Dean Close Foundation’s vision for inclusive independent education grows, as they welcome leading Cheltenham prep school. 

We are delighted to announce that Airthrie School, Cheltenham, will be joining our educational group. Airthrie will become part of the Dean Close Foundation which currently consists of four schools and a family of Little Trees Nurseries in June 2021.

‘We are delighted to welcome Airthrie School into our diverse family of schools and nurseries. The Dean Close Foundation has one simple aim; to see every member of its community flourish. The Foundation is a growing, vibrant and diverse family of schools and nurseries, uniting around a shared vision and values’ says Emma Taylor, Warden and CEO of the Dean Close Foundation. 

The growth of the DC Foundation is designed to provide financial strength and contribute educational best practice for all of our schools and nurseries. Despite the impact of the global pandemic, this acquisition aims to provide financial strength and contribute educational best practice for the Foundation. Airthrie is a thriving Prep school for children aged 3-11, and is suitable for parents seeking a small, nurturing environment for their child.  

The Foundation structure is designed to ensure that the Head of each school is able to focus on provision of the highest quality education and that he or she knows each child and family personally.  This brings the benefits of being both small and large at the same time with schools and nurseries that are small enough for every individual to count and every contribution to be valued, whilst the Foundation itself is large enough to provide financial stability, professional expertise and strategic planning. 

Previous owner and Principal, Beth Sullivan says that it will be ‘beneficial, to one and all in the Airthrie family both now and in the years to come’.