From its modest beginnings in 1975 when it opened its first Les Anges Montessori Academy for toddlers, Beaconhouse has extended its reach through a global education network that is now one of the largest in the world. An organisation that values its heritage while it continues to reinvent its educational provision to meet the needs of a future generation, Beaconhouse is now a major force in the education world, with an ever-expanding base already established in the UK, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, the UAE, Oman, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Dynamic and constantly evolving, Beaconhouse provides an innovative and progressive education to 308,000 students worldwide with an unprecedented diversity in age, socio-economic background, and nationality.
Of these, around 101,000 study at the group's flagship network, the Beaconhouse School System, while the remaining students are mostly enrolled at The Educators, a parallel school network operated by the group. The group has over 13,000 employees, of whom approximately 7,400 are teachers. Beaconhouse has always given utmost importance to the development of human capital and has an exemplary and flexible professional development programme for its teachers. It also takes an avant-garde approach to learning: it introduced the concept of project-based learning to Pakistan through TNS Beaconhouse, launched The Educators and Beaconhouse National University, secured the master franchise for Gymboree in Pakistan in 2010 and has now become the first major school network in Pakistan to offer the International Baccalaureate.
Beaconhouse has come a long way since 1975, growing into an international organisation with a presence in several countries, and setting new milestones in private education. A household name in many countries, most notably Malaysia and Pakistan, Beaconhouse is one of the few 'multinational' schools that exist today and continues to consolidate its brand across Europe and Asia, successfully achieving a consistent image across a broad range of cultures. The Beaconhouse Group received the Brand of the Year Award in 2011, a first for any school system in Pakistan.
It also achieved the distinction of an overall brand quality survey rating of A+. In 2012, the Beaconhouse Group received four prestigious awards: the Star Brand of Pakistan and the Brands Icon of Pakistan awards for the Beaconhouse School System; the Brand of the Year Award for The Educators, and the Emerging Brand of the Year award for Gymboree Play & Music. The Brand of the Year Awards are organised by the Brands Foundation, a public company monitored by the Government of Pakistan. When the World Bank, through its private sector wing, the IFC, entered into an unprecedented financing arrangement with Beaconhouse in 1996, it was yet another indication of the quality and innovation we are associated with. The project was aimed at the construction of new school campuses and represented the first time in its history that the World Bank had extended its arms to the private education sector - anywhere in the world. In many ways, this led to a paradigm shift in the way banks perceived schools, thus paving the way for many others.
The student base of Beaconhouse continues to grow at an impressive rate and the overall growth rate of the organisation is expected to increase further as Beaconhouse continues to focus on acquisition based expansion.
Beaconhouse Educational Services Limited, UK Headquartered in London, Beaconhouse Educational Services Limited, or BESL, was set up by Beaconhouse as a school management company. It also serves as a holding company for some Beaconhouse schools in other countries. BESL has a holistic approach to schools, starting from conceptualisation and construction of startup schools to due diligence and acquisition of existing schools, leading ultimately to day-to-day school operations. BESL's driving force is to establish international quality benchmarks in all services offered at its schools. It currently owns and operates the following schools in the UK:
Cherub Nurseries & Preschools Based in Yorkshire, England, Cherub is a well-established group of three nurseries and preschools within half an hour of each other. The Cherub group was established in 1976 and is considered to be a leader in childcare in East Yorkshire. It has to its credit a number of innovations, including being one of the first Nursery groups in Yorkshire to implement a sophisticated web-camera solution, enabling anxious parents to view their children over the Internet.
Pocklington Montessori School