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Mayville High School

35 St Simon's Road, Southsea, Hampshire, England PO5 2PE
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9273 4847

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 16 Years Day

Mayville High School is a leading independent co-educational day school, in the heart of Southsea, with over 500 pupils on roll. We currently admit pupils within the 2-16 age range.

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Word From The Head

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From Rebecca Parkyn, Headteacher

Mayville High School is a leading independent co-educational day school, in the heart of Southsea, with over 500 pupils on roll. We currently admit pupils within the 2-16 age range.

We are a split site: the school has four large teaching sites and our playing fields are at Cockleshell, Eastney, which is less than a 10 minute journey from the School. We are situated near Portsmouth’s rich historic heritage, a stone’s throw from the Solent and close to the city’s cultural wealth. Founded in 1897, there is a strong emphasis on traditional disciplines, yet Mayville adopts innovative teaching methods to help promote learning.

Our size is our strength; we are big enough to offer pupils a wide range of opportunities, yet small enough to treat each pupil as an individual. Class sizes are small, enabling each pupil’s individual learning needs to be fully met. To ensure that we provide a bespoke education to each child within the senior school, we split the forms into two so that the pupils are taught in sets of around 12. This is an unparalleled staff-pupil ratio in senior school education.

The defining features of a Mayville education have always been: a pastoral care system outstanding enough to nurture the individual child into gaining knowledge of themselves and an appropriate academic bite, the constant striving towards academic excellence tempered perhaps by the belief that true success is that magical combination of both ability and temperament, which is refined over a lifetime.

Mayville High School offers an excellent education for boys and girls. You will find here teachers who are passionate about their subject and who provide an education robust enough to enable the requisite success in public examinations but equally an education that will withstand the test of a lifetime, the best possible pastoral care that makes every pupil feel they are as important to the school as it is to them, outstanding extra-curricular provision, excellent facilities and, we hope, pupils who care as much about the success and happiness of their peers as they do about themselves. The school has always been an inspirational place, where a remarkably warm, inclusive and caring ethos guides all pupils to achieve their very best. Children at Mayville flourish in a family-style environment where they are part of a caring community and are taught to respect and support each other.

You are warmly invited to visit us to see for yourselves the unique schooling Mayville has to offer.

What We Offer

  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Business studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Beavers
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Public Speaking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Young Enterprise
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)

  • * This school operates
      52 weeks in the year.
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Audition
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Educational psychologist's report
  • Bursary exam
  • Trial day at school
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Assisted Places
  • Dance or Ballet
  • Drama
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Siblings
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Non-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range2 to 16
    Annual Day Fees *£7395 to £10740
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    0Full Boarding0
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 41
    Part-time: 56

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews


    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.  


    It was important to find the right school. I think it is a really caring environment. The Mayville format is right for us  

    Parents of departing Year 11 pupil

    It has worked brilliantly. He was very unhappy at his previous school and his confidence was damaged. He was instantly happy in the classroom - now content and happy, his attitude to learning has changed. I can’t speak highly enough; it’s a really special place.  

    ISI Inspection report, January 2020

    Pupils display high levels of skill in creative and sporting endeavour, resulting in a range of excellent individual and group achievements.  

    CReSTeD Inspection report, February 2020

    Although many schools claim that support for learning is at the heart of the school, at Mayville it is. Mayville is a school where students are listened to, supported, challenged and encouraged. The level of support from the learning support team and from mainstream teachers is outstanding.  

    ISI Inspection report, January 2020

    The personal successes achieved in extra-curricular activities combined with achievements in curricular areas, has ensured that leavers are successful in winning places or scholarships for a wide range of senior schools, sixth form colleges and vocational placements.