At a Glance

Private Education

Investment Level:
Varies depending on school. Please contact for more details.

International Presence:
Worldwide inc. UK, China, Thailand, Qatar, Dubai

High Profile UK Schools Franchises US

Taking British schools to America

The UK is home to some of the most prestigious, privately educated schools in the world.   

As well as children from across the UK, these schools’ welcome international pupils who recognise the benefits of attending an acclaimed British school.  

The desire to enhance international reputation and achieve international praise and recognitionas well as an increase in demand for places from pupils worldwide, has led many of the top schools to seek expansion internationally through a franchise partnership. 

We are working with several schools who are looking to build long-term multi-school agreements with investors in the US – North London Collegiate School, Gordonstoun, Pangbourne College, The Royal Grammar School Guildford and Wellington College. 


Founded in 1934, Gordonstoun is located in Elgin, Scotland.  It was the first school to educate an heir to the British throne. 

Gordonstoun’s motto is ‘Plus est en vous’, which means ‘There is more in you’. Founder Kurt Hahn believed that young people flourish when their horizons are broadened beyond just their academic potential. He set out to develop the qualities of compassion, honesty, initiative, a thirst for adventure and a sense of service to others in them. His intention was not just to prepare his students for exams, but also for life. 

Gordonstoun is set to open their first international school in China in 2022.  These schools will offer the Chinese academic curriculum within a Gordonstoun approach to character education. 

Pangbourne College 

Pangbourne College was founded in 1917 in Berkshire as a training ground to produce high quality officers for the British Merchant Navy and prepare boys for the rigours and demands of life at Sea. Links were quickly established with the Royal Navy, and from its foundation the cadets (what pupils were known as until 1969) wore the uniform of the RNR Officer Cadets.  

In 1996, Pangbourne College welcomed its first full intake of girls and became fully co-education al. 

Enrolment is 450 pupils from 13 countries. 

The Royal Grammar School (RGS) Guildford 

The RGS is one of the most prestigious schools in the country and, since its foundation in 1509, has established a national reputation for academic excellence and single-sex education 

They have decided to develop their exceptional educational reputation in the UK by opening schools overseas.   

RGS Guildford Qatar opened in 2016, RGS Guildford Nanjing opened in September 2020 and will be followed by RGS Guildford Dubai in 2021.  Further schools will open in China. 

These schools are being opened together with local partners and are long term collaborations which allows them to share their expertise globally while learning from other cultures. Partners share their educational ethos and have the desire and resources to deliver international schools with fantastic facilities that will share their values too.   

Wellington College  

Wellington College is one of the world’s top coeducational day and boarding schools founded in 1859, just outside London, combining innovation with 150 years of history.  

Wellington College is renowned for being an outward-facing school with a strong international perspective and a deep desire to engage proactively and meaningfully with the state sector. One keyway in which these three characteristics have manifested themselves over the past decade is through the growing family of schools opened around the world by the College. 

The Wellington family of schools currently comprises of 4 schools in the UK, 5 in China and 1 in Bangkok.  Several further international school developments are under consideration. 

Currently these schools have no FDD and are only looking for expressions of interest. Contact us to find out more. 

Financial / Ideal Partner:

UK Schools are seeking :

Area Developer


Interested in UK Schools? 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 these select UK School in the US.


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