Fulford Preparatory College, Merrickville
Suzan and Doug Kendall
When most people celebrate a 10th anniversary, they go out for dinner or perhaps a weekend away. Suzan and Doug Kendall decided to open a new school.
The Kendalls, owners of the acclaimed Fulford Academy in Brockville, will start receiving students at Fulford Preparatory College in Merrickville in September. The college is taking over the historic Sam Jakes Inn. It will enroll young men and women from Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Far East as boarding students, with a focus on intensive academic and language studies. Graduates will enter Canadian and American colleges and universities.
“The ideal candidates for Fulford Preparatory College are students who decided to come to Canada in their later stages of high school,” says Suzan Kendall. “They are older 16 and 17 year olds who wouldn’t be eligible for top boarding schools because their English wouldn’t be strong enough.”
Fulford Prep will change that. It will offer credits at the grade 11 and 12 levels towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Small classes of seven to ten students are expected, and a sports and activities program will be available.
In addition, an English Foundation Year and a Post Graduate Year will be offered. “Students who have a high school diploma from their home country can come to Fulford Preparatory College for a post graduate year where the focus will be on English for academic purposes,” says Kendall. “This will allow the students to satisfy the language requirements for university or college.”
With the addition of Fulford Preparatory College in Merrickville, international students can now complete their education from grade 7 to Grade 12. Fulford Academy, which recently celeb rated its 10th anniversary, teaches students from grade 7 to 10. If students still need strong support for English as a second language, they can continue on to Fulford Prep.
Kendall says the Sam Jakes Inn is perfect for a boarding school environment. Its 30 rooms will house two students, each from different counties. “There is also the beautiful dining hall, and the conference centre that will be used for the school.” There will be eight classrooms in all.
The Kendalls have partnered with Francois and Louis Barnard of BTH Education Group in Mississauga in this new venture. The Barnard family has been in the education business since 1997 when they bought a small college in South Africa with 30 or so students and a hand full of staff. They have been building that College to the point where today they train more than 10,000 students a year, and now also own a private university in South Africa. The family also owns a successful college in London, UK called the London School of Business and Management. The partnership with Fulford Academy, starting with Fulford Preparatory College, represents an exciting expansion to their global educational portfolio.
Fulford Academy currently boards 65 students drawn from 16 countries and Suzan Kendall expects a similar diversity at Fulford Prep. She calls that a win – win situation. “It gives the students an excellent opportunity to learn about Canadian culture and allows the community to embrace multiculturalism,” she says. “We will be able to learn a lot from them and they will be able to learn a lot from us.”
The headmaster of the new school will be Don Rickers, a career educator with 30 years experience in the university and private school sectors. Rickers has worked in the Niagara Region for Brock University and Ridley College, and has served as a teacher, senior administrator, coach, housemaster, external relations officer, and enrollment director.
Fulford Prep’s opening also means employment for the Merrickville area. Applications are now being accepted for a variety of teaching, administrative, and support staff positions.