International Track 200

Former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead founded Cognita in 2004 with backing from Bregal Capital. Through acquisitions, the firm now comprises 54 private junior and senior schools. The majority are in Britain, but it has been expanding internationally since 2006. It has 11 overseas schools – in Spain, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and has plans to acquire more. Under chief executive Rees Withers, international sales have increased 32% a year, from £35.5m in 2009 to £62.2m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank129
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
2-yr av intl sales growth pa32.41%
International sales £000s62,223
Total sales £000s171,677
Staff3,553
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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