OUR HISTORY

Our Timeline

The Cognita journey began in 2004 with a single school, Quinton House, in the United Kingdom and a clear vision for what defines teaching excellence.

The British education system, with its worldwide reputation for quality and rigour, has provided the firm foundation for our growth internationally. Our first expansions outside the UK took place in 2007, with the addition of schools in Spain and Singapore, and since then we have welcomed schools in Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and Chile.

Today we are a growing family of 68 schools in eight countries, with more than 30,000 students worldwide.

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2004

2017

68 Schools

Cognita enters Hong Kong with the development of Stamford American School, due to open in late 2017, and welcomes Avondale Grammar School in Singapore to the group.

2016

67 Schools

Cognita sees further growth in Spain and adds to the St. Andrews portfolio in Thailand.

October

Cognita welcomes The English Montessori School in Madrid into our global family.

March

Cognita welcomes St. Andrews International School, Dusit in Bangkok. Colegio Pumahue Chicauma opens in Chile.

January

The International School of Barcelona joins the Cognita family.

2014

66 Schools

Cognita continues to grow with the addition of schools in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

December

Instituto GayLussac in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joins Cognita.

September

North Bridge House School opens an additional Senior School and Sixth Form campus in central London.

January

International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) in Vietnam joins Cognita.

2013

64 Schools

Cognita expands in Latin America through a partnership with Chilean private schools group Desarrollos Educacionales (DDEE).

June

Nine schools in Chile join the Cognita Group under the Pumahue and Manquecura brands.

2012

57 Schools

Brazil calls with our first school in Latin America.

October

Escola Cidade Jardim/PlayPen in São Paulo, Brazil, joins Cognita.

Singapore American International School moves to new state-of-the-art permanent campus in Singapore.

September

The Royal School Hampstead in London integrates with North Bridge House (NBH). NBH Senior School moves to a dedicated campus in Hampstead, London.

2011

57 Schools

Cognita welcomes our first schools in Vietnam.

May

International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) and ISHCMC American Academy join Cognita.

2010

54 Schools

A new partnership creates Cognita’s first ever girls’ school and our Group expands further in Spain.

November

Hastings School in Madrid joins Cognita.

September

Downside and West Dene Lodge Schools in Surrey, UK, become Cumnor House Girls’ School.

2009

53 Schools

Cognita establishes our first school from inception after being the sole winner in a Request for Interest exercise run by the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

October

Cognita enters Thailand with three St. Andrews international schools.

August

Cognita launches a new school: Stamford American International School in Singapore (SAIS).

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2008

49 Schools

Cognita grows further in the UK and Spain.

June

El Limonar International Schools in Murcia and Alicante, Spain, join Cognita.

2007

40 Schools

Cognita expands internationally as schools in Singapore and Spain join our Group. Meanwhile our UK Group continues to expand.

January

Cognita welcomes its first international school: Southbank International School in London.

October

Australian International School (AIS) Singapore and The British School of Barcelona (BSB) join Cognita.

2006

32 Schools

Cognita expands further afield in the UK, including Wales.

May

Cognita welcomes St Clare’s School in Porthcawl, Wales.

2005

23 Schools

Cognita steadily builds within the UK.

June

Glenesk School in Surrey joins the Group.

May

Colchester High School in Essex becomes part of Cognita.

January

The Group welcomes Duncombe School in Hertford.

2004

21 Schools

Cognita is founded with its first school in the UK and soon welcomes a further 20 schools into the Group.

December

Hydesville Tower School in Walsall and the Asquith Court Group of schools, including North Bridge House in London, Downsend in Surrey and Akeley Wood in Buckinghamshire, join Cognita.

November

Cognita is founded with Quinton House School in Northampton, UK.

Our Family of Schools

With a large and diverse portfolio of schools, Cognita draws upon our international breadth and wide-ranging educational expertise to share best practice across our Group.

St. Andrews International School Rayong, ThailandPolam School, UKInternational School Saigon Pearl, VietnamNorth Bridge House Senior School, UKCumnor House School for Boys, UKOakfields Montessori School, UK