At Woodhill we are proud of our school’s history, going all the way back to 1957, when Mrs Dacombe decided to open the school. The name for the school comes from the surname ‘Dacombe’ meaning ‘Wooded Hill’, and this name fitted the new school and its location in the village of Botley perfectly.
Mrs Dacombe had been working in state and private schools before using her experience to open a private school. Starting with three children, though with a fourth soon joining (young Master Mike Dacombe!), this felt like home schooling with the advantage of having a fully trained teacher in charge. Some founding principles were put in place that still exist today, with every child reading, writing and doing mathematics every day with their teacher on a one-to-one basis. Alongside this the fees for the school were aimed at being affordable to make this type of learning more attainable for all, a philosophy that is still in place today.
Word of Woodhill School soon spread and pupil numbers grew until it was full with 20 children, aged between three and eleven, and a bigger school was needed.
Woodhill expanded and moved to a larger site in Chandlers Ford and then again to the Botley site being the prime 7 acre location, with Mrs Dacombe’s son Mike following in her footsteps and becoming Headmaster of the Woodhill School in Botley in 1999.