Trustees of Bedstone College have announced that they are nearing completion of the sale of the College to the London & Oxford Group, safeguarding the future of Bedstone College and with it the interests of its students, parents and staff alike.
Staff at the school are rightly proud of their outstanding educational and pastoral record and they are confident that with the investment that London & Oxford can bring Bedstone’s strengths and ethos will continue to benefit future generations.
Introduced by a former parent who fell in love with the school, it quickly became apparent that London & Oxford has a shared vision of the potential Bedstone has to boost student numbers and reap the benefits of past infrastructure investment.
On completion, Bedstone will be loan and mortgage free with plans for significant immediate and longer term investment. Private education is a marketplace with its own particular challenges and the Trustees firmly believe that joining with London & Oxford is the ideal way to safeguard the present and seize the opportunities that the future will bring.
The Board of Governors and Headmaster will remain in post and there will be little, if any, change in day-to-day management of the school. London & Oxford Group have given their full support to the management team at Bedstone, led by the Headmaster, David Gajadharsingh.
Our family ethos will remain paramount – David Gajadharsingh, Headmaster of Bedstone College
In an announcement to staff, David said: “Our family ethos will remain paramount, the terms and conditions which you signed up to remain unchanged and so will our policies and procedures, within which all Independent Schools must operate and which are defined by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. In legal terms, your current employment will transfer automatically to the London and Oxford Group when the sale completes. The legislation which governs this is known as ‘TUPE’ and we are going through an information and consultation process with you and, where appropriate, your union representatives. We can assure you that the sale does not alter any of the terms and conditions of your employment, rather, it removes many of the uncertainties about the long term position of College and ensures we can focus on looking forward and continuing to educate our students in the way we know best.”
Paul Newton, Chairman of London & Oxford Group said: “Bedstone College has provided outstanding education to its students since its foundation. We have been attracted both by the quality of its Board of Governors, Headmaster and staff and by the College’s high quality infrastructure on which we believe a very successful future can be built. We would like to place on record our appreciation for the welcome we have received and you may be assured that we are fully committed to investing in the outstanding education and ethos that Bedstone has been built on. Caritas!’’
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Grp. Capt. Jon Fynes, said, ‘’On behalf of all at the College, may I welcome London & Oxford to the Bedstone family and assure all our students, parents and staff of our conviction that this is the start of a bright, exciting and secure future for Bedstone College. The vision and values that our founder, Reginald Rees, cherished above all else, will continue to inform everything that we do at Bedstone long into the future.’’
The investment secures the future of the college while allowing us to continue doing what we do so well; bringing out the best in each child through building confidence and self-esteem. Here’s to the future! – David Gajadharsingh
David added: “I am absolutely delighted to bring you such wonderful news. It secures the future of the college while allowing us to continue doing what we do so well; bringing out the best in each child through building confidence and self-esteem. Here’s to the future!”