhampton (shortlisted for ‘Best Prep School’ at the Tatler Schools Awards 2016). In addition there are a number of highly-regarded special schools meeting a spectrum of needs.
Best of all, these schools all make the most of the local environment, using their grounds, the Forest and coastline to support academic, artistic, life skills and sporting endeavours – for a memorable and inspiring education.