I feel very confident that we have chosen the right school for our sons both academically and pastorally. They are thriving and I know that they are in safe hands and receiving an excellent ‘all-round’ education
My sons were eight and six when I was asked which senior school I was considering. I had no idea! Where did their strengths lie? What interested them most? I decided we needed an ‘all rounder’ school. One where they could develop, mature and take every opportunity available. Hampton ticked that box. When we also discovered that Hampton offered football as one of the sports options – it immediately became the first choice for both my boys.
We moved our sons to Hampton in the same academic year. Louis started in the First Year and James in the Third. They have been happy since day one.
The school communicates excellently with parents. I’ve always been able to have constructive discussions with members of staff and if needs be, a follow up meeting has been arranged. The approachability of staff is something which the boys appreciate too. On several occasions my sons have taken the opportunity to meet up with teachers at lunchtime to go over a topic they were unsure of or to clarify a piece of homework.
The one thing I’m always struck by when I visit Hampton School is how vibrant the boys are. I never see miserable, tired faces – they are always smiling and joking with each other.
This is very much in evidence when they play for their school sports teams. Win or lose, they enjoy the match and conduct themselves admirably. Teachers imbue a wonderful attitude of sportsmanship in the Hampton boys.
The role of a parent changes greatly from primary to senior school – you step back because your child needs to build up their independence, and you hand over a lot of the responsibility to the school. I feel very confident that we have chosen the right school for our sons both academically and pastorally. They are thriving and I know that they are in safe hands and receiving an excellent ‘all-round’ education that will hopefully benefit them for the rest of their lives. It leaves me free to concentrate on being their mum – I’m now excellent at nagging about homework and shouting enthusiastically from the touchline!