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Wykeham House School

Wykeham House School
Motto Vouloir c'est pouvoir
("Wanting is being able to", loosely translated as "When there's a will, there's a way")
Established 1913
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
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Lynn Clarke
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Mr P D Jones

East Street
PO16 0BW
England Coordinates: 50°51′09″N 1°10′21″W / 50.8526°N 1.1726°W / 50.8526; -1.1726{{#coordinates:50.8526|-1.1726|region:GB_type:edu_dim:100|||||| |primary |name=

Local authority Hampshire
DfE number 850/6053
DfE URN 116541 Tables
Gender Girls and Boys (Educated Separately)
Ages 3–16
Houses Itchen, Test, Hamble, Beaulieu (named after rivers in Hampshire)
Colours Green, Red and Gold               

Wykeham House School is an independent day school for girls and boys in market town of Fareham, Hampshire in South East England. Wykeham House School is the only school in the Borough of Fareham offering specialised single sex education for both girls and boys.


Wykeham House School was founded as a single sex girls' school by Mrs Baylis in 1913. It was located at Orme Lodge on West Street, Fareham. The school moved to 69 High Street, Fareham, a fine Georgian building, in 1928. As the school grew it expanded and purchased neighbouring properties. It moved to its current location, a large Georgian house, at East Street Fareham in 1986.[1] A new school hall was constructed by funds raised solely by pupils and staff and opened in 2000.[2]

In 2013 the school was supplemented by a separate boys' junior school[3] and further, in 2014, by a boys' senior school. The boys' school was officially opened by Mark Hoban, MP on January 21, 2015.[4] To accommodate the growing number of new boys the school expanded to include the property at 6 The High Street, Fareham from September 2014.

The school celebrated its centenary in 2013 with year-long celebrations including the burial of a time-capsule [5]

School Performance and Academics

The school is academically strong with 91% of GCSE pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including Maths, English and Science, 14% of grades being A* and nearly 30% of grades at A* and A.[6] The Independent Schools Inspectorate inspected the school in 2013 and described the school as excellent in early years' provision, curriculum, extra-curricular program, quality of teaching, pupils' personal development, governance and leadership.[7]


In the Senior School subjects taught include: Art and Design; Mathematics; Science (integrated and separate sciences); English Language and Literature; Geography; History; Music; Modern languages including French, German and Spanish; Religious Studies; PSHE; Physical Education; Business Studies; and Design and Technology. At GCSE pupils subject preferences are accommodated.[8]

Extra Curricular

Wykeham House School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including clubs in sports, academics, arts and hobbies along with frequent cultural trips including many overseas trips.

Sports provision at Wykeham House School draws upon playing fields at Bath Lane, Fareham and the facilities at local sports and leisure centres with activities including: netball, hockey, rounders, swimming, football, rugby, rock climbing and sailing. The school regularly competes in inter-school competitions. In particular, the boys' school integrates sport and physical activity as a complementary teaching aid.

Wykeham House School provides additional tuition in music, speech and drama, singing and dance. A former pupil has earned a three year dance scholarship at a prestigious dance academy.[9] In January 2015 Wykeham House School won first place in the Intermediate category and second place in the Senior category at the Rotary Club Youth Speaks Competition.[10]

Wykeham House School supports pupils through the Duke of Edinburgh Award, St. John Ambulance groups and numerous charity projects. In 2015 a Wykeham House pupil was awarded Cadet of the Year for District 2 St. John Ambulance.

The School Today

Wykeham House School is a not-for-profit charitable trust with a board of trustees as governors. The school operates as separate girls' and boys' schools under the executive headship of headteacher Mrs Lynn Clarke. The boys' school operates under the headship of dedicated boys' headmaster Mr Gareth Case.

The school has small class sizes providing staff-pupil ratios that enhance pupil progress. Admission to the junior school is following a taster-day visit and entry to the senior school is by entrance examination.


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