Hampshire districts

Hampshire’s unique rural beauty is showcased within the region’s two National Parks, country parks and picturesque villages. Located on the south coast of England, with excellent transport links to London, Bath, Oxford and Brighton, it is one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

Not only does Hampshire have some of the most picturesque villages and coastlines in the country, but it offers some of the best possible starts in life for young people, with over 400 hundred schools and colleges in the county rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Life in Hampshire provides the very best of sights, experiences and education for children – making the county one of the very best places in the country for families to thrive.

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No matter where in Hampshire you reside, you’ll be within reach of ample good and outstanding Ofsted rated schools, with amenities, days out and events to inspire a happy and fulfilled family life.

"Children’s needs and views are kept at the centre of strategic planning and decision-making"

- Ofsted, June 2019
Basingstoke East Hampshire Eastleigh and Winchester Test Valley New Forest Rushmoor and Hart Fareham and Gosport Havant

Eastleigh and Winchester

Eastleigh is nestled between Winchester and Southampton and is easily commutable from London. The town is currently undergoing a metamorphosis, aided by substantial investment, and there is a real buzz about the town, as it becomes recognised as a hub for contemporary arts. The Point – converted from the old Town Hall and adjacent library – is now a centre for performance, with emphasis on dance, innovative new productions, community clubs, and classes.

Winchester, in the heart of the County, is known for its unique heritage and historical landmarks, including the Winchester Cathedral, which plays host to one of the country’s best-loved Christmas markets ever year. Beyond the history of the city, the University and arts college breathe life into the community, and more and more restaurants, bars and cafes are joining the high street, making Winchester a fantastic place to live, learn and work.


Winchester cathedral

East Hampshire

Children’s social workers in East Hampshire are based in the town of Alton, serving a rural community, within which people are friendly and welcoming. The area is surrounded by picturesque villages and is often referred to as Jane Austen country – as the home in which she lived, and wrote her classic novels, is in nearby Chawton and is now the Jane Austen Museum


East Hampshire countryside


Basingstoke is an old market town which expanded in the mid-1960s and continues to undergo transformation and development. A mixture of urban and rural, there are several picturesque villages within a couple of miles of the town centre. Ongoing development in recent years includes Festival Place shopping Centre, boasting a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, a trampoline park, and large multi-screen cinema.


Statue in Basingstoke

Hart and Rushmoor

Hart and Rushmoor is a unique and diverse community, meaning our social worker teams are multicultural and embrace differences. We cater for the local demography, where for over 6% of residents, English is their second language. Incorporating the towns of Farnborough and Aldershot, the district boasts unique events and locations, including the Farnborough Airshow and Runway’s End Outdoor Centre. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Hart was named the most desirable place to live in the UK in 2017.


A lake

New Forest

Our offices are based on the very edge of the New Forest National Park. It is a unique area, with a mixture of market and coastal towns and rural villages. The drive through the New Forest will always be interesting as you will often have the extra challenge of navigating around ponies, pigs and donkeys on the roads that course through the common land of the New Forest!


Deer in the New Forest

Test Valley

The Test Valley district includes the towns of Andover, Romsey, parts of Southampton such as North Baddesley, and areas of Tidworth. There are several good and outstanding primary schools and secondary schools in the area as well as one special school. Test Valley incorporates some of Hampshire’s most picturesque and photogenic villages and open spaces.


River Test

Fareham and Gosport

Fareham and Gosport are predominantly urban areas, located between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, with both the seaside and countryside right on the door step. Stokes Bay and Titchfield Haven are both within close reach, and are just a couple of the many locations where residents can enjoy the best of the Hampshire seaside and countryside.


Boats in a harbour


Our Havant offices are based within the heart of a growing, vibrant town, from which you may often see the Mayor leading ceremonies and hosting Royal Visits. Beyond our building is the thriving market town, with its Tuesday and Sunday markets offering a vast range of unique produce and street food. Havant is also host to Staunton County Park, a great day out for all the family.


Pond at Staunton Country Park
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