Buying a School – Market Overview

The School Transfer Market

There are not, currently, all that many schools available for transfer but there are some, both in the UK and also overseas. Some are compulsory age institutions, dealing with Key Stages I, II and III, but others are language schools, tutorial colleges or nurseries. You may find them advertised on the internet or know someone who is looking to sell his or her school, or you may find a School Transfer Agent to help you with your search.

You should be aware that a transfer of ownership of a school is frequently a highly confidential transaction as many of the pupils attend because their parents are attracted to the ethos that the owner/head is seen to imposes upon the organisation; and the possibility that that person may change and be replaced by another of unknown credentials could tempt some parents to jump ship. In fact, such “jumping ship” does not happen at all frequently.

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