Inspired Learning Group (ILG) is delighted to welcome Rookwood School in Andover, Hampshire, to the group.

Through this partnership, Rookwood School will join the ILG family as its third all-through school and will benefit from significant investment in enhancing the school’s facilities and professional development opportunities and build on its existing high standards of teaching and learning.

For over 85 years, Rookwood School has been recognised for providing a highly nurturing environment where kindness, cooperation and community are essential components of life at the school. As a non-selective school, Rookwood has an excellent track record at GCSE and in 2021 opened a Sixth Form with the first A-level results due this summer.

Mrs Carolyn Hardiman, Chair of Governors said ” All of the governors’ decisions have been made with the best interests of our school community in mind, and I am excited that we are about to embark on this new chapter as part of the ILG family. ILG was chosen as the ideal partner for the school due to its shared vision, values and strong track record in providing a world-class education.”

Inspired Learning Group is comprised of 20 independent schools and nurseries, supporting over 2,500 pupils within the UK with a strong team of experienced consultants and an Advisory Board, chaired by David Tidmarsh, former Headmaster of St Martin’s, Northwood, including Neil Roskilly, previous Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Association.

Inspired Learning Group will be working closely with the Headmaster and his team to support them in delivering their vision to continue to offer Rookwood pupils the best possible learning experience and outcomes.

Commenting on the partnership, Headmaster, Mr Anthony Kirk-Burgess said: “Visitors to Rookwood are struck by its warmth and sense of community, where the staff are committed and dedicated to the well-being and intellectual development of all our pupils. We are proud both of our academic achievements and our extensive extra and co-curricular programmes. We are a community not just of learners but of people who care about each other which is why, with these shared values, Inspired Learning Group is the perfect partner to build further on our rich tradition of academic, pastoral and extracurricular excellence.”

Amit Mehta, CEO of Inspired Learning Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rookwood School into the Inspired Learning Group family and very much look forward to supporting the school in maintaining a stimulating and highly nurturing education that enables every pupil to thrive in an ever-changing global environment. Rookwood School is a wonderful addition to our family of schools, and we look forward to working closely with Mr Kirk-Burgess and his dedicated team as the school enters an incredibly exciting new chapter.”

Rookwood School will officially become part of ILG on 9th March 2023.