Foxhills Junior School, Foxhills, Colbury, Southampton, SO40 7ED
Foxhills Junior School is a non-denominational day co-educational County Junior School maintained by the Education Department of Hampshire County Council. It opened as a middle school in September 1977 when the buildings and facilities of the original Junior School, which had been established ten years previously, were substantially enlarged and extended to provide for the 8-12 middle school age range.
In September 1993 we became a Junior School once again taking in children at 7 and keeping them until they are 11.
The school has 12 class bases. There is a large attractive hall used for assembly, physical education and dining. There is a Food Technology area, a well stocked Library, which is designated as a children's resource centre where we have fiction/non fiction books and artefacts plus several PCs linked to the internet. Each year group cluster of classes have access to a shared teaching area and the school is further served by a well equipped music room and a drama studio. We have a Children's Learning Resource Centre which is run by our SENCO and a Nurture Room. We also have a Community Room which is used for breakfast and after school clubs. Each classroom has access to several laptops and computers and we have a brand new computer suite with 24 PCs. All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and projectors.
Outside the school enjoys a 16 acre site with large playgrounds with lots of resources. We have a 6 acre nature reserve with a pond that has a dipping gallery. The reserve, during the last few years, has benefited from a £22K grant from the Millennium Heritage Fund which allowed us to construct paths and access routes for all year round use. The whole school building area is protected by CCTV and a private patrol company.
There will be about 340 children on roll in September 2012. The majority have come from the neighbouring Foxhills Infants School, Eling Infants School or Hazelwood First School.
The children mainly live in the Ashurst area (bounded by the Woodlands Road and Busketts Lawn Hotel and Ashurst Bridge), the new housing estates south of the Ringwood Road (bounded by Testbourne Avenue), south of the railway, Eling, Hounsdown, Colbury and the cottages and farms south of Colbury. Children living outside this area may be admitted subject to the approval of the Schools Governing Body. The standard pupil number for the school year 2012/13 will be 90.