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1. Distances from Gloucester
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2. Distances from London
  • 200 miles to Paris

  • 300 miles to Edinburgh

  • 700 miles to Barcelona

  • 900 miles to Rome

  • 1,500 miles to Istanbul or Moscow

  • 3,000 miles to Accra

  • 3,500 miles to New York

  • 4000 miles to Delhi

  • 5,000 miles to Beijing

  • 6,000 miles to Tokyo or Cape Town

  • 7,000 miles to Buenos Aires

  • 8,000 miles is the diameter of the Earth (ie through the middle)

  • 10,000 miles to Sydney

  • But the circumference of the earth is 25,000 miles (π * diameter)

  • Surface area of the earth is 4πr2 or approximately 200 million.

3. Interesting School Groups in the UK

School Groups in the UK

- originally 2017

- updated 2019

- updated 2022


  1. Broadway Education

  2. Buckswood Education Group

  3. Cambridge Education Group

  4. Carfax Education Group

  5. David Game College Group (DGC)

  6. Dukes Education Group

  7. Education Development Trust

  8. Elite Education Group

  9. Oxford International Education Group

  10. The Woodard Corporation

  11. Prospects Education

  12. Chatsworth Schools



Broadway Education (family owned)

  1. Talbot House Prep School, Bournemouth

  2. Moyles Court School, Hampshire

  3. St Michael's School, South Wales

  4. Bosworth Independent College, Northampton (But this is also under David Game!)


Buckswood Education Group (ad vitam paramus – we are preparing for life)

  1. Buckswood School (Hastings 11-18, 450 pupils) Owned by Giles Sutton (Head)

    1. For a while they also ran St Mary in the Castle, Hastings art centre/ cafe! Not clear if they still do …

    2. Buckswood Sports Academies

  2. Buckswood, St George's College (16+ 35 pupils for pre-U)

  3. BOS: Buckswood Overseas Schools (Buckswood Worldwide): Nigeria, Georgia, Swaziland

  4. Buckswood Overseas Summer School (BOSS) (8-17, 15 max)

  5. Buckswood Lions Group Centre (Hastings, 10-16, 28 pupils)

  6. BGE: Buckswood Global Education – consultancy

    1. BEAT Buckswood Education, Adventure and Travel


Cambridge Education Group

  1. Academic colleges: CATS College

  2. University pathways: ONCAMPUS

  3. Creative Arts: Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

  4. English Language: Stafford House International

  5. Activity courses: Stafford Summer

  6. Digital: CEG Digital


Carfax Education Group (Alexander Nikitich, Founder)

- offices in London, Oxford, Dubai, Monaco, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Baku, Kiev, and Tokyo

  1. Carfax Consultants

  2. Carfax Recruitment

  3. Carfax Tutors

  4. Carfax Projects

  5. Carfax College (plus Phileas Fox Nursery, London & Maysville Academy, Kentucky)

  6. Carfax Guardians

David Game College Group (DCG)

  1. 1. London

    1. Albemarle College, London

    2. David Game College, Notting Hill

      1. Kensington Academy of English

      2. London School of Dramatic Art

      3. Notting Hill Tutors

      4. Westminster Tutors

      5. David Game Higher Education

    3. London Film Academy

    4. London School of Publishing

    5. London School of Public Relations

  1. UK

    1. Abacus College, Oxford

      1. Oxford Language Centre

    2. Bath Academy, Bath

    3. Bosworth Independent College, Northampton

  2. Overseas

    1. Cavendish Africa University Group

    2. David Game Management School, Thailand

    3. International School Mandalay

    4. Westminster School & College, Karachi


Dukes Education Group (Glenn Hawkins MD, Aatif Hassan, Founder)

  1. Three schools: Fine Arts College, Acorn House College, Rochester Independent College

  2. Summer Schools

  3. Consultancy


Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust)

