Prince’s Mead was founded in 1949 and is located in the Georgian splendour of Worthy Park House, Kings Worthy in the heart of Hampshire. We have extensive grounds and panoramic views of the Downs.
About the school
Prince’s Mead is a school with great family appeal; week-ends are your own so you can spend time with your family at the end of a busy working week. Ours is a co-educational school specialising in the 4—11 age range. We have worked hard to create a culture which actively celebrates and acknowledges individual achievements. We believe that the whole atmosphere of the school is ideally suited to encourage the development of our children and we concentrate on preparing our pupils for the Senior Schools that are the most appropriate for them at the age of 11+. This is achieved through strong partnerships developed between children, teachers and families. Our education prepares pupils for tomorrow’s world, where they have to be innovative, creative, articulate and confident. By ensuring they feel nurtured and valued they are prepared for what lies ahead in an ever changing world.
Prince’s Mead Pupils have each been working on a written piece thinking of loved ones affected by war in the last century.
9th November 2018 — Prince’s Mead is currently extending and has a wall of hoarding protecting the school from the building site. A team of teachers and parents have worked hard to turn the hoarding into a poppy memorial wall. The children have each written their special message onto the wall turning it into a commemorative monument for the families.
Pupils make dream catchers and dress up for Roald Dahl Day
We had a fantabulous whizz- popper of a Roald Dahl Day!
20th September 2018 — All the children and staff looked splendiferous in their gloriumptious Roald Dahl themed costumes. All the children churgled at the theatre production of Alice in Wonderland and had a rambunctious time. This wonder crump treat was provided by our amaziocious PMA.
School throws legendary retirement party for headmistress
Forget The Rolling Stones – a real legend headlined local Winchester school’s Kirkfest 2018 tribute concert to its much-loved retiring Headmistress Miss Penelope Kirk.
12th July 2018 — Mythical beast Sparkle the unicorn got star billing at the fairy-tale send-off for Prince’s Mead School’s outgoing Head, which included an amazing line-up of entertainment from steel pan drummers, Mumford-style local band The Wanderers, school gymnasts and choirs, and a hotly-contested welly-wanging competition.
But while Kirkfest revellers had to suspend their imagination over Sparkle’s suspicious Shetland-like ancestry, there was no mistaking the magical figure of over £3,000 raised for Miss Kirk’s chosen charities, the Winchester Hospice, The Murray Parish Trust and the Timothy Pruss School in Tamil Nadu, India.
Charitable partnerships have been at the very heart of Miss Kirk’s work at Prince’s Mead. Under her stewardship, the school community has supported their sister school in India since 2005, funding vital resources and, for the past six years, paying the salaries of some of its infant and junior school teachers.
After 16 years at the helm of the Kings Worthy school, Miss Kirk is retiring from a 38-year teaching career, having devoted her life to making education a fun and joyous journey.
Her vibrant personality, wit and flair for inspiring a love of learning has set many generations of children off on a life-long path of discovery. And her common sense advice and unwavering support will be treasured by the many staff and parents who have had the privilege of being able to call her their friend.
Miss Kirk said: “The joy of teaching is knowing that you make a difference to the life of a young person. I have nothing but profound gratitude for the opportunities I have been granted at Prince’s Mead, for the lasting friendships I have made, and for the privilege of watching the children blossom and prepare for their future.”
Originally from West Sussex, the well-travelled and keen amateur photographer has also made an enormous contribution to the wider community since making Hampshire her home. Many boards and charitable organisations, both here and abroad, have benefited from Miss Kirk’s tireless enthusiasm and energy to making the world a better place, from her inspecting role for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate to being made ambassador for the Murray Parish Trust.
Paying tribute to Miss Kirk, Chairman of the School’s Board of Governors Brian Welch said: “During her tenure as the Head, Penn has developed every aspect of the school – academic, arts, music and sports to make it an outstanding provider of independent preparatory education in the Winchester area.”
Not that retirement promises to be any less busy for the keen fly fisherwoman, who says her next classroom will be set in the county’s beautiful chalk streams.
Miss Kirk said: “After 38 years’ teaching and seeing first hand the effects of the digital age, I’m a firm believer in giving children a slower pace of life. Idling on a riverbank is the perfect place for young minds to dream of great things.”
