Thursday 22 February 2018

New Dublin school will woo foreign executives

Barry O’Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy
Barry O’Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy Newsdesk Newsdesk

An 800-pupil international school opening in south Dublin in September next year will be hoping to cash in on the influx of company executives expected to relocate to Ireland in the wake of Brexit.

The school will cater for both local and expatriate pupils, aged between three and 18, on a campus in a refitted former Microsoft office block at South County Business Park, Leopardstown. It is a partnership between Nord Anglia Education, which runs 43 international schools globally, and Irish technology entrepreneur, Barry O'Callaghan.

There is a growing market in international education at second level, much of it driven by families based in places such as Asia, who want their children to be educated through English.

International schools are also often favoured by executives of multinationals, many more of whom, particularly in the banking and insurance sectors, are expected in Dublin as a consequence of Brexit.

Fees for Nord Anglia Dublin have not been disclosed but they will be significantly higher than those for traditional fee-paying schools in the city, which range between €4,000-€8,000. Nord Anglia Madrid charges tuition fees of about €20,000 a year for second-level pupils, plus extras.

Irish Independent

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