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.

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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.

Dr Nick Duggan is the newly appointed Headmaster and will take up the post in January 2018. He will take over from acting Headmaster, Mr Brendan Canavan, who has led KCI through its first year with distinction.

Dr Duggan is a highly qualified academic and an experienced international Headmaster. He is an accomplished musician, with a Graduate Diploma in Music and a Licentiate from Trinity College, London. He has two Masters degrees, one in English and one in Educational Leadership and Management. He has a PhD in Music from Bangor University in Wales and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

Dr Duggan’s teaching career has spanned a number of schools in different parts of the world. He taught in Kenya and Thailand before joining the British Army as a musician with the Irish Guards. He then went back into the world of education and held senior positions at schools in Kuwait, Thailand and Italy. In 2009 Dr Duggan became the Founding Principal of the Satit Prasarnmit International School in Bangkok. More recently, Dr Duggan has been Secondary School Principal of the Yew Chung International School in Beijing and Head Teacher of St George’s British School in Malaga, Spain.

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