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Friday, 15 March, 2002, 12:34 GMT
School merger for Gordonstoun
Gordonstoun is in the north of Scotland
The Prince of Wales' old school Gordonstoun plans to merge with an independent girls' school in England.

The head of the Scottish boarding school, Mark Pyper, said its new partner was North Foreland Lodge, a secondary for girls in Hampshire.

It will continue to operate on its present site, while a co-educational day preparatory school - called Gorndonstoun NFL - will be started on the campus in autumn 2003 for eight to 13-year-olds.

Over the past few years, we have been actively exploring various partnerships, both in the UK and throughout the world

Gordonstoun principal Mark Pyper
The famous Gordonstoun is made up of Aberlour House Preparatory School, Gordonstoun and the Gordonstoun International Summer School, all co-educational and primarily boarding.

The Morayshire school educated the Duke of Edinburgh, his three sons and his grandchildren Peter and Zara Phillips.

North Foreland Lodge, near Basingstoke, also has Royal connections with Princess Alexandra and Queen Margrethe of Denmark attending.

With annual fees of 18,750, Gordonstoun is the third most expensive school in Britain.

The merger will give it one of the biggest school complexes.

'Perfect match'

Mr Pyper, said: "I am delighted that two excellent educational strands are coming together to create an entity embracing holistic ideals.

"This is a very encouraging development for the schools themselves and the wider community.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles was educated at Gordonstoun
"Over the past few years, we have been actively exploring various partnerships, both in the UK and throughout the world.

"We believe we have found a perfect match with another outstanding school."

Mr Pyper hopes the merger will allow pupils from both sites to be able to enjoy the opportunities presented in northern Scotland and southern England.

A spokesman for Gordonstoun said: "Governors from Gordonstoun and North Foreland Lodge share educational ideals of personal development in harmony with academic achievement.

"This merger will provide exciting new educational opportunities for the members of all the Gordonstoun Schools, ensuring that they utilise and exploit their resources for the benefit of a substantially enlarged school community."

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