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Langley Prep and Taverham Hall School announce plans to merge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 May 2016

Taverham Hall School

Taverham Hall School

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Two independent schools will merge in a bid to become “the number one preparatory school in the region”.

Mike Crossley, headmaster of Taverham Hall SchoolMike Crossley, headmaster of Taverham Hall School

Langley Preparatory School will combine with Taverham Hall Preparatory School at the latter’s 100 acre grounds in Taverham from September 2016.

The new school will be known as Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, headed by Mike Crossley, the current headmaster of Taverham Hall School. Philip Oldroyd, headmaster of Langley Prep, will be “a key member of the Langley Schools management team”.

In a statement, Dominic Findlay, chief executive of Langley Schools, and Mr Crossley, said: “We are very excited by the prospect of the merger, as are the trustees, staff and of course the pupils.

“It affords both schools wonderful opportunities in all areas of school life, with academia, sport, music and drama all set to benefit greatly from shared expertise and increased investment in facilities. There is a great deal to look forward to in September and a real sense of anticipation.”

Asked how much the merger was guided by financial considerations, a spokesman said it was driven by “the desire to compete as the best independent prep school in Norfolk, which we believe is best achieved by bringing together two leading preparatory schools”.

She added that there would be “a number of actions” to minimise the need for redundancies, and said: “We do not foresee the need for numerous redundancies and hope to minimise the impact on our staff.”

Langley Prep is due to vacate its site, on Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew, on July 8, and discussions about its future are “on going”.

Staff and parents at the two schools were told about the plans yesterday, and the Langley School spokesman said it believed the majority would see the benefits of the merger.

Do you have an education story? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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