The new investment will financially support d’Overbroeck’s growth strategy, in particular to fund additional facilities and physical space for its sixth form students (16-18 year olds), in response to strong demand.
“d’Overbroeck’s is one of the best breed of schools in the UK,” David Brown, Co-founder of OIEG told The PIE News. “It’s tremendously well ranked, its A-level results are exceptional and we really value the ethos of the school, which is slightly different to conventional private and state schools.”
“As a company, d’Overbroeck’s fits in well with our three-pronged growth strategy across EFL, pathways and our A-level and GCSE programmes”
“As a company, d’Overbroeck’s fits in well with our three-pronged growth strategy across EFL, development of pathways and on-campus programmes and expansion of our A-level and GCSE programmes,” he added.
d’Overbroeck’s, which has a dedicated international study centre, has 460 students aged 11 to 18, 35% of which are international students.
“The school works well as it is, with its balance of domestic and international students, so we will not be looking to change this ratio,” commented Brown.
Brown also confirmed that d’Overbroeck’s management and staff, including Principal Sami Cohen, will remain in place at the school.
“For the school to continue to grow and to develop further, we will need new teaching and boarding space and we have come to realise that we can’t achieve this on our own,” said Cohen.
“Our partnership with OIEG will provide a platform for further growth and underpin our long-term success in the future,” he added.
The last few months has seen OIEG open its first pathway college, Leicester International Pathway College (LIPC), in partnership with De Montfort University.
Four years ago, the company acquired its first sixth form institution, Oxford Tutorial College, which offers A-level, BTEC and GCSE programmes. OIEG also owns English language and summer centres Bucksmore, and Homelingua.
“The long-term aim, as it always has been, is to continue to pursue our vision for OIEG to be a mid-sized, quality driven organisation which offers educational, cultural and geographical diversity,” said Brown.
Founded in 1991, OIEG recently sought a minority investment to further its expansion plans and underwent a rebrand from its former name, ISIS Education.