Rewards and awards for British international schools

Wednesday 01 February 2017

With a growing demand for an English-medium education, there has been steady growth of English speaking international schools for many years. Back in 2000 there were just 2,584 English-speaking international schools, increasing to a massive 8,433 in 2016 -- and with current forecasts expecting 16,000 schools by 2026.

Latest research from shows that more than 80% of international school enrolments are local nationals who are choosing to forgo their local state school and invest in a fee-paying school for their children. Once enrolled, these children will learn in the language of English and obtain globally recognised qualifications.

The biggest area for growth of international schools comes from Asia and the Americas, who together were responsible for more than 80% of new schools, with UAE and Saudi Arabia having the highest number of students: 580,000 and 266,000 respectively.

During this period of continued growth, Britain continues to lead the way within the international schools market with 45% of international schools having all or part of the curriculum derived from the UK. Although fees have dropped globally when you take the annual average figure, the total annual fee income is up which is due to the continued growth of the international schools market.

With such expansion in this market, recognition for the sector it is really important for the schools. The recently staged BISAs (British International School Awards), which took place in January 2017, recognised this market by awarding 11 awards that acknowledge the excellence in British schools overseas and celebrated many successes of exceptional learning, school support, new initiatives and leadership. Over 44 schools were shortlisted and delegates from these schools travelled a joint distance of over 138,701 miles to attend the event in London.

You can read more about the event here

One thing is for sure. The future for international sector looks extremely good and we expect the sector go from strength to strength.