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 he 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.

Mr Thacker 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.

He is married with two young children. When time allows, Mr Thacker can be seen tracking bears in the Carpathian mountains or skiing in the opposite direction when located. Mr Thacker 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. He is an active volunteer in the Itchen Valley, both as Secretary of The Royal British Legion and member of the District Church Council for his village church. Mr Thacker is also a freeman of The Worshipful Company of Fletchers.

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

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Headmaster Elect, Mr Adam King

I am delighted to be able to confirm to you that we have appointed Adam King as the new Head of Prince’s Mead School, with this appointment taking effect from 1st September 2022. Adam is currently the Head of Thorngrove School in Berkshire and has successfully led the school since 2009. His passion for children, focus on academic rigour (supported by his role as an ISI inspector) whilst also equipping children with life skills, emphasis on the quality of teaching standards and outcomes, and encouragement of the wellbeing of and holistic experience for children and our Prince’s Mead community represents an excellent fit with our strategic objectives and values.

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as the next Head of Prince’s Mead. I have known the school for a long time and have always been touched by the warmth and friendliness of all the teachers and children. I am also excited about building on the foundations that Peter Thacker has laid in his time at the school. I certainly enjoyed my time during the interview process; there was a real buzz around the school and the children were clearly engaged in their learning and, most importantly, having lots of fun too. I truly look forward to working closely with the Governors to continue the exciting development of the school and I hope to have the opportunity to get to know many more parents, teachers and children over the coming months.”

We very much look forward to welcoming Adam to the school in September 2022 and, in the meantime, we continue to press ahead with all our plans for the current year under the excellent leadership of Peter Thacker and his Senior Leadership Team and staff.

Mrs M Renwick, Chair of Governors