The Mill Hill Education Group has announced that Kingshott School in Hitchin, Hertfordshire will join its foundation through a charity merger.
Kingshott prep educates around 400 pupils on a 23-acre site. From this September the school will be adding a Year 9 group and its first cohort will take GCSEs in 2027.
Headteacher David Weston said: “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.
Over the last three years four other schools have joined the group: St Joseph’s In The Park in Hertford joined in 2023 and both Lyonsdown School and Keble Prep in North London joined in 2022. In 2021, Cobham Hall in Kent also joined the group.
David Weston said: “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.”
Antony Spencer, CEO, Mill Hill Education Group, said: “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.”