Chinese investors have secured another foothold in the English private school sector with the £150 million purchase of CATS colleges
10th July 2019
Bright Scholar, the largest operator of international and bilingual schools in China, has bought the group of prep, boarding and day schools from Cambridge Education Group.
CATS has schools in Cambridge, London and Canterbury and its 2,000 pupils are from 80 countries. It has other campuses in Shanghai and Boston, an arts school in Cambridge and ten international language schools in the UK, US and Canada.
The asset management company Baird advised on the deal. Bright Scholar has a growing portfolio of British schools. It bought the boarding school Bournemouth Collegiate in October and last month added St Michael’s School in Llanelli and Bosworth Independent College in Northampton.
Jerry He, executive vice-chairman of Bright Scholar, said that CATS would add to its “global network of premium schools”. “We share the same beliefs in combining traditional values and forward-thinking ideas to help our students realise their potential,” he said.
New Kingswood Principal And Head Of Senior School Appointed For September 2020
Kingswood School Chairman of Governors, Tim Westbrook, has announced that the Governing Body have appointed Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown to succeed Simon Morris as Principal of the Kingswood Foundation and Head of the Senior School from September 2020.
Andrew Gordon-Brown is currently Head of Truro School, which is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust and therefore shares the ethos and values which are central to the success of Kingswood.
Tim Westbrook commented: ‘The Governors are delighted that Andrew will be joining Kingswood; he has the qualities and experience to continue the successful development of the school which has flourished under Simon Morris’ leadership.’
Andrew said: ‘As a family we are looking forward to joining the Kingswood community and I am honoured to have been appointed as the next Principal of the Kingswood Foundation. It will be a great privilege to lead such an excellent school, building constructively on Simon Morris’ legacy.”