RGS was very pleased to confirm the merger with Dodderhill Independent Girls on Tuesday this week. The following article appeared in the Worcester News on Wednesday:
‘WORCESTER’S Royal Grammar School is merging with a Droitwich-based independent school for girls.
Dodderhill will remain at its seven-acre estate in Droitwich Spa and continue as a self-financing, girls-only school, but it will share educational initiatives, resources and facilities with the other three schools in the RGS group.
The schools already collaborate in areas such as music, art, dance, textiles and digital learning. Each year, many Dodderhill girls go on to the Sixth Form at RGS. Dodderhill head Cate Mawston, said: “We are delighted to join the RGS Worcester family of schools – this is a natural development in our relationship.”
“This partnership will enable us to continue to build on our strengths as a small school, by sharing the expertise and facilities of a larger school.”
“For example, our girls can use the full-size all-weather sports pitches, hold events at the performing arts centre, take part in joint musical productions and tours and benefit from an award-winning careers programme.”
Mrs Mawston will have day-to-day responsibility for the running of Dodderhill and will become a member of the RGS Worcester Strategy Group.
Mr Quentin Poole, chairman of the RGS governors, said: “We look forward to getting to know the Dodderhill community and offering the girls, their parents and staff, the security, stability and opportunities of being a valued member of our group of schools. Our partnership will retain all that makes Dodderhill unique, impressive and appealing as a highly attractive school providing an excellent all-round education for girls in Droitwich and the wider region.”
RGS Headmaster, John Pitt, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Dodderhill and RGS to work together and I am excited about what the future holds for our community of more than 1,400 pupils across four schools. Both schools are known as centres of excellence and girls from Dodderhill already join our co-educational Sixth Form of around 200 students and achieve exceptional results. There will be new opportunities to enhance our already strong links”.’