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Purbrook Park School

Purbrook Park School
Motto High Achievement for All"
Established 1906
Type Foundation school
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Mr. Paul Foxley
Founder Sir Robert Taylor

Park Avenue
England Coordinates: 50°51′32″N 1°02′24″W / 50.859°N 1.040°W / 50.859; -1.040{{#coordinates:50.859|-1.040|region:GB_type:edu_dim:100|||||| |primary |name=

Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116506 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100
Students 841
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

Purbrook Park School, often referred to as PPS, is a comprehensive co-educational secondary school situated in Purbrook, north of Portsmouth, Hampshire. The school has an enrollment number of 840 pupils, aged 11 through to 16. It became a trust school in April 2009.


The main building has existed on the site since 1769. The original building was built by the eminent Palladian architect Sir Robert Taylor, who was also the architect of the first Bank of England. The estate was bought by John Deverell in 1839 and remained within the Deverell family until 1919, when the estate was sold off at auction because the cost to run it was too great. The house and its 4 acres worth of grounds were sold at auction to Maurice Hill. The house remained empty until 1924 before County Authorities bought the house and its grounds for £11,000.

The house was converted into a grammar school in September 1924 and was known as Purbrook Park County High School. After becoming a popular and well-respected school, the lack of space and facilities soon became known. A new hall and gynamsium were created in 1928 and 1935, respectively. Further outbuildings were made throughout the twentieth century to accompany specialist subjects.


Subject Head of Department Optional or compulsory at GCSE
Mathematics Richard Gunn Compulsory
English Siobhan Stott Compulsory
Science Bryn Lloyd Compulsory
Modern Foreign Languages Roger Wills Compulsory
Physical Education L Van Den Braak Compulsory
Ethics and Philosophy L Hughes Compulsory
Art Megan Harris Optional
Music Charlotte Faunch Optional
Drama Claire Gissing Optional
Dance L Van Den Braak Optional
Design & Technology Jo Summers Optional
Food Technology Jo Summers Optional
Geography Mike Bruce Optional
History Mike Bruce Optional

Trust Partners

Since 1 April 2009, the school has been a trust school.

The school is acknowledged by the following organisations:

Purbrook Park County High School


  1. ^ "Purbrook Park School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 

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