About us

CATS Advantage

CATS aims to offer an unforgettable educational experience. The CATS advantage shows what you can expect when studying with us.

CATS history

Since our foundation in 1952, we have grown into one of the most innovative and successful independent education providers in UK and USA.

Our philosophy is simple: we combine exceptionally high-quality teaching with a deep understanding of our students and their personal needs. We do this in a welcoming and enriching environment, a home-from-home where students are free to develop their potential both academically and personally.

Our students are taught by outstanding teachers and supported by a talented welfare and support team who are experienced at nurturing and guiding international pupils so that every student fulfils their potential within the British or American educational system.

CATS locations

CATS offer high school programmes at four exceptional campuses, located in Cambridge, Canterbury and London in the UK, and in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA.

Our students benefit from living and learning in four of the most prestigious university cities in the World.

CATS vision

To provide world-class international education, as the global leaders in modern boarding, university entrance and academic English.

We attract students from across the world – in this diverse and exciting international community our students become global individuals and regularly achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Our supportive yet challenging learning environment creates well-rounded individuals, allowing them to thrive both within the classroom and beyond.

With a CATS education, students look forward to:

  • Exceptional modern school campuses with boarding programmes designed to meet the needs of international students
  • One-to-one  support from Personal Tutors and specialist Higher Education advisers who guide students through each step of their university application journey
  • Expert teachers who use innovative methods to help both native and non-native English speakers to excel in their academic studies
  • Developing life-long friendships with students from all over the world.

Download the latest ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspection reports:

CATS colleges are inspected regularly, and we are very proud of our results.

CATS Cambridge

CATS Canterbury

CATS London

Supporting United World Schools

We are the major corporate partner of United World Schools, a charitable organisation that creates educational opportunities for children living in the world’s poorest regions.

UWS works to provide thousands of the poorest children in the world with the opportunity of going to school. The great work this charity does allows children in remote and post-conflict areas to have access to basic education and improved life chances.

As global education specialists, we recognise the importance of learning and think that this should be a basic right for all children. That’s why we invest both financially and educationally into UWS as it continues its mission across some of the world’s poorest regions.

The fundraising activities from staff and students in our Colleges have directly helped many of the children UWS work with. We also help educationally by offering support and advice from our leading specialists.

The first school funded by Cambridge Education Group opened in Sa Mor Krau in Cambodia in October 2015.

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Accreditations & Awards

We are accredited by the major accrediting bodies within the UK and have won awards for the quality of our teaching. We also offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for our students to boost their personal development and university applications.

Independent Schools Association (ISA)

CATS College Cambridge, CATS College Canterbury and CATS College London are accredited by the Independent Schools Association (ISA), which is affiliated to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

UK Border Agency

All of our centres are listed as Highly Trusted Sponsors on the UK Border Agency Tier 4 Register of Sponsors. This is an essential requirement for overseas students applying
to study in the UK.

NCFE 'Investing in Quality'

NCFE accredits our University Foundation Programme.

LTM Star Award Winner

In 2010 we featured in the following prestigious LTM Star Awards:

  • LTM Star High School - CATS College Canterbury: WINNER
  • LTM Star Innovation - CATS College Cambridge: FINAL SHORTLIST

British Accreditation Council for Independent Further & Higher Education (BAC)

CATS College London and Canterbury.

Parent testimonials

We are committed to ensuring the safety, happiness and progress of our students. Here's just a selection of the things our students' parents have said about their child's education at CATS College.

I am very grateful to this wonderful team of teachers and all school staff members for their professional work and a lot of help they have offered to my son. Thanks to them all, he has successfully passed the exams.

CATS College is a vigorous college, always improving and taking responsibility for students. It has a wide range of courses, friendly tutors and rich experiences in education. It is a College of a high merit.

CATS College focus is to improve students' academic ability in order to enter higher education. It has good pastoral and boarding facilities and a very safe environment. It offers guarded independence for students and the College environment allows students to achieve a higher set of academic goals.

Our son's confidence definitely improved during his time at CATS College, especially in Maths and in understanding English, thanks to the help from his tutors. The one-to-one lessons in Maths and encouragement from every tutor, we believe, are examples of the key difference and key advantages from studying in China, and we think that the really supportive way of teaching and helping really suited him and helped him achieve his place at Cambridge.

A billion thanks to you and the team for doing your utmost directly or indirectly to assist our son in every aspect. If I get the chance, my family and I will personally drop by to thank the whole team, we have never experienced this support from other Colleges. Last but not least, I wish everyone and the school the very best of luck and many more successful years to come.

We were (as a family) very happy to substitute the care we gave our son with the care the college gave, which helped him to grow and become a mature individual. The excellent teachers were happy to find out, during the two years, the human side of our child as well as the academic and with their patience managed the character of our son very well and gave the best advice possible. We will always be grateful to CATS College and its fantastic team.

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