Skola group opens new college

29 September, 2015

Skola Group, a UK-based provider of secondary and English language programmes, has opened a new International Baccalaureate (IB) college in Buckinghamshire.

The website of the new Newlands College, operated by the Skola Group

Newland College becomes the group’s third secondary school in the UK, adding to International Community College in London and Alexanders College in Suffolk. The school has opened with an intake of domestic students drawn from the surrounding Chilterns area, and will welcome international students from September 2016.

Ben Toettcher, Founder of Newland College, said, “We are using a classroom set up that arranges students in a circle. Everyone has a front row seat and we will use discussion as a big driver of learning in the school. We have also developed a central console that keeps students on track and teachers in control.”

Toettcher said the college would help students develop skills for university and beyond, and promoted five particular areas: learning how to learn, an international mind-set, individual interests, confidence in communication and flourishing in life.

“An empowered student is someone who knows whatever the world throws at them, they will find a way forward,” said Darlene Fisher, Director of Education at Newlands.

Commenting on planned international recruitment, Toettcher said, “We are looking for students from areas that already have experience of the IB at home. Countries like Japan, Germany and Hong Kong have strong links with the IB already. These students will bring an authentic international dimension to the college and allow discussions in class to draw on a wide range of experiences.”

Toettcher said that current demand from international students for the company’s secondary courses was currently strong, despite the current unfavourable currency rate. “Alexanders College has seen a rise in students this year. We believe the secondary international market will continue to grow.”

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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