Boundary Oak School History

1280 – Roche Court, the current home of Bondary Oak school was built.

1918 – Boundary Oak School was founded by Miss Napier, on a site at Waterlooville.

1921 – The school moved to Widley, it’s first real home. Here it occupied a Georgian House call Portsdown Lodge and 9 acres of ground, which had previously been in the possession of Jane Austen’s brother, Sir Francis Austen.

The Boundary Oak Name – The property lay on the Parish Boundary of Portsmouth and around its perimeter there was a line of oak trees. One of these fine old trees was a staging –post in the annual Portsmouth ‘beating of the bounds’. It was from this tree that the school took its name.

1930’s – the school thrived under the Headship of D. de o’E.D Miller who owned the school for over twenty years.

1940 – Canadians were billeted at Roche Court who then moved out on D-Day.

1947 – Southwick Estates purchased Roche Court and left for refugees during the War.

1955 – Following the death of D. de o’E.D Miller, the school was left in the care of Vicar of Christ Church for a short time before being sold to David Foster.

1960 – The 9 acre site at Widley was sold for residential development, where the evidence of the school is still retained in the street names – Oak Tree Close, Boundary Crescent and The Dell.

1961 – The school made its third move to Roche Court, with over double the space and a larger, even more historic House.

1961 – David Foster converted the school into an Educational Trust and thus the Governing body came into existence.

1963 – The Swimming pool was built.

1967 – Howard Limon took over from David Foster as Headmaster

1971 – The School was built

1977 – The Jubilee Block was built

1976 – The last of the Oak trees at the original site was felled due to disease.

1980 – The Music Block was built

1981 – The Tennis Courts were developed

1987 – The Nursery was introduced to the school

1988 – The classroom block at Widley was demolished and moved to the present site, becoming the Widley Block.

1989 – The Lodge was renovated and made fit for habitation

1991 – Pupil numbers were at a high of 214

1992 – The admittance of girls to the Reception Class was introduced

1996 – Pupil numbers reached 223 and the boarding house was opened.

2014 – Boundary Oak School was purchased by Quo Vadis Education

 

 

 

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