Horris Hill School

Forfar Education has acquired Horris Hill preparatory school from a charitable trust, with plans to refurbish the building and its 65-acre estate over the next three years and add a nursery that will open in 2022.

Terms of the transaction, which lifts Forfar Education’s UK sites to six, were not disclosed.

Horris Hill, situated in Hampshire, offers day and boarding education for pupils aged four to 13. According to a press release, more than half of the school’s students go on to attend Eton, Winchester, Harrow and Radley.

Over the next three years, a refurbishment programme is planned for the school and its 65-acre estate. 

This will start with new STEM and art facilities being built, while the sports hall, boarding and staff accommodation will also be “extensively refurbished”. 

The school’s technology infrastructure will be overhauled this summer and the school’s grounds will be “transformed” to include a new adventure playground, with a large outdoor forest school, play areas, bike tracks, tree houses, tepees and outdoor classrooms.

Proposals are also being considered to redesign the sports facilities to incorporate an indoor 25-metre swimming pool complex. This is in addition to the new David Brownlow Theatre that opened earlier this year. 

Both the theatre and the sporting facilities will be open to the wider community.

There are also plans for a new purpose-built, 50-week nursery to open in 2022. 

Although Horris Hill is at present a boys’ school, it will “consider” a co-educational offering across the school, starting with the lower school, Forfar Education said.

Filings with the UK Charity Commission show that, in the year ended 31 August, 2019 – the period for which financial data is most recently available – Horris Hill Preparatory School Trust had net income totalling £4.3 million and expenditure of £3.6 million.

Date published: 17 June 2021

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