PACT’s educational vision started in the UK with a prep school in Purley. Since opening its doors in 1996, Oakwood has developed a reputation for excellence and consistently ranks among the top 100 prep schools in the country.
Building on the success of Oakwood, PACT opened Oliver House in 2004. Conveniently located near Clapham South station, the school has grown quickly and was recently named a top 100 prep school.
In 2013 PACT achieved its founders’ original vision by opening up two secondary schools. The Cedars in Lloyd Park, Croydon, has expanded rapidly and now educates over 140 boys in Years 7-11.
Also opened in 2013, The Laurels in Clapham Park is one of the few Catholic, independent girls’ secondary schools in the greater London area. The Laurels is a founding member of the Association for Character Education.
59 Godstone Road
Surrey CR8 2AN
Tel: 020 8668 8080
Oliver House School
7-11 Nightingale Lane
London SW4 9AH
Tel: 020 8772 1911
The Cedars School
Croydon CR0 5RD
Tel: 020 8185 7770
The Laurels School
126 Atkins Road
London SW12 0AN
Tel: 020 8674 7229
PACT (Parents, Children and Teachers in Partnership) was established in 1993 as a personal initiative of parents and educators to operate schools that assist parents in their task as the primary educators of their children.
PACT schools provide an independent education with a Catholic ethos for boys and girls aged 3-18. Our schools are characterised by a unique personalised tutorial system, which was pioneered in the UK by PACT. The tutorial system seeks to integrate the pursuit of academic excellence, the acquisition of skills and the development of the student’s character.
This system of education was developed in Europe in the 1950s when parents were encouraged by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, to exercise greater responsibility in the education of their children. PACT promotes Catholic faith and values inspired by his message of holiness in the everyday.
There are now more than a hundred such schools in operation across the globe. PACT maintains professional contact with many of these schools.
Once fully up and running, the BroadOak Bursary Fund will finance scholarships and need-based financial assistance for PACT Educational Trust. Bursaries and scholarships at PACT schools have previously been funded entirely out of fee income. This limits PACT’s ability to reach out to deserving families who would otherwise be big proponents of PACT’s educational offering. The BroadOak Bursary Fund will free up fees to be used for other uses, such as much-needed improvements in facilities and teaching resources. It will also enable PACT to reach out to the greater community, spreading the word about the benefits of character-based education.
Money will be managed by the trustees of PACT Educational Trust, which has more than 20 years’ experience in financing high-quality education. As the schools grow the fund will too, through charitable donations and sound investment decisions.