Aatif Hassan

Dukes Education, the London-centric operator of premium private schools, has acquired four businesses, EducationInvestor Global can reveal.

This publication can confirm that Dukes has taken over St Andrew’s College in Cambridge; Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School in West London; Hampton Court House school in North London; and The Career Portal, a career pathways consultancy.

Dukes’ acquisition of The Career Portal, which was brokered by James Dixey, was revealed by The Assignment Report.

Aatif Hassan, founder and chairman of Dukes, said: “In the case of all three schools, Dukes already had a very local presence. In Cambridge, our school Sancton Wood, is next door to St Andrew’s College.

“Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School is around the corner from our recently joined school, Orchard House, and Hampton Court House’s location in Bushy Park is a stone’s throw from Radnor House Twickenham and the Riverside Nursery Schools.

“I am also, personally, a local to the two West London schools, having grown up and lived in these parts. As a result, I’ve witnessed first-hand the love and loyalty the local communities feel to these schools, and the impact they have on the families that attend them.

“They stood out as embodying everything we think is important at Dukes – above all, putting the pupils at the very centre of all decision making. I have developed a great relationship with each of the founders and heads, and I genuinely could not be more pleased that they have chosen to entrust their wonderful schools to us.”

The Career Portal, which comprises The Medic Portal and The Law Portal, has long been known to Dukes, Hassan said, which also owns Oxbridge Applications and consultancies advising on Oxford and Cambridge and US university admissions.

Hassan said: “It was a no-brainer. We want the best university application support available in Dukes, so that we can give our pupils every opportunity of getting into the best universities out there when they eventually leave us.

“We had already found this in the Oxbridge and US university spheres. When it came to Medicine and Law, no one out there was doing this quite like Ricky and George at The Career Portal. Considering recent global events, their digital offering to students which, I believe, is unparalleled anywhere in the world, meant it was perfect timing.”

Dukes now owns 17 schools and four nursery brands.

Date published: 25 March 2021

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