Who we are
King’s Group is an international education organisation. We own and operate an international network of British schools and UK Academies, and complement this with services providing children’s Academic Year Abroad programmes and Summer Courses, Adult Training and Catering Services.
Our school network is one of the most established in the world and currently covers the UK, Europe and Latin America. In recognition of our success the UK Government also awarded us Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) sponsorship status allowing us to manage state schools in England. With 50 years’ experience, King’s Group has over 1,250 employees across the globe, educating nearly 8,000 students at any one time.
King’s Group is ambitious, not just for ourselves but for the children and individuals that we educate and the families and clients that depend on our expertise.
We have spent the last 50 years offering the very best British education to children at our schools, young people on our summer camps & academic year abroad programmes, as well as adults who work with our Training divisions. Similarly, the quality seal of “Excellence” is also extended to our services division (Nexalia) who ensure that our catering provision matches the quality embedded in all the other aforementioned areas of our organisation.
As a result, we are experts at the delivery of a quality British education in an international context and the provision of quality catering services.
Lady Fry was born in Madrid and educated in Spain and in the UK. Married with a family of three, now adult offspring, her interests are in welfare and education and are centred on the care of underprivileged children. She helps part time in an orphanage and is active in fund raising for a large charity that supports children in care.
Sir Roger Fry CBE D Litt
Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in England before entering the teaching profession.
In the late 1960’s he moved to Spain and in 1969 founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He has subsequently founded an entire network of British international schools under the banner of “King’s College”, as well as a chain of UK Academies, part of the King’s Group Academies MAT.
In 1981 he founded the British Hispanic Foundation in Madrid
From 1996 to 2011 he was chairman of the Council of British International Schools and is now its President.
In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to UK Education Internationally and to UK-Spain Cultural Relations.
Dr. Engineer in Mining and Economist, PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA), I have been CEO of Ertisa and Rio Tinto Minera and Chairman of Asturiana de Zinc and Union Naval de Levante. I have also been General Manager of the Botin Foundation. I have belonged to the Management Boards of Abengoa, Urbis, British Telecom Spain and I am currently on the Board of FRV and I am Chairman of the Advisory Board of IE University. President of the Dukes of Soria Foundation and Rio Tinto Foundation, Vice President of the Catholic Education Foundation and the ANAR Foundation, also patron of other Foundations. I have a Grand Cross of Alfonso X the Wise and I am Marquees of Valdecañas and Count of Guadalhorce.
Mr Julian Foot FCA CTA, also a qualified Spanish accountant, has over 40 years of international experience spread over the fields of information technology, audit, taxation and business consultancy in general. Most of his career has been spent with PwC.
Michael John Holloway OBE
MJ Holloway was British Ambassador to the Republic of Panama between 2011-2013 before leaving the UK’s Diplomatic Service to pursue other interests. As a diplomat, MJ became a Latin American specialist serving in Mexico (twice) and Brazil with focus on trade and investment promotion. When Consul-General in Spain and Regional Consular Director for Iberia between 2005-2010, he pioneered the UK’s current global consular operation, improving customer service. He was educated at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, Kent.
Iñigo Sagardoy de Simón
Chairman and partner of Sagardoy Abogados, the leading firm of labour and employment law in Spain.
Iñigo Sagardoy de Simón, born in Madrid, Spain, on 19th October 1968. Member of the College of Lawyers of Madrid since 1992.
Education: Faculty of Law of ICADE. Doctorate in Employment Law and Social Security (ESINE). Master of Arts from Francisco de Vitoria University. Management Programme offered by IESE Business School. Professor of Employment Law at the University Francisco de Vitoria. Employment Law Lecturer in the Master’s Degree in Employment Law Practice offered by the Fundación Sagardoy. Program of Instruction for Lawyers in Harvard Law School (1998) and Course on Leading Professional Service Firms in Harvard Business School (2002). Member of the National Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation . Author of publications on employment and social security issues.
Elena Benito (CEO)
Ms Elena Benito is the CEO of King’s Group, where she joined in 2011. Previous to joining our Group, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam, and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal.
Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants.
She holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009.
Nicholas joined the Group in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice Chairman responsible for all non-academic related divisions.
Before joining the Group, Nicholas worked in the United Kingdom and holds a law degree from Oxford Brookes University and a MA degree in Human Resources from UDIMA.
An avid historian he is also a Freeman of the City of London.
Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG
Sir Ivor Roberts Educated at Oxford. Career diplomat in the Foreign Office from 1968 to 2006. Postings to the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon, Paris, Luxembourg, Canberra, Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides), Minister in the British Embassy in Madrid, Ambassador in Belgrade, Dublin and Rome. From January 1998 to February 1999 he was on a sabbatical as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, writing and lecturing.
Sir Ivor is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (FCIL) and a member of the Advisory Board of and frequent contributor to the MacKinder Forum. He is a Patron of the Venice in Peril Fund and was Chairman of the Council of the British School in Rome from 2007 to 2012.
In the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours List he was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) and in the 2000 List was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).He is the editor of and major contributor to the new edition of the classic work Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (OUP 2009).
50 Years of Academic Excellence
Founded in 1969 by Sir Roger Fry, the King's Group is recognised nationally and internationally by students, parents, alumni, educators and partners alike, as a supplier of high quality education.
Fifty years later and with a roll of almost 8,000 students, over 650 teaching and 600 support staff spread across five countries, two continents, ten British international schools and seven academy schools in the UK, with activities in summer programmes, logistical services and adult training, our Group has grown exponentially.
