Global private schools index launched by Carfax Education in partnership with Spear’s Magazine

August 31, 2020


Carfax Education, the leading global education group, announced the launch of the first international ranking of top private schools, the Spear’s Schools Index. In partnership with Spear’s, the award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals, Carfax Education has released the first global index, which lists the 100 best private schools around the globe.

Categorized by region, prospective parents and pupils can now access a list of the top 100 schools across the UK, Switzerland, Europe, USA, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, expertly chosen by Carfax Education and Spear’s.

As well as formal criteria such as academic results and preparation for university entry, schools are ranked on their unique ethos, their reputation both locally and internationally, and how adequately they prepare students for life beyond academia. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of curriculum and fees as well as practical information such as travel times to local airports.

Top schools listed for 2020 that are providing exceptional education for students, include the well-renowned British boarding schools such as Eton College and Harrow School as well as those further afield, such as Pembroke House in Kenya and Aitchison College, Pakistan. With Carfax Education experts on the ground across the world, the index is the most comprehensive global list available.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education, said: “We provide expert education consultancy across the world, with offices in London, Oxford, Monaco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Singapore and Hong Kong. We foster a distinctive drive for excellence, and that starts with our team, so we are extremely well placed to offer an objective view on the best private schools across the globe.

“Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a family will make for their child and that’s why we wanted to create an index that provides a trusted perspective on the very best schools. The impact of a child’s educational experience goes far beyond the academic alone, and for that reason we looked at each school’s unique ethos and how they prepare students for the future, when determining schools that made the cut.

“Our moto is ‘academic excellence without borders’ and we’re so pleased that we were able to reflect this in being part of the first global ranking of schools – with institutions from almost every continent included. We know that finding the right school can be a daunting experience and we hope that this comprehensive list will assist many families through what can be a confusing time.”

Edwin Smith, Editor, Spear’s Magazine, said: “Spear’s has built an unrivalled reputation for helping our high-net-worth readers to find the very best advisors – people they can trust to look after the things that matter most. Each year we update our indices of the leading wealth managers, property advisors, divorce lawyers, tax advisors and reputation managers – but never before have we produced an index of leading schools.

“With the help of experts at Carfax Education, we have whittled down an array of fantastic schools from around the globe and retained just the 100 very, very best. We are delighted to be able to add schools to our highly acclaimed indices so that parents and families have the objective guidance they need when selecting the right school for their most precious assets of all.”

Lists in this year’s Spear’s Schools Index include:



New location for Carfax Education Monaco

October 15, 2019

Carfax Education Monaco, established in the Principality since 2011 and recognized as one of the most trusted providers of British and American tutors on the Riviera and as the source professional advice on applications and admission to the most-in-demand schools and universities of the UK, US, and Switzerland, has moved to a new office in Monaco’s Carré d’Or.

Carfax Education Monaco is now located in the Prince de Galles building.

We are now open at Le Prince de Galles, 5 avenue des Citronniers, Monte Carlo, 98000 Monaco. Our telephone number (+377 98 80 11 80) and the website (www.carfax-education.mc) remain the same.

There is easy parking at the Metropole Shopping Centre car park which is right next door to our building.

Our Monaco staff speak English, French, and Russian and are always glad to be of help with all education-related enquiries, including arranging tuition with our high-calibre tutors or consultations with our education consultants who visit Monaco from our London office regularly.


Obituary – Edward Greene

November 2, 2018

It is with much sadness that Carfax have received news of the recent death at the age of 81 of Mr. Edward Paul Campbell Greene on October 17, 2018 at his home in Oxford. Mr. Greene was a tutor who founded Edward Greene’s Tutorial Establishment in 1967 and became a great influence on the Oxford tutorial college industry. Founders of most, if not all, tutorial and sixth-form colleges in Oxford and some further afield had worked or taught for Mr. Greene before setting up on their own.

Edward Greene in his study in Oxford c. 2010 This includes the founder of Carfax, who had been a pupil at Greene’s prior to joining its staff and eventually being appointed the Lower Master. Some years later, when our founder was thinking of a name for his new education enterprise and wanted one that would have a recognizable Oxford ring to it, it was Edward Greene who suggested the name Carfax.

