Within easy reach of Alresford are some excellent state-funded and private schools.

Local State Schools

Sunhill Infants (ages 4-7) has consistently been rated outstanding by Ofsted and the Sunhill Junior (ages 8-11) has a very good reputation too. Both schools are within a five-ten minute walk of the town centre.

Perins is a high-performing secondary, academy school for children aged 11 to 16 years. It is renowned for its sporting excellence, its pioneering use of e-learning and its outstanding achievements in the Creative Arts.

Peter Symonds in Winchester is Alresford’s closest sixth form college, which has an excellent reputation and has consistently been rated outstanding in every respect. Alton College is just nine miles away and is also highly rated.

There are a whole host of village primary schools surrounding Alresford with excellent reputations including Cheriton Primary School, Itchen Abbas County Primary School, Four Marks Primary School and Ropley C of E Primary School, to name a few.

Local Private Schools

Princes Mead is the closest prep school located between Kings Worthy and Martyr Worthy and is highly commended, as is St Swithuns girls Junior and Senior School on Alresford Road in Winchester.

Winchester College (age 13-18), located in the city centre, is one of the top public schools in the country and Pilgrims (age 4-13), located within the same grounds, is the connected prep school.

Bedales (ages 13-18) in Petersfield was ‘founded to be different’ and prides itself on nurturing individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. Alton Convent has a consistent ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED rating.

Lastly, the well esteemed Churcher’s College isn’t far away, with a prep school in Liphook and senior school in Petersfield.


Alresford offers a centrally located day-nursery called Patchwork situated within Perins School grounds together with a forest school style Kindergarten near Bramdean called Wildflowers. There are also a number of other pre-schools, playgroups and ‘baby & toddler classes’ for younger families within Alresford and the villages close-by.


There are several gated playgrounds and open spaces for the young to let off steam in Alresford. Centrally located Arlebury Park Playground is probably the best known, with large wooden climbing equipment and an ariel runway for older children with the standard swings and slides, together with a mock rowboat for smaller ones. There is also a skate-park set further down the hill for interested tweens and teens.

Sun Lane Recreation Ground and Stratton Bates Recreation Ground are well stocked with a variety of equipment for the under 12’s. Each of the playgrounds has green open spaces, which offer excellent space for dog walking or a football/rugby kick-about.

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