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Ilford’s Park School for Girls announce closure

  • Park School for Girls, Ilford, IG1 4RS

Park school for girl's closure

Park School for Girls, in Ilford, IG1, will close on July 5th.

A multitude of external reasons, according to a Park Avenue school representative, have led to the decision to close.

These include the Covid pandemic and the cost of living crisis which put further strains on current parents and the school’s pipeline of prospective students, both of which have an influence on the school’s operating costs.

When they announced the closure, the governors of Park School for Girls stated that they had tried to find a buyer and had looked into alternative options, but that none of them could ensure the school’s future.

The Recorder stated in August that Park School for Girls had a “impressive” set of GCSE results, with 20.6 percent of all results receiving the top mark of nine and 44.7 percent receiving an eight or nine.

Headteacher Catherine Redfern said: “This is a very challenging time for small independent schools who are feeling the impact of these unprecedented times, perhaps even more than the bigger independent schools who can withstand the pressures of the current economic climate due to economics of scale.”

“The loss of this successful girls’ school is a devastating blow for the whole Park School community; and the further reduction of choice is a devastating blow for each and every person with a daughter who aspires to single-sex education.”

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Currently, the school serves female students from Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest, and Redbridge.

It celebrated its climb to second place nationwide in the ‘top fee-paying schools with no sixth forms’ category in The Times Best UK Schools Guide 2023.

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