Early Finish and Inset Day Information

Pupils will be released from Priory School at 12.30pm on Thursday 8 October to allow for preparations for the Open Evening at 6pm.

Please note that the school will be closed on Friday 9 October for staff training.

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I write to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Priory School.  I am absolutely delighted to have started in post and consider it a privilege to be supporting Priory at this time.

My career has been in Hampshire Schools and I have been a school leader for fifteen years, leading change and improvement in very different schools, most recently as Head of School at Bohunt School, Liphook.

I know that Priory School has many strengths and enormous potential and I am excited by the prospect of leading its next phase of development. The pupils that I have met have been hard working, friendly and very well presented. Thank you for your support in ensuring that they look so presentable and arrive ready to learn.

I feel very privileged to be asked to lead Priory and now, having met staff and pupils, very pleased as well. My first impressions are very positive: pupils are well behaved and keen to learn, teachers are hardworking and professional and are supported by a hard-working and committed support staff. That is not to say everything is perfect and I am making it my number one priority to raise standards and improve examination results. Last year’s results included tremendous successes but were also disappointing for too many pupils. Together with the rest of the staff I am determined to secure excellent results for all of our pupils. Our ‘tracking’ information indicates that a significant improvement is already underway which is hugely encouraging.

The relationships between staff, pupils and parents are fundamental to the success of the school. Working together, we can ensure that pupils enjoy their time at Priory School, make good progress and leave us as well-qualified, mature young people with a positive future to look forward to.  My expectations of the pupils, in terms of their achievement and behaviour, will be very high. I expect all of our pupils to be polite, cooperative and hardworking. Your support in reinforcing these expectations is very much valued.

I look forward to meeting you in the days and weeks to come. If you are a parent of a child in Year 6 or Year 5 then I should like to invite you to our Open Evening on 8 October, 6pm to 8pm when you can see for yourself what a welcoming and exciting school Priory is.

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Message from James Humphries, Headteacher

It is four and a half years since I took on the Headship of Priory School. During those years we have faced a huge number of challenges together, not least of which were three inspections, numerous changes to qualifications and the ways in which schools are judged as well as increasing financial constraints. I believe that the changes achieved under my leadership, together with our wonderful staff team, have transformed our school in many ways and made a huge difference to our pupils’ lives.

Headship is a privilege, but it also takes its toll. It is an all-consuming job in ways which are difficult for anyone who hasn’t done it to understand. Returning to school after the summer holiday, I realised that I needed a fresh challenge and that the school did too. I told Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of the Bohunt Educational Trust of my intention to resign. Together we considered a number of options and we both agreed that it is in the best interest of the school, and myself, to move forward as swiftly as possible. While this may seem sudden, it has been planned for some time, but I have waited until we had finalised our plans for succession before announcing it. The Interim arrangements are now in place and the recruitment process for a new Head teacher will begin shortly.

From Monday 21 September Mr Stewart Vaughan will be acting Headteacher of Priory School. Stewart has been Head of School at Bohunt Liphook and is a highly experienced senior leader.

I have loved my time at Priory and will remember it very fondly, especially all the pupils I have taught and the staff I have worked with. I feel the school is now in a very strong position to face the future confidently and I wish you all the very best.

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Celebrating GCSE Success

This morning our Y11 pupils came in to collect their results. Special congratulations to Scott Giles who managed 11A* and an A* in A Level maths. He said “Thanks to all my teachers, I’m really looking forward to continuing my studies at college.”

Overall the school sustained the improvement made last year. Congratulations to you all. Here’s this year’s top 10.

Asiyah Sadak got 4 A*, 5 As and 3 Bs.

Edwin Street left with 2 A*, 6A, 2Bs and 2 Cs alongside an A Level in creative writing.

Jude Clements got 1A*, 8As, 3Bs.

Sam Fowler achieved 1A*, 9As, 2Bs and 1C.


Sophie Pearce Hibbert earned 3A*s, 5As, 4Bs and 1C.

Georgia Roux 2A*, 4As and 4Bs and an A Level.

Isobel Seamer 1A*, 7As, 3Bs and 1 C.

Caitlin Hill-Paul 2A*, 4A, 5Bs and one A Level.

Rupali Naik 2A*, 3As and 7Bs.


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Priory Post

Please click here for our latest edition of the ‘Priory Post’.

The location of past issues of Priory Post can be viewed via Information – Publications – Priory Post.

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Last Day of Term Early Closure

School will finish for pupils at 12.15pm on Wednesday 22 July, the last day of term.

We wish all our parents and pupils a happy

and safe holiday


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