Treloar School

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Coordinates: 51°10′44″N 0°55′26″W / 51.179°N 0.924°W / 51.179; -0.924

Treloar School and College
Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire

TypePrimary, Secondary,College, Special, Residential & Day[1]
MottoEnabling Education
Established1908 (as Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital)
FounderSir William Purdie Treloar
Principal / Head of SchoolMartin Ingram / Mia Dodsworth
ChaplainLynn Power
Age2 to 25
Enrolmentc. 170
HousesAllan, Brewer, Gauvain, Gloucester and Wessex

Treloar School and College is a non-maintained special school and college for disabled children and young people aged from 2 to 25 based at Holybourne near Alton, Hampshire, UK.

Enabling Education[edit]

This is the main aim at Treloar School and College and this is achieved through a combination of Teaching, Care, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

Treloar Trust[edit]

The school and college are administered by Treloar Trust[2] a registered charity.[3] Many people refer to one or all of the Treloar trinity (School, College and Trust) as "Treloar's" and indeed the official logo is "Treloar's: Enabling Education".


The Treloar story starts in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a 'Cripples' Fund' as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On 13 June that year he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra 'came to Mansion House to open the Queen's Fete in aid of my Cripples' Fund'. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.[4]

In 1948 the National Health Service took over the hospital and in 1953 the Lord Mayor Treloar College moved to the village of Froyle, near Alton. Later the boys' school was created, followed by the Florence Treloar School for Girls in nearby Holybourne. In 1995 the Holybourne campus became the Lord Mayor Treloar National Specialist College of Further Education, soon shortened to Treloar College to speed answering the telephone. In 2004, the College became the first specialist college to be awarded 'outstanding' for the quality of its provision, leadership and management by Ofsted, and was then awarded 'Beacon College' status by the Department for Education and Science. The School and College were merged on the Holybourne campus in 2011, following a multimillion-pound development programme – the first phase of Vision Treloar's.

Headteachers and Principals[edit]

Headteachers have included :

  • 19?? - 1972: George Heywood[5]
  • 1972 - 1974: Johnston Smith
  • 1974 - 1991: Alec MacPherson
  • 1991 - 2006: Neil Clark
  • 2006 - 2007: Heather Boardman
  • 2007 - 2011: Harry Dicks
  • 2011 - 2014: Melissa Farnham
  • 2018–present: Mia Dodsworth

College Principals have included:

  • 19?? - 1995: Dr Jane Lones
  • 1995 - 2006: Dr Graham Jowett
  • 2006 - 2008: Pat Teague
  • 2014 - 2016: John Stone (Principal), School and College - Jo McSherrie
  • 2016 - current: Martin Ingram (Principal)


Treloar School has built a reputation of developing the sporting abilities of young people with physical disabilities. Many students continue their sporting progress at Treloar College and beyond. Particular prowess and development is shown in boccia (a target throwing/rolling ball game). The school also has a good reputation[6] in the field of athletics, with many budding athletes coming through in both track and field events many of them with paralympic potential being shown already in their young careers as athletes. The School also has produced many successful swimmers. The School and College had many former students representing Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ash Atalla (TV producer - The Office, The IT Crowd)
  • Ben Rushgrove (paralympic silver medallist track athlete)
  • Julie Fernandez (actress, disability rights campaigner))
  • Laurence Clark (comedian) (disability rights broadcaster)
  • Steven Goss (writer)
  • David Smith (paralympic Gold medallist boccia player)
  • Danielle Watts (paralympic swimmer)
  • Stefeni Winslade (trans woman and Former Radio Presenter on Radio Victory)
  • Tom Yendell (artist)
  • Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds (artist)


  1. ^ The Good Schools Guide - - Treloar School - Alton Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-03-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Accreditation
  3. ^ [1] Charity Commission
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-03-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) history of Treloar's
  5. ^ [2] George Heywood
  6. ^ [3] Daily Telegraph Award

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