The Boards of St Edmund’s School, Hindhead and St Ives School for Girls, Haslemere are delighted to announce that they are joining forces.
St Ives Head, Lesley Shaikh, commented, “this alliance will allow us to build on our position of strength; we have enjoyed another fantastic year with our girls being awarded nine scholarships, including academic, sport, drama and music, and we have been crowned Surrey Schools U11 Netball Champions.
St Ives Chair of Governors, Martin Large, added, “we welcome this partnership as it not only offers St Ives a secure long term future but also the benefits and opportunities that being part of a larger school provide yet still retaining our strong St Ives ethos, culture and modus operandi.
September looks to be a bumper year for us. Given our growing numbers and current successes it will be hugely advantageous to access the wider pool of teaching staff and the additional facilities available, enabling us to continue to provide the best single-sex education for girls locally.”
Commenting on the agreement, St Edmund’s Chairman of Governors, Jackie Alliss, said “Education is facing many challenges and our aim is always to be at the forefront of progress. Running small stand-alone schools is expensive and, as charities, we have to maintain the constant re-investment needed to ensure a first class education for the children. St Edmund’s has more pupils now than at any time in its 139 year history and the Headmaster, Adam Walliker, and I look forward to exchanging expertise and resources with St Ives. We see this union as a great opportunity for two strong schools, an excellent development for education in the local community and a great platform on which to extend the range and quality of what we offer the children at each school.”
The new arrangements will be in place for the beginning of the new school year, at the end of August 2013.