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11th April 2018
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Rossall School appoints new Head
The Council of Rossall School have announced the appointment of Mr Jeremy Quartermain as the school’s new Head from 1st August 2018. Jeremy is currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Brentwood School.
Reflecting upon his appointment, Jeremy said: “It is an honour and privilege to be chosen to serve this wonderful school and, as a family, we are looking forward to joining this incredibly warm and welcoming community on the Fylde coast. I am committed to building upon the excellent work of Ms Elaine Purves and my ambition for the school and my commitment to each and every member of this community is boundless.”
Current Head, Ms Elaine Purves, will leave Rossall School in August, following a five-year post, to take up another headship in Brussels.
Scots independent schools ‘to lose £35m’ after Brexit
Scotland’s independent schools have warned the country stands to lose up to £35m annually if Brexit results in restrictions to freedom of movement from European countries.
The Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) fears the UK government’s focus on reducing immigration during Brexit negotiations, in preference to retaining access to the single market, will impact along similar lines to Westminster’s previous decision to reduce post-study student visas, and may lead to a substantial reduction in overseas boarders attending independent schools.
John Edward, director at SCIS, said: “Anything that affects current freedom of movement rules will make it difficult for EU nationals to send their children here. It will also make coming to visit them more difficult.”
He added: “We have about 1,500 boarders from outside the UK at independent schools in Scotland, and of that number about half are from the EU. Overseas boarders at independent schools are worth about £35m annually to the Scottish economy. This money comes to Scotland at absolutely no cost to the Scottish government, but will be endangered once Brexit happens unless attention is given to keeping access for pupils as smooth as possible.”
Edward said the figure includes money spent by parents of boarders on travel to and from Scotland, buying properties in Scotland, or staying in hotels. It also covers school fees, which pay for teaching staff in the Scottish economy, widening access bursaries, and money spent by schools on supplies.
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