Fareham council leader expresses sadness at closure of school

Wykeham House School in Fareham

Wykeham House School in Fareham

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  • School to close due to financial pressures
  • Most children have found alternative schools
  • Pupil numbers had dropped in recent years
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A SCHOOL has confirmed it will close at the end of the year due to financial pressures.

Wykeham House School will be shut at the end of the autumn term.

I just think it’s terribly sad that it’s reached the end of the line

Councillor Sean Woodward

The school, which has been part of Fareham for more than 100 years has been facing increasing financial pressure over the last year.

The school told The News it has been working with families to find appropriate alternative schools for their children.

John Charles is chairman of the trustees at Wykeham House School.

He said: ‘We are sorry to be closing the doors on such a wonderful school, which will be greatly missed by our families and staff.

‘We have worked hard to explore different options to secure a future for our school but in the face of reducing pupil numbers and a shrinking market place for single-sex education we have had to take the sad decision to close the school.’

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council said it’s a shame for Fareham that the school has reached the end.

‘I am very sad about it,’ he said. ‘My sister went to Wykeham House for a while. It’s always been a part of the Fareham community.

‘They had their centenary two years ago.

‘They admitted boys for the first time last year.

‘I just think it’s terribly sad that it’s reached the end of the line.

‘The numbers have dropped over the last decade. Viability is clearly a very real issue.’

Parents at the school had been hoping to try and save the school from closure.

Most of the children at Wykeham House have found alternative schools.

Staff at Wykeham House said they have been working with local schools to ensure a smooth transition, especially for those in the older years in the seniors.

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