The school is situated in Romsey, a very pleasant abbey town in the southern Test Valley. Opened in 1969 and built on land formerly in the ownership of Earl Mountbatten's Broadlands Estate, the school enjoyed the patronage of Lord Louis until his assassination. We are honoured that his great granddaughter, The Hon. Alexandra Knatchbull, is our current patron.
The school is one of the largest and most successful co-educational comprehensives in Hampshire. Our intake is 284, and there are currently 1420 students on roll.
The school serves a predominantly rural catchment area extending from the boundary of Southampton to the boundary of Wiltshire. We are the larger of two secondary schools in the town. The school is very popular and heavily oversubscribed.
Executive Headteacher Heather McIlroy has been in post since September 2007. The Head of School responsible for day-to-day management is Christopher Cox. In addition, the leadership team comprises two Deputy Heads (School Improvement, and Teaching and Learning), and two Assistant Headteachers (Data and Progress, and Student Services), and a Director of Finance and Resources. The school is organised into eight faculties (with approximately 80 FTE teaching staff), and the pastoral structure is based on five Year groups.
In addition to our dual designation as both a Language and Sports College, the School has a number of national awards. These include Lead Behaviour School, the Eco Green Flag Award, full International School Award, Artsmark Gold, and HPSS status.
The Mountbatten School became an Academy on 1 April 2011. Since then there has been a major capital investment building programme. The Jubilee Building, housing Art, Geography and a Religious Studies, was totally rebuilt in 2012. The Mulberry Building, housing Technology, ICT, and the Student Services complex, was rebuilt in 2013. A floodlit 3G outdoor pitch is being constructed in 2014.