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St Ives School Joins United Learning

School to build closer links with Guildford High School and other United Learning schools

Pupils, parents and staff at St Ives School in Haslemere will be starting the new school year in September as members of United Learning, the education charity that includes Guildford High School and Surbiton High School.

St Ives, which is a non-selective, prep school for girls, has already developed many successful initiatives that its pupils thrive in and enjoy. Its Creative Thinking for younger pupils and Learning for Life programme for older girls are particularly popular with parents and pupils alike. In sport, the school is Surrey Under 11s Netball Champions and Surrey Under 11s Rounders Champions.

Now, as a member of United Learning, the school, which is equally well known for the calibre of its academic and pastoral support will benefit from drawing on even more academic and pastoral support.

Welcoming the school into the United Learning, Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive, said:

“Girls from St Ives have consistently gone on to Guildford High School for their secondary education in recent years with a number of academic scholarship winners amongst them. It has always been rated extremely highly by our staff for its bright, articulate and enthusiastic pupils. We know how successful it is in providing its pupils with an excellent education and outstanding pastoral support and we are very pleased to welcome everyone there into our Group.”

Lesley Shaikh, Headmistress of St Ives, said:

“This is a brilliant start to our summer holidays. The reputation of United Learning schools locally is excellent. From their ‘Outstanding’ Midhurst Rother College to nationally acclaimed schools such as Guildford and Surbiton High, we are joining a Group which breeds success.

“We already have strong links with Guildford High School and we look forward to working more closely with colleagues there. As a Group, United Learning promotes collaboration between its schools and we are very excited by the opportunities that our pupils and staff will now have available to them.”

St Ives School will formally join United Learning for the beginning of the academic year. Pupils will receive some teaching from staff at Guildford High School and will have access to its facilities and the wider pupil experiences that those at United Learning schools benefit from.



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