Dukes Education has acquired The Kindergartens portfolio of 10 nursery schools

The Kindergartens was founded by Carol Evelegh and her late husband, Philip over 30 years ago, and caters to 500 children across 10 sites in locations including Kensington, Fulham, Wandsworth, Clapham, Battersea and Notting Hill.

Dukes Education is a large independent schools group in London founded by chairman Aatif Hassan in 2015.

Eaton House and Northwood Schools also recently joined Dukes, giving them a foothold in Southwest London in deals exclusively revealed by Education Investor Global.

Hassan said “I am delighted The Kindergartens, a group of nurseries I have long admired, is joining the Dukes family. I believe their knowledge of, and commitment to, early-years education to be exemplary. In addition, many of our existing Dukes schools and nurseries already have strong relationships with the Kindergarten nurseries. The Kindergartens will make a fantastic addition to the Dukes family and together we can continue our mission to set the gold standard for early-years education, in London and further afield.”

Evelegh added: “After 44 years of teaching in the state and independent sectors, in prep schools and in nursery schools, the time was right for a new challenge and so I took the decision to sell The Kindergartens. It was always going to be difficult for me to let go of a business Philip started and then we as a family had run. The Kindergartens has been a huge part of our lives and more than just a business to us – it was like an extended family. Dukes Education has great leadership; I have no doubt that the nursery schools are in excellent hands and that The Kindergartens’ exceptional standards will be maintained”.

Property firm Gerald Eve facilitated the sale. The sell-side party was advised by law firm VWV and accountancy firm Mercer & Hole.

Date published: 28 September 2021

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