King's Schools – International
King's College India
King’s College broke new ground by opening the first British partnership school in India in 2017.
The new school, King’s College India, is 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 strikingly attractive, with a core of buildings enclosing a spacious circular garden and amphitheatre. Facilities for boarding and sport (including cricket, football and golf) are 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, not least the establishment of 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 more usual franchise route into international development. Instead, we have formed a full partnership with a group of Indian educationalists. Education inspired by a Christian ethos is very 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.
Headmaster – Dr Nick Duggan
Dr Nick Duggan is the newly appointed Headmaster and took up the post in January 2018, taking over from acting Headmaster, Mr Brendan Canavan, who 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.
King's College, Doha
King’s College, Doha opened its doors to children and staff in 2017. The school is now providing state-of-the-art facilities for children from 3 to 11 years.
A shortage of quality private school places in the country and a quickly accelerating population has led to problems for families looking to move to Qatar. The opening of King’s College, Doha will provide a traditional British offering for international families who want a first class education for their child.
The project is being sponsored by Sheikh Mansoor bin Jassim bin Thani Al Thani, a member of the Qatar Royal Family. As well as his own portfolio of businesses, the Sheikh works for Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha as the Counsellor for European Embassies, having previously been posted to Japan, Russia, Spain and the USA. King’s College, Doha is a partnership with EduReach, a specialist in exporting premium British education. The EduReach team is highly experienced in founding British schools overseas and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.
Headmaster – Nicholas Gunn
The Founding Principal of King’s College, Doha is Nicholas Gunn, who brings over 25 years independent and international school teaching and leadership experience. Nicholas was Deputy Head at Makuhari International School in Japan before joining the King’s College, Doha team. A former pupil of Brighton College, he was also previously Head of Prep at Lancing Prep, Worthing, which is another Woodard School.
A glazed central atrium sits at the heart of the new school offering a unique amphitheatre performance hall surrounded by large, state of the art classrooms with dedicated indoor and outdoor learning and play areas.
The school has an excellent array of specialist teaching spaces including Science Labs, an Art and Design centre, Music and Drama classrooms as well as a dedicated Arabic and Islamic studies centre. ICT will play a key role throughout, with Wi-Fi available in all internal areas and a Mac Computer Lab allowing for a wide range of computing, coding and digital design and editing.
The extensive sports facilities include an indoor hall, a brand-new 25-metre pool with learner area and new outdoor games such as astroturf football, tennis, basketball and netball courts.
The library is a key focal point for the school, providing a diverse range of traditional books and digital media within a space catering to personalised learning and study. An enrichment centre that focuses on the personalised learning needs of children including additional English language and specialised learning support will undoubtedly become an important facility within the school.