Two schools in Rugby have announced they are merging.
Rugby School and Bilton Grange Preparatory School will join together in January 2020.
The two schools will keep their individual names and be inspected separately, but the merger means they'll share facilities and teaching where needed.
Peter Green, Head Master of Rugby School, said: “For some time, Rugby School has been exploring the possibility of providing an educational pathway from the beginning of prep school to university entry. Bilton Grange, with whom Rugby has wide-ranging links, shares our ethos and commitment to high standards of teaching and learning so we are looking forward to this new partnership.
“Every year many of Bilton Grange’s brightest boys and girls join Rugby for their secondary school years. However, the merger will neither guarantee a place for Bilton Grange children nor prohibit their parents from choosing an alternative secondary school. Our rigorous recruitment process will remain the same for all prep school pupils applying to join Rugby School.”
Alex Osiatynski, Head Master of Bilton Grange, added: “Merging with Rugby School is a natural progression for Bilton Grange at this time and there will be many advantages for our community.
“Our schools provide a truly rounded education and a pioneering curriculum and this partnership will bring tangible benefits to both, with our extensive facilities and specialist teachers enhancing the opportunities for all pupils. Those parents wishing for a senior school other than Rugby will, of course, still have my support and guidance.”
Both schools are already collaborating on outreach projects within the local community. A pilot scheme is about to be launched to provide sessions on Saturday mornings to children from local primary schools.