The Crescent School and The Princethorpe Foundation have taken the decision to merge with effect from September 2016. The Crescent will retain its own identity but will become a Princethorpe Foundation school. Nature Trails will continue to operate the on-site nursery.
Parents and staff at both organisations were informed of the decision in an announcement by their respective Chairs of Governors on Monday 4 July. A meeting for Crescent parents is planned for Thursday 7 July.
Crescent Headmaster, Huw Marshall, will continue in the role. He will have the support of Ed Hester, the Senior Head of the Foundation, and the fellowship of Robert Duigan, Headmaster of Crackley Hall, Princethorpe’s junior school and nursery based in Kenilworth.
Comments, Pat Lines, Chair of Governors at Crescent School, “The merger brings benefits to both parties in terms of long term security, opportunities for development and shared resources, expertise and leadership. There will also be opportunities to provide our pupils with a broader range of teaching, learning and extra-curricular activities.
“It will be business as usual for the Crescent with the same excellent standards of teaching and pastoral care, though with the backing of the Princethorpe Foundation campus developments will be brought on stream far quicker than would have been possible.”
Continues Mary O’Farrell, Chair of Trustees for the Princethorpe Foundation, “Over fifty former Crescent pupils currently attend our senior school, Princethorpe College, this and the already excellent working relationship between both leadership teams is testament to the excellent fit between us in terms of ethos and culture. We are very excited about working together for the benefit of our joint long-term futures.”