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

1899

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

1923

St. Michael's School, Llanelli is established

1952

Stafford House College opens (now the Worthgate School)

1974

Stafford House School of English opens (Canterbury)

1977

Bosworth Independent College is established

1985

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

1985

The Worthgate School delivers its first-ever University Foundation Programme

1994

Stafford House Study Holidays is established

1998

Stafford House and CATS Colleges merge

2011

Guildhouse School and Stafford House in London open

2012

CATS Academy Boston is established

2018

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

2018

Bright Scholar purchases Bournemouth Collegiate School

2019

CATS & CSVPA open centres in Shanghai, China

2019

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

2020

CATS Celebrates 35th anniversary of the UFP

2021

CATS Global Schools is established

2022

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

13

Schools

18,000

Students

90%

A*-C at A level

Our recent awards & accolades

2022

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

2022

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2020

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

2020

BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Performing Arts

2020

BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Environmental Awareness

2020

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

2019

CATS Colleges is a finalist of the Education Investor Awards

2019

BCS is shortlisted for TES Sport Award

2019

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

2015

Bosworth Independent College Featured in The Telegraph's Top 100 Schools in England (A-level)

Progressed to study Law at King’s College London

Megan, Malaysia, CATS Cambridge

"I would definitely recommend CATS Cambridge to anybody who wants more independent living… to get an English Sixth Form experience with the addition of a multi-cultural community."

Our People

Inspiring the next generation of world shapers

01

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.

02

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.

03

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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