OakNorth completes £2.5m loan to specialist school

Education | Funding | South East
Matt Leahy, Director, Debt Finance at OakNorth
Matt Leahy, Director, Debt Finance at OakNorth

OakNorth has provided a £2.5m loan to Cressey College, a specialist school for students aged 5 – 19 with social, emotional and attachment difficulties, particularly challenging behaviour, and other complex needs.

Founded in 2009, Cressey College, which offers onsite and offsite programs to pupils across its six individual South London sites, has seen a rapid rise in its average number of students over the past 5 years. The business is run by Adrienne Cherrywood.

The debt finance facility from OakNorth will support existing school site capital expenditure and the rollout of new schools. In the short term, Cressey’s future growth will be driven by the opening of a new site in Merton and the commencement of offsite operations in Lockley.

Adrienne Cherrywood, Headteacher and Proprietor of Cressey said: “We have seen great success over the last decade but are now keen to take the business to the next level which is why the finance from OakNorth has come at such a critical time. The bank went above and beyond what was required, and I have no doubt that their bespoke facility will help us deliver our exciting growth plans going forward.”

Matt Leahy, Director, Debt Finance at OakNorth, said: “Over the past decade, this business has self-funded its growth extremely well, been consistently profitable year-on-year, and maintained a very strong reputation in all local markets they operate in.

“Cressey is a genuine best in class operator and it is very clear that the needs of their children are at the forefront of everything that they do. We are delighted to have supported Cressey on this transaction and I look forward to further funding its expansion in the future.”

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