King's College India
King’s College is breaking new ground by opening the first British partnership school in India.
The new school, which will be called King’s College India, will be located on a 23 acre site in the city of Rohtak, Haryana, close to Delhi. Until partition, Rohtak was regarded as an educational hub in India. It houses universities and medical colleges, but this is the first truly international school in the region. Rohtak has been earmarked by the Indian government for extensive industrial growth and is already the base for a number of major multinational companies in India.
Construction of the new school is well underway, with a strikingly attractive core of buildings enclosing a spacious circular garden and amphitheatre. Facilities for boarding and sport (including cricket, football and golf) will be outstanding.
The initiative has been supported by UK educational services company, Anglo Schools International Services, headed by former Chairman of the UK Society of Heads, David Boddy.
We see India as a large and exciting market, with 500 million young
people under 25. The education on offer here in Somerset has been
replicated as much as possible in the new school and our experienced
Indian partners want to instil the best of British educational values.
The benefits to King’s College in Taunton will be significant: a direct
link to a part of the world which will inevitably play a major role in
the lives of our pupils.
We have chosen not to follow the common franchise route into international development – a pattern set by other UK schools in China or the Far East. Instead, we have formed a full partnership with a group of Indian educationalists. Education inspired by a Christian ethos is remarkably popular in India and British expertise is highly valued.
The new international school will eventually provide a boarding and day school for 1250 day and boarding pupils aged 6 to 18. The school will follow the UK Common Entrance programme, followed by IGCSEs and A levels.
A new Head has been appointed: Bradley Sailes is himself an old boy
of King’s College and has extensive experience of senior leadership in
schools in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria.
King’s College India will open to prep school-age pupils in August 2016, largely following a curriculum based on that of King’s College’s own prep school, King’s Hall. Secondary schooling will be developed in the following years. The plan is for the new school to be inspected by the UK’s Independent School’s Inspectorate and the Council of British International Schools.
Private schooling is not uncommon in India. There are around 3000 fee paying schools in Delhi alone. King’s College, India is setting up a scholarship programme to assist Indian families in meeting the costs of sending their children to the new school.
For further information please visit: http://kingscollegeindia.in/