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In 2004, former government chief inspector of schools Sir Chris Woodhead founded Cognita, which now comprises 65 private schools in Britain, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Chile and Brazil. Last year, Bregal Capital sold part of its stake to private-equity firm KKR – the investment will be used to fund expansion in Asia and Latin America. Overseas sales reached £112.6m last year under chief executive Rees Withers, 61.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank113
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
2-yr av intl sales growth pa34.49%
International sales £000s112,553
Total sales £000s232,555
Staff4,098
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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