Minerva Education group or other Private Equity funded schools

(4 Posts)
aliperi Tue 25-Mar-14 12:34:05

Hello,

Can I ask if any of you have children that attend one of the schools recently purchased by Minerva Education UK or any other private equity backed group? If so, what is your experience how much did it change the way the school was run? Did the fees go up? Did the ethos changed?
My DD school has just been bought by Minerva education and it is worrying, as it was non-profit making before. Many thanks!

MmeMorrible Wed 26-Mar-14 13:24:21

My DCs prep was purchased by the Cognita group about 3 years ago. Initially, the change was not that noticeable but over time it is becoming more obvious that the school is now part of a larger group. Before the sale, school was owned by the Head and had a real family feel to it. The head retired a year after the sale and the school is a lot more 'corporate' now.

On the positive side, there has been a good level of capital investment in the school - new classrooms, new flooring for the hall, better car parking and lighting, new kitchen equipment etc.

springalong Tue 06-Jan-15 01:36:49

Hi, just in a similar position. The owner of Minerva has set up other education consortia, one of which has just bought a school that my DS may attend. So I would be interested to hear how you feel 6 months on. I have had feedback that the capital investment might be good (in some of the other schools owned) but that the leadership and teaching has deteriorated which is not good.

aliperi75 Thu 15-Jan-15 14:15:30

Our school Sounds exactly like MmeMorrible says. They are making changes slowly and being very sneaky about it. They are increasing class sizes and I hear about big changes ahead through rumours. I also get a feeling the staff are not happy. In the surface it all looks the same. They are also investing and improving the space. But I fear the 'family' feel will vanish slowly and we will be left with a much more 'corporate' one.

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