Forfar Education aquires Bournemouth-based Park School & Nursery and Dean Park Day Nursery

Forfar Education has acquired Park School & Nursery and Dean Park Day Nursery, both located in Bournemouth. The move comes following a decision to retire by the previous owners of 30 years, Murray and Sally Smyth.

Founded in 2016, Forfar Education consists of a small, experienced team who are passionate about the education of children. The group currently owns and operates a family of three high achieving UK independent schools each with their own nurseries: Brackenfield Preparatory School in Harrogate, The Gleddings Preparatory School in Halifax, and Cameron Vale School in Chelsea.

John Forsyth, CEO of Forfar Education, commented:

‘We are very pleased to announce that two new schools will be joining our special Forfar family as from today: Park School and Nursery and Dean Park Day Nursery. Like all our schools, Park brings with it a clear track record of teaching and ISI inspection excellence. It is an over-subscribed nursery to Prep school, and its sister school Dean Park Day Nursery takes children from 6 month upwards.

‘Dean Park Day Nursery has a magical setting being based in the former Hampshire Cricket pavilion with a huge campus that includes an excellent and adventurous Forest School. Both schools are well known for their outstanding academics, excellent leadership and family feel and we very much welcome them and their teams into the Forfar fold.

‘With this change of ownership there will be no change in the day to day management team of both the School and Nurseries. Forfar’s aim is to provide support to the management teams in order to enable them to continue to provide the brilliant education they do.

‘We would like to wish Mr and Mrs Smyth all the very best for the future and thank them for their years of service, investment and direction. They will always be welcome at the schools and we look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with them in the years to come.’

In supporting the school, Forfar will work closely with the senior leadership team Andrew Main, Park CEO, Mel Dowler, headteacher, Christine Pouncett, Bursar and Kelly Yates, Dean Park Day nursery’s manager.

Andrew Main stated:

‘The Park School team and I are really looking forward to working closely with Forfar to build upon the success of Park School. Joining a family of schools will no doubt give us opportunities to share ideas and best practices to further enhance what we are able to offer as a school.’

Forfar’s focus is on ensuring their schools are happy, safe, and nurturing places to learn and work, making sure leaders and teachers have all the tools they need to deliver excellent learning day in, day out. Through a combination of technical support and investment, Forfar helps its schools enhance what they do best whilst preserving each school’s uniqueness.

Founded by John Forsyth, a former Captain in the British Army who has operated schools from London to Ulaanbaatar (and all points in between), Forfar look forward to working with Mr Main, Mrs Dowler, Mrs Pouncett, Mrs Yates and team, supporting them to take Park School and Dean Park Day Nursery to the next exciting stage in their development.