Ditcham Park School

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Ditcham Park School
Ditcham Park School
Motto Where every child is known and valued
Established 1976
Type Private School
Headmaster Mr Andrew Rowley
Founder Paddy Holmes
Location Petersfield
GU31 5RN
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–16
Houses 3

Green, Gold & Maroon

Website www.ditchampark.com

Ditcham Park School is an English co-educational, independent school in Hampshire, located in the South Downs National Park. Its grounds include sports fields, which adjoin several farms and forests; the main section of the school is a Victorian manor house. A Technology and Arts building was added in 2001, a new sports hall in 2008 and renovations of the science block made in 2012.

The school performs competitively locally and nationally in examination results. It does not have a sixth form, although does have a junior school. The current headmaster is Mr Andrew Rowley. The school comprises a total of 363 pupils aged 4 – 16 years in the junior and senior sections of the school.


The school and its grounds lies on the southern spur of Oakham Hill (202 m), one of the highest points on the South Downs. It is located some 2 kilometres south-southwest of the village of Buriton and 2 kilometres northeast of the hamlet of Chalton.[1] The premises was previously owned by Douai School (closed in 1999) and housed its junior school.

Sport and outdoor pursuits[edit]

Ditcham Park teaches and competes in football, netball, hockey, tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics matches. The school is also beginning to introduce rugby and basketball fixtures into the school calendar. The school has a Sports Hall built in honour of Martin Pryce: a teacher who died of cancer.

Ditcham Park is on the South Downs Way, which the school makes use of for its Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.

Some of the school's extracurricular activities include fencing, judo, cycling, swimming, cross-country running, dance.

Drama, Music and Arts[edit]

The school has its own Drama theatre. There are a number of senior music groups, including the symphony orchestra. The following list of activities are available:

Choirs, Ensembles, Concert Band, Drama Clubs, Art Clubs

The school also comprises an Technology & Arts building, containing a pottery room and a workshop.

Notable former pupils[edit]


Laurence Trent Cave bought the Estate in 1887 and engaged the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield to build the house and also to build St. Lawrence’s Catholic Church in Petersfield. In 1940 the house was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and used as a convalescent home for sailors and served by trains stopping at Woodcroft halt. After the war it became a boys preparatory school run by Douai School Monks and then in September 1976 Ditcham Park School was founded.

School Fees[edit]

The fee for the academic year 2013/2014 is between £2412 and £4044.00 (depending on the child's age) per term.[2]

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Coordinates: 50°57′14″N 0°56′09″W / 50.9540°N 0.9357°W / 50.9540; -0.9357