AN INDEPENDENT group of four schools will soon take a fifth under its wing.
Berkhamsted School - which now operates as four autonomous schools - will merge with Heatherton House School in Amersham from August 1.
The 150 pupils from the Bucks school will have access to the facilities and investment potential of the larger group from then.
Berkhamsted School principal Mark Steed said: “Our two schools share a similar vision based around treating each child as an individual and in developing the whole person.
“The partnership will give us the opportunity to work together creatively in a number of ways that will benefit teaching and learning in both schools.”
Headmaster Peter Rushforth will still be in charge of the day-to-day running of Heatherton, and its name, staff, uniform and structure teaching girls aged up to 11 will not change.
David Bracey, chairman of Heatherton House Governing Body, said it would retain its independence yet get services “it could never achieve on its own” from the merger.
He added: “It will ensure the future of a flourishing school in Amersham.”
The new Berkhamsted Schools Group will also include the schools Berkhamsted Prep, Berkhamsted Girls, Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Sixth.