Kingshott School joins Mill Hill Education Group

Posted: 16th January 2024

Kingshott School joins Mill Hill Education Group, a charitable foundation of independent schools, aligning values and goals. The merger enhances opportunities, enriching education and preserving Kingshott’s caring atmosphere.

The Mill Hill Education Group is delighted to announce that Kingshott School in Hitchin will join its charitable foundation through a charity merger.

Kingshott is a successful co-ed school set on the outskirts of Hitchin, in a beautiful 23 acre site, with around 400 pupils. Kingshott provides an outstanding co-educational learning experience for children from age three to GCSE and was graded Excellent in both categories of its last ISI inspection. An ambitious school that wants every child to experience a wealth of opportunities to acquire knowledge and aspire to excellence, this aligns with the educational ethos of all the schools within the Group.

Over the last 90 years Kingshott has looked to the future, with its pupils’ best interests fixed firmly in mind. This can be seen in their early move to co-education, extensive building programme, and recent move to offer GCSEs. Joining the Mill Hill Education Group will enable Kingshott to fully realise all its future ambitions whilst retaining its caring family atmosphere and strong educational values.

The Mill Hill Education Group is a charitable foundation of independent schools which now comprises nine schools, including Kingshott. Its aims of instilling values and inspiring minds has been a key focus since the founding of Mill Hill School in 1807. Over the last three years four other schools have joined the Group: most recently, in 2023, St. Joseph’s In The Park (Hertford), in 2022 both Lyonsdown School and Keble Prep (North London), and in 2021, Cobham Hall (Kent).

“Our decision to join the Mill Hill Education Group is a proactive initiative that will enable us to action our ambitious goals over the years ahead. It is a future-facing decision taken during a time of strength, when we have waiting lists across many year groups, both now and for the next academic year. We are excited to begin benefiting from all the enrichments, enhancements and efficiencies that being part of the Mill Hill Education Group offers. Working collaboratively with colleagues across the group to establish opportunities will further enrich and enhance Kingshott’s ‘excellent’ education for all our current and future pupils.” David Weston, Kingshott’s Head.

“We are delighted to welcome the Kingshott community into our family of schools. As I have got to know Kingshott, it has become clear that we are aligned in our educational ethos, our strong values and ambitions, and our warm, family-focused atmosphere. Our unremitting focus is to provide the best possible education for our pupils, and we believe this works best through an effective partnership of shared knowledge, ideas and resources. We look forward to working together with Kingshott over the coming weeks, months and years ahead to see the school continue to thrive, and to realise its successful transition to offering GCSEs.” Antony Spencer, CEO, Mill Hill Education Group.

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