Charterhouse, one of the seven renowned British independent educational institutions, has taken step to strengthen Africa’s educational system by setting up its first African school in Lagos.
According to management, Charterhouse Lagos represents a remarkable educational undertaking in Lagos State, with the planned $150 million campus expected to be fully delivered in 2028.
John Todd, founding head of Charterhouse Lagos, said the management is bringing a school to Nigeria with a vision of opening a new chapter in the educational story of West Africa.
He said the vision is to bring world-class education to Nigerian and African parents inspired by Britain and delivered in Lagos.
According to him, the Greenfield construction of the school is currently in progress on a sprawling 70-hectare site located at Ogombo in Lekki, Lagos.
The schools’ development will unfold gradually, with the first intake of primary school students in September 2024. On completion, the school will ultimately accommodate students from Years 1-13, ranging from 5 to 18 years old.
“We welcome your children to unprecedented learning opportunities, supported by a world-class purpose-built campus and a first-class learning programme,” he said.
Todd further said the management of the school is extremely proud to be the first Charterhouse school on the African continent and will ensure the very best of Charterhouse’s traditions and values are infused within our walls while drawing inspiration from the forward-thinking outlook that continues to sustain the institution’s success today.
According to him, the iconic Charterhouse Lagos campus will nestle on a total land area of 700,000 square metres. The facilities set for completion in July 2024 for the commencement of Phase 1 in September 2024 will include the following: Science-Tech- Engineering-Arts-Mathematics (STEAM) labs; Music, Art, and Drama studios; an Aquatics Centre, a 25m swimming pool and a training pool.
Other facilities include indoor and outdoor football pitches and basketball courts; a Gymnasium; a welcome centre; a dining hall; a 257-seat lecture theatre; a medical centre; an operations centre; a central administration building and teachers’ apartments.
He said phases 2 and 3 of the school expansion plans for middle and senior school, respectively, will have boys and girls; boarding houses, a 400m athletics track, a standard football pitch, a dance studio, an indoor NBA standard basketball arena, an indoor sports centre, an 800-seat performing arts theatre, a 3-storey library, and covered sports areas.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, said the establishment of Charterhouse Lagos signifies a watershed moment in the collective effort of the private and public sectors in providing quality education underscoring the importance of broadening the horizon of Nigerian children and exposing them to new curricula that will further instill globally acceptable skills in them and position them to compete favourably on the world stage.