January 3 2017
The Trustees of United Learning and the Governors of Priory School and Bramley School are today announcing the creation of a new prep school, Banstead Preparatory School, which will open in September 2017.
Every pupil currently due to attend Greenacre Junior School, Priory School and Bramley School in September will be guaranteed a place at the school, which will be operated by United Learning and use the entire current Greenacre School site.
Priory, Bramley and Greenacre Schools will close at the end of the academic year with pupils currently at Greenacre Senior School guaranteed a place at another school in the area.
Banstead Preparatory School will build on the best of the three predecessor schools on a site with outstanding facilities, to create a wonderful, modern co-educational school. It will be a three form entry school, educating pupils from nursery to Year 6.
The school will offer a broad curriculum, a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, including sport, music and drama, high academic standards and a warm, nurturing environment where every child is known and cared about. As part of United Learning, the school will benefit from the strength and opportunities that come from being part of a wider network of schools.
Whilst Banstead Prep will be a co-educational school, initially, pupils in Years 5 and 6 will continue to be taught their core subjects of English, maths and reasoning in single-sex classes, where practical.
Ms Vicky Ellis has been appointed Headmistress of the new school. A formal consultation will now take place with staff at each of the three predecessor schools to ensure it is fully resourced for September 2017.
To facilitate the creation of the new school, Priory School and Bramley School will join United Learning for the remainder of this academic year.
Announcing the creation of the new school, Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, which already runs Greenacre School, said:
“Banstead Preparatory School creates a new and outstanding offer for families looking for independent schooling in the area. Building on the success of each of its three predecessor schools, Banstead Prep will have the facilities and subject-specialist teachers to ensure an excellent education for all pupils whilst maintaining, in a co-educational environment, the pastoral care that each of these schools is rightly proud of.
“As one of our schools, pupils and staff at Banstead Prep will have access to enrichment and development opportunities that stand-alone schools cannot easily offer.
“We would like to welcome the pupils, families and staff of Priory School and Bramley School into our Group. We will be working closely with their existing governing bodies throughout the remainder of this academic year to ensure a smooth transition into the new school.
“I am very pleased that, in Ms Vicky Ellis, we have appointed a Head who will create a unique new school, which builds on the very best of its three predecessor schools.”
Mr Ashley Head, Chairman of Priory School, said:
“This is an opportunity for our school that was too good to turn down. We know the scale of demand for places at Priory far exceeds our ability to meet them and at present we are constrained by the size of our site. By combining to create Banstead Prep we will be joining up with two excellent girls’ schools and creating something new and spectacular.
“A number of our families already have sons at Priory and daughters at Greenacre, so are aware of the potential of a brand new school using the whole of the Greenacre site and facilities.
“As a governing body, we firmly believe this is the right thing to do to continue to serve local families in the way we have done for many years. We are all very excited about the potential and look forward to the school opening in September.”
Mr Mike Webb of Bramley School said:
“We are delighted to be joining United Learning and becoming part of Banstead Preparatory School. We are very proud of our heritage as a stand-alone school providing excellent academic education and subject-specialist teaching. We have been considering for some time the best way to continue to make sure that this excellent education is available to our community.
“This is, without doubt, the opportunity we were looking for to continue to offer local families the quality of independent prep school provision they demand and deserve – in a setting where this can be enhanced through the excellent facilities that will be available. We can guarantee a strong and secure future as part of a group and through combining with Greenacre and Priory to create the new school.”
Ms Vicky Ellis, who has been appointed Headmistress of Banstead Preparatory School, said:
“I am very excited to be beginning this role. There is so much from each of the three current schools that we want to preserve and build upon and there are many excellent staff whom I hope will be joining us to create a remarkable new school.
“Over the coming term, I will be meeting parents, pupils and staff at each school as we develop our plans. There are already some excellent ideas in the pipeline and we look forward to welcoming everyone when they arrive in September. Many will come from Greenacre, Priory and Bramley but I also know that there will be other local families looking to join us and I look forward to meeting them too so that, from day one, everyone feels part of the new school.”