Bournemouth Collegiate School to become part of Bright Scholar group

Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) is to be acquired by the largest operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China, Bright Scholar.

Bournemouth Collegiate School to become part of Bright Scholar group

Bournemouth Collegiate School

Bright Scholar, the Chinese schools’ group is to acquire UK independent school, Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) in its first venture outside of China.

BCS: first flagship school in the UK

BCS is an established independent school located in Bournemouth, England. It provides day and boarding education for students from ages 2-18, catering to approximately 600 students across its two campuses, including local students and international boarders from more than a dozen countries.
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BCS will be Bright Scholar’s first and flagship school in the UK. The new partnership will bring investment, additional expertise and improved outcomes and opportunities for the pupils and staff at the school. Bright Scholar currently operates 67 schools in China with over 35,000 students enrolled.

Investment in facilities and curriculum

Headmaster of BCS, Russell Slatford, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for BCS. As part of Bright Scholar we will be able to further develop our already excellent educational opportunities for pupils.“As a school, we have enjoyed several years of improving results, a top ‘excellent’ rating from the Independent Schools Inspectorate last year and interest from families that has never been higher. With the backing of Bright Scholar, BCS will therefore be able to build on the outstanding education we currently offer.“In beginning our partnership, we are also excited to be working with an architect to further improve our facilities and curriculum provision so that we can help to maximise the potential of every pupil here.”
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Alex Chen, Vice President of Bright Scholar Education, said, “We are very pleased to have found in BCS a school whose aims and ethos resonate strongly with our approach to education at Bright Scholar.“With the support and investment this new partnership will bring, we firmly believe that we can help Mr Slatford and his team add to the recent successes, achievements and growth seen at BCS.”
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