Ripley Court School in Ripley have announced that they have agreed with Reed’s School that Ripley Court School will merge into Reed’s School.
Ripley Court and Reed’s have worked together for many years and share a philosophy of education which focusses on developing the whole child within a nurturing environment. The Board of Governors of both schools believe that this proposed merger is a natural extension of this strong relationship. It will allow both schools to benefit from a combination of outstanding staff and facilities whilst retaining the heritage and current structure of each school.
The intention is for Ripley Court to merge into the existing Reed’s School charitable framework, but the two schools will maintain their names, identity, location, structure and admissions process.
Ripley Court will remain co-educational for children from 3-13 and will continue to fully support all their pupils, both girls and boys, for a wide variety of senior school choices by preparing them for their entrance exams.
Reed’s will remain all-boys from 11-16 with a co-educational Sixth Form with around 700 pupils on its roll and will continue to admit pupils from a wide variety of schools.
This marks an exciting time for both Schools, for the parents and, most importantly, for the pupils.
Gavin Ryan, Acting Head of Ripley Court School, commented, “This is an exciting time in Ripley Court’s 125 year history and I am looking forward to leading our staff team, while working in partnership with Reed’s, to ensure we continue to provide an excellent, well-rounded educational experience for all our pupils. School life at Ripley, like at Reed’s, is about delivering a breadth of experiences and opportunities enabling children to unlock their true potential. This significant collaboration will ensure we focus on what makes us great while benefiting from extra facilities, expertise and experience.”
The Chairman of Governors at Ripley Court School, John Evans, added, “I am personally delighted that we are merging into the Reed’s School family. It provides a huge opportunity for Ripley Court pupils and staff. The Schools are a perfect fit in terms of ethos and approach to the education of young people.”
Commenting on the decision, Mark Hoskins, Headmaster of Reed’s School said, “Reed’s School was founded in 1813 as a school for orphan children and the central mission to support disadvantaged children has continued to this day through our Foundation. I very much look forward to working with Ripley Court to consolidate this work and take both schools forward to preserve and improve the education and opportunities for the children in our care.”