The Marist School

Newly established school operator Concept Education has acquired its first school, the Marist, an independent Catholic day school for girls aged 2–18, based in Sunninghill near Ascot, Berkshire.

The Marist has around 450 pupils and is set in 55 acres of woodland. It was originally founded in Richmond, Surrey, in 1870 alongside a convent. Bombed during the Second World War, it was forced to relocate to the Frognal Estate on Kings Road in Sunninghill.

Jo Smith, principal of the Marist School, said: “We believe that this partnership with Concept, with its emphasis on protecting the school’s heritage and legacy, is in the best interests of our school community.  

“This is a historic change for the school, but one that preserves its identity while allowing it to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and expertise that Concept will bring to The Marist.” 

Established by founder and chief executive Hugh Dickinson, Concept plans to build a group of schools able to provide academic and co-curricular opportunities, while focusing on developing life skills that are becoming increasingly important in today’s world, according to the company. 

Prior to founding Concept, Dickinson worked at BlueBay Asset Management as fund legal and product development manager and previously trained as a solicitor at London city law firm Ashurst. 

Dickinson said: “The Marist is already a well-established, high-performing school. Our role is twofold: to maintain the school’s excellence and to break new ground. We know that the success of a school depends on the trust of its parents, their children and their staff.”

Date published: 27 April 2022

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