Bay House School
|Headteacher||Mr Ian Potter|
|DfE URN||116501 Tables|
|Formerly||Gosport County Grammar School|
The Bay House site was originally a co-educational Grammar School known as Gosport County Grammar School, which was founded in 1902.
Bay House School, as it is today known, was established in 1972 through the amalgamation of Gosport Grammar School and Privett Secondary School. Sited adjacent to Stokes Bay, part of its premises occupies Bay House, built in 1838 as a seaside villa for Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton. Bay House itself suffered a major fire in late 1984, the house, a grade II listed building, was badly damaged. A major restoration took place restoring the house to the condition we see it in today. The house re-opened to pupils in 1987.
The school consists of roughly 250 teachers. Some of the teachers appeared on the BBC Two quiz show Eggheads. In March 2010, the assistant head teacher, Jim Wood, told an education seminar in Portsmouth that school teachers should act like Dirty Harry. Ex-Head of Year and prominent paedophile Mr Braid was jailed for abusing boys throughout his 30-year career.
Bay House’s GCSE results are typically higher than the national state average.
In 2017, Bay House obtained 14% above national average A* to B grades at A-level. Placing Bay House’s Sixth Form as the top 1% of schools in the country for ‘value added’. Bay House is currently the best performing state A-level provider in the county of Hampshire, with a 100% pass rate.
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Freer CBE, Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies from 1980–2, AOC from 1975–8 of No. 18 Group RAF and from 1972–5 of No. 11 Group RAF, and Station Commander from 1963–66 of RAF Seletar (in Singapore)
- Air Vice-Marshal David French CB MBE, Station Commander from 1988–90 of RAF St Athan
- Dr Richard Pike, Chief Executive since 2006 of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Pam Rhodes, former presenter of Songs of Praise
- Matt Ritchie, Professional football player for AFC Bournemouth, League 2 Player of the Year 2011-2012
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