FINANCIAL problems could lead to the closure of a school at the end of this term.
Wykeham House School, in Fareham, has been open for more than 100 years but could be shut by December.
I was very shocked because of the quality of teaching that is provided.Fareham MP Suella Fernandes
The school said it is working with families to find their 129 pupils alternative places.
A statement from Wykeham House, in East Street, sent to The News said: ‘Due to increasing financial pressure Wykeham House School is facing the prospect of closure at the end of the autumn term.
‘Wykeham House has been providing education for over 100 years and will be sadly missed by all the staff and children.
‘The Board of Trustees is confident that the school will be continuing at least until the end of the term and the school is working hard with families to help find them alternative school places.
‘The school is working with the support of a number of professional advisers.’
The school, which has pupils aged from three to 16, used to only educate girls but changed to include boys in 2013.
The statement added: ‘The boys’ school has developed broadly in line with the forecast numbers in the original business plan.’
Fellow Fareham private school Boundary Oak was in talks with Wykeham House to take over but said it was not viable.
Aaron Stewart, proprietor of Boundary Oak, said: ‘Around a month ago we were contacted by an agent representing the trustees of Wykeham House School, asking if we would consider acquiring or merging with the school.
‘Due to the synergies of the two schools, which follow a very similar ethos and share several year groups, it was agreed that a possible merger, via an acquisition by Boundary Oak would be one of the potential solutions.
‘After a huge amount of work, however, it became apparent that due to the difficult financial situation that Wykeham House finds itself in, Boundary Oak felt we would be unable to proceed with the acquisition of Wykeham House.’
Mr Stewart added: ‘Boundary Oak continues to be staffed over half-term and is committed to assisting parents at Wykeham House facing a difficult situation – every angle was explored to try and save their school but regrettably none were viable or responsible options from a business perspective.’
Fareham MP Suella Fernandes visited the school earlier this year and said she was shocked by the news.
‘The quality of education at the school is second to none,’ she said.
‘It is first rate and the staff are caring and supportive.
‘I was very shocked because of the quality of teaching that is provided.’