Two of the West Country's Most Prestigious Schools Merge

The merger of Kelly College, Kelly College Preparatory School and Mount House School into a single foundation has been completed, it has been announced.

The new entity will be known as The Mount Kelly Foundation and will provide education for 550 children and young people aged three to 18. It has been described as one of the most exciting developments in education in the South West.

The Tavistock based independent schools are traditionally very high achievers academically, culturally and in sports, boasting alumni of the quality of England rugby captain Phil de Glanville, former foreign secretary Lord Owen, celebrated journalist and author Peter Hitchens and his late brother, journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens.

After several years of discussion between the governing bodies, the complex legal and financial requirements for the establishment of the new foundation were completed by four local firms including Michelmores Solicitors (led by partners Andrew Tobey and Sam Billingham) and Francis Clark (Guy Talbot and David Armstrong) who jointly advised Mount House School, and Bishop Fleming (Tim Borton and Andy Hawkes) who acted for Kelly College.

Chair of Governors for Kelly College, Christopher Snow, said:

“Mount Kelly has now become one of the leading co-educational and boarding schools in the South West. With a hugely dedicated and caring staff, outstanding facilities and located in beautiful surroundings, the school’s future is incredibly exciting."

Chair of Governors for Mount House, Gavin Dollard added:

“The process of creating a new foundation is very complex requiring legal, financial, governance, structural, employment and property issues to be resolved.  We are grateful to all our professional advisers who delivered a fantastic job in helping us achieve our ambitions.”