Headmaster’s Welcome

“He is BIG on foodie and eco-credentials (in fact, he’s even been round to Prince Charles’ gaff, Clarence House, and talked to him about eco-friendly cleaning supplies!) and really drives the idea that academic success is intrinsically linked to excellent pastoral care and a forward-thinking attitude.”

Muddy Stilettos 2019

A very warm welcome to Prince’s Mead School. Prince’s Mead is undoubtedly a vibrant and exciting school where childhood is nurtured and celebrated against the backdrop of outstanding pastoral care. We are a place where children are free to enjoy their childhood, can begin to develop lifelong academic, artistic, sporting and cultural passions and are prepared for life at senior school and beyond.

Academic results at Prince’s Mead are continually outstanding and our scholarship results speak for themselves. Academic success is of course a priority, but at Prince’s Mead, we pride ourselves on educating the whole child. We teach them how to think by allowing them the space and the time to enjoy being children, by creating opportunities for each and every one of them to find what makes them tick and nurturing the qualities of character that will stand the test of time.

Just ten minutes from the centre of Winchester in a beautiful Georgian building with breath-taking views over the South Downs, our setting ensures pupils can take part in a wide variety of competitive sports, learn outside of the classroom and, importantly, to be able to just romp about outdoors. There is untold value in giving children the freedom and space to grow, develop and be allowed to make mistakes in a safe setting.

We are preparing children for their future in a world that is ever changing and we embolden them to be adaptable, resilient and forward-thinking whilst still maintaining the core values of kindness and mutual respect. We want to demonstrate to them the importance of the quality of human relationships and the need to support others less fortunate than themselves. We want our pupils to emerge as confident, enquiring, empathetic children with a real sense of who they are and what they want to be.

Whether you are moving to Winchester or are already settled here, I very much hope you will come and visit and get a glimpse of our impressive pupils, our stunning site, and our dedicated staff. You will be sure of a warm welcome from everyone.

Mr Peter Thacker MEd BA Hons PGCE FRGS

Headmaster's Bio

Mr P Thacker MEd BA Hons PGCE FRGS

Peter Thacker was appointed as Headmaster of Prince’s Mead in September 2018. Before this he was Deputy Headmaster of Lambrook School, a coeducational boarding and day school in Ascot, Berkshire and, prior to this, Deputy Headmaster of Daneshill School.

After university Peter attended The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into The Royal Dragoon Guards he spent eight years of his service in a variety of roles serving in Germany, Canada, Cyprus and on operational service in the Middle East.

Peter is a passionate advocate of Prince’s Mead’s culture of holistic education, celebrating academic excellence and the acquisition of skills. He has led several school expeditions, be it the Three Peaks Challenge or to Transylvania; regions to which he is well-acquainted.

Peter is married with two young children. When time allows, Peter can be seen tracking bears in the Carpathian mountains or skiing. Peter completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 2017, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of IAPS and an ISI School Inspector.

“The quality of leadership, management and governance, including links with parents, carers and guardians is excellent.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate