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FULL CIRCLE EDUCATION GROUP BUYS STUDIO CAMBRIDGE

26th September 2018

 The Full Circle Education Group of Hong Kong has bought Studio Language Courses (Cambridge) Ltd.

Established in 1954, Studio Cambridge is one of the oldest and most successful English Language Schools in the UK. It has a year-round school for adults and young learners in Cambridge and seven high-quality summer centres at various locations in southern England. Its permanent staff of 50 are joined by 250 to help run the summer courses.

Christopher Roberts, owner and Chairman of Studio Cambridge, who joined the school as a teacher in 1972, said: “I wanted to pass Studio Cambridge on to new owners with a passion for education, an international vision, and an appreciation of how EFL can fit into the wider aspiration of international understanding and co-operation. I believe that with Full Circle we have found the right buyers.”

Danny Wang, Managing Director of Full Circle, said: “We are immensely privileged to be the new owners of Studio Cambridge, one of the most respected names in the UK English Language Teaching business. We want to assure everyone that it is ‘business as usual’ at Studio and that all current plans, agent relationships and contracts will continue. Looking to the future, we plan to build on Studio’s success, excellent reputation and strong brand and to complement this with our own history, skills and vision for the future.”

James Dixey, the M&A consultant, who brokered the deal, said: “I’ve greatly enjoyed working on this project. It is the perfect partnership between one of the most successful ELT schools in the UK, and a rapidly expanding and innovative Education Group. I wish them all the best for an exciting future.”

Full Circle Education Group

Full Circle is an international education management organisation headquartered in Hong Kong. It provides full school management and advisory services in:

  • Strategic and pastoral leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Operations and management, including IT systems
  • Marketing and admissions
  • Kindergarten partnerships
  • School and university pathway programmes

In addition to its education management services, the group also comprises

  • Shenzhen Shiyan International School, one of the largest schools in China
  • St Bees School in Cumbria, a traditional British boarding school with 436 years of history
  • Princes College, a British Council-accredited EFL school on New Oxford Street, London
  • Adventurous Global Schools, a charity whose aims reflect those of the Group as a whole:
  1. To make education more available to everyone.
  2. To promote international education within an ethos of cultural respect and sensitivity.
  3. To cultivate the exchange of educational resources and culture between countries.

Studio Cambridge

Studio Cambridge was started by Tony Mills in 1954. As a prisoner during the Second World War, Tony had seen how the teaching and learning of languages could bring down cultural, international and even political barriers.

When he returned home he started teaching English in his wife’s “studio” (she was an artist) and “The Studio School of English” was born - 64 years ago.

For the past 60 years, the school has been located in impressive Victorian, university-owned, buildings in central Cambridge. It offers courses for up to 350 young learners and adults year round.

In the summer, it adds more than 1,000 places on seven internationally-renowned language and activity programmes for young learners at prestigious schools and universities in southern England:

  • Cambridge University Colleges (Newnham, Lucy Cavendish and Ridley Hall)
  • The American International University in Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Leighton Park School in Reading
  • the historic school of King’s Ely, and
  • the prestigious Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishop’s Stortford.

Studio Cambridge is a Home Office Tier 4 sponsor and is accredited by both the British Council and ISI – the Independent School Inspectorate. It is an IELTS and Cambridge Assessment centre, a member of IALC, and a founding member of English UK, the trade association for English language schools.

© Full Circle Education Group, September 26, 2018

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