If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions which make for uniqueness. – Carl Rogers


Founded in 1994, the New Forest Small School is a unique and small-scale school for all children aged between 3 and 16 years. We are situated in the heart of The New Forest, surrounded by open forest…ideal for walks, nature study and outdoor play.

The school currently has six classes, a Kindergarten, two primary classes and three secondary classes. Class sizes are limited to 12 children to ensure that all pupils receive the attention and support necessary for their academic, social and personal development. We have a garden and local sports grounds, which includes two football pitches. We also have a permaculture vegetable garden where the children sow, grow, harvest and eat the produce. Children attend mostly on a full time basis, although some pre-secondary aged children may attend part time on a case by case basis.

Annual Easter Egg Race at Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst

Led by the joint head teachers and founders, Nicholas and Alison Alp, the school has 22 staff members, including full time class teachers and part time specialist teachers. We are fortunate to have a highly dedicated and skilled team, each of whom plays their part and creating our uniquely calm, supportive and motivated educational environment.

We are a secular school with no religious or ideological affiliations. We take a non-judgmental, critical view of religions, encouraging tolerance of all beliefs whilst promoting the importance of ‘thinking for yourself’.

My three boys are in their third year at the New Forest Small School. The only thing they ever moan about is having to have weekends and holidays. They have such a fabulous time in the warm, caring and child-centered environment. It is a pleasure to drop them off each morning knowing how well they will be looked after – a rare thing these days.

Mrs AR Parent

Snow White cast 2017


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