Pri­vate school to open at for­mer univer­sity cam­pus

New­land Col­lege to cater for a mix of board­ing and day pupils

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PART of a for­mer univer­sity cam­pus will be ren­o­vated into a pri­vate school set to open next Septem­ber

Skola, a business which runs in­ter­na­tion­al­ly­ori­en­tated schools, will open New­land Col­lege, in Chal­font St Giles.

The site at New­land Park, in Gore­lands Lane, will have a split mix of board­ing stu­dents and day stu­dents. Course fees will be £8,950 per term and the school will have a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 350.

Dar­lene Fisher, who cur­rently works with the In­ter­na­tion­alBac­calau­re­ate Or­gan­i­sa­tion, will be head­teacher of the school.

She said: “This part of Eng­land is known for fan­tas­tic schools and fan­tas­tic stu­dents and we’re of­fer­ing a fresh al­ter­na­tive.

“We have been made to feel very wel­come in­deed by all the lo­cal schools and par­ents we have met.

“We would like to be­come a val­ued mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion with com­bined lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions.”

The school will launch with about 50 stu­dents aged be­tween 11 and 13 mak­ing up years seven, eight and nine.

Once it grows, the school will cater for 11 to 18 year olds. There is no wait­ing list and more spa­ces to fill.

It will teach the In­ter­na­tion­alBac­calau­re­ate (IB) rather than the Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum of Eng­land and Wales.

IB con­sists of six sub­jects, cho­sen from groups in lan­guages, math­e­mat­ics, nat­u­ral sciences, hu­man­i­ties and the arts, which stu­dents can mix.

Ms Fisher said: “The IB pro­grammes in­cor­po­rate the best of ed­u­ca­tion along­side an aware­ness of the global world we live in.

“Life now is not lived on one na­tional stage, but ev­ery­one is con­nected with other na­tions, cul­tures and economies.

“Buck­ing­hamshire pro­vides an idyl­lic set­ting for a new school – hav­ing ac­cess to London while be­ing sur­rounded by the peace­ful coun­try­side is a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion.”

The school has re­ported that the an­nounce­ment has been ‘ex­tremely well­re­ceived’ by par­ents and pri­mary schools in the area. Open dates at the school are set to be an­nounced for the new year.

The build­ings at the site used to serve as a cam­pus for Buck­ing­hamshire New Univer­sity be­fore it moved all of its pro­vi­sions to High Wy­combe.

Skola has used the fa­cil­i­ties for a sum­mer camp in re­cent years.

Dar­lene Fisher, head­teacher of New­land Col­lege in Chal­font St Giles; (right) the site of the school which is set to open in Septem­ber

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