The Best Secondary Schools in Southampton


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With some of the most promising primary schools and one of the best universities in the UK and worldwide, it is no surprise that Southampton’s education level is considered one of the top ones. Here, you’ll find a wide array of outstanding secondary schools, complemented by an excellent quality of teaching, learning and assessment for your children to develop a great set of personal and interpersonal skills. Read on as we take a closer look at some of the best secondary schools in and around the city.

  • St Anne’s Catholic Church

Located on the northern outskirts of Southampton city centre, just outside of the Cultural Quarter, St Anne’s Catholic Church caters for only girls aged between 11 and 18 and is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. After being converted to become an Academy in 2012, the school has improved its level of leadership, management and governance, with the whole staff boasting a high level of expertise in teaching and learning. Pupils are able to establish strong relationships between each other and their teachers, and are driven by a great work ethic and a desire to excel.

  • Rosewood Free School

Good education is caring and good care is education. This is Rosewood Free School’s motto, which thrives pupils to flourish and engage in various activities. Located between Shirley and Lordswood, on the northern outskirts of Southampton city centre, here expert care is combined with expert teaching, which results in the school being rated as outstanding. It caters for boys and girls aged up to 19 with profound and complex learning difficulties. Children who attend both the Nursery and Reception make excellent progress, as well as post-16 students attending the Hub, where they can apply what they learnt on the books.

  • The Serendipity School

Found within the Thornhill area, just 4 miles east of Southampton, the Serendipity School is “the place where magic happens” and is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It only caters for girls aged up to 19, who are guided by their teachers to pursue their future career and value their self-worth. All pupils leave the school with nationally recognized qualifications, which help them navigate the professional world and expand their set of skills.

  • Hounsdown School

Next door to the New Forest National Park is Hounsdown School, which caters for both boys and girls, for a total of 1,235 pupils. A highly effective progress-tracking system is in place to ensure that all students achieve great results and flourish in their favourite discipline or subject. The school offers an inclusive and welcoming environment, where opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are strongly encouraged.

  • The Polygon School

Located in the heart of Southampton city centre, the Polygon School is highly rated by Ofsted thanks to its leadership and quality of teaching. With 55 pupils, all boys aged up to 16, the school offers a diverse curriculum to ensure all needs are met and interests stimulated. Teaching is effective because it aims at addressing pupils’ gaps first and find ways on how to bridge them by applying theory to practice.

Whether you live right in the city centre, in a suburb like Eastleigh or Basingstoke, or in a nearby city such as Portsmouth, Southampton is a beautiful place to live if you have children. If you’re interested in one of our fantastic developments, get in touch today and one of our Sales Advisers will help you navigate your options.