Our mission is to continue to lead the way in providing services for UK boarding schools to successfully recruit pupils from a diverse range of countries in a cost-effective way. We do this by making it easy for schools to meet and develop partnerships with a global network of trusted educational agents.
In 2006 Suzanne and Antony Rowse set up the British Boarding Schools Workshop to provide a cost-effective way for British boarding schools to recruit international students. Having worked as the Marketing Director at a British boarding school for 8 years, Suzanne understood the challenges schools faced in overseas marketing and recruitment. During this time Suzanne implemented a successful international marketing strategy which enabled the school to achieve its targets of increasing the number of boarders and spreading the diversity of nationalities. Key to this success was the development of partnerships with overseas agents, which involved visiting agents in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The Workshops brings together quality educational agents with representatives from UK boarding schools. The first Workshop, held in 2006, sold out in just two weeks. It was very well received with excellent feedback from delighted attendees. To meet demand for places from both agents and schools we now hold two events each year in March and November at the 4* Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel at London's International Heathrow airport, which is perfect for our international delegation. The Workshops have a reputation for being high quality, targeted events, which have been attended by more than 250 UK boarding schools and hundreds of agents from across the globe.
Our range of services have developed and we now provide membership for schools and agents to the British Boarding Schools' Network (BBSN). As members, schools have access to a portal with the latest news, updates, international strategy documents. market intelligence reports, Top 30 international markets table, not to mention the searchable database of more than 750 carefully selected and reference-checked agents with detailed profiles. The portal provides messaging and announcement facilities so member schools and agents can send messages on a one-to-one, one-to-many and one-to-all basis.
Exclusively for member schools, we provide bespoke training days and regular networking days which are also attended by member agents and hosted by a member school. The BBSW is open to all schools but BBSN members are entitled to discounted rates (15% discount on the package price in 2020).
For member agents, we provide the opportunity to take part in the Workshops, fam trips and networking days. They have access to the portal which provides a highly searchable datase of 215+ member schools. They can access detailed school profiles, download key facts and figures, view search results on a map, access school news and events, market intelligence reports and sector news.
Our website provides information about all our events and resources; we hope you enjoy browsing the site to find out more and we look forward to working with you.
Suzanne Rowse - Director
Suzanne has been working in boarding schools’ marketing for more than 20 years after international marketing roles in industry. For eight years she worked as the Marketing Director at a day and boarding school in Kent where she helped grow pupil numbers by 30% and created diversity in the boarding community. In 2006, Suzanne and her husband, Antony, set up the British Boarding Schools' Workshop to provide a cost-effective and time-efficient way for schools to develop agent partnerships and recruit from a diverse range of countries. Suzanne has worked as an international marketing consultant for boarding schools, is a regular conference speaker and has had a son educated at boarding school and a daughter currently at prep school.
Suzanne heads up the membership services for agents. She is fully involved in all aspects of day to day operations including the development of the members' portal, the Workshops, training and networking days.
Antony Rowse - Director
Antony is a technical illustrator and graphic designer and worked freelance until setting up the company with Suzanne in 2006. He is responsible for managing the visual aspects of the brand and oversees the production of the high quality Workshop handbooks. Antony also manages our IT systems and finances.
Alicia Houghton - Administration Manager
Alicia joined the company in August 2012 and is responsible for organising the Workshops, fam trips and other events such as training and networking days. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to use her knowledge of the boarding sector to support school staff in their roles. Prior to joining our team she had worked for almost 13 years at a day and boarding school in Kent, initially as Registrar and subsequently as Marketing Manager. During her time at the school, she regularly took part in the Workshops and hosted a group of agents as part of a familiarisation trip.