Bay House School

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Bay House School
Bay House School, main entrance.jpg
Established 1972
Type Academy school
Headteacher Mr Ian Potter
Location Gomer Lane
PO12 2QP
England England
50°47′12″N 1°09′53″W / 50.78673°N 1.16459°W / 50.78673; -1.16459Coordinates: 50°47′12″N 1°09′53″W / 50.78673°N 1.16459°W / 50.78673; -1.16459
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116501 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2132
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Formerly Gosport County Grammar School

Bay House is a high performing academy school located in Gosport on the Hampshire South Coast.


Grammar school[edit]

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.[1] Bay House itself suffered a major fire in late 1984, the house, a grade II listed building,[2] 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.[3][4] Ex-Head of Year and prominent paedophile Mr Braid was jailed for abusing boys throughout his 30-year career.[5]

Academic performance[edit]

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.



  1. ^ Bay House, A Nobleman's Seaside Residence Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Bay House School website
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (408687)". Images of England. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Daily Mail March 2010 Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 3 June 2011.
  4. ^ Telegraph March 2010 Archived 14 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. (10 March 2010). Retrieved on 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ Teacher jailed for abusing boys at Bay House School (1 February 2010). Retrieved on 10 April 2012.

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