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Our history

The values to which we aspire today have their roots in the ethos and culture established by our founder, Frederick King.

Following the destructive legacy of the Second World War, Mr King’s original vision was to bring people from different cultures and values together. His aim was to promote better global understanding through shared communication via the common language of English.

This ambition came to fruition under Robert Watts. On taking over the company from Mr King soon after it was founded, Mr Watts’ vision and energy helped to steer Kings successfully through nearly 50 years of pioneering development. In the 1970s, for example, we were one of the very first colleges to welcome significant numbers of students to the UK from China and Asia.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of international students have been educated at Kings. Today, students from nearly 100 countries study with us annually - one of the most diverse student populations of any international school in the UK or USA.

Under the ownership of Prime Education since 2008, we remain true to the vision and ethos on which our company was originally founded. Our students continue to break down the barriers to global communication and understanding — sharing values, cultures and friendship through the medium of the English language.


1957: Kings founded in Bournemouth by Frederick King

1959: Robert Watts assumes overall control of Kings

1966: Kings London opens

1971: First group from China visits Kings

1986: Kings Oxford opens

2008: Kings acquired by Prime Education

2010: Moreton Hall Summer Centre opens

2011: Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood) opens

Kings Oxford (St Michaels) opens

Sherborne Summer Centre opens


Kings Boston opens


Kings Los Angeles (Marymount) opens

Kings New York State (Canisius) opens

Malibu Summer Center opens


Kings New York (Concordia College) opens

Kings Bournemouth (St. Peters) opens

Marymount Summer Center (Los Angeles) opens


Kings New Jersey (Rider) opens

Bath (Downside) Summer Centre opens

Cheltenham Summer Centre opens


Cassil Residence opens in Los Angeles (Hollywood)

Kings Apartments residence opens in London

St. Peters Residence opens in Bournemouth


Kings at Rutgers Preparatory School opens

Kings Brighton opens

Kings at University of Wisconsin opens