Using our heritage to shape the future

Our heritage and history is the strong foundation our future excellence is built upon. We are constantly evolving; finding new ways to benefit our students' futures in tomorrow’s world.

Go further than others with CATS Global Schools

As we build our global group to include schools around the world, we are changing our name. Originally, CATS Colleges stood for Cambridge Arts, Technology and Science reflecting the location and priorities of our colleges based in the city of Cambridge. However, today our group is much broader. CATS now reflects a strong global network of independent boarding schools, an Arts School, English language schools and a variety of summer programmes all with the common purpose of “inspiring the next generation of world shapers”.

Our core values

  • Pioneering

    Inspired by our people, history and creativity, we are ambitious in our pursuit of new ideas, deep understanding, technologies and academic excellence

  • Persevering

    If it is to be, it's up to me. We are not afraid to challenge the status quo and keep going in our pursuit of better, even when it's both unusual and difficult to do so

  • People

    We treat each other with kindness and respect with the unwavering belief that everybody matters within our global community and that we are stronger together

Our history


The oldest school in the Group, Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS), is established


St. Michael's School, Llanelli is established


Stafford House College opens (now the Worthgate School)


Stafford House School of English opens (Canterbury)


Bosworth Independent College is established (now School)


Cambridge School of Art & Design opens (now Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts), Cambridge Arts, Sciences & Technology opens (now CATS Cambridge)


The Worthgate School delivers its first-ever University Foundation Programme


Stafford House Study Holidays is established


Stafford House and CATS Colleges merge


Guildhouse School and Stafford House in London open


CATS Academy Boston is established


Guildhouse School, London is the first school in Europe to open a Bloomberg Business Lab


Bright Scholar purchases Bournemouth Collegiate School


CATS & CSVPA open centres in Shanghai, China


Bright Scholar purchases Bosworth Independent College and St Michael’s School. Bright Scholar later purchases CATS Colleges in the UK, US and China, Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts and Stafford House International


CATS Celebrates 35th anniversary of the UFP


CATS Global Schools is established


Bosworth Independent School moves its main teaching building and opens the Newton Building






A*-C at A level

Our recent awards & accolades


CATS Global Schools wins the Study Travel Secondary School Award Chain School of the Year for the third consecutive year


The Worthgate School wins the ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing


CATS Colleges in the UK & US win the Study Travel Secondary School Award Chain School of the Year for the second year in a row


CATS Colleges in the UK & US win Study Travel Secondary School Award Chain School of the Year


CATS Academy Boston awarded Most Diverse Private High School in Massachusetts by Niche


St. Michael’s is awarded Sunday Times Welsh Independent Secondary School of the Decade


CATS Cambridge STEM club entry runs live on the International Space Station (ISS).


BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Performing Arts


BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Environmental Awareness


CSVPA achieved an outstanding 92.31% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey


CATS Colleges is a finalist of the Education Investor Awards


BCS is shortlisted for TES Sport Award


St. Michael's is awarded Sunday Times Welsh Independent Secondary School of the Year


Bosworth Independent College (now Bosworth Independent School) featured in The Telegraph's Top 100 Schools in England (A level)

“My time at Bosworth has had a profound impact on my character, which I know will stay with me for years to come. It has improved me both academically and as a person."

Adam from the UK, Bosworth Independent School

A levels

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Early Years, BCS

Charlotte Martin

"I am a very creative teacher and the responsive and reflective approach to planning and learning opportunities in Early Years keeps my teaching relevant, fresh and exciting, and every year it is so different!"

Our People

Inspiring the next generation of world shapers


Education for tomorrow’s world

We are very much a forward-thinking organisation; constantly evolving and finding new ways to build on our past achievements for the benefit of our students’ futures in tomorrow’s world.


Academic excellence

Our established relationships create unique opportunities for our students, giving them the best chance at success. We are proud of our academic excellence which enables our students to take giant strides towards outstanding future destinations in the world’s top universities.


A positive environment for learning

We nurture kindness, curiosity and creativity, by fostering empathy and emotional intelligence with every single person who touches our organisation. We believe in creating a family environment, a home-away-from-home, where everyone is treated with kindness and respect. And it's a responsibility we don't take lightly.

Become part of our journey

If you'd like to be part of our journey to inspire the next generation of world shapers, please get in touch.

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