Chatsworth Schools has launched a new schools consultancy arm, Blenheim Schools, established to support and assist other schools that find themselves in difficult situations and need support.

Blenheim Schools said it has been working with a number of independent schools facing challenges over the course of the past year. It says it will share its experience of nursery, primary and secondary education in the UK and offer confidential support. This can be “light touch or in depth for as long or little as needed, as every school is different and requires an individual approach”.

Blenheim Schools stated it can help with matters such as full staff audits identifying overstaffed and understaffed areas, audits of management and communication structures, long-term refurbishment and building maintenance plans, the development of a senior leadership team, continuous professional development for staff, and health and safety reviews. Ongoing support is also offered for the head and bursar, security of investment for parents, access to a wider pool of expertise for children, and the opportunity for staff to share best practice and visit other schools.

Anita Gleave, founder and chief executive of Chatsworth Schools and Blenheim Schools, said: “There are occasions, particularly at this challenging time for the education sector, when schools find themselves in difficult situations. Over the past few years, Chatsworth Schools has been asked to help a number of schools, or manage the situations schools find themselves in, which is why we have created Blenheim Schools to provide a much needed point of contact for those Schools in need of support.

“In my experience schools experiencing difficulties often feel they are beyond hope or have left it too late to turn a situation around, but this is not necessarily the case. I would urge any school that feels they could benefit from our assistance to contact Blenheim Schools for a strictly confidential initial discussion.”

Chatsworth Schools is backed by Synova Capital, a London-based private equity house.

Date published: 20 January 2021

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