All About Harestock

A Warm Welcome to Harestock Primary School

Welcome to Harestock Primary School.  The staff and I are proud to work together in partnership with children and families to ensure that time spent at Harestock is a happy, enjoyable and successful experience.

We are passionate that every child does matter. Together we can empower the children to believe in their abilities and strive to do their best. Being happy, confident and motivated are values that we believe are core to the school environment and will enable the boundaries to their learning to be stretched. Every child deserves to enjoy school life and we endeavour to create a safe, inclusive and caring environment in which all learners can thrive.

We are very proud of our OFSTED grading of Good in the areas of Attainment & Achievement; Teaching & Learning; Behaviour & Safety and Leadership & Management in January 2018. We continue to do the very best we can for our children to make Harestock the best it can be in supporting learning and development.

At Harestock Primary school we have a dedicated staff who work hard to give every child an enjoyable and fulfilling time at school so that your child will remember their years at primary school with pride and fondness.

We hope that this website gives you an insight into our school. We welcome you to come and see us in action first hand and speak to our staff and children in person. For detailed information, please see our school prospectus in the ‘Our School’ tab.

Yours sincerely,

Aimee Dear


About Harestock Primary School

What is Special About Our School?

We are proud of our inclusive approach to learning throughout the school, catering for every child’s needs. The whole family is important and we take time to help and support each child in all their learning needs. Our teachers and learning support assistants work together in a supportive team, ensuring that English and Maths skills are taught effectively whilst providing an exciting, creative approach to the whole curriculum. We encourage first hand learning experiences and aim for every child to be engaged and motivated in their learning. We have a dedicated Service Family Support worker to liaise effectively with families of incoming service children. Our ELSA and Counsellor provide children with emotional support when needed.

We use our outdoor environment for science, maths, speaking and listening, art and much more.

There are many enrichment opportunities provided through visitors to the school such as local people in the community and the Creative History team and visits to places such as Southampton Art Gallery, Marwell Zoo, SeaCity Museum and our Year 6 children have a residential trip in their last year at Harestock as well as a visit to the Houses of Parliament. We have links with our local secondary school, Henry Beaufort. Music plays a large part in the life of the school, with Hampshire Music service providing music lessons, Rock 2 the Beat sessions and Listen to Me music for all the Junior children as well as our own very popular school run children’s choir.

We have been accredited with the Healthy Schools’ Enhanced Status award which commends our focus on Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and the provision for Emotional aspects to learning.

We operate a chargeable Breakfast club from 7.45 a.m. – 8.45 a.m. and an After School child care club from 3.15pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. These sessions are pre-bookable.

Harestock Primary is located in north-west Winchester and is an open, friendly school which provides education for children aged four to eleven years of age with 220 children currently on roll across seven classes.

The school is a one-storey building surrounded by playgrounds, landscaped areas, a large grassed playing field, trim trail, climbing wall, outdoor exercise equipment, barked adventure area, stage area with class seating, pond, woodland and wildlife areas and allotment beds.  We have a large school hall, a spare classroom which is designated for our After School club, an ICT suite, as well as banks of laptops, Chromebooks and iPads. We also have a well-stocked library, resource areas, a private meeting room. a sensory room, and music practice room.

Harestock Primary School Profile

The full school profile can be found on the DirectGov website, but a summary follows below:

Children’s Service Authority: Hampshire County Council

Age range: 4-11

Number of pupils: 215

Headteacher: Mrs Aimee Dear

Chair of governors: Miranda Woolfenden