Wyvern College, Eastleigh

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Wyvern College
Wyvernlogo.png
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Alan Newton
Location Botley Road
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN
England Coordinates: 50°57′36″N 1°17′53″W / 50.960°N 1.298°W / 50.960; -1.298
DfE number 850/4161
DfE URN 138184 Tables
Ofsted Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website wyverncollege.org.uk

Wyvern College is an 11-16 coeducational secondary school with academy status, serving the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Upham and Durley areas of Hampshire. It currently has 1336 students on roll.

Academic Performance[edit]

At the school’s most recent inspection by Ofsted in March 2014, the inspectors found it to be "good".

History[edit]

It has its origins as a village school in Fair Oak, Hampshire. Originally, the school catered for pupils from the ages of five to fourteen until 1958 when it was decided that 248 senior pupils (aged 11 – 15) should attend a newly created secondary school in Eastleigh.

The new school was known as the Eastleigh Secondary School, but the Headmaster, Robert Blachford, replaced this with the distinctive name of Wyvern, and the motto "Advance". The heraldic Wyvern dragon has been connected with Wessex since Tudor times and once formed the crest of Sir Francis Drake. However, accommodation became a problem at the Wyvern County Secondary School and in 1966 the Wyvern arose again at Fair Oak, in the centre of the catchment area which included the villages of Colden Common, Durley, Horton Heath and Upham. The new school buildings, designed for an intake of 450, were not large enough for the 759 children on roll, so the old school in Eastleigh became known as "the Annexe", with a whole year group being bussed to and fro each day. When the school leaving age was increased to 16, the comprehensive system introduced new courses into secondary education. At the same time, as Fair Oak became a popular residential area, the school roll reached 1200 and teaching staff increased from 10 to 60 in 1976. It was only in 1978, through new building initiatives, that ‘the Annexe’ in Eastleigh was no longer needed and The Wyvern Community School began to emerge.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s all departments were gradually enlarged in order to facilitate the changing curricular, and in 1985 headmaster George Davies achieved community status for the school.

In 2000, Wyvern Community School became ‘Wyvern Technology College’, with Information Technology forming an integral part of every student's learning. The school was then awarded a second specialism of humanities. On 1 June 2012 the school converted to academy status and was renamed Wyvern College.

Facilities at the school include a highly respected day nursery, state of the art music, science and technology classrooms, a first class library, a health and fitness suite, outside Muga area, tennis courts, playing fields and running track. Several of the school's music ensembles, including the jazz band, have reached the finals of the Music for Youth in Birmingham.

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