Priestlands School

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Priestlands School
PriestlandsSch logo.png
Type Academy
Headteacher Chris Willsher
Deputy Headteacher Richard Glenny, Julia Emmel
Chair of Governors David Thomas
Location North Street
Pennington, Lymington
SO51 8ZB
50°45′11″N 1°33′14″W / 50.753°N 1.554°W / 50.753; -1.554Coordinates: 50°45′11″N 1°33′14″W / 50.753°N 1.554°W / 50.753; -1.554
Local authority Hampshire
Ofsted Pre-academy reports
Staff 100
Students 1,230
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Avon, Forest, Hurst and Solent
Colours Navy Blue
Website Priestlands School

Priestlands School is a mixed academy school in Pennington, Hampshire in southern England. The school serves an area that includes the villages of Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, East Boldre, Hordle, Norleywood, Pilley, South Baddesley, Sway and the town of Lymington.

Previously a specialist arts college, in August 2011 the school converted to academy status.[1] A 2008 Ofsted inspection assessed the school with Grade 1 (outstanding).[2]

The school previously divided its student into "A" and "α" houses, but in October 2016 returned to houses used historically: Avon, Forest, Hurst and Solent.

World record attempt[edit]

In 2012 the school set the world record for most people standing on one leg for two minutes with 892 people.[3] However, a problem with the video resulted in insufficient evidence for the record to be officially recognised.

Walled Garden and environment[edit]

A student group called "The Eco-Warriors" restored an 18th-century walled garden in the grounds with pigs, bees, and chickens in 2008.[4]

The school achieved Eco-Schools silver in 2012.[5]



  1. ^ Priestlands School, status
  2. ^ Inspection No.326390 19-20 November 2008
  3. ^ "Priestlands school pupils set new 'one foot' record" (video). BBC News School Report. 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Priestlands Eco-school". BBC Hampshire. 11 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "EcoSchools". Priestlands School. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.