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Full Circle buys Our World English Schools

Full Circle ELT acquisitionTony Binns (left) founded the business 30 years ago - it now has new Hong Kong owners Photo: Full Circle

"The successful purchase of Studio Cambridge last year has given us confidence for further investment in the UK"

Founded in 1989 by Tony Binns, Our World English Schools benefits from association with host schools where it runs its summer programs, such as Dulwich College in London and Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Our World English Schools is a good example of a solid business with an outstanding reputation”

Around 1,000 juniors aged eight to 17 from over 50 nationalities enrol each summer, on programs which include IELTS preparation, soccer with the Chelsea FC Foundation and a Global Young Leaders’ courses in debating and critical thinking.

Danny Wang, managing director of the Full Circle group, said English language training is the backbone of international education.

“Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the UK ELT sector offers high-quality teaching and learning experiences that are valued by the world,” Wang said.

“The successful purchase of Studio Cambridge last year has given us confidence for further investment in the UK. Our World English Schools is another good example of a solid business with an outstanding reputation and a hugely experienced team,” he added.

Photo: Full Circle

To mark the acquisition, a celebratory dinner was held in the UK’s Houses of Parliament, attended by MP of Cumbria Trudy Harrison and the former secretary for Education in Hong Kong Eddie Ng among other guests.

Speaking about the acquisition, Binns said he “could not think of a safer pair of hands” than Full Circle.

“Indeed, we see this as a beginning rather than a conclusion,” he said.

“There are many ways in which the already strong Our World brand can benefit from being part of a bigger organisation, and the ethos which is so palpable in Full Circle through Danny Wang and his team aligns perfectly with our own, the emphasis being on education rather than business.”

Full Circle also comprises of:

  • Shenzhen Shiyan International School, one of the largest boarding schools in China
  • St Bees School in Cumbria, a traditional British boarding school with 436 years of history
  • Studio Cambridge, the oldest English language school in Cambridge
  • Adventurous Global Schools, a charity which aims to make education more available to everyone.

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