Clayesmore means business

One of Dorset’s leading independent schools has expanded its facilities with the development of a new Business School

Clayesmore School, based in Iwerne Minster, is a co-educational independent school for children aged three to 18. The school compromises of a Grade II listed mansion and a number of modern buildings and facilities, including a sports centre, theatre, music school and all-weather hockey pitch.

The latest of the new buildings to be completed is the new Business School, which was designed by local architect Phillip Proctor. The new facility provides teaching spaces for Business Studies, Economics, Psychology, ICT, Photography and Biology as well a Careers department and a United Nations (UN) room, where pupils debate the issues and problems facing the countries of the world at the Modern United Nations.

The school has also built a new boarding wing to accommodate 14 extra senior girls and associated staff.

Martin Cooke, headmaster at Clayesmore School, said: “The new Business School will provide the children with a modern and vibrant learning environment, specially designed to stimulate their interests and expand their knowledge.”

In order to secure part of the funding needed for the development, the governors approached banking partner Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which provided the school with a seven-figure loan.

Mike Dyer, bursar at Clayesmore School, added: “The support that Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has provided during the development of the new building has been invaluable.”

Mike Bilson, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “When we first saw the plans for the new Business School we could immediately see the benefits that it would have on the pupils’ education and learning environment. The new facilities are outstanding and will provide the pupils with skills and experiences they can use throughout their academic lives.”

The school also used an asset-based lending package from Lloyds Bank to purchase 73 new computers for its ICT department.

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