Founded in 1959, it is located in the village of Micklehamand surrounded by beautiful countryside. The main building is a handsome Victorian mansion in 40 acres of delightful grounds, with big playing fields. It was founded as a co-educational school. It was a founder member of the Round Square and is centred around the six IDEALS of internationalism, democracy, environmental concern, adventure, leadership and service. The school now offers the IB Diploma at a sixth form level. Great importance is attached to being outside the classroom and a number of weekly sessions are set aside for compulsory activities, of which there are a very wide range. Students also take part in expeditions, ranging from mountain biking in the New Forest to expeditions to India, South Africa or Peru. There is a well-developed pastoral system, each student being assigned to a house and a personal tutor. The houses have a family ethos and emphasise positive relationships, close friendships and mutual respect.