Established in 1873 as an agency for the recruitment of Schoolmasters to English public schools, our name comes from our founder, Mr John Rosewell Gabbitas, who ran our organisation from the 1870s until his retirement in 1904. His co-partner for some years was Mr Charles Henry Meredith Thring, hence our original name, Gabbitas-Thring, by which the firm was known until the mid-1980s. We were subsequently called Gabbitas, Truman and Thring, with our name changing to Gabbitas Educational Consultants in 1993 to reflect the ever-increasing scope of our activities.
Among those seeking teaching and tutoring posts through Gabbitas Education were many individuals destined to become household names; these include Evelyn Waugh, HG Wells, Sir Edward Elgar, Amy Johnson, Sir John Betjeman and, more recently, Stephen Fry. We have also been alluded to by writers and poets throughout the 20th century. The following words were penned by WH Auden in his poem "A Letter to Lord Byron", first published in 1937:
"The only thing you never turned your hand to
Was teaching at a boarding school.
Today it's a profession that seems grand to
Those whose alternative's an office stool;
To many an unknown genius postmen bring
Typed notices from Rabbitarse and String."
In 1923, when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the firm's foundation, over 120,000 vacancies had been negotiated and no less than 50,000 parents had sought advice. We had even been employed by King George V to provide tutoring for two of his six children! Our business has continued to develop and grow in order to meet the challenges of today's educational climate and in 2008 we joined The Prospects Group, a leading education, employment and training company.
With offices now serving the UK and rest of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Gabbitas Education is uniquely positioned to support the expansion of British education across the globe.