Members of the King’s College schools Alumni Association
Out of 24 Russell Group
universities have accepted
King’s College pupils over the past 4 years
Employees spread across the globe in both teaching and non-academic roles
Decades delivering academic excellence on a global platform
Company principles and values
All members of the Company must understand and meet the expectations of this Code in terms of the manner in which they act within the workplace.
The basic principles guiding the Company’s activities are:
- Strict compliance with both the Law and Company regulations.
- Environmental commitment.
- Commitment to health and safety.
- Maximum respect, equity and dignity when dealing with all employees, collaborators, partners, suppliers, competitors and other third parties.
- Appropriate selection, promotion and appraisal of employees.
- Transparency, objectivity and professionalism in the performance of all activities and in relationships with all stakeholders.
- Privacy, data protection and confidential information.
These principles must be known and observed by all employees and collaborators of the Company and must be assimilated and reflected in all their actions.
Corporate Social Responsibility
As a multinational organisation we seek to have a positive effect on every social environment with which we come in contact. Our greatest contribution is through engaging in activities such as School Fairs and Fundraisers, in which we raise funds that allow us to provide support to various charities and good causes. At King’s Group we go above and beyond our statutory responsibilities and are keen to engage in activities to further social good, beyond the interests of the company and our legal requirements.
As a Group we truly believe that we have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) towards the communities in which we operate. We fulfil this commitment through cooperation and collaboration in educational and social programmes. CSR also ties in with the King’s Group vision, mission and values that underpin our role in society. We support the local and wider communities as well as focusing on learning and development, not just of our pupils but also our staff.
Charities we work with
As a Group, we are involved in many annual events which present our commitment to contributing to CSR. We work closely with many charities across the world.
Fundación Juegaterapia, provides resources to hospitalised children with long-term illnesses.
APAMA, a Parents’ association for disabled children in Alcobendas, Madrid.
Fundación Hispano Británica, a cultural foundation, with non-profit making status, registered at the Ministry of Culture of Spain. The aim of the British Hispanic Foundation is to promote relations between the Spanish and British peoples leading to closer ties between the two countries.
Divino Niño Orphanage, a charity created in 1993 to provide home protection for children 0-5 years old who were in situations of abuse or neglect in Panama.
Amigos de Nyumbani, an orphanage in Kenya for children suffering from HIV.
Bomberos Ayudan, giving help to support families in some of the poorest areas of Madrid, working in conjunction with an investigational research project at Ramon y Cajal hospital into HIV / Aids in children.
The Madrid Rastrillo, held every November in Madrid at the Recinto Ferial de la Casa de Campo. Supported by King’s Group, this charity was established 42 years ago in Madrid as a means to obtain funds to purchase homes for deprived children. The Rastrillo started as a flea market and later added bars, restaurants and flamenco taverns, the proceeds of which, during a week in November, go to Nuevo Futuro. King’s Group have been heavily involved in supporting the Rastrillo initiative.
News & Events from our Community actions
The ceremony was held at the residence of the British Ambassador of Spain, Simon Manley. The founder and president of King’s Group, Sir Roger Fry, presented the scholarship to the successful candidate Judith Esther Linares Gómez. The parents of Ignacio Echeverría,...read more
King’s Academy Ringmer has been rated “Good” by Ofsted inspectors with “Outstanding” accolades for both leadership and management as well as pupils’ personal development and welfare. Principal, Matt Hillier, staff, local governors, Trust officers and Trustees are...read more
Last Saturday 1st June, King’s College schools in Madrid celebrated their traditional Summer Fair, an annual charity event that brings together families, friends, students and staff of the three schools, joining efforts for a good cause. In this year’s edition, marked...read more
My King's story
“With the help of the Sixth Form advisory team, who made the process of applying to university far less daunting and helped me take part in many extra-curricular activities around Madrid, the school has enabled me to develop my passion for Politics and to approach this subject, usually studied outside of the school curriculum, from different angles. The opportunities that King’s has provided me with have been determining factors in achieving my dream to study at Cambridge.”
Miranda, King's College Alumna
Went on to study at Cambridge University
“In all honesty, I believe that if I hadn’t attended King’s College saint Michaels, I wouldn’t have gotten accepted into Harvard. Everyone here was very supportive throughout the application process. My teachers and tutors have spent many hours with me writing my recommendation letter, filling forms, sending my grades and even speaking to the Harvard admissions office on the phone.”
Abdel, King’s College Alumno
Went on to study Physics under a full scholarship at Harvard University
“I want to thank King’s for giving me tools that now I know are fundamental in life. School life at King’s always felt like home, and they gave me the possibility to be where I am now. The most remarkable values I was taught were ‘honesty, faith and courage’ and King’s made me understand why this was so important”
Nicole, King’s College Alumna
Went on to study at Hanze University (Groningen)
“King’s gave me unparalleled advice - not only when it came to writing my personal statement, but also when it came to practising for my interviews with the dream of studying Vetinary Medicine at the University of Bristol. I will miss the feeling of being part of such a supportive, close-knit community, and being surrounded by so many different cultures”
Rosanna, King’s College Alumna
Went on to study at the University of Bristol
“Studying at King’s gave me the opportunity to choose between subjects and realise Economics is what I really want to major in. Without the dedication of all the outstanding teachers at King’s who always encouraged us to express our thoughts and discuss in class, it would not have been possible for me to sail through the process of applying for university and do so well in my A Levels.”
Marie, King’s College alumna
Went on to study Economics at the University of London