Livingbridge reinvest following successful sale of Witherslack Group

We are pleased to announce the sale of Witherslack Group to Charme Capital Partners. Livingbridge will reinvest alongside Charme, supporting Witherslack through its next stage of growth.


Headquartered in Cumbria, England, Witherslack is a provider of education, therapeutic and residential care for children and young people with special education needs. The Group’s focus is on support, care and acceptance – allowing every young person to develop as an independent individual, equipped with the knowledge, experience and life skills required to look to the future with increased confidence and aspiration. It currently operates 29 schools, associated homes and integrated learning centres across the UK.

Since its foundation in 1996, Witherslack has grown from a small, regional provider of specialist schools and children’s homes, into a national provider of a wider range of services for children and young people. The Group has a long history of success and sector-leading Ofsted judgements, being the only institution to have received either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ ratings for all its schools since inception. This has been achieved through an ethos of high aspiration, a ‘team around the child’ approach, unique in-school therapy solutions, and striving to provide inspiring environments for students.

Adam Holloway at Livingbridge said: “It has been a privilege to have worked with Witherslack and its leadership team over the last 6 years. Together we have opened 7 new schools and learning centres and doubled the number of pupils to over 630 today. We have always maintained a relentless focus on improving outcomes for children and young people and invested heavily to achieve this. We are delighted to welcome Charme as new partners and look forward to supporting Witherslack through its next phase of growth.”

Phil Jones, CEO of Witherslack Group, said: “I am delighted that Witherslack Group has been able to attract new investment, enabling us to continue our drive to improve the quality of outcomes and life opportunities for an ever-increasing number of the most complex young people in this country. Charme Capital Partners’ ethos accords with that of management and our continuing investor, Livingbridge, and I am confident that with our combined efforts we will continue our organic expansion, whilst maintaining, or even improving, our sector leading Ofsted ratings.”

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