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Mayville High School, Hampshire

School Details
35 St Simon's Road,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 23 9273 4847
Fax: +44 23 9229 3649

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Mrs R Parkyn MA (Oxon) MA PGCE MCIL

Accreditations and affiliations:
BDA, ISA Independent, CReSTeD Dyslexia Unit (DU)
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome, Non-denominational
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
2 - 16
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Educational psychologist's report, Taster days, Visit school, Trial day at school, Scholarship exam, Please apply to school, Report from previous school, Interview, Entry test or exam, Common Entrance, Assessment, This is a non-selective school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, Art, Junior school entry, Siblings, Music, Financial need, Senior school entry, Teaching, Sport, Ballet or dance, Means tested assisted places, Drama

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Football
  • Table tennis
  • Rugby
  • Fitness training
  • Rounders
  • Martial arts
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cross-country
  • Water sports
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Yoga
  • Chess
  • Skiing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Cycling
  • Drama productions
  • Ballet
  • Sailing
  • Adventure training
  • Canoeing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Dance
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

This school operates 52 weeks in the year.
Head Photo“I have been delighted with the school, staff are approachable, it’s creative and caters for each individual child. It really does take the gifts children have and then develop them.” (Parent)

“We are like a family”, “It makes me feel like an individual”, “It’s unique with small classes and the teachers know you.” (Pupils)

“Mayville High School is one of the most unique schools in Hampshire… it is an inspirational place where a remarkably warm, inclusive and caring ethos guides all students to achieve their very best.”(Headteacher and former pupil Rebecca Parkyn)

At Mayville we offer the perfect balance, academic excellence in an incredibly friendly school where pupils are also happy. It is a formula that means parents are safe in the knowledge that their child can succeed academically, in an environment where pastoral care is second to none. This year our GSCE results were excellent. An impressive 97% of all students received 5 A* - C grades.
Head teacher Rebecca Parkyn says, “This year’s results were outstanding by any standards. Results like these confirm Mayville provides an education level with the very best within a nurturing environment where pastoral care, sport and creative arts are given a high priority.”
At Mayville we believe we offer a perfect combination, academic success and a broad based education, for every child throughout the entire school. Founded in 1897 our size is our strength, big enough to offer pupils a wide range of opportunities, we are small enough to truly treat each pupil as an individual. At Mayville we can offer your child a place from the age of 2yrs to 16 years. Divided into the Nursery, Prep-Prep, Junior and Senior Schools we have a renowned Dyslexia Unit and offer a strong Gifted and Talented Programme. Although based in a city we offer we are the only independent school to offer 20 acres of playing fields in the heart of Southsea at Cockleshell in Eastney with easy access thanks to our fleet of minibuses.

Co-education Separately

At Mayville boys are girls are taught separately in the core subjects, because we believe this best meets their specific learning needs. Jenny Lewis Deputy Head of the Junior School says, “Boys and girls learn in such different ways, we can tailor teaching and lessons to cater for this.”

Early Years

Mayville Nursery is the first department of Mayville High School and for our two year old’s, “The Swans”, their journey starts in “The Cottage”, where children can experience “A home from home environment,” with a garden full of outdoor play equipment. It is an ideal place for children to start their learning journey where they are cared for and cherished, and can have fun.

Our three year olds, “Kestrels” have a space bathed in light to discover, play, learn, and feel safe. There is a bright airy messy room, quiet area complete with its own interactive white board and purpose built play area. Head of Early Years Alison Prismall says, “There is a genuine care here with staff wanting the children to develop and become the best they can be.”


Nestled in the heart of the Junior school in a purpose built building is the home to our Pre-Prep Department. Being part of a larger school environment means pupils can benefit from using the school facilities, and gain access to specialist teachers, P.E, trampolining, singing, dancing, ICT and French.

Junior School

In our Junior school the positivity is bursting out of every classroom, where boys and girls from 7+ learn in bright airing surroundings in a caring yet disciplined environment with small class sizes. We offer a broad based curriculum with a strong creative arts programme and many sporting opportunities.

With our fleet of minibuses there is an abundance of opportunity for pupils to go on school trips, such as Calshot Activity Centre, Kingswood, and a Bush Craft Course in the Cotswolds. Pupils also get to go on an annual ski trip in Europe.


In the Senior School pupils thrive academically in a high achieving school where the pastoral care is second to none. Classes are small which means every child is truly treated as an individual, and teachers can push each child to reach their full potential. The Creative Arts Programme is strong with an emphasis every year on Rock Challenge. Sporting success is good and pupils are fully supported with individual strengths. Academic achievement is excellent. Headteacher Rebecca Parkyn says, “ We are all committed to providing an education level with the very best but within the most special environment often referred to as " the Mayville way." All teaching staff work alongside each pupil developing shared moral views, a sense of responsibility, personal resolve, empathetic kindness and self-confidence. By ensuring a secure and compassionate environment, one full of stimulation, variety and challenge, we enable our pupils to thrive among friends, pursuing the numerous academic and co-curricular opportunities available. Mayville helps our pupils fulfil their ambitions and develop the personal qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

At Mayville our Nursery is open 50 weeks of the year from 8am-6pm, before and after school are is available and holiday clubs are provided.

Your are warmly invited to come and see what we do. To take a tour please call 023 92 837756 or enquiries@mayvillehighschool.net
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