As an ex-pupil, parent and governor at a leading independent school, I am passionate about independent education (including boarding) yet I am dismayed by the fact that such a wonderful learning environment is increasingly the preserve of the very privileged due to high fee levels.
I am setting-up the new school group because I believe that the benefits independent school offers (and that I enjoyed) should be made more widely available and not just dependant on income.
My vision is for schools that are relevant to the 21stcentury but also that do not lose sight of independent schools’ traditional strengths.
Our schools will not only provide outstanding academic and co-curricular opportunities, but also focus on developing the life skills that independent schools are traditionally strong at and that will become increasingly important in tomorrow’s world dominated by artificial intelligence.
The schools I am looking to found will not pay lip service, but really develop the resilience and character of its pupils to enable them to overcome failure and deal with the challenges of modern life.
In a world increasingly divided by differences in wealth, ideology and race, our schools will aim to produce happy, open-minded and outward-looking young adults who can think for themselves and want to make a positive contribution to society.