Private school to open at former university campus
Newland College to cater for a mix of boarding and day pupils
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