£7,500 a-term boarding school closes amid sadness

The site of Newlands School in Seaford

The site of Newlands School in Seaford

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A £7,500-a-term boarding school has gone into liquidation after failing to secure a buyer.

Doomed Newlands School in Seaford has been trying to attract an investor since February.

After nobody came forward, accountancy firm Harris Lipman moved in to liquidate the school.

Newlands was Seaford’s last mainstream boarding school and has been plagued with financial problems in recent years. It closed on July 10.

Martin Atkins and Freddy Khalastchi were appointed as the liquidators of the school.

They said the situation was “unfortunate and regrettable”.

Mr Atkins said: “Substantial efforts were made in the six months leading up to the closure to find a buyer, but a suitable purchaser could not be found, which is indicative of the private sector market in that area of the country.

“However, we remain hopeful that a third party will step forward and secure the jobs of the school’s staff.” A support group, Newlands School Development Group (NSDG), had been trying to rally support to keep the pupils at the school, but they were forced to admit defeat.

A statement on the group’s website said: “It has been decided that due to the complexities and the unknowns – parents, buildings, staff – with the current situation, a new independent school or nursery is not a likely option.

“Given that this was the last path for us to explore, we as NSDG have come to the conclusion that we have no further roles to play.

“After making our best efforts to secure continuation in every manner we thought viable we have decided by unanimous decision of the members present to dissolve the group.

“It is with sadness that we do so.”

The school previously faced closure in 2006 but was saved thanks to the generosity of two of the parents.

In 2009, a recession-hit Newlands went into administration and had to piece together a deal to save it from closure.

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7:24am Thu 7 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive?
Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive? NickBrt
  • Score: 17

8:09am Thu 7 Aug 14

Old Ale Man says...

NickBrt wrote:
Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive?
Thankfully its not in Brighton, or else your sugestion of turning it over to travellers would be taken up!
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive?[/p][/quote]Thankfully its not in Brighton, or else your sugestion of turning it over to travellers would be taken up! Old Ale Man
  • Score: 9

8:09am Thu 7 Aug 14

john newman says...

A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.
A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it. john newman
  • Score: 12

9:13am Thu 7 Aug 14

Phani Tikkala says...

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9:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

john newman wrote:
A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.
Tradgedy?
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.[/p][/quote]Tradgedy? HJarrs
  • Score: -18

9:37am Thu 7 Aug 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

A fee-paying school closed? Good Let's hope they close a few more.
A fee-paying school closed? Good Let's hope they close a few more. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: -17

9:50am Thu 7 Aug 14

john newman says...

They have closed more thats why state schools are bulging and cannot cope. You should be grateful these people pay twice once in their taxes for a system they do not even use.!

As for a 'tragedy 'people losing their jobs is always a tragedy for their families. One definition of tragedy is'a sad and unfortunate event' I think this is one
They have closed more thats why state schools are bulging and cannot cope. You should be grateful these people pay twice once in their taxes for a system they do not even use.! As for a 'tragedy 'people losing their jobs is always a tragedy for their families. One definition of tragedy is'a sad and unfortunate event' I think this is one john newman
  • Score: 14

10:07am Thu 7 Aug 14

Pitviper says...

HJarrs wrote:
john newman wrote:
A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.
Tradgedy?
Nope it is spelt tragedy!
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.[/p][/quote]Tradgedy?[/p][/quote]Nope it is spelt tragedy! Pitviper
  • Score: 13

12:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Fairfax Aches says...

oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats.
oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -16

1:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

nosolution says...

