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GEMS-owned Bellevue acquires UK school

GEMS-owned Bellevue Education has acquired Farlington School in West Sussex, England, bringing the group’s total number of European sites to 21.
Farlington is an independent day and boarding school catering to pupils aged four to 18, situated on 33 acres in Horsham. It also provides nursery services on site through a third party operator.
At present, the school only admits female students. But under new ownership, Farlington will “gradually open its entry to include boys at key points across the school, looking to become fully co-educational over the next few years,” Bellevue said in a statement.
The deal sees Bellevue acquire and invest in the school while still remaining in partnership with the previous owners, the Farlington School Trust, which will provide bursaries. The deal reflects the “flexible approach” that Bellevue takes when acquiring schools, the group told this publication.
Commenting on joining the group, headmistress Louise Higson said: "I am delighted that Farlington will be joining the Bellevue Education group of schools.
“I believe that this represents an amazing opportunity for the School as we enter an exciting new chapter.
“The vision, ethos and educational approach which are so dear to us sit brilliantly with Bellevue's approach.
“I believe we can look forward to an exciting future for all pupils, parents and staff at Farlington".
Mark Malley, chief executive of Bellevue Education, said: “From my first visit to the school I felt that Farlington would be a natural fit to the Bellevue group as both share the same values and commitments: providing an educational environment that challenges, nurtures, excites and involves every single pupil.
“I am delighted to welcome the school to the group and I very much look forward to working with Louise and her dedicated team.”

Posted on: 23/05/2019

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