Virtual school options for international students

Mark O’Donoghue, CEO and Executive Head, King’s InterHigh

In conversation with Fiona Murchie

Mark O’Donoghue explains how King’s InterHigh serves several thousand students, many of whom seek a flexible education structure due to various reasons including relocation, career and lifestyle choices, specific needs or simply preferring online learning. 

In this illuminating conversation with Fiona Murchie, Mark O’Donoghue reveals the importance of online school supporting the whole child’s development, not just academic learning. He also explains what has made their online school so successful and their plans, for the future, which will further increase the appeal for international students and families.

The interview covers:

  • What makes for an online learning experience that is both stimulating and drives good academic outcomes
  • How online schools create opportunity for social engagement and community
  • How children get supported in their pastoral and personal development in an online school
  • How King’s InterHigh covers the flexibility that mobile families need and is enhanced by the resources of the Inspire Group and their schools’ community around the world
  • The continuing evolution of online school

About King’s InterHigh

King’s InterHigh is an independent British international online school. Offering Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education, we cater to students from age 7 – 18 who are looking for a high-quality British education delivered in a way that revolves around their lifestyle.

Considered the original online school and founded in 2005, King’s InterHigh offers easy access to quality live and recorded lessons from anywhere in the world. Lessons are designed and optimised for online and taught by fully qualified and experienced UK teachers. The school offers International GSCEs and A Levels. The school and was acquired by Inspired Education Group in May 2021. 

Speaker Biographies

Mark O’Donoghue, CEO and Executive Head, King’s InterHigh

Mark O’Donoghue, CEO and Executive Head, King’s InterHigh

Mark O’Donoghue is CEO and Executive Head of King’s InterHigh. He has a background of over 20 years in digital education spanning online learning, university counselling and apprenticeships.

He has led online learning in digital skills with AVADO, forging partnerships with Google and Tableau. He ran Hotcourses, a web service helping students find the right course for themselves (bought by IDP Education the world’s largest education consultants).  

He leads Inspired Education’s online schools, King’s InterHigh and Academy 21. 

His primary passion is how online school can provide an education that simply works better for some children. 

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor and Founder, Relocate & Relocate Global

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Magazine and Relocate Global

Fiona Murchie, has over 25 years’ experience in management and HR publishing and global mobility. From this unique perspective, she combines understanding of the HR and global mobility market with knowledge of business drivers and an appreciation of management thinking and the wider influences on company and regional growth brought about by changing global markets, demographics, economics and geo-political factors.

She launched Relocate magazine in 2004, to promote creativity and best practice in mobility, explore new topics, and stimulate debate on relocation-related subjects. Relocate Global has become the leading multimedia for international managers, HR, global mobility and relocation professionals, with a growing international reputation for thought leadership, innovation and people support.

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