The loony left may be clenching their fists in glee but this school was a hive of activity on Saturdays with football, gymnastics and swimming clubs open to all. Such a picturesque site could be transformed into a municipal landscaped park and the school buildings opened for community use both of which are sadly lacking in Seaford. The site will probably be dug up and turned into legoland housing lining the deep pockets of developers and shareholders...
The loony left may be clenching their fists in glee but this school was a hive of activity on Saturdays with football, gymnastics and swimming clubs open to all. Such a picturesque site could be transformed into a municipal landscaped park and the school buildings opened for community use both of which are sadly lacking in Seaford. The site will probably be dug up and turned into legoland housing lining the deep pockets of developers and shareholders... nosolution
  • Score: 12

1:22pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

john newman wrote:
A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.
Hardly a tragedy.
Nobody's died prematurely or been killed.
An unviable school has closed down. That's all. There are plenty of other schools.
Keep things in perspective.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.[/p][/quote]Hardly a tragedy. Nobody's died prematurely or been killed. An unviable school has closed down. That's all. There are plenty of other schools. Keep things in perspective. sussexram40
  • Score: -8

2:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Moodymare1 says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats.
Oh dear...what a ridiculous , uninformed post..my daughter went to Newlands from age 2 til age 17- and I can assure you, there was not an "investment banker" amongst us parents in all that time !- the majority, like myself, were regular people who chose to make sacrifices, beg or borrow- to place our kids in that happy, family type environment which Newlands used to be..
What a narrow view of life., also our children were not "spoilt brats".. - the chip on your shoulder must be extremely heavy !!..
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats.[/p][/quote]Oh dear...what a ridiculous , uninformed post..my daughter went to Newlands from age 2 til age 17- and I can assure you, there was not an "investment banker" amongst us parents in all that time !- the majority, like myself, were regular people who chose to make sacrifices, beg or borrow- to place our kids in that happy, family type environment which Newlands used to be.. What a narrow view of life., also our children were not "spoilt brats".. - the chip on your shoulder must be extremely heavy !!.. Moodymare1
  • Score: 22

2:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

sussexram40 wrote:
john newman wrote:
A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.
Hardly a tragedy.
Nobody's died prematurely or been killed.
An unviable school has closed down. That's all. There are plenty of other schools.
Keep things in perspective.
What other word would you use? People have obviously been putting heart and soul into trying to keep it open, but it seems that, at the end of the day, the numbers haven't added up. I don't know what job you do, but most employers expect care and commitment. Doesn't yours?
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: A tragedy for Seaford and Sussex . I hope the school can remain as an educational establishment. The potential exists for a thriving school in that location and I sincerely hope that she will rise again soon. It was not long ago that the Prep school alone had 220 children in it.[/p][/quote]Hardly a tragedy. Nobody's died prematurely or been killed. An unviable school has closed down. That's all. There are plenty of other schools. Keep things in perspective.[/p][/quote]What other word would you use? People have obviously been putting heart and soul into trying to keep it open, but it seems that, at the end of the day, the numbers haven't added up. I don't know what job you do, but most employers expect care and commitment. Doesn't yours? theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 8

7:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

KarenT says...

Why didn't they just charge more for tuition?
Why didn't they just charge more for tuition? KarenT
  • Score: -1

9:44am Fri 8 Aug 14

ice-babe says...

When people are in possession of the full facts then they can make informed comments. My son is/was here and I cannot praise the staff highly enough. The owners however, Beaconhouse based in Pakistan, have a lot to answer for.
When people are in possession of the full facts then they can make informed comments. My son is/was here and I cannot praise the staff highly enough. The owners however, Beaconhouse based in Pakistan, have a lot to answer for. ice-babe
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats.
i bet that chip on your shoulders is heavy.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: oh boo-hoo I'm sure the investment bankers will find some other over indulgent pampering facility to send their spoilt brats.[/p][/quote]i bet that chip on your shoulders is heavy. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Old Ale Man wrote:
NickBrt wrote: Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive?
Thankfully its not in Brighton, or else your sugestion of turning it over to travellers would be taken up!
Hjarrs can't read now! Too many green championed narcotics perhaps?!
[quote][p][bold]Old Ale Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Its such a lovely site. Please can we turn it over to travellers to keep its beauty alive?[/p][/quote]Thankfully its not in Brighton, or else your sugestion of turning it over to travellers would be taken up![/p][/quote]Hjarrs can't read now! Too many green championed narcotics perhaps?! NickBrt
  • Score: -1

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