Transaction

Clearwater advises Bruce College on its sale to Dukes Education

Transaction

Bruce College sold to Dukes Education

Sell-side

Undisclosed

Role

Adviser to Bruce College on its sale to Dukes Education

Sector

Business Services

Region

Ireland

Clearwater has advised Bruce College on its sale to Dukes Education, an international schools group with more than 40 schools across the UK and Europe. The purchase of Bruce College further enhances Dukes Education's presence in Ireland, following the acquisition of the Institute of Ireland in 2023.

One of the best-known schools in the Munster region, Bruce College is a co-educational school founded in 1990 by Liam O’Hora. It currently provides senior cycle tuition and exam preparation courses in 26 Leaving Cert subjects to over 270 full-time students and many thousands of part time students annually, while employing 50 full and part-time staff.

Dukes Education believes Bruce College has an excellent reputation and shares the same values for academic excellence as themselves. The name and operating model at Bruce College are to remain the same. Principal, Micheál Landers, is to continue in his existing role, however the founder of Bruce College, Liam O Hora, will exit the school.

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Today signals an exciting new chapter for Bruce College. Going forward, I believe that the robust culture of academic excellence at Bruce College will persist and thrive under Dukes Education. Our collective expertise and experience will contribute to further enhancing the significant successes we have achieved so far. I would like to thank John, Jonny, and the Clearwater team, who were an invaluable partner throughout this transaction, and helped deliver an outstanding result for all parties involved.

Liam O’Hora, Founder, Bruce College
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I am delighted to be welcoming our second Irish school into the Dukes family of schools. This is a very good fit for both organisations. Bruce College has an excellent track record in supporting Irish students in the challenging journey towards academic achievement and success. Dukes’ vision is centred on the power of education to transform lives and I know we will each benefit and grow from this new partnership, and help set many more young people on the road to successful and fulfilled lives.

Aatif Hassan, Chairman and Founder, Dukes Education

We are delighted to have advised Liam at Bruce College on its sale to Dukes Education. With its fantastic reputation in the market, helping students to attain their academic capabilities and advance towards higher education, Dukes have found the perfect partner to expand its Irish footprint. This transaction represents our second sale of a privately owned secondary school to Dukes in the last 12 months, following the sale of the Institute of Education last year.

John Sheridan, Managing Partner, Clearwater

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