International school Alexanders College to close at Bawdsey Manor
A boarding school is closing after more than 20 years of educating international students in east Suffolk.
Alexanders College has been based at Bawdsey Manor, near Woodbridge, since 1994.
The residential school provided English language study for students aged 11-18, as well as national qualifications, including GCSEs and A-levels.
Formerly Alexanders International School, it was established at Bawdsey Manor as part of the SKOLA group – running exam preparation from September to June, and vacation programmes during summer.
In 2013, the college received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
Fees for 2015/16 were £9,250 per term for A-level students, with class sizes limited to 12.
Last year, the school offered support to students at Suffolk New College following the closure of its A-level courses, launching a small number of bursaries and scholarships.
Unable to meet annual financial targets, and following the retirement of owners Ann and Neils Toettcher, the decision was taken to close.
A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that after 22 years at Bawdsey Manor, Alexanders College will close at the end of August.
“We feel immensely proud that Alexanders has welcomed teenagers from around the world to learn English, and study GCSEs and A-levels.
“Many have gone on to university in the UK and are currently contributing to our society and economy. Others return to their country with a bit of England in their heart; the values and traditions we hold dear exported to the four corners of the world.
“However, we have been unable to hit our financial targets this year and the owners Ann and Neils Toettcher have decided to fully retire. Having been at the centre of this boarding school for so long, they are looking forward to more time with their grandchildren.
“I would like to thank the current staff for their commitment and dedication to our students over the years. I would also like to thank the many local suppliers who have helped Alexanders to run its programmes. It is time for the Bawdsey Manor Estate to find a new development in its history and serve the current needs of the county.”