Some of early Carfax pupils and tutors will remember having tutorials in Mr. Greene’s beautifully appointed home in Pembroke Street that he generously opened to Carfax before Carfax College was established in its own permanent premises. To many, having tuition in this house full of interesting books, artefacts and curiosities, roaring open fires in winter, excellent coffee all year round, and above all Edward’s kind interest and wise counsel on all matters, became a major part of their Oxford experience.

Edward Greene was a man of extraordinary kindness, wide erudition, sharp mind of a polymath, iron logic, inimitable style, impeccable taste, faultlessly correct form, genuine modesty, thoughtful tact, steadfast principles, and firm Christian faith. All combined with the deepest capacity for friendship and enjoyment of life in a true original like no other. Whilst his passing severs one of increasingly few links to a long-gone world of gentlility and elegance and marks an end of an era for those whose life he had enhanced and enlightened, his legacy will live on through the lasting influence on his many friends and pupils.

The funeral will be held in Oxford on November 14, 2018 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in Mr. Greene’s home led by Revd. John MacLeod, the Minister of the London congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, followed by burial at Botley Cemetery at 1:15 p.m.


Carfax Pupils Succeeding Again

September 2, 2016

We are thrilled to report that our students have had some excellent A-level results, which in turn have confirmed their places at Britain’s leading academic institutions.

To use but a few examples, students will be taking up places this coming September at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, to read French, Aeronautical Engineering at University of Bristol and Sociology at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Last but not least, we had a student complete 5 A-levels at A grade, along with a B at AS. She will be embarking on her PPE studies at New College of the Humanities.

We are immensely proud of all our students, and wish them success and happiness in their future academic endeavours.

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GCSE results are out and Carfax Consultants pupils are in!

August 20, 2015

Another very proud day for Carfax Consultants!

All pupils, who have sought academic guidance and support by Carfax Consultants, have successfully completed their GCSEs and confirmed places at some of the best schools in the UK, including Charterhouse, City of London, Downe House, Harrow, The King’s School, Cantenbury, Rugby, Sevenoaks, Shrewsbury, Uppingham, Winchester, and Wycombe Abbey. 

Additionally, all pupils who were awarded conditional offers successfully secured the necessary GCSE results to confirm their places.

Applications outside the official registration deadlines have increased and almost half of our candidates worked tirelessly to prepare for entrance examinations and interviews for the highly competitive places that become available in the latter half of the academic year. Their dedication has been rewarded with offer from their favorite schools.

Carfax Consultants are very happy for our pupils, as we know the amount of pressure and stress they had to endure to gain places at these institutions. Nevertheless, we are proud of each and every one of our pupils and are looking forward to their future accomplishments!


Outstanding A-level results for CEC students

August 13, 2015

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Carfax Consultants are extremely proud to announce the great A-level results CEC students received this year and, in turn, confirmed their places at some of Britain’s leading universities.

Most impressively, one student received 4 A* and an A for EPQ, comfortably sealing his place to read Medicine at Cambridge University. 

Another student while received AAAA, securing his place at Oxford University to study History.

Additionally, another CEC student received A*AAA and D2, in Pre-U in Physics at Cambridge, and will be taking up her place at Bath University to study Architecture – the best university for this course in the UK.

And yet another student received AABC, and thus secured her place at University College London to also study Architecture – ranked second in the UK for Architecture

Last but not least, a student was rewarded A* A* A B and D3 in Pre-U and will be taking up his place at Edinburgh to read Economics.

On behalf of the whole Carfax Education team, we would like to congratulate our students for their effort and ambition. We believe that the future holds great adventures for all of you and we are looking forward to seeing you thrive in the world of academia!


Summer in London with Carfax Tutors

April 30, 2015

This summer, Carfax Tutors are bringing new, exciting and intriguing programmes for families, who would like to learn English and discover London in a fun and educational way. Programmes run over five days, Monday to Friday, and include individual and intensive language tuition, as well as a range of activities to choose from to help you create a holiday that suits your needs and interests. These programmes are designed for you to enjoy London as a family and practice your language skills in an fun, exciting and educational environment.

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