Gold-he-locks gets the crop for children’s charity
Golden-haired head boy Albert Smith chopped off his long blond locks and “hair-raised” £2,500 for a children’s cancer charity.
3rd May 2018 — After growing his hair for two years, 10-year-old pupil at Prince’s Mead Prep School, Kings Worthy, decided to brave the barber and donate his 14 inch-long prized locks to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.
Giving her son’s surfer hair the snip in front of the entire school at assembly, hairdresser mum Lauren said: “It was a tough job but I’m very proud that my son has not only donated his beautiful golden hair – his good deed has raised an incredible amount of money for The Little Princess Trust and the Winchester Hospice.”
The Winchester mum-of-two added: “It costs £500 to make a wig that can be given for free to a child. Albert’s chop for charity will go a long way to helping very sick children cope with this terrible disease.”
Prince’s Mead Headmistress Penelope Kirk said: “We’ll miss Albert’s man-bun around the school, but his new shorter look is a small price to pay for raising such a large sum for the Little Princess Trust, and also contributing towards the building of our community’s much-needed Winchester Hospice.”
Getting it wrong made me aim higher Saints star tells Winchester school children
Saints star Oriol Romeu proved his midfielding expertise both on and off the pitch when he passed on a lesson in important life skills to children at a Winchester school.
15th March 2018 — Saints star Oriol Romeu proved his midfielding expertise both on and off the pitch when he passed on a lesson in important life skills to children at a Winchester school.
The Premier league footballer recently fielded questions from Prince’s Mead pupils when he visited the Kings Worthy prep school to kick off its new partnership with the club’s Saints Foundation.
Taking time out to sign autographs as well as hand out footballing advice to his young fans, the sporting hero revealed that when things went wrong on the pitch, he always learned from his mistakes and it made him try even harder.
Prince’s Mead Director of Sport Vytas Jakimavicius said: “Oriol really impressed us with his professional attitude. His words reinforced the key messages we try to teach our children – resilience when things go wrong and the determination to learn from our mistakes.”
This exciting new relationship with Southampton FC sees the school play host to the Saints Foundation Centre of Excellence as well as holiday courses and their newest initiative, Saints Tots.
Mr Jakimavicius added: “Our goal here at Prince’s Mead is to be at the forefront of best practice in football, and having access to Southampton FC’s expertise means we’re on the winning team.”
TV gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh answers Prince’s Mead daffodil appeal
“It’s not daft to care about daffs,” said TV’s top gardening broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh when he answered a Winchester school’s Marie Curie Great Daffodil appeal for help.
9th February 2018 — Budding gardeners at Prince’s Mead School were treated to a personally penned potted history on daffodils from TV gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh after they reached out to the local Hampshire celebrity for help with their class project.
As part of their annual fundraising efforts for the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal, the children from the Kings Worthy school wrote to the famous gardening expert for advice on caring for the nation’s favourite springtime flower.
Within days, teachers and children were delighted to discover the much-loved national treasure had taken time out of his busy schedule to reply to the children’s questions with a two-page letter explaining how bunches of daffodils can survive in buckets without water in supermarkets.
Thanking the children for caring about plants, flowers and things that grow, the ever-green TV presenter whose “daft” catchphrase entertained millions of viewers in the 90’s hit show Groundforce wrote: “I can see why you are worried about the daffodils – there they lie, with no water, looking sad. But they are – oddly – quite happy to lie that way for a few days.”
He added: “Each daffodil flower is composed of about 80 per cent water which is neatly locked up inside them when they are cut. Provided they are kept cool, they can remain in their ‘sleeping state’ for several days.”
Putting the kind-hearted children’s fears to rest, the celebrity author explained: “When the daffs are taken home ‘in bud’, within a few hours of being put in water, they will begin to open – and we all have the pleasure of colourful flowers at home, rather than wasting themselves in the supermarket.”
Prince’s Mead Headmistress Penelope Kirk said: “We pride ourselves on creating a nurturing and caring environment for our children, and we’re incredibly touched that such a famous gardening expert took the time to help our little green shoots grow and learn all about nature.”
Miss Kirk added: “It just goes to show that Mr Titchmarsh really is as kind and friendly in real life as he appears on TV.”