Cheltenham College, an independent day and boarding school for children aged 3-18, will be opening its first overseas school in Muscat, Oman next year.
The Gloucestershire school will be the first British co-educational independent school to open a school in the country.
Cheltenham Muscat will cater for boys and girls and will welcome its first pupils into the school in 2021/22. The school has been purpose built on a 45,000m² site within Muscat and will deliver an all-round education based on the experience and values of over 175 years of education at Cheltenham College.
Pupils and staff at both schools will benefit from shared learning opportunities, visits, knowledge and best practice. The school values collaboration and communication as part of a global community, and said pupils and staff will be well-placed to develop these skills as they interact with each other.
Crispin Dawson, currently senior deputy head at Cheltenham College, will be the founding head of Cheltenham Muscat. The school said Dawson will embed the school’s values of community, character, curiosity, creativity and continuous excellence.
Cheltenham Muscat will be locally owned by an independent company led by the Ministry of Defence Pension Fund.
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Head of Cheltenham College Nicola Huggett said: “This new school, combined with our existing network of thousands of Old Cheltonians across the globe, will bring huge opportunities and benefits to all of our pupils and staff.
“We are incredibly grateful for all that Crispin has contributed to College during his time here, but there really is no better candidate to be the founding head of a school that will be built upon the very best of all that Cheltenham College is and will be.
“I cannot wait to see all that he achieves in Muscat over the coming years and I look forward to working closely with him for the benefit of our joint College community.”
Crispin Dawson, founding head of Cheltenham Muscat, added: “Cheltenham Muscat will be a leading light of the growing education sector in Oman. I am excited to be a part of this.
“I look forward to meeting all the children and parents who are seeking a very special education as part of the College community and hope to build a vibrant and exciting school where everyone can, and will, flourish. It is a fantastic opportunity for us all.”
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