Cambridgeshire school King’s Ely and Newmarket prep Fairstead House recently announced a school partnership

King’s Ely in Cambridgeshire and Fairstead House in Suffolk have announced a partnership. Fairstead House is a nursery and prep in Newmarket, while King’s Ely is a through school in the cathedral city. Respective school Heads, Michael Radford and John Attwater have a position on each other’s Senior Leadership Team, with each school retaining its individual identity under a single governing body.

King’s Ely Chair of Governors David Day says: “This move opens a new chapter in both our schools’ histories and will give many opportunities for collaboration while strengthening independent education in our region”.

School partnership for King's Ely and Fairstead House
Michael Radford of Fairstead House and John Attwater of King’s Ely

Fairstead House Chair of Governors Nicholas Longford says: “The merger will allow both schools to continue to grow and prosper, which will in turn create greater scale and additional, beneficial opportunities going forward. The similarity in ethos and educational philosophy of our schools and the relative proximity of their sites, in the context of the general trend of school consolidation, makes the merger a natural, obvious and achievable one. This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for Fairstead House”.

King’s Ely

Fairstead House

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