Overseas branches grow slowly

9th December 2011 at 00:00

Your article about British independents with branches overseas ("How the gold rush failed to materialise for UK elites", 2 December) is based entirely on a report by a researcher of whom I have never heard and who is based in Mumbai. I am pretty familiar with most of the British schools that have set up overseas in the past 10 years and I can tell you that virtually all regard them as a great success at this fairly early stage. No school expected to grow to "2,000 places pretty damn quick" - that is just nonsense.

The several schools I have been involved with planned to start slowly and grow as demand determined; most have exceeded expectations. Nor does anyone regard overseas branches as being a "Holy Grail". For most of us they are simply a way of supplementing the income needed to fund bursaries.

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now