Dorset schools Bryanston School and Knighton House pre-prep and prep school are merging on 1 September.

The move follows Bryanston’s acquisition of the land and buildings of the neighbouring Knighton House campus last year.

From September, Knighton House will be renamed Bryanston Knighton House, and all existing teaching and support staff at the school will be TUPE-transferred to Bryanston. Will Lockett, a former housemaster at Bryanston, has returned to Dorset and been appointed as the new headmaster of Bryanston Knighton House. For the past six years he was headmaster of Abberley Hall co-educational prep school in Worcestershire where he helped forge a new strategic relationship with Malvern College.

Julian Greenhill, chair of Bryanston governors, said: “This is an exciting and significant development for both schools. As next-door neighbours, Bryanston and Knighton House have enjoyed a close and productive relationship over many decades. The decision to proceed with a merger is a logical and forward-looking step that will enrich the experience and deliver significant benefits for all pupils. It will also enable both schools to build on their respective strengths and to capitalise fully on shared resources, facilities and expertise to provide a complete, distinctive and compelling educational offering for children from three to 18 years old.”

Iain Weatherby, the co-chair of governors at Knighton House, added: “The merger with Bryanston will give added impetus to the school’s move to a co-education structure and provide the level of agility and resource that a progressive prep school requires in an increasingly demanding education environment.”

Date published: 5 July 2021

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