Conifers School and Quo Vadis Education confirm new ownership.

We are delighted to announce some exciting news regarding the ownership of Conifers School.

Over the past four months the Governing Board and Mrs Smyth, Headmistress have been in discussions with Quo Vadis (QV) Education, a firm established in 2014 to acquire and run independent schools. Find out more about QV Education here - http://quovadiseducation.com/


It is clear that we share a common desire to provide our children with the highest quality education, offering the best possible opportunities to them as well as support for our families, whilst retaining the ethos of Conifers that is so important to this wonderful community. We are delighted to be in a position to confirm that Conifers is now the second school to be owned by QV Education.

Quo Vadis means where are you going? and QV Education’s founders, Aaron Stewart (CEO) and James Polansky (Co-Founder), set out to run schools that prepare pupils for life, providing children with the resources and experiences required to help them to each reach their potential and be happy and successful in whatever field they choose. 

QV Education’s first school, Boundary Oak School near Fareham in Hampshire, was acquired in 2014. Pupil numbers have grown from 80 to 350 in 6 years. But please don’t be concerned, there are no plans to grow Conifers to 350 pupils!

Aaron himself attended Conifers as a pupil in the early 1980s and has always retained extremely fond memories of the educational grounding he received at our wonderful school.

James brings a wealth of experience and expertise in education. A former committee member of the Assoc. of Teachers of Mathematics, James is also a member of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools), ISA (Independent Schools Association) and the Chartered College

of Teaching as well as being an ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Compliance & Educational Quality Team Inspector. Prior to his career in education, James was a derivatives trader in London. 

Whilst we are excited that we are about to be a part of Quo Vadis Education group, we will absolutely remain Conifers School, with Mrs Smyth and her team of excellent staff continuing in their roles and our own treasured identity. We remain extremely committed, with Quo Vadis Education’s full support, to continue offering a fantastic education to our pupils, albeit with what will be a greatly increased financial support.


Conifers School, in Midhurst, West Sussex, is a flourishing Prep school for boys and girls, aged 2 to 13 years. Conifers is nestled on the edge of Cowdray Park.


Our class sizes are small, enabling pupils to thrive and make excellent academic progress, whilst nurturing self-confidence and a thirst for learning.


We aim for our pupils to reach beyond the curriculum. Conifers pupils enjoy a wealth of weekly sports fixtures, our music department is thriving, languages, including Mandarin are firmly embedded in the curriculum and pupils have the choice of a wide range of extra- curricular clubs. 

Visit our 'Home Learning' page to see photos of our Remote Learning during lockdown and some of the fantastic work that our pupils have completed. 

Conifers School
Egmont Road
West Sussex
GU29 9BG
Call the School Office on 01730 813243
For Admissions please contact admissions@conifersschool.com
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