Charterhouse and Edgeborough School today announced that Edgeborough will join the Charterhouse family in September 2021 as the two charities merge to create an exceptional independent, co-educational prep and senior school offer.
Welcoming Edgeborough into the family, Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster of Charterhouse said:
“Under the leadership of Dan Thornburn, Edgeborough is enjoying significant success and momentum, with record pupil numbers and growing interest in admissions. At the same time, Charterhouse is currently undergoing the most exciting transformation you will find in any independent school in the country, and we are delighted that Edgeborough can be part of that journey.
“For parents seeking a joined-up prep and senior school education for their child, we believe our offer will be exceptional; rooted in an academic yet all-round curriculum, with a real breadth of choice and delivered in beautiful, inspiring grounds and facilities.’’
Dan Thornburn, Headmaster of Edgeborough, said:
“This merger will see Edgeborough joining with one of the foremost senior schools in the country, with the overriding aim of providing a truly exceptional educational offering, unparalleled both in the local area and beyond. Building on the excellent all-round education on offer at each school, coming together will further enrich the experience for all pupils.
“I am proud of everything we have achieved at Edgeborough in recent years, and this exciting development will now help inject further energy, immense educational history and additional expertise into our onward journey. It is the most wonderful opportunity for Edgeborough to move onwards to the next level.”
Whilst a steady stream of Edgeborough pupils already move to Charterhouse at thirteen and thrive there, there will be no expectation following the merger that an Edgeborough pupil will join Charterhouse, and those wishing to apply will participate in the usual admissions process, just like any other applicant. Similarly, Charterhouse will continue to recruit pupils from the same wide range of schools as today.
A single Governing Body will have responsibility for both schools, with three current Edgeborough Governors joining that body. Dan Thornburn will remain as Headmaster of Edgeborough, and Alex Peterken will continue to be Headmaster of Charterhouse with overall executive responsibility for both schools. Both schools will retain their current identity, name, ethos, values, badge and uniform, as well as their day-to-day operational autonomy.
The merger will take effect from the start of the 2021/2022 academic year, and both schools are looking forward to building on their respective success to create the pre-eminent combination of prep and senior schools in the region, and beyond.