  1. CfBT Schools Trust – 16 school multi-academy

  2. Private schools (4)

    1. St Andrews, Rochester (prep)

    2. Oakfields Prep, Dulwich

    3. Danesfield Manor School, Surrey (prep)

    4. International School of Cape Town

  3. School inspection, English language teaching, school system reform, careers service provider.


Elite Education Group

Consultancy, tutoring, concierge


Oxford International Education Group

  1. Academic Studies: Oxford Tutorial College (OTC), d'Overbroeck's, Pathways, Oxbridge Advanced Studies Programme

  2. Language Education

  3. Educational Tours (was ISIS Education & Travel)


The Woodard Corporation: Schools


    1. Abbots Bromley School, Staffordshire including Abbots Bromley Preparatory School

    2. Abbots Bromley International College, Staffordshire (opened in September 2015)

    3. Ardingly College, West Sussex including Ardingly College Prep School

    4. Bloxham School, Oxfordshire

    5. The Cathedral School, Llandaff, South Glamorgan

    6. Denstone College, Staffordshire

    7. Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

    8. Ellesmere College, Shropshire

    9. Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex including Hurstpierpoint College Preparatory School

    10. King’s College, Taunton, Somerset

    11. King’s Hall School, Taunton, Somerset

    12. Lancing College, West Sussex including Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove and Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing

    13. The Peterborough School, Cambridgeshire

    14. Prestfelde School, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    15. Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

    16. St James’ School, Great Grimsby, NE Lincolnshire

    17. Worksop College, Nottinghamshire including Worksop College Preparatory School, Retford


    1. Kings Priory School, Tyne & Wear

    2. The Littlehampton Academy, West Sussex

    3. St Augustine Academy, Kent

    4. St Peter’s Academy, Staffordshire

    5. The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, West Sussex

  3. AFFILIATED SCHOOLS (maintained sector)

    1. The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, Herefordshire

    2. Bishop Stopford School, NorthamptonshireBishop Stopford’s School, London

    3. The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School,  Cheshire

    4. Crompton House Church of England School, Lancashire

    5. Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy, Worcestershire

    6. King Solomon International Business School, Birmingham (opened in September 2015)

    7. St Andrew’s CE School and Sixth Form, Surrey

    8. St Marylebone CE School, London

    9. St Olave’s Grammar School, Kent

    10. St Peter’s Church of England Aided School, Devon

    11. S Peter’s Collegiate School, West Midlands

    12. St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Church of England School, London

    13. St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy, Lancashire

    14. Trinity Church of England School, Kent

    15. Trinity Lewisham, London

    16. Wren Academy, London

  4. ASSOCIATED SCHOOLS (independent sector)

    1. Alderley Edge School for Girls, Cheshire

    2. Exeter Cathedral School, Devon

    3. King’s School, Rochester, Kent


    1. Woodard Langalanga Secondary School, Gilgil, Kenya

Prospects Education

  1. School Improvement

  2. Careers and Skills

  3. Back office support

  4. Education Resources

  5. Outdoor Education (South Cerney)

  6. Independent Education (Gabbitas)


Chatsworth Schools: Backed by Synova; run by Anita Gleave, formerly with ISP. Established 2018.

  1. Benedict House Preparatory School.

  2. Crown House School.

  3. Duchess Nursery Parsons Green.

  4. Hall School Wimbledon.

  5. Highfield Preparatory School.

  6. Griffin House School.

  7. Pattison College.

  8. Swinbrook House Nursery School Marylebone.

  9. The Village Prep School

  10. Duchess Nursery Abingdon

  11. Duchess Nursery Steventon

  12. Duchess Nursery Wallingford

  13. Beech Hall School

  14. Riverston School

4. Gloucestershire Parliamentary Constituencies
  1. Cheltenham

  2. Cotswolds

  3. Forest of Dean

  4. Gloucester

  5. Stroud

  6. Tewkesbury

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Useful Quotes

  • “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccesful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge

  • A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. John Shedd

  • “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” — Henry Ford

  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Churchill

  • If a child can't learn the way we teach maybe we should teach the way they learn. Ignacio Estrada

  • “What information consumes is the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” Herbert Simon

  • "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley

  • “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” — Aristotle

  • “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” ― African proverb 

  • An egg is possibly the greatest invention in the infinite history of everything. It is ergonomic, it is satisfying, it contains protein and fat in two colours. And if you don't want to eat it right away, it'll turn into a chicken. - AAGill. 

  • Painting the grass green and the coal black has been a feature of any organisation subject to external inspection. TES

  • In theory, theory & practice are the same. In practice, they are not. -Einstein

  • To have respect for ourselves guides our morals, to have a deference for others governs our manners. - Lawrence Sterne, Tristram Shandy.

  • A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes -Gandhi

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