Creation of the Stowe Group

Stowe, Swanbourne House School and Winchester House School today announce the creation of the Stowe Group. The Group will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

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The formation of the Stowe Group will enable the member schools to benefit from a wealth of shared expertise. It will provide opportunities for sharing strategic leadership, resources for professional development and ideas, as well as delivering economies of scale across the Group. Most importantly, it will enable pupils to benefit from Group facilities, leadership and coaching opportunities and enhanced teaching and learning environments.

Together, the schools will prepare pupils for the world they are entering, a world that is changing faster than ever before and will ensure pupils can adapt as the world evolves, as well as bringing about positive change.

Anthony Wallersteiner, Head of Stowe, said: “Stowe is proud of its reputation for breaking the educational mould, and we believe that we should continue to play our part in the national education debate. We believe in delivering transformative educational experiences that will shape pupils’ attitudes and behaviours and create a generation of Change Makers. We are delighted that Swanbourne House and Winchester House want to share in this vision.”

Simon Creedy Smith, Stowe Chair of Governors, commented: “Our ambition is to build a strong group of schools that will thrive by enhancing existing strengths and by continuing to provide a world-class education for all our pupils.”

Swanbourne House and Winchester House have a long tradition of sending pupils to Stowe. In recent years, the number of children joining Stowe from these schools has increased. A shared ethos and common values make Stowe a popular destination school for their pupils and formalising this connection between the schools was the natural next step.

Jane Thorpe, Head of Swanbourne House, said: “Joining the Stowe Group and working to create a seamless, world-class learning environment in breath-taking surroundings for children from age 3 to 18 is extremely exciting. The formation of the Group will provide our pupils at Swanbourne with greatly enhanced opportunities to explore, develop, grow and push themselves further, together and individually, whilst they continue to benefit
from our ongoing commitment to excellent pastoral care. Stowe’s educational vision aligns perfectly with our progressive and innovative approach to education and enrichment and we are looking forward to a bright new chapter in Swanbourne’s history.”

Emma Goldsmith, Head of Winchester House commented: “Winchester House continues to be ambitious in its desire to develop a life-long love of learning, resilience and resourcefulness in pupils, giving them the confidence to enter a fast-changing world. We are excited to become part of a larger community which will enhance the opportunities on offer to Winchester House children. The new Group will ensure Winchester House remains at the forefront of the evolution in the educational landscape and continue to provide a world-class education for our pupils.”

Both Swanbourne House and Winchester House will retain their educational autonomy and will continue to foster and nurture their links with a wide range of other senior schools.

To see how their children could benefit from an education at one of the Stowe Group schools, parents are welcome to book a place on a virtual open event. Personal tours or meetings are available by appointment, by contacting the relevant school directly or via their admissions webpages.

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