Chatsworth Schools has announced the addition of two more independent schools to its growing portfolio.
Riverston School and Beech Hall School have both been acquired from The Riverston Group, providers of mainstream education for children with moderate and mild learning needs.
Based in Macclesfield, on the fringes of the Peak District, Beech Hall School is a non-selective co-educational school for children aged from six months to 16 years. Another non-selective co-educational school, Riverston School (pictured above) has a nursery and early years department for children aged nine months to four years, and a senior school for pupils aged 11-19. Founded more than 90 years ago, it was acquired by the Lewis family – founders of the Riverston Group – in 1956.
This latest move takes the number of schools and nurseries in the Chatsworth Schools portfolio to 14, with other recent deals including the acquisition of three nurseries in October and five schools in 2019.
“The next stage in the growth of our schools will be greatly enhanced by the involvement of a broader educational team, which can deepen the range of experience, collaboration and support available,” said Professor Michael Lewis, chairman of the Riverston Group, and newly appointed governor of Chatsworth Schools.
“I have known Anita Gleave, founder and CEO of Chatsworth Schools, for more than 10 years, and I cannot think of anyone more suitable to take our schools to the next phase of development.”
Gleave said that she was “extremely proud” of her group’s latest acquisitions.
“We look forward to building on the inspiring work of the Lewis family,” she said. “Chatsworth Schools’ philosophy is rooted in integrity, passion and resilience, and we are committed to enabling outstanding futures for all our children.”
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