At a Glance

Sector: Private Education

Established: 1850

Investment Level:

International Presence:

Franchised schools in Singapore, Korea and UAE.

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Franchise US

Premium independent school for girls looking for partners in the US

Founded in 1850, North London Collegiate School (NLCS) is a premium independent school for girls aged 4-18.  The school offers the finest educational experience within an outstanding learning environment.

For the last 20 years, the school has consistently achieved top rankings nationally in GCSE, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examinations. NLCS consistently secures outstanding university outcomes for its graduating students.  In December 2020, NLCS was ranked No. 1 in the UK for the International Baccalaureate (IB), by The Sunday Times.

Notable Alumni:

  • Anna Wintour (1949 –), journalist and editor
  • Prof Tanya Byron (1967 –), psychologist
  • Esther Rantzen (1940 –), journalist and television presenter
  • Marie Stopes (1880-1958), family planning pioneer
  • Rachel Weisz (1970 –), actress
  • Dorothy Evans (1888 – 1944), suffragette

Our International Schools

We operate franchised co-educational schools in Korea, UAE and Singapore and provide educational consultancy services to international clients.

A core principle for us in opening international schools is that they can offer the same education as exists in the home school. Our success in establishing new schools in highly competitive markets is incontrovertible: our schools in Korea, Dubai and Singapore have outperformed other similar schools established at the same time, both in terms of their recruitment of students, and (as students reach graduation) gaining best-in-class exam results. Both the UK and Korean school are in the top 25 globally for IB results (UK is joint 5th, Jeju is joint 22nd).

In November 2020 NLCS has been shortlisted for a prestigious Education Investor Global Award in the category “Education Business of the Year”.

NLCS Jeju opened 10 years ago and is one of the best schools in Asia – this year it has broken Korean national record for sending students to Oxbridge offers and achieved a very high average IB exam score of 39. For students whose first language is not English, it’s a very strong result: in the UK, this year’s average score is 41 and we are rated one of the best schools for IB diploma outcomes globally.

 “I am proud of the fruitful partnership that we have built with NLCS Enterprises, and believe that, together, we have created an exceptional school that provides an inspirational programme for our students.”

– Lee Kwang-hee, chairman of the JDC, NLCS’s franchise partner in Korea

Both NLCS Dubai and NLCS Singapore outcompeted their local peers on student enrolment. The first graduating cohort at NLCS Dubai achieved the average IB exam score of 37. 

At the time of the opening Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which oversees international schools in the emirate, described the school as: “Parents choose a school sometimes because of the price point or because other children go there, or have seen ratings on the website. The 250 kids and parents have chosen this school because they have done their research and know they will not find this kind of education anywhere else here. It is important they have the choices to help keep these people in Dubai.”

Unlike many other schools NLCS has a dedicated international support team, led by very experienced educators and professional business managers. Our support team is co-located with NLCS (UK), working in close contact with the London school. Here is the link to our group exam results: . The narrow gap in the exam results between the branch schools and the mother school is the best testament to the strength of our franchise model. 

We are now looking for partners across the US to open schools.

Currently NLCS has no FDD and is only looking for expressions of interest. Contact us to find out more. 

Financial / Ideal Partner:

North London Collegiate School is seeking:

US Partners

Area Developers


Interested in NLCS? Contact Johnny Sellyn

Johnny is the Founder of whichfranchise and one of the most well-known and connected people in franchising. He is happy to discuss the requirements for developing NLCS in the US.


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