The Mountbatten School
Hampshire, United Kingdom
About The Mountbatten School
The school is situated in Romsey, a very pleasant abbey town in the southern Test Valley. Opened in 1969 and built on land formerly in the ownership of Earl Mountbatten's Broadlands Estate, the school enjoyed the patronage of Lord Louis until his assassination. We are honoured that his great granddaughter, The Lady Alexandra Knatchbull, is our current patron.
The school is one of the largest and most successful co-educational comprehensives in Hampshire. Our intake is 284, and there are currently 1420 students on roll.
The school serves a predominantly rural catchment area extending from the boundary of Southampton to the boundary of Wiltshire. We are the larger of two secondary schools in the town. The school is very popular and heavily oversubscribed.
Headteacher Heather McIlroy has been in post since September 2007 and Executive Headteacher since January 2014. Christopher Cox has been in post as Associate Headteacher January 2014 and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. The Senior Leadership Team also comprises a Senior Deputy Headteacher (School Improvement, Staff Development and Teaching and Learning), a Deputy Headteacher (Data and Achievement), 3 Assistant Headteachers (Curriculum, Upper School Progress, and Student Services), and a Director of Finance and Resources. The school is organised into eight faculties (with approximately 80 FTE teaching staff), and the pastoral structure is based on five Year groups.
The Mountbatten School became an Academy on 1 April 2011. Since then there has been a major capital investment building programme. The Jubilee Building, housing Art, Geography and a Religious Studies, was totally rebuilt in 2012. The Mulberry Building, housing Technology, ICT, and the Student Services complex, was rebuilt in 2013. A floodlit 3G outdoor pitch was constructed in 2014. PE, Science, History, Languages and Mathematics, have all had recent major refurbishments.
The school is one of the highest-achieving in Hampshire. GCSE outcomes are very good. Ofsted inspected the school in 2018; the outcome was ‘good’ with many aspects of the school’s work being praised beyond this. There is a very strong international ethos and tangible links with schools in Africa, Asia and Europe. The school has a very strong focus on staff development. Career development is pursued in leadership, pedagogy and pastoral opportunities.