Mayville High School, Southsea

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Mayville High School
Mayville High School (England) Crest.png
  1. Excellence through Nurture
  2. Quid Bene Facis Face (What you do, do well)
  3. Co-education with a difference
Established 1897
Type Independent day school
Headteacher Mrs. Rebecca HK Parkyn
Deputy Headteacher Mr Colin Morriss
Deputy Head Teacher (Junior School) Mrs Helen Cuthbert
Chair of Governors Mr. Michael Babcock
Founder Miss West
Location 35 St Simon's Road
England, United Kingdom
50°46′57″N 1°04′53″W / 50.7824°N 1.0815°W / 50.7824; -1.0815Coordinates: 50°46′57″N 1°04′53″W / 50.7824°N 1.0815°W / 50.7824; -1.0815
Staff 120
Students 480
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–16
Houses 3 (Nelson (Yellow), Cavell (Blue), Austen (Green))
Colours Blue, Pink and White
Affiliation Independent Schools Association (UK)
School Hymn Chosen Way (A School Hymn)

Mayville High School is an independent co-educational day school in Southsea, Portsmouth, England.


Mayville High School was founded in the home of Lottie West at 1 Gains Road in Portsmouth and moved to a number of different locations before settling in its current premises. Between 1911 and 1936 the school accepted boarding pupils but they were later transferred to Charmandean Manor School in Worthing, West Sussex. In September 1936, it was reopened as a day school. During the Second World War, when Portsmouth was heavily damaged during German bombings, Mayville was one of the few schools which were not evacuated. In 1980 Mayville became a charitable trust. Boys were formally admitted during the 1990s, though there had already been a small number attending since the end of the War. The school is now coeducational but boys and girls are taught separately in core curriculum subjects.[1]


Mayville caters to children aged 2 to 16. Junior School pupils are generally given automatic entry into the Senior School while new applicants must pass a test and an interview. The school caters for pupils of all abilities and there are specialised "units" to attend to ‘gifted and talented’ children and those with learning disabilities.[2]

Early years[edit]

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Mayville is divided into 3 areas:


The nursery at Mayville is housed on the Kenilworth premises with the Pre-Prep and Junior department. The learning environment focuses on creativity, imaginative play, building and construction, science and investigation, and physical challenges. Mayville’s nursery is equipped with interactive whiteboards and iPads, which are used to develop technological skills.

All children in the Foundation Stage are taught Music, PE, and French from teachers in the school. Children can play outside and explore a garden area. Mayville runs trips on foot or by minibus.

Lower 1[edit]

Lower 1 is Mayville High School’s reception class, and is deemed the first proper year of school. Starting with Lower 1, pupils are expected to wear uniforms and participate in whole-school events.

Boys and girls are taught separately for most of the curriculum, with learning styles adapted to both sides, but regularly join together for activities centred on independent learning.

Pre-Prep and Junior School[edit]

Mayville High School creates small classes during Pre-Prep and Junior School to allow teachers to give more individual support and attention to pupils. Teachers in this part of the school are specialists in topics including English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious education, art, IT, music, physical education, drama, and foreign languages.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience, including field trips, residential courses, concerts, themed curriculum days, productions, sporting competitions, community projects, and fundraising events.

Wrap-Around Care[edit]

Mayville offers a breakfast and after-school club for 50 weeks of each year with nursery staff. Staff plan activities and trips based on children’s interests.

Senior School[edit]

In the Senior School, pupils also take CAT tests which are used throughout the school as baseline testing.

During the spring term Options Evening is arranged for Upper IV (Year 9) and their parents to discuss GCSE choices.


Mayville is known for its expertise in the specialist tuition of dyslexic pupils. The school runs the ‘Harden-Davies Dyslexia Unit’, catering for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and mild speech and language disorders. Children aged 4 to 16 can receive an individual programme of support to help overcome their particular difficulties.

The Harden-Davies Dyslexia Unit is regularly inspected by CreSTeD, most recently in November 2013, when the Dyslexia Unit status was last renewed.

Catchment area and transport[edit]

Mayville High School’s catchment area is typically wide. A fleet of minibuses pick up pupils from Horndean, Portsmouth Harbour railway station, the Gosport Ferry, and the Hovercraft. Pupils living outside Portsmouth can use Lucketts' Student City Link coaches. Mayville has pupils who travel back and forth to the Isle of Wight each day.


Mayville uses general classroom teachers in the junior school and specialist teachers in the senior school, as is common practice in the United Kingdom. Alongside teachers, the school employs a range of support staff.


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