Our Past

About Gabbitas Education

Gabbitas Education is one of the most esteemed and respected educational consultancies in the world. Founded in 1873 and with offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and a Russian language desk in our Central London headquarters, we offer unique and tailored services in all aspects of British education worldwide.

With multiple partners across the globe – including our associate companies 3BM and Optimus Education – Gabbitas Education is uniquely positioned to help deliver the best in education.

Whether you are a family looking for advice on the best education for your child, an educator looking for a new job, a school seeking to fill a vacancy or an organisation looking to build or improve a school, we have a service to meet your needs.

We also offer comprehensive guardianship and student services, a tutoring network and corporate relocation education services and, more recently, have developed the ground-breaking UKiset entry test that is changing the way independent schools recruit students from overseas.

“It was obvious Gabbitas Education had so much experience and understood our requirements.”
Jonna Scherb, parent of Maximilian

“…what they don’t know about tutors and working with children would fit neatly on the end of a nib.”
The Good Schools Guide

“I wanted to leave a legacy behind. I found that opening the schools to give back to the Dubai community is the best way to do that because education is the solution to all the problems of the world. I was delighted to engage Gabbitas Education as our strategic educational consultant to help achieve this.”
Mr Mohan Valrani, Senior Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Al Shirawi Group

“I have appreciated the contact and support from the team at Gabbitas Education, where issues were picked up and dealt with and led to a successful appointment.”
Jonathan Ullmer MBE, Head of Haileybury Astana

“Thank you so much for placing me in the perfect job.”
Lisa Whyte, Registrar, The Arcadia Preparatory School

Our Past … Your Future

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.

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!

Famous Gabbitas people

Among those seeking work and advice 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 and the leading actors from the Harry Potter films.

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. At the end of 2017 the Prospects Group became part of the Shaw Trust Group.

With offices now serving the UK and rest of Europe, Asia and the Middle East and multiple partners across the globe – including our associate companies 3BM and Optimus Education – Gabbitas Education is uniquely positioned to support the expansion of British education across the globe.

Our Values

Our purpose is to be the global experts in British independent education. We achieve this through the following values:

Heritage & Reputation

  • To keep true to our heritage and reputation by delivering expert services in education

Integrity & Respect

  • To maintain the highest standards of integrity and respect and therefore long-term relationships with our clients and stakeholders

Global Quality

  • To provide education services of the highest quality to a global network of students, parents, educators, schools and businesses.

Progressive Culture

  • To create opportunities for everyone to continue their journey in education, develop their skills, share their knowledge and contribute to the success of the business

Equality & Diversity

  • To act fairly and ethically, and recognise diversity, to ensure access to opportunities for everyone