Woodhill School in Chandler's Ford will close later this year

Hampshire Chronicle: Woodhill School in Chandler's Ford will close later this year Woodhill School in Chandler's Ford will close later this year

A £5,000-a-year Hampshire independent school is to close down amid a “difficult economic climate”, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

Woodhill School in Chandler’s Ford will not reopen for the start of the academic year in September.

The parents of up to 60 pupils, aged three to 11, will instead be offered the chance to move their children to the school’s sister establishment at Brook Lane in Botley, where there are plans to expand.

Bosses say there will be job losses but have declined to say how many of the nine positions at the Chandler’s Ford base will have be axed.

Parents were informed of the decision to close the 40-year-old Brownhill Road site on Friday.

Head teacher Hamish McKeown said the move was made in a bid to ensure a future for the Woodhill School group but added that the “economic climate is difficult” for the independent school sector.

He told the Daily Echo: “It is to ensure the future prosperity of the school and to bring about a new chapter in its history.

“Logistically it will be difficult for some people, but we would like to take as many of the pupils as possible to our Botley school. The ethos is the same at the two sites – the staff are different but it is run in the same way.

“Looking ahead we want to ensure that the next 40 years are as productive educationally as the first 40 years.”

Mr McKeown added that all parents had been informed and that they had reacted “mostly with sadness”.

An Ofsted report in 2012 said parents paid £5,262-a-year for a child to be educated at the school.

Described as an Independent Preparatory Day School for boys and girls, its mission is to provide “a happy atmosphere in which pupils can thrive and feel successful; achieve academic success and receive a wide range of academic experiences and opportunities within the wider curriculum.”

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11:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jesta-a-View says...

Don't tell George, "Jeffrey" Osbourne.
Things are getting better and Posh Prep Schools should be doing swimmingly well...but NO...this one is closing down due to, what was it????

A DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE!!!

My heart weeps for the over indulged wealthy sorts struggling to make their way in the world!
Don't tell George, "Jeffrey" Osbourne. Things are getting better and Posh Prep Schools should be doing swimmingly well...but NO...this one is closing down due to, what was it???? A DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE!!! My heart weeps for the over indulged wealthy sorts struggling to make their way in the world! Jesta-a-View
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6:35am Thu 20 Mar 14

The Wickham Man says...

So you would like the kind of world where not only is nobody allowed to work hard for themselves but when they do, you control what they can spend their money on. Like every other public school everyone who sent their child there paid their full due for state education - so when they elected to pay again, theire taxes could be spent on all the other children, But you think that is wrong? WHen a premiership footballer earns over £100k a week is that ok, so long as he doesn't make the mistake of "!talking posh" and falling into your odd anachronistic llittle category? Why not introduce a restriction on buying more than one car, or one watch, or one house? YOu are quite happy with all that when the person doing it is "working class" or tells everyone they vote labour. Your nasty caricature laden little rant reveals more about your ugly envious toad like personality not to menbtion your lack of reasoning. THe budget has just occurred - the events leading up to this closure will have already been happening over several years. THat shouldn't take much intelligence to work out, should it? Small Private schools especially prep schools often close when staff who have devoted a lifetime to them get old and retire - and of course they don;t have fat subsidised index linked pensions like the public sector, do they?
So you would like the kind of world where not only is nobody allowed to work hard for themselves but when they do, you control what they can spend their money on. Like every other public school everyone who sent their child there paid their full due for state education - so when they elected to pay again, theire taxes could be spent on all the other children, But you think that is wrong? WHen a premiership footballer earns over £100k a week is that ok, so long as he doesn't make the mistake of "!talking posh" and falling into your odd anachronistic llittle category? Why not introduce a restriction on buying more than one car, or one watch, or one house? YOu are quite happy with all that when the person doing it is "working class" or tells everyone they vote labour. Your nasty caricature laden little rant reveals more about your ugly envious toad like personality not to menbtion your lack of reasoning. THe budget has just occurred - the events leading up to this closure will have already been happening over several years. THat shouldn't take much intelligence to work out, should it? Small Private schools especially prep schools often close when staff who have devoted a lifetime to them get old and retire - and of course they don;t have fat subsidised index linked pensions like the public sector, do they? The Wickham Man
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