Oxford International Education Group has been acquired by THI Investments, an education private equity investor.
The group will sell its schools division – comprising Oxford International College, d’Overbroeck’s and Oxford Sixth Form College – to instead focus on increasing its investment in online education, university partnerships and language education.
The three independent schools will be acquired by international schools provider, Nord Anglia Education, and formally integrated into the group on 31 March 2021.
Short-term course provider for students aged 10-18, Bucksmore Education, will also join Nord Anglia. The agreement also marks the exit for Oxford International’s previous investor, Bowmark Capital.
“We are proud to celebrate another milestone in Nord Anglia’s history by welcoming three new UK schools to our global family,” said Nord Anglia Education CEO, Andrew Fitzmaurice.
The deal brings the total number of schools in Nord Anglia to 73 in 30 countries. It also adds another 1,100 students to an aggregate of 67,000, each with access to Nord Anglia’s Global Campus, an online learning platform connecting them to peers around the world.
“Every Nord Anglia school is individual and reflective of its own local community, and our schools in Oxford have an impressive reputation for outstanding academic results, with students attending the world’s top universities,” added Fitzmaurice.
By becoming part of the Nord Anglia family of schools, students and colleagues will benefit from our collaborations with leading global institutions including MIT, King’s College London, Juilliard and UNICEF – Andrew Fitzmaurice, Nord Anglia Education
“By becoming part of the Nord Anglia family of schools, students and colleagues will benefit from our collaborations with leading global institutions including MIT, King’s College London, Juilliard and UNICEF. We are looking forward to welcoming our new students and their families to Nord Anglia.”
The schools’ 200 teachers will benefit from Nord Anglia’s professional development programme. This includes online learning through Nord Anglia University, training programmes with MIT and Juilliard, and Nord Anglia’s Master’s Degree in international education with King’s College London.
Jonathan Cuff, managing director of schools and colleges for Oxford International Education Group, said: “We are excited to be joining Nord Anglia Education because we share the same educational philosophy and ambitions for our students. It speaks to the quality of our education that we are joining Nord Anglia’s global network of schools.”