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It was all aboard a 1950s vintage bus for staff, students and special guests today as they launched Wyvern College’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, recreating the journey from Fair Oak to Eastleigh that has become part of the College’s history.

 

Wyvern first opened its doors in Eastleigh in 1958, with students travelling from the outlying villages on a fleet of buses. The Fair Oak site was built in 1966 but with increases to the population and the school leaving age, it still could not accommodate all students. Therefore, the journey to Eastleigh was part of school life for many students until 1978.

 

Passengers on the anniversary special, which was operated by volunteers from Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust, included guests who used to make the journey as students, one of whom is the current Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Maureen Sollitt. The College was also delighted to welcome two previous headteachers, Sheila Campbell and George Davies. With current students wearing school uniforms from different eras and the bus decorated in colourful bunting, it was a lovely atmosphere for sharing memories from the last sixty years.

 

Headteacher, Alan Newton, said, “All those who took part in this symbolic commemorative journey represent the proud evolution of an institution that has served the local community with distinction for six decades. We look forward to celebrating Wyvern’s rich heritage over the coming year and to advancing to the next sixty years!”

 

Additional events to mark the College’s 60th Anniversary include the Wyvern Story, a timeline of the last 60 years illustrated with memories and photos, and a celebration concert in July 2018.

 

 

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we have delved into our archives and also received some fantastic contributions from ex-students and ex-staff, which have enabled us to produce the ‘Wyvern Story’.

 

From its early beginnings in Eastleigh to the current site in Fair Oak, the school has seen many changes over the last six decades. As well as five different names, four headteachers and two locations, the school has welcomed thousands of students and adults as it provides education and community facilities for the local area.

 

It would be impossible to include all the material that we have, so the Wyvern Story is a timeline of key points in our history with some interesting facts, figures, memories and photos along the way.

 

It’s still not too late to take part in our anniversary celebrations, as we are continuing to collect memories. If you come along to one of our events during the year, then please do complete one of our ‘memory postcards’, which we aim to display as part of our Arts Festival in July.

 

 

Wyvern is celebrating another high attaining year in terms of its GCSE results, with 81% of its leavers achieving the new Grades 4 to 9 in English, and exactly the same percentage (81%) achieving 4 to 9 in Mathematics. In terms of overlap between the two, provisionally 74% of the students crossed this threshold in both English and Mathematics.

 

Although we are not in a position to calculate the relatively new ‘Progress 8’ score at this stage (the national schools’ performance measure which compares the students’ progress from their secondary school starting points as 11-year olds against their peers nationally within a prescribed curriculum), the high attainment right across the curriculum augurs well for a very positive score against this progress measure.

 

Headteacher, Mr Alan Newton, said, “As always, I credit the expertise, experience and diligence of the teaching and support staff. The high percentages of students achieving the very top grades, including the exceptional new Grade 9 in Maths & English, are testimony to an outstanding teaching input. But also the work ethic and aspirations of the students have ensured that they have made the most of everything we have provided, from on-line learning to Saturday schools. The vast majority of students have achieved ‘personal bests’ in their GCSEs, which speaks volumes about Wyvern as a learning community.”

 

He went on to express his profound satisfaction with high achievement across a traditional, broad academic curriculum: e.g. subjects such as Additional Science (81% A*-C), Additional Further Science (96%) and Computing (90%), as well as Music (96%) and Drama (81%).

 

Many of Wyvern’s grades were the top grades of A* or A, e.g. History (40% A*/A), once again demonstrating the College’s ability to establish and meet the highest expectations of its students.

 

Wyvern is proud of its distinguished history as a comprehensive school and the high attainment of the vast majority of students combined with high levels of progress of all the young people of the Class of 2017 is a mark of the College’s consistency over many years.

Our annual Open Evening for Year 6 parents and pupils takes place on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 6.30pm and provides an excellent opportunity to meet our staff and students and see our extensive facilities.  Additionally, a number of Admission Tours are scheduled during the day in September and October, so that you can see the college in action.  To book a place on a tour or to request a prospectus, please contact the college reception on 02380 692679. 

 

Wyvern is a popular 11-16 school providing high-quality teaching in a creative, vibrant and welcoming environment.  Our vision is to inspire all students to have the highest aspirations; to encourage them to be independent, resourceful and resilient with a passion for lifelong learning in the 21st century.  The aims that support our vision are:  

 

Ambition – we have the ambition to aim high 

Aspiration – we aspire to make the most of our opportunities 

Confidence – we have the confidence to try new things 

High Achievement – we are high achieving and proud of our success 

Inspiration – we share experiences which inspire us all 

Responsibility – we have the resilience to persist even when faced with challenges

Support – we support each other, we support our community 

Work Ethic – we are ready for the world beyond our college 

 

Further information about the college is available on this website, but please contact us if there is anything else you would like to know. We look forward to welcoming you and your sons and daughters to our thriving school community.   

 

 

‘Bright’, ‘exciting’, ‘punchy’ and ‘a real sense of style’ – just some of the fantastic comments from the judges following Wyvern Soul Band’s stunning performance at this year’s Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham. The Band continued Wyvern’s strong tradition of being selected to appear at this prestigious Festival of the UK’s leading young musicians, with the College’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir all having made appearances in recent years.

 

Featuring in the Rock, Pop, Funk and Soul category, the Band gave superb renditions of ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’’ by Sam and Dave, ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’ by Gregory Porter, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ by The Jackson 5 and ‘Proud Mary’ by Ike & Tina Turner. Band members also enjoyed an inspirational workshop with the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra.

 

The Band rehearses with the legendary Geoff Lai every Tuesday evening, with new members this year including Christian Wood (vocals), Lucy Bricknell (vocals), Marcus Childs (keyboard), and Matthew Knight (trumpet). Long-serving members are Matilda Bell (vocals) who has been in the band since Year 8 and is leaving us this year, Elijah Jeffery (vocals and guitar) who again is leaving us this year, Oz Gorst (drums), Elliot Bird (bass guitar) and the ‘dancing boys’ horn section Toby Saunders (sax), Tom Gregory (trumpet) and Harvey Parsons (trombone), all of whom are moving on this year.

 

Reflecting on another great musical event, Bryan Postlethwaite, Wyvern’s Head of Music, said, “The Band wowed the audience at the Festival and should be so proud of their performance. We will miss the incredibly talented Year 11s who are moving on but I’m always amazed at how the Band quickly regenerates with fresh players and we look forward to continued success next year.”

 

 

 

Contact Wyvern

Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

Reception Opening Hours: 8:15am to 4:00pm

 

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