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The Atherley School

From 1997 to 2006 Grove place housed a school for girls called the Atherley School. The school, a member of United Church Schools Trust, had been founded in 1926, when it opened in Hill Lane on land donated by the two Atherley sisters: at that time there were 26 girls and one boy

Grove Place had been a school since 1981, when it was bought by Northcliffe School who occupied the site until the 9th July, 1994. During this time a number of temporary buildings were erected as classrooms but the grounds received little maintenance and the double lime avenue, a major feature throughout the history of the estate, was badly damaged during the gales of 1987 and 1990. On the top floor of the Manor House were baths and a flat: in what is now the Restaurant there were dormitories, with a dividing wall through the fireplace, and the Coffee Room was a chapel.

Atherley made an offer to the Receivers to buy Grove Place when Northcliffe closed and was able to move their Junior and Infant departments into reasonably modern buildings, where the pool and gym are now, while they renovated the Manor House and grounds and built most of the present Paget House. They built a staircase where the lift is now and orchestra practice took place in the Snooker Room: the restored long gallery above the main entrance became the drama suite and kitchens. The wing housing the Music Room and the Bar housed the sixth form centre.

When Paget house was completed in September 1997 the Senior School moved in and the Hill Lane campus in Southampton was demolished. After a wonderful Indian Summer Atherley School became fully established at Grove Place, though it was not until October 1998 that it was officially opened by Princess Anne, who arrived in a helicopter and landed on the St Swithun's field.

The school accommodation in Paget House is listed below, together with the present apartment numbers (3 to 10 and 26 to 33 were added in the later extension to its present size).

  • Physics
  • General Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • RE and offices
  • Kitchens
  • Bottom Hall
  • Geography
  • Toilets and Cloakrooms
  • Two Maths Rooms
  • Home Economics (later IT)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15-20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • Information Technology
  • Art
  • Art
  • History and Staff Toilets
  • Staff Room
  • Top Hall
  • Library and English
  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Maths
  • 25
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 27
  • 38-43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • Guest Suite

The Atherley School closed in 2006 when it merged with Embley Park School to form part of Hampshire Collegiate School, located in 130 acres of parkland and woodland at Embley Park, off the A27 just west of Romsey.