Alpha Plus Group, which owns and operates 19 independent schools, nurseries and sixth form colleges throughout the UK, is creating a new boys’ senior school to be known as Wetherby Senior School. It will form part of the Wetherby Group, which currently includes both Wetherby School and Wetherby Preparatory School.
Wetherby Senior School will focus on traditional curriculum subjects. It will be a four-form entry school, with each form comprising an average of 15 boys, creating a total roll of 300.
The school will be based in Marylebone, at the premises currently occupied by Davies Laing and Dick (DLD) College – a college within the Alpha Plus Group. DLD College has merged with its sister college Abbey College London, Belgravia and will be relocating to brand new purpose built premises in the heart of London at Westminster Bridge Road by September 2015.
In advance of opening, the premises at Marylebone will undergo a significant refurbishment, with an investment of £3 million, providing new science laboratories, refurbished classrooms and state of the art technology throughout. After the refurbishment, the building will provide 20 classrooms, five science laboratories, two art studios, a music suite and a multi-purpose theatre.
Nick Baker, the current headmaster of Wetherby Preparatory School, will take on a combined Headship of both Wetherby Preparatory School and Wetherby Senior School.
Mr Baker said:“Wetherby Senior School has been established to meet a growing demand from parents for a boys’ senior school in central London based on the great success of the Wetherby model of excellence.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead what will be a great school, with outstanding facilities and with the very highest educational standards and that consummate level of parental and pupil support that Wetherby is famous for.”