CATS College


School Introduction - CATS College

CATS London offers a unique opportunity to experience one of the world's most exciting cities. Our international community helps our students realise their goal of achieving a place at one of the UK's leading universities, and the chance to pursue their career of choice. Our students enjoy the rich academic experience, and also the unique cultural and social opportunity on offer at CATS - one of London's leading international colleges. Our boarding and welfare team is dedicated to providing support 24 hours a day to our students as they need it.

We look forward to welcoming you to CATS London, where you will begin your journey to becoming a true global citizen.

CATS College Canterbury (formerly Stafford House College) is a coeducational Independent day and boarding school school located in Canterbury, England, catering primarily for foreign students. It is owned by the Cambridge Education Group. The school specialises in teaching English and preparing students for pre-university exams such as A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate. The college hosts an annual University Fair.

It has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since April 2007, the programme is taught in English. Over 20 languages are currently offered at the College.


Established in 1952 by Harry Allsopp as Stafford House Tutorial College. It started out in the London location of Kensington, but later was moved to Canterbury. After Harry Allsopp's death in 1959, his wife Joyce Allsopp ran the college until she retired 1992. Stafford House Tutorial College as it was then known was a founding member of "CIFE – the Council for Independent Education." [3] It was the first school in the UK to offer University Foundation programmes for students wanting to go to university from overseas.

In 2010 it was voted LTM High School of the Year.

The Principal Jonathan Ullmer was appointed in 2010. The College became a member of the Independent Schools Association shortly after his arrival. The College was inspected in 2011 with no areas of the college rated below 'Good' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Boarding at the College was rated as 'Excellent' and leadership was described as 'Outstanding'.

In 2012 and 2014 the college won an award from the Independent Schools Association. In 2014 it won the Independent Schools Award for Best Boarding Initiative and was shortlisted for Independent School of the Year.

In 2014 Jonathan Ullmer was awarded the MBE 'for services to education.’

CATS College London
43-45 Bloomsbury Square & 2 Southampton Place

Head: Mr Mario Di Clemente

T 020 7841 1580
F 01227 346 181

A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 15 to 24

Boarding: Yes
Local authority: Camden
Pupils: 260
Religion: None
Day/boarding type: Full boarding
Gender profile: Coeducational       
Size: 424
School Fees
Boarding fees per term : £2,990 to £4,200
Day fees per term : £6,250 to £7,750
Scholarships & bursaries : Available

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 0 to 0 (17)
Boarding: 14 to 23 (212)
Sixth form: (209)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 0 to 0 (22)
Boarding: 14 to 23 (173)
Sixth form: (176)
Registration Fees

All courses are subject to a £200 registration fee and a refundable deposit of £2,300 (refundable at the end of your course), with the exception of the following: High School Term students (1 and 2 term) pay a reduced deposit of £800. 
Summer School programmes are subject to a registration fee only of £100.

Academic Excellence - Exam Results

A Level Results and Destinations 2015:

In 2015, we continue our track record of outstanding results and university destinations, with exciting news of progressions from A level to many of the best universities in the UK.

CATS College students achieved results significantly higher than the national average:

A* - A: 43.4%  (National UK average: 25.9%)

A* - B: 69.8%  (National UK average: 52.8%)

Leaver Destinations

Cambridge - Natural Science

Imperial College London - Mathematics

London School of Economics

  • Environmental Policy with Economics
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Government and Economics


  • Economics and Finance
  • Accounting and Finance


  • International Business Law
  • Social Sciences

University College London    

  • Scandinavian Study
  • Economics & Business with East EU Studies
  • Economics
  • Urban Planning, Design and Management
  • Arts and Sciences


  • Psychology
  • Education Psychology


  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • Economics and Finance
  • Accounting and Finance

UEA - American Literature with Creative Writing


  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Business Management

University of York   

  • Philosophy
  • Biology

Leeds - Accounting and Finance

Southampton - Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology


  • Electrical and Electrical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Economics and Finance

Leicester - Natural Science


  • Biomedical Science
  • Physics
  • Microbiology


  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Chinese
  • Biomedical Science
  • Astrophysics

Newcastle - Business Management


  • Industrial Economics
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Neuroscience
  • Biosciences

Cardiff - Accounting and Finance

Manchester - Civil Engineering

King's College London         

  • Psychology
  • Film Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Mathematics

Kent - International Relations

Famous Alumni

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, "I want to race for you one day ... I want to race for McLaren." Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis. Hamilton's contract for the McLaren driver development program made him the youngest ever driver to secure a contract which later resulted in a Formula One drive.

Coming from a mixed background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is often labelled "the first black driver in Formula One", although Willy T. Ribbs tested a Formula One car in 1986.

In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. He won the World Championship the following season in dramatic fashion, becoming the then-youngest Formula One world champion in history before Sebastian Vettel broke the record two years later. Following his second world title in 2014, he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2015, he became the first British driver in history to win consecutive F1 titles, and the second Brit to win three titles after Jackie Stewart. He also became the first English driver to reach that milestone. He is the only driver in the history of the sport to have won at least one race in each season he has competed to date, with McLaren from 2007 until 2012, and with Mercedes since 2013. He has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently third on the all-time wins list, with 43 wins.