Parents and former pupils show support for Wykeham House School in Fareham

Wykeham House School in Fareham
Wykeham House School in Fareham
  • Former pupils of Wykeham House and parents of current pupils are showing their support to the school following an announcement that it could close
  • The school is in financial difficulty and could close at the end of the term
  • Parents and former pupils want to see all options considered in a bid to save the school
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PARENTS and former pupils have pledged their support to a school which could face closure.

Wykeham House in Fareham announced last week that it has financial problems and could close at the end of the term.

Parents, pupils and former pupils of Wykeham House School, in Fareham, are supporting the school following its announcement of potential closure

Parents, pupils and former pupils of Wykeham House School, in Fareham, are supporting the school following its announcement of potential closure

But parents with children at the school, former pupils and their parents want to explore all possibilities in the hope of saving it.

Jennifer Warren, who used to attend Wykeham House, in East Street, said: ‘We’re remaining hopeful about the future of the school. It isn’t over until it’s over.

‘There is so much hope here. Existing pupils are devastated at the thought of having to move and past pupils are fighting to secure a future so their children can attend in years to come.’

As previously reported in The News, the school could be closing in December and says it is working with parents to find alternative places for the pupils.

It went from shock to there’s got to be something we can do.

Richard Franks

Chris Bousher, parent of two former pupils and grandparent of two current pupils, said: ‘It was a shock to us all.

‘When the first email came through, it was a big shock.

‘People have galvanised into groups to discuss what we can do.’

Richard Franks, whose child is in Year 5, added: ‘It went from shock to “there’s got to be something we can do”. Everyone has really pulled together.’

And one parent says Wykeham House helped her daughter to flourish.

Sixteen-year-old Helaina Withers, who has brittle bones disease, finished at the school in the summer.

The school helped with her condition by putting in non-slip flooring, changing the curriculum so her lessons were near each other and adapting sports like netball.

She said: ‘I want to see the school stay open so they can offer the same amazing help to other pupils. They were great for me.’

Helaina’s mum Debbie added: ‘They were fantastic with Helaina. Rather than telling her what she couldn’t do, they helped with what she could.

‘Many other schools were quite negative but Wykeham were wonderful.’

The parents want to use their skills to make sure all options are considered before the school makes the decision to close.