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PRESS RELEASE – January 2019


It is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees of Dormer House School in Moreton-in-Marsh has taken the very difficult decision to propose the closure of Dormer House School at the end of the summer term, July 2019.  In this regard, the Trust will be entering into a 30-day collective consultation about this proposal with the staff and parents.

Dormer House School was founded in 1875 and has been a proud and prominent member of the Moreton community since that time.  Consistently maintaining a reputation for exceptional pastoral care and personal development from nursery through to Year 6, Dormer House has often been hailed by specialists as a shining example of both educational achievement and pastoral innovation, with alumni going on to a wide variety of senior schools throughout the region, into higher education, and ultimately highly successful careers.

In recent years, however, the school has witnessed a steady decline in pupil intake.  By implementing a number of initiatives and acquiring additional funding from a local benefactor, the school has remained open, and its pupils have continued to thrive.  Even when facing challenges, Dormer House School has held fast to its core values, raising standards in all areas of learning through outstanding teaching, and as a result has continued to secure a wide range of academic and arts awards. Nevertheless, the falling pupil numbers and current economic uncertainty have taken their toll, forcing the school to accept that despite its best efforts, this unique and special school may well face closure at the end of this academic year.