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 CATS College Canterbury)

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 College Cambridge)

1985

CATS College Canterbury delivers its first ever University Foundation Programme

1994

Stafford House Study Holidays is established

1998

Stafford House and CATS Colleges merge

2011

CATS College and Stafford House in London open

2012

CATS Academy Boston is established

2018

CATS 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

16

Schools

18,000

Students

90%

A*-C at A level

Our recent awards & accolades

2015

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

2019

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

2019

BCS is shortlisted for TES Sport Award

2019

CATS Colleges is a finalist of the Education Investor Awards

2020

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

2020

BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Environmental Awareness

2020

BCS is shortlisted for Independent School Award Performing Arts

2020

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

“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 College

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

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.