2 November 2020


Announcing the Stowe Group


On behalf of the School and Governors, we are delighted to share the exciting news that Winchester House, together with Stowe and Swanbourne House School will be creating the Stowe Group. The new Group will be established with effect from 1 January 2021.


Our ambition is to build a strong group of schools that will thrive by enhancing our existing strengths and by continuing to provide a world-class education for all our pupils.


The formation of the Stowe Group will enable the member schools to benefit from a wealth of shared expertise. It will provide opportunities for sharing strategic leadership, resources for professional development and ideas, as well delivering cost efficiencies across the Group. Most importantly, it will enable pupils to benefit from Group facilities, leadership opportunities and enhanced teaching and learning environments. As a member, Winchester House will benefit from significant investment in the School’s facilities over the coming years.


Emma Goldsmith, Head of Winchester House commented: “Winchester House continues to be ambitious in its desire to develop a life-long love of learning, resilience and resourcefulness in pupils, giving them the confidence to enter a fast-changing world. We are excited to become part of a larger community which will enhance the opportunities on offer to Winchester House children. The new Group will ensure Winchester House remains at the forefront of the evolution in the educational landscape and continue to provide a world-class education for our pupils.”


Emma Goldsmith will remain Head of Winchester House and will join the Group’s Executive Leadership Team.


Winchester House is a key feeder of pupils to Stowe School and we are delighted that our pupils will have access to the outstanding facilities at Stowe during their time at Winchester House. These include the state-of-the-art Worsley Science Centre, the Roxburgh Theatre, the Chung Music School, as well as a 9-hole golf course, an equestrian centre, a swimming pool, and an athletics track. We will naturally continue to prepare pupils for entry to a wide range of senior schools.


As you might expect, the formation of the Group has involved lengthy and detailed discussions which have taken place over many months involving the Heads, Governors and members of the senior management teams. The Governors, as the trustees of the charities, having taken this decision are now thrilled to share the news of what will be an exciting new period in our history.


We appreciate you may have some questions and to help answer these we have created an information booklet, which can be viewed here.